Marijuana laws http://kplu.org en Colo., Wash. Courts Weigh Lawyer Pot Use, Advice http://kplu.org/post/colo-wash-courts-weigh-lawyer-pot-use-advice <p>Seattle attorney Kurt Boehl is happy to think he's contributing to the success of Washington's grand experiment in regulating marijuana by advising his clients on how to navigate the industry's legal complexities.</p><p>But there's a worry that his efforts could earn him an ethics complaint. After all, marijuana is illegal under federal law, and lawyers aren't supposed to help their clients break the law.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:14:43 +0000 Gene Johnson 10845 at http://kplu.org Colo., Wash. Courts Weigh Lawyer Pot Use, Advice Labs Worry As Pot Testing Standards Lag http://kplu.org/post/labs-worry-pot-testing-standards-lag <p>Before legal marijuana in Washington hits store shelves, it will have to be tested. Special pot labs will check for&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">potency, molds, foreign matter and bacteria like E. coli. It&rsquo;s a key part of the recreational marijuana market approved by Washington voters last fall.</span></p><p>But setting the standards for how to lab-test pot turns out to be pretty complicated. And now some lab managers worry they won&rsquo;t be ready in time.</p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10206 at http://kplu.org Labs Worry As Pot Testing Standards Lag Feds Won't Sue to Stop Legal Pot in Wash. State http://kplu.org/post/feds-wont-sue-stop-legal-pot-wash-state <p>Despite 75 years of federal marijuana prohibition, the Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it — as long as the weed is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property.</p><p>In a sweeping new policy statement prompted by pot legalization votes in Washington and Colorado last fall, the department gave the green light to states to adopt tight regulatory schemes to oversee the medical and recreational marijuana industries burgeoning across the country.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:38:47 +0000 Gene Johnson & Pete Yost 9814 at http://kplu.org Feds Won't Sue to Stop Legal Pot in Wash. State King County Crafting Rules for Pot-Zoning in Rural Areas http://kplu.org/post/king-county-crafting-rules-pot-zoning-rural-areas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the state continues to hone its licensing rules for recreational marijuana businesses, local governments are working on land-use regulations that will determine where they can go. King County has drafted <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/property/permits/codes/legislation/legnews/PublicReviewComment.aspx" target="_blank">a new zoning law</a>&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for unincorporated areas and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is seeking public comment before it’s finalized.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9512 at http://kplu.org King County Crafting Rules for Pot-Zoning in Rural Areas Liquor Control Board swamped with comments on pot rules http://kplu.org/post/liquor-control-board-swamped-comments-pot-rules <p>Everyone waits until the last minute. That apparently was the case with reaction to proposed rules for the legal sale of marijuana in Washington.&nbsp;</p><p>As Monday's deadline for public comment approached, the&nbsp; Washington Liquor Control Board received so much input on its <a href="http://lcb.wa.gov/marijuana/initial-draft-rules">first draft of rules</a> that it plans to delay the final draft of the regulations.&nbsp;</p><p>Minority leaders were among those expressing concern about how the new marijuana law will be implemented. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 01:36:26 +0000 Paula Wissel 9040 at http://kplu.org Liquor Control Board swamped with comments on pot rules 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 Proposed ban on hash, pot extract irks critics http://kplu.org/post/proposed-ban-hash-pot-extract-irks-critics <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s proposed marijuana rules weren't even 24-hours old when critics began finding things not to like. The 46-pages of draft regulations released Thursday cover everything from where marijuana can be grown to the criminal backgrounds of license applicants. But it’s the section on marijuana concentrates that’s getting some negative buzz.</span></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 01:39:37 +0000 Austin Jenkins 8814 at http://kplu.org Proposed ban on hash, pot extract irks critics Five things you should know about the proposed marijuana rules http://kplu.org/post/five-things-you-should-know-about-proposed-marijuana-rules <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Liquor Control Board on Thursday released a draft of rules proposed to help regulate legal marijuana. The 46-page document is filled with details relevant to those who plan to apply for a pot license.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here are five things non-license seekers should know about the proposed rules:</span></p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 22:47:55 +0000 Martha Kang 8812 at http://kplu.org Five things you should know about the proposed marijuana rules State releases draft of rules for legal marijuana http://kplu.org/post/state-releases-draft-rules-marijuana-business-licenses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; line-height: 20px;">Officials in Washington state took their first stab at setting rules for the state's new marijuana industry Thursday, nearly eight months after voters here legalized pot for adults.