If it's legal http://www.kplu.org en Will legal marijuana make police less effective? http://www.kplu.org/post/will-legal-marijuana-make-police-less-effective <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; ">Washington voters are weighing whether to become the first state to legalize marijuana. All this week in our series&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/if-its-legal" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(0, 82, 155); ">"If it’s legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life,"</a>&nbsp;KPLU reporters have been imagining what the future could look like if it passes.Today, we look at how legal pot could change policing.</em></p><p>In Washington state, between 9,000 and 10,000 people are arrested each year for possession of marijuana. If voters approve Initiative 502, it will suddenly be legal to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, enough to fill about a quarter of a small plastic sandwich bag.&nbsp;</p><p>How would legalization affect who goes to jail and how our communities are policed? Fri, 12 Oct 2012 05:36:34 +0000 Paula Wissel 6698 at http://www.kplu.org Will legal marijuana make police less effective? Will 'cannabis lounges' pop up if marijuana is legalized? http://www.kplu.org/post/will-cannabis-lounges-pop-if-marijuana-legalized <p><em>Washington voters are weighing whether to become the first state to legalize marijuana. All this week in our series <a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/if-its-legal">"If it’s legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life,"</a> 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.&nbsp; </em></p><p>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?</p><p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 6677 at http://www.kplu.org Will 'cannabis lounges' pop up if marijuana is legalized? Dueling messages call marijuana 'benign' and 'risky' http://www.kplu.org/post/dueling-messages-call-marijuana-benign-and-risky <p><em>Even if you never smoke marijuana, Initiative-502 could make it much more a part of our society, like alcohol. In our series “<a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/if-its-legal">If it’s legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life</a>,” 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.</em></p><p>If you turn on the TV today, beer and wine are everywhere. A <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viXhp0v1gGY">typical commercial for Corona Light</a>, for example, features a guy whose life improves with girls, dancing, lively music, a great time – all thanks to a frosty beer.</p><p>This sort of commercial is what Denise Walker was imagining, when she started thinking about the possibility of marijuana advertising in the future. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:09:35 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6661 at http://www.kplu.org Dueling messages call marijuana 'benign' and 'risky' How will marijuana products be sold, and will they be safe? http://www.kplu.org/post/how-will-marijuana-products-be-sold-and-will-they-be-safe <p><em>If Washington voters approve a ballot measure this fall <a href="http://www.newapproachwa.org/sites/newapproachwa.org/files/I-502%20bookmarked.pdf">legalizing marijuana</a>, it would bring big changes – not just in the justice system, but in our communities. In our series “<a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/if-its-legal">If it’s legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life</a>,” 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.</em></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6642 at http://www.kplu.org How will marijuana products be sold, and will they be safe? Will legal marijuana make our roads more dangerous? http://www.kplu.org/post/will-legal-marijuana-make-our-roads-more-dangerous <p><em>If Washington voters approve a ballot measure this fall <a href="http://www.newapproachwa.org/sites/newapproachwa.org/files/I-502%20bookmarked.pdf">legalizing marijuana</a>, 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?</em></p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6616 at http://www.kplu.org Will legal marijuana make our roads more dangerous?