marijuana businesses http://www.kplu.org en Bumpy Start For State Pot Stores As They Try To Juggle Supply, Demand, Staffing http://www.kplu.org/post/bumpy-start-state-pot-stores-they-try-juggle-supply-demand-staffing <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159059271&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>Buying legal pot is turning into a game of Where’s Waldo. Stores are open one day, but closed the next. A small handful of shops are still doing business, but that could change at any time.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:08:03 +0000 Monica Spain 17767 at http://www.kplu.org Bumpy Start For State Pot Stores As They Try To Juggle Supply, Demand, Staffing House Votes To Allow Marijuana-Related Banking http://www.kplu.org/post/house-votes-allow-marijuana-related-banking <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 House voted Wednesday in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal pot shops and providers of medical marijuana.</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>The 236-186 vote rejected a move by Rep. John Fleming, R-La., to block the Treasury Department from implementing guidance it issued in February telling banks how to report on their dealings with marijuana-related businesses without running afoul of federal money-laundering laws.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:11:24 +0000 The Associated Press 17761 at http://www.kplu.org House Votes To Allow Marijuana-Related Banking Showdown Over Wenatchee's Pot Business Ban Could Have Statewide Consequences http://www.kplu.org/post/showdown-over-wenatchees-pot-business-ban-could-have-statewide-consequences <p>A would-be marijuana merchant is suing the city of Wenatchee over its ban on pot businesses. The outcome could have big implications for other local governments trying to keep out cannabis.</p><p>Shaun Preder of SMP Retail wants to open a retail pot store in Wenatchee. But the city does not grant licenses to businesses that don’t comply with federal law, which still considers marijuana illegal.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 04:55:57 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16940 at http://www.kplu.org Showdown Over Wenatchee's Pot Business Ban Could Have Statewide Consequences 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' I-502 Author Says Attorney General Got It Wrong On Pot Business Bans http://www.kplu.org/post/i-502-author-says-attorney-general-got-it-wrong-pot-business-bans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s Attorney General buoyed local governments looking to block pot businesses with </span><a href="http://www.atg.wa.gov/AGOOpinions/opinion.aspx?section=archive&amp;id=31773#.Utm-DT-IbCI" style="line-height: 1.5;">a legal opinion issued Thursday</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. His argument cites the intentions of those who wrote the state’s the pot law, but the initiative’s primary author said he got it wrong.</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:34:13 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 12695 at http://www.kplu.org I-502 Author Says Attorney General Got It Wrong On Pot Business Bans 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 High-Profile Tacoma Pot Activist Booked On Cold Case Drug Murder http://www.kplu.org/post/high-profile-tacoma-pot-activist-booked-cold-case-drug-murder <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pierce County law enforcement officials say they’ve cracked a cold case murder that happened more than 20 years ago, and the investigation has ensnared a high-profile Tacoma marijuana activist.</span></p><p>Michael Schaef is a self-styled cannabis consultant who’s run medical marijuana dispensaries and co-founded <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/state-eye-rules-ban-pot-bars" target="_blank">a Tacoma “vape bar”</a> that operated, until it was shut down, in a gray area of Washington’s pot law.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 01:26:06 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 12232 at http://www.kplu.org High-Profile Tacoma Pot Activist Booked On Cold Case Drug Murder 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 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. Celebration, Angst as State Starts Accepting Pot License Applications http://www.kplu.org/post/celebration-angst-state-starts-accepting-pot-license-applications <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 30-day window for marijuana business licenses applications has opened in Washington. Would-be growers, processors and retailers applied online and in-person Monday.</span></p><p>At the Department of Revenue business licensing office, the flow of in-person applicants was more of a trickle, not a torrent on this historic day.</p><p>“This is absolutely amazing,” said Jeff Gilmore, who was among the first to apply for a license to grow legal pot after a career of growing illegally. “The state of Washington took two years of my life for growing marijuana two decades ago.”</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 23:17:19 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11135 at http://www.kplu.org Celebration, Angst as State Starts Accepting Pot License Applications City Moratoriums Could Thwart Legal Pot http://www.kplu.org/post/city-moratoriums-could-thwart-legal-pot <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: 18px;">Legal pot? Not so fast. That’s the message from a growing number of Washington cities.</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: 18px;">Several municipalities are considering whether to pass a moratorium on pot-related businesses. Others, like Bellingham and Olympia, have already enacted temporary bans.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:44:02 +0000 Austin Jenkins 9804 at http://www.kplu.org City Moratoriums Could Thwart Legal Pot Washington Pot Czar: Cops Should Crush the Black Market http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-pot-czar-cops-should-crush-black-market <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s marijuana consultant says police should act fast to squash the black market once state-sanctioned stores open. But in Seattle, that could conflict with the will of the voters.</span></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 00:08:01 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9532 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Pot Czar: Cops Should Crush the Black Market King County Crafting Rules for Pot-Zoning in Rural Areas http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-crafting-rules-pot-zoning-rural-areas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the state continues to hone its licensing rules for recreational marijuana businesses, local governments are working on land-use regulations that will determine where they can go. King County has drafted <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/property/permits/codes/legislation/legnews/PublicReviewComment.aspx" target="_blank">a new zoning law</a>&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for unincorporated areas and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is seeking public comment before it’s finalized.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9512 at http://www.kplu.org King County Crafting Rules for Pot-Zoning in Rural Areas Marijuana banking proposal back before Congress http://www.kplu.org/post/marijuana-banking-proposal-back-congress <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;">Congress members from Colorado and Washington are planning to try again to help marijuana business access banking services.</span></p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:33:47 +0000 The Associated Press 9301 at http://www.kplu.org Marijuana banking proposal back before Congress