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">Among the preliminary regulations: They want to track marijuana from "seed to store," and while they're putting a cap on the number of retail stores in each county, they're not planning to limit the number of licensed pot growers or processors.</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 21:13:14 +0000 The Associated Press 8808 at http://kplu.org State releases draft of rules for legal marijuana Seattle officials look to restrict urban pot farms http://kplu.org/post/seattle-officials-look-restrict-urban-pot-farms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle's elected officials are moving to make sure sprawling marijuana farms don’t take over the city’s industrial areas, though it’s not clear whether growers would want to locate in the city at all.</span></p><p>Just who actually gets licensed to grow marijuana will be up to the state. But Seattle City Council members say any Seattle grower will likely end up in <a href="http://clerk.seattle.gov/~public/meetingrecords/2013/hhshc20130327_3e.pdf">one of the industrial areas </a>along the Duwamish corridor or Interbay.</p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:06:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8551 at http://kplu.org Seattle officials look to restrict urban pot farms ACLU, public health groups cautioning marijuana rulemakers http://kplu.org/post/aclu-public-health-groups-cautioning-marijuana-rulemakers <p>How do you build a whole new industry – and undermine a black market -- without increasing its customer base? &nbsp;</p><p>That’s the challenge state regulators are facing <a href="http://www.liq.wa.gov/marijuana/proposed-producer-rules">as they write the rules</a> that will govern recreational marijuana in Washington. The American Civil Liberties Union is urging caution.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:33:49 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7963 at http://kplu.org ACLU, public health groups cautioning marijuana rulemakers Washington lawmakers consider new pot regulations http://kplu.org/post/washington-lawmakers-consider-new-pot-regulations <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/031213AKoly_OlympiaUpdate_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state regulators could consider the criminal backgrounds of people looking to legally sell marijuana. That’s one provision of a bill rolled out Tuesday in Olympia to regulate pot sales.<p>The bill would make a number of changes to Initiative 502, the marijuana law approved by Washington voters last November. It would make siting a pot store easier by decreasing the distance the businesses have to be from schools, parks and other public areas. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 23:35:00 +0000 Alexandra Kocik 7973 at http://kplu.org Washington lawmakers consider new pot regulations Yakima Marijuana Hearing Draws Entrepreneurs, Advocates, Moms http://kplu.org/post/yakima-marijuana-hearing-draws-entrepreneurs-advocates-moms <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/030113AK_Yakimapot_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">YAKIMA, Wash. – Marijuana advocates, people concerned about the effects of drugs on children and hopeful entrepreneurs filled a huge room at the Yakima Convention Center Thursday night. This hearing is part of a series across Washington on how to implement voter-approved marijuana legalization. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 20:10:00 +0000 7893 at http://kplu.org Yakima Marijuana Hearing Draws Entrepreneurs, Advocates, Moms Idaho Bills Would Keep State From Following Neighbors On Pot http://kplu.org/post/idaho-bills-would-keep-state-following-neighbors-pot <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/022013JR_IdahoPot_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Idaho is now hemmed in by four states where marijuana is legal in some form, and a panel of state lawmakers fears Idaho could be next. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 00:11:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 7839 at http://kplu.org Idaho Bills Would Keep State From Following Neighbors On Pot Will U.S. Try To Snuff Out State Marijuana Laws? http://kplu.org/post/will-feds-try-snuff-out-state-marijuana-laws The Justice Department has a big decision to make.<p>Parts of new laws in Colorado and Washington that legalize small amounts of recreational marijuana will take effect early next month. The Obama administration needs to choose whether it will sue to stop the legislation or let those states go their own way — even though the drug remains illegal under federal law.<p>Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, says the message he got from voters is unambiguous.<p>"Our voters want marijuana to be regulated, like alcohol," Hickenlooper said at a recent news conference. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:20:34 +0000 Carrie Johnson 7170 at http://kplu.org Will U.S. Try To Snuff Out State Marijuana Laws?