Marijuana legalization http://www.kplu.org en Snapshots: Who Waited In Line To Buy Marijuana, And Why http://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.kplu.org Wash. State To Issue About 20 Pot Retail Licenses Monday Pot Growers Can't Use Federal Irrigation Water http://www.kplu.org/post/pot-growers-cant-use-federal-irrigation-water <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><font color="red" style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Marijuana</font><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">&nbsp;growers in Washington and Colorado and other states cannot use irrigation water from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to grow their crops.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The agency on Tuesday said that&nbsp;<font color="red">marijuana</font>&nbsp;growing remains illegal under federal law, so irrigation water from its dams cannot be used to grow pot even in states that have legalized recreational or medical use of the drug.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:53:09 +0000 The Associated Press 16715 at http://www.kplu.org Pot Growers Can't Use Federal Irrigation Water Wash. Pot Grower Says Black Market Can Survive Legalization http://www.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://www.kplu.org Wash. Pot Grower Says Black Market Can Survive Legalization Washington Pot Growers May Not Get Federal Irrigation Water http://www.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://www.kplu.org Washington Pot Growers May Not Get Federal Irrigation Water Even University Mathematicians Have Role In Marijuana Legalization http://www.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://www.kplu.org Even University Mathematicians Have Role In Marijuana Legalization Youth Access To Marijuana Remains A Concern Under Legalization http://www.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://www.kplu.org Youth Access To Marijuana Remains A Concern Under Legalization Does Legalized Marijuana Put Washington Drivers At Risk Out Of State? http://www.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://www.kplu.org Does Legalized Marijuana Put Washington Drivers At Risk Out Of State? Wash. State Pot Store Lottery Announced; Grow Licenses Lagging http://www.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://www.kplu.org Wash. State Pot Store Lottery Announced; Grow Licenses Lagging ACLU Report Shows Sharp Drop In Pot Charges In Wash. State After Legalization http://www.kplu.org/post/aclu-report-shows-sharp-drop-pot-charges-wash-state-after-legalization <p></p><p>You might assume that after voters passed Initiative 502, making adult possession of marijuana legal, the number of prosecutions for pot would drop. Now, there’s proof to back up that assumption.</p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union analyzed court data from around the state, looking specifically at filings for low-level marijuana offenses.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The numbers show a huge decrease.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:54:24 +0000 Paula Wissel 15042 at http://www.kplu.org ACLU Report Shows Sharp Drop In Pot Charges In Wash. State After Legalization Coming To Tacoma Dome: CannaCon, 'Home And Garden Show, But With Cannabis' http://www.kplu.org/post/coming-tacoma-dome-cannacon-home-and-garden-show-cannabis <p>Move over, Hempfest; there’s a new show in town, and on the same weekend.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">CannaCon is coming to the Tacoma Dome, and organizers hope to make it the biggest cannabis expo in the country.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Picture the Seattle Home and Garden Show, but with cannabis,” said Bob Smart, a medical marijuana retailer who is organizing the event with the help of the Marijuana Business Association.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:02:29 +0000 Martha Kang 12773 at http://www.kplu.org Coming To Tacoma Dome: CannaCon, 'Home And Garden Show, But With Cannabis' Washington's 'Pot Czar' Says Legal Marijuana Could Be Too Cheap http://www.kplu.org/post/washingtons-pot-czar-says-legal-marijuana-could-be-too-cheap <p></p><p>Washington and Colorado are embracing their role as “laboratories of democracy” when it comes to drug policy, but as Washington’s marijuana consultant points out, “Dr. Frankenstein had a laboratory, too.”</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 14561 at http://www.kplu.org Washington's 'Pot Czar' Says Legal Marijuana Could Be Too Cheap