Marijuana legalization

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10:38 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Feds Won't Sue to Stop Legal Pot in Wash. State

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Despite 75 years of federal marijuana prohibition, the Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it — as long as the weed is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property.

In a sweeping new policy statement prompted by pot legalization votes in Washington and Colorado last fall, the department gave the green light to states to adopt tight regulatory schemes to oversee the medical and recreational marijuana industries burgeoning across the country.

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3:44 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

City Moratoriums Could Thwart Legal Pot

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Legal pot? Not so fast. That’s the message from a growing number of Washington cities.

Several municipalities are considering whether to pass a moratorium on pot-related businesses. Others, like Bellingham and Olympia, have already enacted temporary bans. 

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12:06 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Holder, Senate Committee Will Examine State, Federal Pot Laws

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

The chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee wants to look into the conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws.

Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy says he's invited Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Cole to talk to the committee about the issue on Sept. 10.

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5:01 am
Mon August 5, 2013

King County Crafting Rules for Pot-Zoning in Rural Areas

Associated Press

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 new zoning law for unincorporated areas and is seeking public comment before it’s finalized. 

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11:45 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Pot Testing Sprouts with Onslaught of New Laws

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Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Marijuana testing used to mean checking to see if someone had been smoking it.

But with Oregon, Washington and Colorado all making pot more widely available to the public, laboratory testing for safety, purity, potency and active ingredients is adding to the legitimacy of the drug.

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11:38 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Legal Pot Prompts Question: What About Hash?

Justin Steyer KPLU

Washington state's new legal pot law is prompting a conversation about the place of hash and other potent, concentrated marijuana products in the industry.

The law doesn't allow the sale of pure hash or hash oil at state-licensed stores. But state regulators have issued draft rules saying the products can be sold — as long as they're mixed with something else, such as brownies, sodas or even a tiny drop of glycerin.

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3:33 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Marijuana banking proposal back before Congress

Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Congress members from Colorado and Washington are planning to try again to help marijuana business access banking services.

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3:48 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Patrick Kennedy launches local marijuana education group

This photo shows former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy.
Jeff Meade

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, is wading into Washington state’s marijuana legalization process. He’s opening a local chapter of his group that aims to educate people about the health risks of the drug.

Kennedy has struggled in the past with addiction to alcohol and prescription painkillers. And he’s admitted using marijuana in the past before learning about the health risks of today’s more potent cannabis.

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4:56 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Bellingham latest city to place moratorium on pot businesses

Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Bellingham is the latest local government in Washington state to place a moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses.  Some cities say it’s important to put a hold on things while the state works out the details of legalizing the retail sale of pot. Initiative 502, which passed last November, legalized the sale of  marijuana for recreational use.

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12:55 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Pot consultant: Legal pot will work only if police target black market

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

The stated goal of Washington’s new marijuana law is to stop treating adult pot use as a crime. But Washington’s pot consultant says this experiment in legalization will only work if the police aggressively target the black market. And he’s concerned that won’t happen.

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4:09 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Revised pot rules ditch state logo, allow outdoor grows

Washington’s official pot logo is out. Outdoor marijuana grows are in. Those are just two of the changes to the proposed rules for the state’s new recreational marijuana market. The Liquor Control Board voted Wednesday to approve the revised regulations.

The biggest change in the rules comes as no surprise. The state will now allow outdoor marijuana grows as long as they’re fenced in. Liquor Board member Chris Marr explained why he and his colleagues had a change of heart about outdoor cultivation.

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6:55 am
Fri June 21, 2013

In post-legalization haze, one pot dealer using Facebook for business

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

As Washington state voters await clarification on what, exactly, legal marijuana will entail, one local pot dealer has taken to social media to connect with customers.

The state Liquor Control Board is working to draft a set of rules to regulate marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. And although producing and distributing non-medical pot is still prohibited, Seattle police have taken to admonishing dealers with strongly-worded letters.

In this new murky landscape, one veteran dealer has found a new way to alert his customers about new shipment: Facebook.

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4:13 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Liquor Control Board staff: Allow outdoor marijuana grows

Licensed outdoor marijuana grows may be allowed in Washington after all.

Staff at the state’s Liquor Control Board said Wednesday they’ve been persuaded by potential growers to consider alternatives to energy-intensive indoor pot production.

Meanwhile, medical marijuana patients rallied at the state Capitol in opposition possible new restrictions on them.

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2:31 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

State delegation asks feds to respect voters' wishes, pot law

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

More than half of Washington's congressional delegation is asking the U.S. government to respect the state's marijuana legalization effort.

In a letter released Tuesday, seven members of Congress asked the Department of Justice to not pre-empt the new law or prosecute residents acting in compliance with state law. They also asked federal officials to provide guidance on the U.S. government's legal response to a marijuana industry.

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8:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

KPLU news team wins National Edward R. Murrow Award

After winning the 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the Best Audio News Series category for its election series, “If it’s legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life,” the KPLU News team is proud to add the prestigious 2013 National Edward R. Murrow Award to its list of accolades for the series. 

The National Edward R. Murrow Awards will be presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA) on Columbus Day in New York.

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