Marijuana legalization

Legal Marijuana
5:02 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Seed-To-Sale Tracking Alone Won’t Stop Marijuana 'Leakage'

As Washington moves to legalize recreational pot, the U.S. Department of Justice is prioritizing preventing so-called “leakage” to other states like Oregon and Idaho.

Barcodes will help the state track marijuana from seed to sale. But technology alone won’t keep Washington pot in Washington. And some think the concern about leakage is overblown.

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legal marijuana
12:49 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

1,700 Pot Business Applications Received in Wash.

Associated Press

Marijuana business license applications keep rolling in in Washington.

The state Liquor Control Board says it has received 1,696 applications from people seeking permission to grow, process or sell cannabis under the new recreational marijuana law.

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planning a pot party
5:05 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Public Party Planned for One-Year Anniversary of Legal Pot

Ben Livingston looks over the venue for the public party at the Seattle Center.
Monica Spain

It happens. People smoke marijuana at the Seattle Center. You’ve seen it or smelled it, but it’s never been—and still isn’t—legal.  

This Friday, there will be an exception. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of pot legalization, the city is allowing a pot party on Seattle Center grounds

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Marijuana DUI
10:40 am
Thu November 21, 2013

More Drivers Test Positive for Pot in Wash. State

Associated Press

New figures from the Washington State Patrol show that more drivers have tested positive for marijuana since the state legalized the drug last year.

In the first six months of 2013, the patrol's crime lab says, 745 people tested positive for marijuana. Typically there are about 1,000 positive pot tests on drivers in a full year.

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marijuana licenses
1:07 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

State Pot License Investigators to Look for 'Hidden Ownership'

Associated Press

Pot entrepreneurs in Washington can apply for a business license beginning Monday, Nov. 18. The state now has a team of 14 license investigators ready to vet the applicants.

Becky Smith with the Washington Liquor Control Board says investigators will be sleuthing for hidden owners and out-of-state financial backers, as well as other violations of the rules.

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Marijuana DUI
5:01 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Test Case Shows Pot DUI Law Still Murky Despite Per Se Limit

Ronnie Payton is a medical marijuana patient.
Justin Steyer KPLU

When is someone too stoned to drive? Washington's new marijuana law includes a new way to answer that question: a blood limit for the drug.

It's supposed to set a standard just as clear as the .08 blood alcohol content police use for drunk drivers. But one year after voters legalized pot, the line is looking almost as blurry as ever.

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marijuana laws
1:14 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Colo., Wash. Courts Weigh Lawyer Pot Use, Advice

Associated Press

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.

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.

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marijuana licenses
5:46 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

What You Should Know about Applying for a State Pot License

Associated Press

This month, the state Liquor Control Board will begin accepting applications for marijuana business licenses. State officials on Monday released details about the application process. Here are four things you should know:

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taxing marijuana
10:31 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Will Wash. State's Legal Pot Taxes Go to Health Care?

Associated Press

One selling point of Washington's new legal marijuana law was that a huge chunk of pot-related tax revenue would be devoted to health coverage for low-income residents.

But it's not clear the money will go to health care after all.Under the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," a would-be recipient of the pot taxes— Washington's Basic Health Plan—is being eliminated. The plan, which provided low-cost health insurance to the working poor, is being absorbed by Medicaid and will end Dec. 31, according the state Health Care Authority.

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marijuana on the reservation
1:13 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Yakama Nation Won't Recognize Wash. State's New Pot Law

Associated Press

Washington state’s new law allowing for personal marijuana use by adults won’t be recognized on the Yakama tribal reservation. 

The Yakama Nation has decided that despite the wish of state residents in voting to allow for marijuana use, they will not allow cannabis to be consumed or grown on the reservation.

Tribal attorney George Colby says in part, it is an issue of tribal sovereignty.

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Medical Marijuana
12:09 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Medical Pot Advocate: State's Proposed Overhaul Goes Too Far

Associated Press

An advocate of the state’s medical marijuana industry says the state regulators’ proposed rules go too far.

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.

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medical marijuana
3:30 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

State Wants Medical Pot Registry, Tax Exemption, Lower Cap

Associated Press

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.

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regulating marijuana
2:30 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Panel Examines Future of Medical Pot in Wash.

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

As the proprietor of a medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Dawn Darington has seen patients wracked by AIDS and cancer. She's also seen "patients" who show up for a free pot brownie and never come back.

Now, Washington is pushing forward with plans to entice the latter into its new world of legal, taxed recreational pot, and advocates like Darington say they're worried about where that's going to leave those who actually need cannabis.

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marijuana regulation
10:22 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

State Marijuana Rules Pave Way for Stores Next Year

Initiative 502 sponsor Alison Holcomb of the ACLU of Washington with Liquor Board Deputy Director Randy Simmons after the Board formally adopted the rules for legal, recreational marijuana.

Washington’s Liquor Control Board has formally adopted 43-pages of rules for legal, recreational marijuana. The unanimous vote Wednesday caps a lengthy process that began after last year’s approval of legal pot.

There was no confetti, balloons or cake; more a sense of relief that the heavy-lifting is done. Washington’s three-person Liquor Board and its staff have been mired for nearly a year in the intricacies of how to regulate the growing, processing and selling of marijuana and marijuana-infused products.

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pot supply and demand
4:45 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

City Attorney: Number of Allowed Pot Stores Must Meet Demand

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes says he’s concerned the city may not have enough marijuana stores to meet demand when they open next year under Initiative 502. 

Holmes is concerned if there aren’t enough stores, people will buy their drugs out on the street. Seattle is set to have 21 pot stores when the rules go into effect.

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