I-502 http://kplu.org en 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 Cash only for marijuana businesses after credit union backs away http://kplu.org/post/cash-only-marijuana-businesses-after-credit-union-backs-away-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Verity Credit Union&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">has backed away from helping marijuana businesses open checking accounts. The move is a major setback for pot businesses as the Seattle credit union had been the only financial institution in the state openly providing banking to those shops.</span></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 23:41:19 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8852 at http://kplu.org Cash only for marijuana businesses after credit union backs away