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Volunteers honor MLK with day of service BY KIRK BOXLEITNER


swimmers qualify for Districts. Page 10

SPORTS: Lakewood grapplers host non-league meet. Page 10

MARYSVILLE — The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was honored through deeds as well as words on Monday, Jan. 20, as area teens helped feed the needy, refurbish city parks and assist the elderly and disabled, all as part of the fifth year in a row of “MLK Day of Service” in Snohomish County. The United Way of Snohomish County partners with the YMCA of Snohomish County, Catholic Community Services and Senior Corps RSVP to present this annual event, which this year drew 301 volunteers aged 14-19 years — a 20 percent increase from last year’s number — as well as 58 adult volunteers, as they worked on 20 community projects and served 15 elderly and/ or disabled home chore clients throughout the county

on this year’s observance of Martin Luther King Day. The Mar ysville Community Food Bank received a visit from seven younger volunteers and two adult supervisors that day, who guided the Food Bank’s clients through the shopping line. “It turned out those folks saved our bacon on Monday,” Marysville Community Food Bank Director Dell Deierling said. “We only had a few of our regular volunteers come in that day — maybe they thought we were on holiday, too — and we need between 17-20 volunteers to assist our clients in getting food as they move through the Food Bank. It would have been a long day for our remaining volunteers had those students not been there to lend a hand. One student helped Don Asmus hand out dairy products, while the others SEE SERVICE, PAGE 2

City responds to AG’s opinion on marijuana businesses BY KIRK BOXLEITNER



Vol. 120, No. 30 Photo courtesy of Steve Elliott

The state Attorney General’s opinion would reserve the right of cities such as Marysville to determine their own ordinances regarding marijuana businesses.


Kirk Boxleitner/Staff Photo

Xenia Fortegin, left, and Lily Legesse help load 20 yards of bark into wheelbarrows to distribute around the base of the Jennings Park playground structure at 64th Street, for Snohomish County’s ‘MLK Day of Service’ on Jan. 20.

MARYSVILLE — A recently released opinion from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office ties into the city of Marysville’s pending decision on how to address the potential establishment of marijuana businesses within the city’s limits. In response to a request from Sharon Foster, chair of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the office of Attorney General Bob Ferguson released a formal opinion on Thursday, Jan. 16, regarding local ordinances affecting new marijuana businesses in Washington.

The opinion states, “Under Washington law, there is a strong presumption against finding that state law preempts local ordinances. Although Initiative 502 establishes a licensing and regulatory system for marijuana producers, processors and retailers in Washington state, it includes no clear indication that it was intended to preempt local authority to regulate such businesses. We therefore conclude that I-502 left in place the normal powers of local governments to regulate within their jurisdictions.” Grant Weed, who serves as the city attorney for the city of

Marysville, sounded a qualified note of optimism, even as he sought to clarify what this development actually means for the city. “The Attorney General’s opinion is just that — an opinion,” Weed said. “It’s not legally binding, and while the courts tend to give deference to the Attorney General’s opinions, neither the courts nor the cities of the state are bound to them. That being said, the Attorney General’s Office has very skilled lawyers whom I don’t doubt answered many questions that were posed to them about this issue, so I’m SEE AG, PAGE 20

Marysville Globe, January 25, 2014  
Marysville Globe, January 25, 2014  

January 25, 2014 edition of the Marysville Globe