Marijuana Regulation http://www.kplu.org en 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' 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 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 No Pot-Shop Freeze-Out? Bill Would Ban Moratoriums http://www.kplu.org/post/no-pot-shop-freeze-out-bill-would-ban-moratoriums <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Some Washington lawmakers concerned about a possible pot-business freeze-out want to keep cities and towns from adopting marijuana-business bans.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Ten representatives in the House on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require cities and counties to cooperate with the state Liquor Control Board in terms of allowing licensed recreational marijuana gardens, processing facilities and stores within their jurisdictions. Local governments would have to treat those enterprises the same as any other business that attempts to locate within their boundaries.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:01:41 +0000 The Associated Press 12593 at http://www.kplu.org No Pot-Shop Freeze-Out? Bill Would Ban Moratoriums Yakama Tribes Take Pot Stand On Traditional Lands http://www.kplu.org/post/yakama-tribes-take-pot-stand-traditional-lands <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders of the </span>Yakama<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nation in central Washington say they see little benefit to sales or farming of legalized marijuana on their traditional lands. And the tribes are making moves to prevent anyone from operating a pot business on an area that adds up to one-fifth of the state’s land mass.</span></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Anna King 12551 at http://www.kplu.org Yakama Tribes Take Pot Stand On Traditional Lands Wash. State Faces Prospect Of Too Many Pot Growers http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-state-faces-prospect-too-many-pot-growers <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington state could be facing a curious economic problem: too many pot growers.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>More than 2,600 applications have been submitted to produce the marijuana that will be sold at state-licensed stores when Washington's legal marijuana industry opens for business this year.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:04:12 +0000 Gene Johnson 12345 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. State Faces Prospect Of Too Many Pot Growers Liquor Control Board Recommends Limit Of 6 Plants Per Medical Pot Patient http://www.kplu.org/post/liquor-control-board-recommends-limit-6-plants-medical-pot-patient <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington state is looking at a major overhaul of its medical marijuana system, to avoid competition with the recreational market and to avert any crackdowns from the federal government.</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 state's Liquor Control Board on Wednesday approved its <a href="http://www.liq.wa.gov/marijuana/medical-mj_recommendations" target="_blank">final recommendations</a> to the Legislature about how it believes the largely unregulated medical system can be brought under the umbrella of Initiative 502.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:34:43 +0000 Gene Johnson 11856 at http://www.kplu.org Liquor Control Board Recommends Limit Of 6 Plants Per Medical Pot Patient RAND Study: Pot Use In Washington Double Original Projections http://www.kplu.org/post/rand-study-pot-use-washington-double-original-projections <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The amount of marijuana smoked, eaten and otherwise consumed in Washington each year is double the original projections, according to a long-awaited study released Wednesday by the RAND Corporation.</span></p><p>The findings come as Washington prepares to license <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/big-jump-wash-pot-business-applications">hundreds of new marijuana businesses</a>.</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:39:55 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11846 at http://www.kplu.org RAND Study: Pot Use In Washington Double Original Projections Big Jump In Wash. Pot Business Applications http://www.kplu.org/post/big-jump-wash-pot-business-applications <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">New figures from Washington's Liquor Control Board show a big jump in marijuana business applications as this week's deadline for submissions nears.</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 board said Tuesday it has received 2,444 applications to grow, process or sell cannabis under Washington's recreational pot law passed by voters last year. As of a week ago, that figure was just under 1,700.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:46:34 +0000 The Associated Press 11799 at http://www.kplu.org Big Jump In Wash. Pot Business Applications Seed-To-Sale Tracking Alone Won’t Stop Marijuana 'Leakage' http://www.kplu.org/post/seed-sale-tracking-alone-won-t-stop-marijuana-leakage <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Washington moves to legalize recreational pot, the U.S. Department of Justice is prioritizing preventing so-called “leakage” to other states like Oregon and Idaho.</span></p><p>Barcodes will help the state track marijuana from seed to sale. But technology alone won’t keep Washington pot in Washington.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And some think the concern about leakage is overblown.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 01:02:42 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11769 at http://www.kplu.org Seed-To-Sale Tracking Alone Won’t Stop Marijuana 'Leakage' 1,700 Pot Business Applications Received in Wash. http://www.kplu.org/post/1700-pot-business-applications-received-wash <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Marijuana business license applications keep rolling in in Washington.</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 state Liquor Control Board says it has received 1,696 applications from people seeking permission to grow, process or sell cannabis under the new recreational marijuana law.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:49:24 +0000 The Associated Press 11560 at http://www.kplu.org 1,700 Pot Business Applications Received in Wash. More Drivers Test Positive for Pot in Wash. State http://www.kplu.org/post/more-drivers-test-positive-pot-wash-state <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">New figures from the Washington State Patrol show that more drivers have tested positive for marijuana since the state legalized the drug last year.</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 the first six months of 2013, the patrol's crime lab says, 745 people tested positive for marijuana. Typically there are about 1,000 positive pot tests on drivers in a full year.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 18:40:14 +0000 Gene Johnson 11200 at http://www.kplu.org More Drivers Test Positive for Pot in Wash. State State Pot License Investigators to Look for 'Hidden Ownership' http://www.kplu.org/post/state-pot-license-investigators-look-hidden-ownership <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: 14.399999618530273px;">Pot entrepreneurs in Washington can apply for a business license beginning Monday, Nov. 18. The state now has a team of 14 license investigators ready to vet the applicants.</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: 14.399999618530273px;">Becky Smith with the Washington Liquor Control Board says investigators will be sleuthing for hidden owners and out-of-state financial backers, as well as other violations of the rules.</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:07:25 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11010 at http://www.kplu.org State Pot License Investigators to Look for 'Hidden Ownership'