Marijuana legalization

Marijuana policies
10:05 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Study: 240,000 arrested for having pot in Wash.; minorities hit hardest

A new study looks at how many people have been arrested for marijuana possession in Washington state over the past 25 years, and it's a big number: 240,000.

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If Its Legal...?
5:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Will 'cannabis lounges' pop up if marijuana is legalized?

Bubble gum-flavored marijuana snow cones? Just one of the many options available at the Medical Cannabis Cup
Ashley Gross KPLU

Washington voters are weighing whether to become the first state to legalize marijuana. All this week in our series "If it’s legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life," KPLU reporters have been imagining what the future could look like if it passes. Today, we check out the night-life scene, which could include a new version of BYOB – Bring Your Own Brownie. 

Say we fast-forward into the future. The legalization measure has just gone into effect. Where will people use marijuana? Will the guy you pass walking his dog be smoking a joint? Will you see people at a bar sharing their pot brownies?

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Marijuana legalization
11:27 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Ex-DOJ officials pitch for marijuana initiative in new ad

"We know first hand that decades of marijuana arrests have failed to reduce use," Charlie Mandigo says in the ad.

The campaign to legalize and tax recreational marijuana sales for those over 21 in Washington is launching a new television ad campaign Thursday featuring former federal law enforcement officials.

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If it's legal ...
7:09 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Dueling messages call marijuana 'benign' and 'risky'

A glossy, full-page ad for marijuana products look like something you would see from a pharmaceutical company. Does it signal the future of advertising for marijuana ... if it's legal?
Justin Steyer KPLU

Even if you never smoke marijuana, Initiative-502 could make it much more a part of our society, like alcohol. In our series “If it’s legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life,” we consider some ways things could change for all of us. Today, we look at what sort of advertising and public messages we might expect to see.

If you turn on the TV today, beer and wine are everywhere. A typical commercial for Corona Light, for example, features a guy whose life improves with girls, dancing, lively music, a great time – all thanks to a frosty beer.

This sort of commercial is what Denise Walker was imagining, when she started thinking about the possibility of marijuana advertising in the future.

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If Its Legal...?
6:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

How will marijuana products be sold, and will they be safe?

In the modern marijuana market, there are many more products for sale than just the plant used for smoking.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

If Washington voters approve a ballot measure this fall legalizing marijuana, it would bring big changes – not just in the justice system, but in our communities. In our series “If it’s legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life,” we consider some ways things could change for all of us, even people who never smoke pot. Today we look at the industry for making, selling and regulating marijuana products that will spring up … if it’s legal.

The closest thing to a legal marijuana store right now is a so-called medical marijuana dispensary. They’re all over Seattle. Tacoma has a few as well. And you can go see what kind of products they have.

You just ring the doorbell outside a forest green storefront and you’ll be greeted warmly. At least, that’s what happened to me one recent morning, at the Center for Palliative Care in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. It’s called “the CPC” for short.

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If It's Legal ...
6:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Will legal marijuana make our roads more dangerous?

Sgt. Robert Thompson of the Puyallup Police Dept. makes a traffic stop, looking for impaired drivers.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

If Washington voters approve a ballot measure this fall legalizing marijuana, it would bring big changes – not just in the justice system, but in our communities. In our series “If It’s Legal: Five Ways Legal Pot Could Affect Your Life,” we consider some ways things could change for all of us, even people who never smoke pot. We begin with a basic question: would legal marijuana lead to more danger on the roads?

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2012 elections
6:19 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

GOP Senate hopeful latest to endorse legal pot

The campaign to legalize and tax marijuana for adults in Washington state is rolling, with more than $1 million in new contributions reported since last week and a surprising endorsement from Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Michael Baumgartner.

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If it’s legal ...
11:45 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Marijuana Notes: Strange new state job … cannabis quality control

If the marijuana initiative passes, the state will be in the business of judging the quality of cannabis, much like the feds set guidelines for beef.

KPLU reporters are looking into Washington's marijuana legalization initiative (I-502) to produce a series of stories that will separate facts from rumors and to learn exactly what would change if it’s approved. And on this page, we’re sharing some of the interesting facts as we learn them along the way.

Oct. 3 – If it's legal, you'll need some standards for the "quality" of the cannabis sold in state-licensed stores. But how will that be determined? 

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2012 elections
8:36 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

In fundraising, Oregon's pro-pot campaign lags Washington's

Washington's effort to legalize marijuana is backed by some deep-pocketed national donors. But Oregon's campaign is struggling to raise even a bare minimum of cash. Photo by New Approach Washington

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 5:04 pm

SALEM, Ore. – This November, voters in Oregon and Washington will decide whether to legalize marijuana. The Washington effort is backed by some deep-pocketed national donors. But Oregon's campaign is struggling to raise even a bare minimum of cash.

Washington’s Initiative 502 would allow adults to buy marijuana at state-licensed stores. Oregon's Measure 80 would do that too, and would allow people to grow their own pot. The Washington backers have rung up more than $3 million in donations, allowing them to hit the TV airwaves.

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Law
6:05 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Oregon politicians mostly mum on marijuana legalization measure

A marijuana plant growing in North Cascades National Park Complex. Photo by David Snyder/National Park Service

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 5:43 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon and Washington are contemplating a dramatic shift in drug policy this November. But the initiatives to legalize marijuana are getting little attention from state lawmakers on the campaign trail.

Washington’s Initiative 502 would allow adults to buy marijuana at state-licensed stores. Oregon's Measure 80 would do that too, and allow people to grow their own pot.

Few elected officials in Oregon have taken a public position on the initiative. Democratic Representative Peter Buckley is one of them. He co-chairs the legislature’s budget-writing committee.

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Marijuana legalization
1:25 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Could legal marijuana be good for Washington's children?

A children's advocacy group in Washington says legalizing marijuana will be better for kids, especially kids of color.
Dave H Flickr

Support for legal marijuana in Washington appears to be strong among adults, but what will it mean for kids?

This week saw surprising support for the state initiative legalizing marijuana from the Children’s Alliance. The Seattle-based advocacy group, which has dozens of social-service agencies as members, says legal pot would be good for kids.

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Medical marijuana
3:06 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Seattle seeks to close medical pot loophole with zoning rules

To close a loophole in state law and further control the growth of the medical marijuana industry, the city of Seattle is proposing to tighten its zoning laws.

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legalizing marijuana
4:43 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Oregon judge rules against pot measure; arrest made at 'resource center'

SALEM, Ore. – A Salem judge has ruled against putting a second marijuana legalization measures on Oregon's ballot.

Meanwhile, the owner of what's billed as a medical marijuana "resource center" in Eugene has been charged with illegal pot dealing and money laundering.

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legalizing marijuana
1:33 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Divisions emerge over pro-pot initiative at Seattle Hempfest

Above: The first of many thousands lined up early today to enter Hempfest, Seattle's mega pro-pot festival.

For more than 20 years, the Seattle Hempfest festival, rally and outdoor party has pushed for the decriminalization and mainstreaming of marijuana.

But as this year’s event gets underway today, with more than 300,000 expected over the weekend, regulations contained in an initiative that would legalize pot have split many advocates.

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Legalizing marijuana
3:05 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

2 naturopaths charged for clearing pot use in Washington

State regulators have filed complaints against two naturopathic physicians accused of rubber-stamping medical marijuana authorizations at last year's Hempfest event in Seattle.

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