marijuana http://kplu.org en Do Homeless People Need A Place To Smoke Pot So They Don't Light Up In Public? http://kplu.org/post/do-homeless-people-need-place-smoke-pot-so-they-dont-light-public <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160022301&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>Of the 82 tickets S<span style="line-height: 1.5;">eattle police officers issued&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for public marijuana use&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in the first six months of this year, 38 of them — nearly half —</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">went to people who were probably homeless.</span></p><p>For Seattle City Council member Nick Licata, that raises a question: Don't the economically-distressed need a place to go to smoke pot legally, without doing so in public?</p><p>"What we don't want to create is a situation where we literally are giving citations away to people that are going to end up having their record affected for engaging in activity that otherwise would be legal, except that it's just done outside," Licata said.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:33:11 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17853 at http://kplu.org Do Homeless People Need A Place To Smoke Pot So They Don't Light Up In Public? Bumpy Start For State Pot Stores As They Try To Juggle Supply, Demand, Staffing http://kplu.org/post/bumpy-start-state-pot-stores-they-try-juggle-supply-demand-staffing <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159059271&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>Buying legal pot is turning into a game of Where’s Waldo. Stores are open one day, but closed the next. A small handful of shops are still doing business, but that could change at any time.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:08:03 +0000 Monica Spain 17767 at http://kplu.org Bumpy Start For State Pot Stores As They Try To Juggle Supply, Demand, Staffing House Votes To Allow Marijuana-Related Banking http://kplu.org/post/house-votes-allow-marijuana-related-banking <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The House voted Wednesday in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal pot shops and providers of medical marijuana.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The 236-186 vote rejected a move by Rep. John Fleming, R-La., to block the Treasury Department from implementing guidance it issued in February telling banks how to report on their dealings with marijuana-related businesses without running afoul of federal money-laundering laws.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:11:24 +0000 The Associated Press 17761 at http://kplu.org House Votes To Allow Marijuana-Related Banking Snapshots: Who Waited In Line To Buy Marijuana, And Why http://kplu.org/post/snapshots-who-waited-line-buy-marijuana-and-why <p>Approximately&nbsp;two hundred people waited in line to buy weed at Cannabis City, the first recreational marijuana store to open in Seattle. So we asked them: Why wait in line?</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:34:42 +0000 Malcolm Griffes 17626 at http://kplu.org Snapshots: Who Waited In Line To Buy Marijuana, And Why Bellingham Store First To Open, Sell Legal Pot In Wash., Seattle Store Follows http://kplu.org/post/bellingham-store-first-open-sell-legal-pot-wash-seattle-store-follows <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157976210&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 style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The first legal sales of recreational marijuana in Washington state have begun.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Eager customers bought pot at 8 a.m. at Bellingham's Top Shelf Cannabis, one of two stores in the city north of Seattle that started selling marijuana as soon as was allowed under state regulations.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:28:46 +0000 Paula Wissel & Gene Johnson 17609 at http://kplu.org Bellingham Store First To Open, Sell Legal Pot In Wash., Seattle Store Follows Oregon Marijuana Campaign Would Like Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash http://kplu.org/post/oregon-marijuana-campaign-would-some-your-bitcoin-stash <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157696980&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>An Oregon political campaign wants your digital donations. The group behind the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana says it's now accepting bitcoin contributions. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:52:25 +0000 Chris Lehman 17595 at http://kplu.org Oregon Marijuana Campaign Would Like Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash Where The First State-Licensed Pot Shops Are, And Why Some Will Wait To Open http://kplu.org/post/where-first-state-licensed-pot-shops-are-and-why-some-will-wait-open <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157617500&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>Twenty four retailers around Washington state received a special email today, giving them official approval to open their doors and start selling marijuana. The licenses clear the way for the state’s first recreational pot shops to open sometime Tuesday.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17587 at http://kplu.org Where The First State-Licensed Pot Shops Are, And Why Some Will Wait To Open Wash. State To Issue About 20 Pot Retail Licenses Monday http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-issue-about-20-pot-retail-licenses-monday <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157160014&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>Washington’s Liquor Control Board plans to issue about 20 marijuana retail licenses next Monday, and the first pot stores could open the next day following a 24-hour waiting period.