Marijuana legalization

Legal Marijuana
4:01 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

No Pot-Shop Freeze-Out? Bill Would Ban Moratoriums

In this Dec. 6, 2013 photo, different strains of marijuana are displayed for sale at The Clinic, a Denver-based dispensary with several outlets, in Denver.
Brennan Linsley AP Photo

Some Washington lawmakers concerned about a possible pot-business freeze-out want to keep cities and towns from adopting marijuana-business bans.

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.

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Legal Marijuana
5:01 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Yakama Tribes Take Pot Stand On Traditional Lands

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Leaders of the Yakama 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.

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Legal Marijuana
1:13 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

State Liquor Board Seeking Formal Opinion On Whether Pot Moratoriums Are Legal

Different strains of pot are displayed for sale at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver, Friday Dec. 27, 2013.
Brennan Linsley AP Photo

Legal marijuana is expected to go on sale by this spring in Washington cities like Seattle and Spokane.

Some municipalities, including Federal Way, have put moratoriums in place to give officials more time to determine how to implement the new law in their community. But in some cases, the moratoriums are more severe. 

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Marijuana Licenses
10:04 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Wash. State Faces Prospect Of Too Many Pot Growers

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Washington state could be facing a curious economic problem: too many pot growers.

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.

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Medical Marijuana
1:34 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Liquor Control Board Recommends Limit Of 6 Plants Per Medical Pot Patient

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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.

The state's Liquor Control Board on Wednesday approved its final recommendations to the Legislature about how it believes the largely unregulated medical system can be brought under the umbrella of Initiative 502.

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Legal Marijuana
10:39 am
Wed December 18, 2013

RAND Study: Pot Use In Washington Double Original Projections

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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.

The findings come as Washington prepares to license hundreds of new marijuana businesses.

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Marijuana Licenses
11:46 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Big Jump In Wash. Pot Business Applications

Associated Press

New figures from Washington's Liquor Control Board show a big jump in marijuana business applications as this week's deadline for submissions nears.

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.

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Law
5:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

New Products Complicate Enforcement Of State Smoking Ban

Gerry Broome AP Photo

Nearly a decade has passed since Washington state banned smoking in public areas and workplaces. 

But smoking has evolved since, and that leaves health officials with challenges as they try to enforce a law that didn’t foresee the rise of new products.

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Legal Marijuana
5:02 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Seed-To-Sale Tracking Alone Won’t Stop Marijuana 'Leakage'

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.

Barcodes will help the state track marijuana from seed to sale. But technology alone won’t keep Washington pot in Washington. And some think the concern about leakage is overblown.

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legal marijuana
12:49 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

1,700 Pot Business Applications Received in Wash.

Associated Press

Marijuana business license applications keep rolling in in Washington.

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.

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planning a pot party
5:05 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Public Party Planned for One-Year Anniversary of Legal Pot

Ben Livingston looks over the venue for the public party at the Seattle Center.
Monica Spain

It happens. People smoke marijuana at the Seattle Center. You’ve seen it or smelled it, but it’s never been—and still isn’t—legal.  

This Friday, there will be an exception. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of pot legalization, the city is allowing a pot party on Seattle Center grounds

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Marijuana DUI
10:40 am
Thu November 21, 2013

More Drivers Test Positive for Pot in Wash. State

Associated Press

New figures from the Washington State Patrol show that more drivers have tested positive for marijuana since the state legalized the drug last year.

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.

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marijuana licenses
1:07 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

State Pot License Investigators to Look for 'Hidden Ownership'

Associated Press

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.

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.

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Marijuana DUI
5:01 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Test Case Shows Pot DUI Law Still Murky Despite Per Se Limit

Ronnie Payton is a medical marijuana patient.
Justin Steyer KPLU

When is someone too stoned to drive? Washington's new marijuana law includes a new way to answer that question: a blood limit for the drug.

It's supposed to set a standard just as clear as the .08 blood alcohol content police use for drunk drivers. But one year after voters legalized pot, the line is looking almost as blurry as ever.

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marijuana laws
1:14 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Colo., Wash. Courts Weigh Lawyer Pot Use, Advice

Associated Press

Seattle attorney Kurt Boehl is happy to think he's contributing to the success of Washington's grand experiment in regulating marijuana by advising his clients on how to navigate the industry's legal complexities.

But there's a worry that his efforts could earn him an ethics complaint. After all, marijuana is illegal under federal law, and lawyers aren't supposed to help their clients break the law.

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