Medical Marijuana http://kplu.org en Little-Known Medical Marijuana Loophole Allows Teens To Get Lots of Pot http://kplu.org/post/little-known-medical-marijuana-loophole-allows-teens-get-lots-pot <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156310956&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>When voters approved Initiative&nbsp;502, one part of the law that appealed to parents was that recreational marijuana would only be available to people 21 and older.</p><p>What many parents don’t realize&nbsp;is that it’s possible for a healthy&nbsp;teenager, with the help of an unethical medical provider, to obtain authorization for medical marijuana, which then gives them access to hundreds of dispensaries in the Seattle area.&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, Seattle Public Schools officials say marijuana use by students is on the rise, and students say it is easier to get than alcohol.&nbsp;Where is the supply coming from? Parents and school officials suspect medical&nbsp;marijuana dispensaries.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Wing 17165 at http://kplu.org Little-Known Medical Marijuana Loophole Allows Teens To Get Lots of Pot Liquor Control Board Recommends Limit Of 6 Plants Per Medical Pot Patient http://kplu.org/post/liquor-control-board-recommends-limit-6-plants-medical-pot-patient <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington state is looking at a major overhaul of its medical marijuana system, to avoid competition with the recreational market and to avert any crackdowns from the federal government.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The state's Liquor Control Board on Wednesday approved its <a href="http://www.liq.wa.gov/marijuana/medical-mj_recommendations" target="_blank">final recommendations</a> to the Legislature about how it believes the largely unregulated medical system can be brought under the umbrella of Initiative 502.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:34:43 +0000 Gene Johnson 11856 at http://kplu.org Liquor Control Board Recommends Limit Of 6 Plants Per Medical Pot Patient Ex-'Pot Czar' Gives Mixed Marks to Proposed Medical Pot Rules http://kplu.org/post/ex-pot-czar-gives-mixed-marks-proposed-medical-pot-rules <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s former “pot czar” says a proposed overhaul of medical marijuana could drive lots of business to the coming state-licensed pot stores. And though they’ve come in for criticism from some advocates, Mark </span>Kleiman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the proposed changes would probably be good for patients, too.</span></p><p>Kleiman is the UCLA professor hired to advise the Washington state Liquor Control Board. That contract has now ended.</p><p>Right now, medical marijuana users in Seattle buy pot at one of an estimated 240 loosely-regulated dispensaries. But state agencies are recommending rules that would basically shut those stores down. Patients would have to shop instead at one of the state-licensed stores set to open next year under Initiative 502.</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 10646 at http://kplu.org Ex-'Pot Czar' Gives Mixed Marks to Proposed Medical Pot Rules Medical Pot Advocate: State's Proposed Overhaul Goes Too Far http://kplu.org/post/medical-pot-advocate-states-proposed-overhaul-goes-too-far <p>An advocate of the state’s medical marijuana industry says the state regulators’ proposed rules go too far.</p><p>State regulators on Monday proposed a sweeping overhaul of the industry, including a registry of medical marijuana patients. Ezra Eickmeyer with the Washington Cannabis Association says the proposed rules go too far.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:09:54 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10591 at http://kplu.org Medical Pot Advocate: State's Proposed Overhaul Goes Too Far State Wants Medical Pot Registry, Tax Exemption, Lower Cap http://kplu.org/post/state-wants-medical-pot-registry-tax-exemption-lower-cap <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Medical marijuana patients in Washington would have to register with the state if they don’t want to pay pot taxes. That’s just one recommendation issued Monday for sweeping changes to the state’s largely unregulated medical pot industry.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:30:04 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10584 at http://kplu.org State Wants Medical Pot Registry, Tax Exemption, Lower Cap High Court Sides with Non-Card-Carrying Medical Pot Patient http://kplu.org/post/high-court-sides-non-card-carrying-medical-pot-patient <p>The Washington state Supreme Court has sided with a wheelchair-bound pot user who lacked an official medical marijuana card.</p><p>In a split ruling Thursday, the high court said even non-card-holding patients can mount a medical necessity defense at trial.</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:40:05 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10071 at http://kplu.org High Court Sides with Non-Card-Carrying Medical Pot Patient Seattle investor declares the advent of ‘Big Marijuana’ http://kplu.org/post/seattle-investor-declares-advent-big-marijuana <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Seattle investment group has declared the advent of “Big Marijuana,” but big questions remain about just how their multimillion dollar nationwide pot business would work.