Marijuana legalization

Marijuana legalization
2:31 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

State delays pot grower, processor licenses

Washington state is delaying its timeline for granting marijuana growing and processing licenses — and that means legal marijuana sales likely won't begin before next spring.

Liquor Control Board spokesman Brian Smith says that rather than issue growing licenses this summer and processor licenses this fall, it will issue all licenses Dec. 1. That means the growers won't be able to get to work until December, and the final product won't be ready for a couple months after that.

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marijuana legalization
6:27 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Local credit union tries on being banker to the pot industry

Verity might be the only financial company in Washington to let marijuana businesses open an account
Keith Seinfeld kplu

Federal law prohibits banks from helping drug dealers. So where do marijuana businesses keep their cash?  

“We would put the cash in the safe on premises, which obviously makes you nervous. You have to leave it there overnight,” said Cale Burkhart, who sells cannabis-infused lotions. His shop closed last year, but he’s still selling a line called Vita Verde.

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Marijuana legalization
12:00 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

For regulators, legalizing pot all about ‘getting into the weeds’

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

When Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana last fall, they handed the state’s Liquor Control Board a regulatory nightmare. There’s no manual for how to create a safe and legal market for pot – something that’s never been done before.

State Representative Roger Goodman – speaking after a recent meeting on marijuana legalization – says the giggle factor is gone.

“Initiative 502 largely is about making marijuana boring. Because who cares about all this detail, technical, regulatory stuff," he said. "Well that’s what it’s all about is to get down into the weeds so to speak.”

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Marijuana legalization
12:58 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

State to eye rules to ban pot at bars

A woman is seen working at the vapor bar above Stonegate Pizza in Tacoma.
Paula Wissel KPLU

  Washington state officials say it's not OK for bars to allow marijuana use, and they'll take quick steps to address that.

The announcement from the state Liquor Control Board on Wednesday followed a recent report by The Associated Press about establishments in Olympia and Tacoma that allow people to consume marijuana on-site.

But a worker at one such bar in Tacoma says the state’s efforts will do little good. 

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Marijuana legalization
11:19 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Pot consultant: Revenue estimate way off

 

Estimates of how much money marijuana legalization can bring to the state's coffers have been way off, Washington's new marijuana consultant said.

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marijuana & border patrol
5:01 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Ever try pot? Answer yes, and U.S. won't let you in — ever

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Associated Press

Ever try pot? Answer yes to a border agent, and foreigners could face permanent consequences even if they haven't used marijuana in years. 

More and more Canadians are learning the hard way that admitting to U.S. border agents that you smoked pot can bar you from entering the country forever.

Immigration lawyers say some Canadians are under the mistaken impression that legalization of marijuana in Washington state has resulted in leniency by U.S. border agents here, but it hasn't. Marijuana is still an illegal substance under federal law.

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Marijuana legalization
3:35 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

State picks Mass. firm to be official pot consultant

Associated Press

 Washington state has tentatively chosen a Massachusetts-based firm led by a University of California, Los Angeles, professor to be its official marijuana consultant.

Botec Analysis Corp. is based in Cambridge, Mass., and has evaluated government programs and provided consulting relating to drug abuse, crime and public health. Losing bidders for the contract can protest the award, but if it stands, Botec will advise Washington state officials as they develop rules for the state's new industry in legal, taxed marijuana.

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Marijuana
4:57 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

U.N. official urges U.S. to fight Wash. marijuana laws

Associated Press

The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. federal officials to challenge the decriminalization of possessing small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over in Washington and Colorado.

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Marijuana legalization
1:36 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Feds: Still no decision on Washington marijuana laws

Morgan Flickr

Attorney General Eric Holder says the Obama administration still hasn't decided on how the federal government will respond to the new legal-marijuana laws passed by voters in Washington and Colorado.

Holder appeared Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee and was asked about the issue by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

The attorney general reiterated what he has said recently — that a policy decision will be announced "relatively soon." He also said he's had good conversations with elected leaders from Washington and Colorado.

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Marijuana Legalization
9:17 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Pressure Mounts On Feds To Intervene In Washington, Colorado Pot Laws

Petr Brož Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 5:36 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill Wednesday. He will likely get questions about Washington and Colorado’s new marijuana laws. Pressure is mounting on the Obama administration to block the pot legalization measures.

The new push for federal invention comes from a United Nations-based drug agency and nine former DEA chiefs. They say Washington and Colorado's new recreational pot laws violate international treaties.

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Politics
12:10 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Yakima Marijuana Hearing Draws Entrepreneurs, Advocates, Moms

Anna King Northwest News Network

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. Correspondent Anna King brings us our story from Yakima.

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Marijuana Regulation
10:30 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Washington marijuana legalization draws Yale MBAs with big ideas

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 3:39 pm

SEATTLE, Wash. – As Washington moves to legalize marijuana, pot entrepreneurs are lobbying in public forums and behind the scenes. These business interests want to shape the new marijuana marketplace. Among them, a Seattle-based private equity firm called Privateer Holdings. The company has hired a top Olympia lobbyist and is making the case for large marijuana grows to state regulators.

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Law
4:11 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Idaho Bills Would Keep State From Following Neighbors On Pot

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 6:00 pm

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. A state Senate committee approved a pair of measures against marijuana, including one asking the federal government to crack down on Idaho’s neighbors.

Oregon, Montana and Nevada allow medical marijuana, while Washington legalized it for recreational use.

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Marijuana Legalization
1:23 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Inslee sends letter detailing Washington's legal pot plan

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee sent U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder a letter this week detailing the efforts the state is taking as it moves forward with creating rules for a voter-approved legal market for marijuana.

Inslee wrote the "the world is watching" both Colorado and Washington as the two states implement last fall's votes that approved the recreational use of marijuana.

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Marijuana Regulation
5:57 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Should it matter how much marijuana is in your blood?

Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

It’s always been illegal to drive stoned. But, what that means has changed under Washington’s new marijuana law.

Initiative-502 includes a strict definition of "under the influence" – which some people say is misguided.

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