marijuana http://www.kplu.org en 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 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' Seattle Public Schools: Spike In Marijuana Use Not Just Seen At Roosevelt High http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-public-schools-spike-marijuana-use-not-just-seen-roosevelt-high <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Roosevelt High School has invited an expert on teen substance abuse to address concerned parents after the the school's principal&nbsp;<a href="http://roosevelths.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1708880/File/NinthGradeLetter.pdf?sessionid=da924dab94dcc0cab90c32738d89ab39" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">sent a letter to parents</a>&nbsp;about an increase in drug and alcohol use at the school.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The letter by principal Brian Vance said the school's number of disciplinary incidents involving marijuana and alcohol use had "doubled" since last year, from 12 incidents to 24.</span></p><p>Seattle Public Schools officials say they've observed a similar trend district-wide.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:32:16 +0000 Kyle Stokes 14998 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Public Schools: Spike In Marijuana Use Not Just Seen At Roosevelt High FBI Balks At Background Checks For Wash. Pot License Applicants http://www.kplu.org/post/fbi-balks-background-checks-wash-pot-license-applicants <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado — a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that's long been illegal under federal law.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:14:23 +0000 Gene Johnson 14851 at http://www.kplu.org FBI Balks At Background Checks For Wash. Pot License Applicants Tribal Group Approves Anti-Pot Resolution http://www.kplu.org/post/tribal-group-approves-anti-pot-resolution <p>The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians has passed a resolution that rejects marijuana use and legalization efforts in the region.</p><p>The resolution, drawn up at the groups recent Winter Convention, points out that Native Tribes have higher rates of marijuana and drug use than other ethnicities in the U.S., and the negative impacts of marijuana use can cause many health related problems.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:29:11 +0000 Steve Jackson 14489 at http://www.kplu.org Tribal Group Approves Anti-Pot Resolution 1st Wash. State Pot License Goes To Spokane Grower Named Green http://www.kplu.org/post/1st-wash-state-pot-license-goes-spokane-grower-named-green <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington state's first legal marijuana license is going to a guy named Green.</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 Associated Press has learned that Spokane grower Sean Green, the chief executive of a company called Kouchlock Productions, is due to be issued a producer-processor license at the state Liquor Control Board meeting in Olympia on Wednesday morning.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:57:52 +0000 Gene Johnson 14433 at http://www.kplu.org 1st Wash. State Pot License Goes To Spokane Grower Named Green Doctors Call For More Study Of Pot For Seizures http://www.kplu.org/post/doctors-call-more-study-pot-seizures <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A medical group of epilepsy experts is calling on the federal government to reconsider classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug so its impact on seizures can be studied.</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 American Epilepsy Society issued its statement on Monday. It notes that there have been several reported cases of pot treating seizures but not enough scientific study has been performed to show whether the drug works and is safe.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:24:20 +0000 The Associated Press 14379 at http://www.kplu.org Doctors Call For More Study Of Pot For Seizures Northwest Tribes Oppose Pot Legalization http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-tribes-oppose-pot-legalization <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">An organization representing 57 Northwest Indian tribes has announced its opposition to marijuana legalization, specifically in Alaska and Oregon.</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 Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians announced a partnership Tuesday with the Smart Approaches to Marijuana project, which supports a treatment, health-first marijuana policy.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:05:37 +0000 The Associated Press 14137 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest Tribes Oppose Pot Legalization Pot Tax Revenue Estimates Likely Hazy http://www.kplu.org/post/pot-tax-revenue-estimates-likely-hazy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Within the next year, marijuana taxes will start arriving in Washington state coffers.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But how much money can the state realistically expect to take in from legal, recreational pot sales? Washington’s revenue forecaster recently unveiled his first estimate, but the numbers may be a bit hazy.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14061 at http://www.kplu.org Pot Tax Revenue Estimates Likely Hazy Pot Legalization: What Can Washington Learn From The End Of Prohibition? http://www.kplu.org/post/pot-legalization-what-can-washington-learn-end-prohibition <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Come summer, marijuana stores will open for business across Washington.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new legal pot market is modeled on a system the state adopted 80 years ago when Prohibition ended.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I wondered if there are other parallels between the legalization of alcohol then and marijuana today.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:47:05 +0000 Austin Jenkins 13933 at http://www.kplu.org Pot Legalization: What Can Washington Learn From The End Of Prohibition? State Liquor Board Cuts Back How Much Legal Pot Producers Can Grow http://www.kplu.org/post/state-liquor-board-cuts-back-how-much-legal-pot-producers-can-grow <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Applicants to grow recreational pot in Washington could have their state licenses in hand two weeks for now. But they won’t be able to produce as much marijuana as they originally thought.</span></p><p>Washington’s Liquor Control Board Wednesday instituted new limits designed to avoid a market glut.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:59:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 13833 at http://www.kplu.org State Liquor Board Cuts Back How Much Legal Pot Producers Can Grow Report: State To See Millions From Pot Sales Next Year http://www.kplu.org/post/report-state-see-millions-pot-sales-next-year <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Economic forecasters are predicting that the state's new legal recreational marijuana market will bring nearly $190 million to state coffers over a four-year period starting in mid-2015.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:38:18 +0000 The Associated Press 13827 at http://www.kplu.org Report: State To See Millions From Pot Sales Next Year State Lawmakers: No Tax Breaks For Pot Production http://www.kplu.org/post/state-lawmakers-no-tax-breaks-pot-production <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Some lawmakers in Washington state want to prevent marijuana producers from qualifying for agriculture tax breaks.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>A state House committee heard a bill Tuesday that would block the new marijuana industry from tax breaks for 10 years. Officials estimate that the industry could otherwise qualify for three dozen different tax breaks, largely surrounding the agriculture industry.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:06:07 +0000 Mike Baker 12732 at http://www.kplu.org State Lawmakers: No Tax Breaks For Pot Production State Attorney General: Cities Can Block Pot Business http://www.kplu.org/post/state-attorney-general-cities-can-block-pot-business <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says cities and counties can block licensed marijuana businesses from operating.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>In a <a href="http://atg.wa.gov/uploadedFiles/FosterAGO2014No02.pdf" target="_blank">long-awaited opinion</a> Thursday, Ferguson says the state's legal marijuana law, Initiative 502, leaves local governments the option of adopting moratoriums or bans that prohibit licensed grow operations, processing facilities or retail shops from their jurisdictions.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:36:23 +0000 Gene Johnson & Paula Wissel 12653 at http://www.kplu.org State Attorney General: Cities Can Block Pot Business