</span></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 23:08:21 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8951 at http://kplu.org Seattle investor declares the advent of ‘Big Marijuana’ Study suggests link between edible pot and overdose among kids http://kplu.org/post/study-suggests-link-between-edible-pot-and-overdose-among-kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Doctors are sounding an alarm about marijuana and young children,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">especially</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when it comes to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">marijuana-infused products, or "medibles".&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 19:38:21 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8897 at http://kplu.org Study suggests link between edible pot and overdose among kids Local credit union tries on being banker to the pot industry http://kplu.org/post/local-credit-union-tries-being-banker-pot-industry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal law prohibits banks from helping drug dealers. So where do marijuana businesses keep their cash? &nbsp;</span></p><p>“We would put the cash in the safe on premises, which obviously makes you nervous. You have to leave it there overnight,” said Cale&nbsp;Burkhart, who sells cannabis-infused lotions. His shop closed last year, but he’s still selling a line called Vita Verde.</p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:27:50 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8388 at http://kplu.org Local credit union tries on being banker to the pot industry 'Grey' Market Concerns Grow As Washington Legalizes Pot http://kplu.org/post/grey-market-concerns-grow-washington-legalizes-pot <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/013113AJ_GreyMarketPot_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>As Washington moves to legalize marijuana, there are fresh concerns that a parallel market for pot will continue to flourish. It’s not quite a black market. Let’s call it a “grey” market – for medical marijuana. The question now: how will highly taxed and regulated pot compete with largely unregulated medical marijuana?<p>Green Solution is a medical marijuana dispensary southeast of Tacoma. The first thing you notice is the reflective blackout film on the doors and windows. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:32:50 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7708 at http://kplu.org 'Grey' Market Concerns Grow As Washington Legalizes Pot When Your State Says Yes To Medical Marijuana, But Your Insurer Says No http://kplu.org/post/when-your-state-says-yes-medical-marijuana-your-insurer-says-no Medical marijuana is <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/11/13/164981433/legalizing-and-regulating-pot-a-growth-industry">now legal</a> in 18 states and the District of Columbia, but health insurance doesn't cover it and patients often scramble to cover the cost.<p>"It's an expensive medication, no doubt about it," says Kris Hermes, a spokesman for <a href="http://safeaccessnow.org/">Americans for Safe Access</a>, a patient advocacy group. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:22:12 +0000 7171 at http://kplu.org When Your State Says Yes To Medical Marijuana, But Your Insurer Says No Seattle mayor signs city's medical marijuana law http://kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-signs-citys-medical-marijuana-law <p>Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has signed an ordinance that will regulate medical marijuana shops like any other business.</p><p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 23:19:14 +0000 The Associated Press 2190 at http://kplu.org Seattle mayor signs city's medical marijuana law Seattle council votes to regulate medical marijuana http://kplu.org/post/seattle-council-votes-regulate-medical-marijuana <p><em>&quot;Good Lord, how did we get here ...&quot;</em></p><p>Seattle has become the first city in Washington to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. A number of other cities have banned the businesses outright.&nbsp; The Seattle City Council decided to take the opposite approach after efforts to regulate medical pot at the state level failed. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 00:31:23 +0000 Paula Wissel 2111 at http://kplu.org Medical marijuana measure passed to Seattle City Council http://kplu.org/post/medical-marijuana-measure-passed-seattle-city-council <p>The city of Seattle is getting closer to regulating medical pot dispensaries.</p><p>The Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee of the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a measure that would require the marijuana shops to comply with city building codes, zoning ordinances and fair employment laws.</p><p> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 01:06:27 +0000 Paula Wissel 2083 at http://kplu.org Medical marijuana measure passed to Seattle City Council Seattle City Council pondering regulation of medical marijuana http://kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-pondering-regulation-medical-marijuana <p>With roughly 25,000 Seattleites &ldquo;legally&rdquo; smoking marijuana for medical reasons, the city council has decided to step in where <a href="http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Gregoie-vetoes-medical-marijuana-reforms-1358951.php">Gov. Chris Gregoire dared not tread</a>. The city will begin holding hearings on an ordinance for regulating the growing and sale of medical marijuana.</p><p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 21:58:16 +0000 Jake Ellison 2060 at http://kplu.org Seattle City Council pondering regulation of medical marijuana