</p><p>But the state cautions many stores may not be ready yet for customers and marijuana could be in short supply.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:33:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17557 at http://kplu.org Wash. State To Issue About 20 Pot Retail Licenses Monday How One Young Girl Could Change Idaho’s Strict Marijuana Laws http://kplu.org/post/how-one-young-girl-could-change-idaho-s-strict-marijuana-laws <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155142463&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When 9-year-old Alexis Carey gets home from school, her mom helps her into her favorite bean bag chair. Clare Carey kneels down to remove her daughter’s foot braces, which she needs to walk.&nbsp;</span></p><p>“She’s in them all day, so when she gets home from school, we just kind of give her a break,” Clare said.</p><p>Alexis can’t talk, but she’s quick to smile. Parents Clare and Michael Carey say their daughter is a happy kid, but can’t talk or master potty-training.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:22:08 +0000 Adam Cotterell 17271 at http://kplu.org How One Young Girl Could Change Idaho’s Strict Marijuana Laws Wash. Pot Grower Says Black Market Can Survive Legalization http://kplu.org/post/wash-pot-grower-says-black-market-can-survive-legalization <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149527917&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Scott Johnson is one of those natural-born salesmen. He used to own a restaurant on the 15th floor of the Bellingham Towers, the tallest building in Bellingham.</p><p>“At first it was called ‘Top of the Towers, and then after about five years, I changed it to ‘City View Grill,’” he said.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now Johnson comes to Bellingham Towers to see his lawyer, whose office is also here. Johnson has been sentenced to five years behind bars for his role in a long-running marijuana production and distribution ring.</span></p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:57:33 +0000 Austin Jenkins 16557 at http://kplu.org Wash. Pot Grower Says Black Market Can Survive Legalization Washington Pot Growers May Not Get Federal Irrigation Water http://kplu.org/post/washington-pot-growers-may-not-get-federal-irrigation-water <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147179871&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Farmers in eastern Washington who want to get into the marijuana business may face an immediate hurdle.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">The U.S. government is currently deciding whether it will give growers access to federal water. The agricultural heart of the state depends on these irrigation systems.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Anna King 16333 at http://kplu.org Washington Pot Growers May Not Get Federal Irrigation Water Even University Mathematicians Have Role In Marijuana Legalization http://kplu.org/post/even-university-mathematicians-have-role-marijuana-legalization <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146438291&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The path to marijuana legalization in Washington state is keeping even university math professors busy.</p><p>They played a key role in developing the lottery now under way to determine who gets a license to open a pot store.</p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:25:02 +0000 Austin Jenkins 16272 at http://kplu.org Even University Mathematicians Have Role In Marijuana Legalization Youth Access To Marijuana Remains A Concern Under Legalization http://kplu.org/post/youth-access-marijuana-remains-concern-under-legalization <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145859227&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The lottery to determine who will get a license to open a marijuana retail store in Washington gets under way this week. But the results probably won’t be known until early next month. Meanwhile, as Washington and Colorado go where no state or nation has gone before, concerns remain about kids getting their hands on pot.</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 16188 at http://kplu.org Youth Access To Marijuana Remains A Concern Under Legalization Does Legalized Marijuana Put Washington Drivers At Risk Out Of State? http://kplu.org/post/does-legalized-marijuana-put-washington-drivers-risk-out-state <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144687893&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some drivers from Washington and Colorado say they're being targeted by police when they cross into Idaho.</span></p><p>They claim it’s because their license plate shows they live two states that have legal marijuana, but that’s a hard thing to prove.</p><p>At least two Washington drivers say they were pulled over in Idaho on suspicion of using marijuana. In both cases, pot was not found and they were let go.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:39:47 +0000 Chris Lehman 16007 at http://kplu.org Does Legalized Marijuana Put Washington Drivers At Risk Out Of State? Wash. State Pot Store Lottery Announced; Grow Licenses Lagging http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-pot-store-lottery-announced-grow-licenses-lagging <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142757076&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The timeline for when Washington’s first marijuana retail stores will open has slipped from June to early July, the state Liquor Control Board announced Wednesday.</p><p>The next step in the process is a lottery to see who wins a license to open a pot store. The results of that lottery should be known by early May.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:17:08 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15628 at http://kplu.org Wash. State Pot Store Lottery Announced; Grow Licenses Lagging