Marijuana legalization

Marijuana Legalization
11:45 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Federal lawmakers quietly working to change U.S. pot laws

From legalizing the industrial production of hemp to establishing a federal tax, an effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws.

Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon tells The Associated Press that lawmakers from both parties have been quietly working on several bills, and he and Colorado Democrat Jared Polis plan to introduce the first two on Tuesday.

Polis' measure would let states legalize pot and require growers to obtain a federal permit, while Blumenauer's would create a federal marijuana excise tax.

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Marijuana Regulation
2:32 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

'Grey' Market Concerns Grow As Washington Legalizes Pot

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 5:32 pm

As Washington moves to legalize marijuana, there are fresh concerns that a parallel market for pot will continue to flourish. It’s not quite a black market. Let’s call it a “grey” market – for medical marijuana. The question now: how will highly taxed and regulated pot compete with largely unregulated medical marijuana?

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Marijuana Regulation
11:09 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Green thumb? Washington state looks for pot consultant

NPS and federal agents discovered and eradicated six illegal marijuana fields in North Cascades National Park Complex in 2008.
David Snyder National Park Service

Wanted: A green thumb with extensive knowledge of the black, or at least gray, market.

As Washington state tries to figure out how to regulate its newly legal marijuana, officials are hiring an adviser on all things weed: how it's best grown, tested, labeled, and cooked into brownies.

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Marijuana Legalization
10:54 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Governor Inslee: Pot legalization must inspire 'confidence'

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 4:42 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the eyes of the nation will be on the state as it creates a legal marijuana market over the next year. The new governor said Thursday that along with legalization comes the expectation that illegal pot production and sales will mostly end.

Inslee doesn’t expect a clear answer from the Obama administration anytime soon on how the federal government will respond to Washington’s new marijuana law. He met earlier this week with US Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Politics
10:58 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Washington pot forum draws standing room crowd

Justin Pitts runs a cannabis testing lab in Spokane. He says a felony conviction for pot should not prevent someone from becoming a licensed grower or seller in Washington.

OLYMPIA, Wash. –The first public forum on how to implement Washington’s new marijuana law drew a capacity crowd Tuesday night in Olympia. The state’s Liquor Control Board is seeking input as it writes the rules for enacting Initiative 502 – Washington’s new pot legalization law.

They arrived early and in droves – the smell of marijuana clung in the air. First in line to get a seat for the forum, Leslie Tikka of Olympia. She mainly came to see a bit of history in the making.

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Legalized marijuana
5:46 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Governor tells feds not to worry about Washington's legalization of marijuana

Washington's top officials met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington D.C. today and tried to reassure the Obama administration that Washington's new marijuana law won't result in distribution of pot outside the state.

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Marijuana Legalization
2:28 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

State and federal officials discussing Wash. marijuana law

medcannaman Flickr

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson are meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to talk about the state's legal marijuana law.

Inslee and Ferguson plan to tell reporters about the meeting in an afternoon conference call.

And on Tuesday night in Olympia, the Liquor Control Board is holding the first public hearing on rules that will govern legal marijuana sales.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Reefer Madness & Pop Music

With Cannabis now legal in Washington and Colorado, we decided to roll out an episode that features Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Cab Calloway. We find out which President inhaled and which one did not. Special appearance from Puff the Magic Dragon.

Here's the NEW psychotronic VIDEO version of RBR.

Did he inhale?

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Drug abuse
5:21 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Teen marijuana use up

More teens are getting high on marijuana.  According to a national survey, high school kids are also less likely than in previous years to see marijuana use as harmful.

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Marijuana
3:02 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Obama's pot comments leave more questions than answers

AP

OLYMPIA, Wash. – President Obama’s first comments about marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado leave more questions than answers. The President tells ABC news that federal agents have – quote – “bigger fish to fry” than recreational pot users.

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marijuana legalization
10:15 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Public marijuana: No tickets in Seattle, but maybe elsewhere

Ben shows off his glass bong in front of Seattle Center's International Fountain, on the evening of Dec. 6th, when marijuana possession became legal -- although not in public.
Keith Seinfeld kplu

 (Updated at 10pm)

In Seattle, you're more likely to get a parking ticket than a marijuana smoking ticket.

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2012 Elections
2:01 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

PHOTOS: A historic day; gay marriage, marijuana are legal

Jeri and Amy Andrews laugh as they wait in line outside of the King County Recorder's Office on Wednesday in Seattle, Washington.
David Ryder Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 3:26 pm

History was made at midnight in Washington on two fronts last night: Bans on both gay marriage and recreational marijuana use were lifted.

As you might expect, as the sun set and the clock struck 12, there were scenes of celebration across the state's biggest city. The pictures tell the story, so with that here are five photographs from Seattle.

Marijuana Legalization
3:30 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

On eve of legalization, clouds still hang over pot law

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes says replacing an illegal market with a legal one will take time.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

At the stroke of midnight, adult marijuana users will no longer be lawbreakers in Washington. But lots of legal questions remain about how marijuana commerce will work, where it’s legal to use and how the federal government will respond.

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Marijuana legalization
7:04 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Wash. Liquor Board Has One Year To Catch Up To Pot Legalization

Drug Enforcement Agency

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 10:53 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Pot becomes legal in Washington on Thursday. But state officials have not even begun to write the complicated rules for who can grow it, process it and sell. That year-long process begins Wednesday.

By the end of this week, adult possession of up to one ounce of usable marijuana will no longer be a crime in Washington. But Initiative 502 -- approved by voters in November -- does much more than decriminalize possession. It requires the state to license and regulate marijuana producers, processors and retailers.

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Education
9:52 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Washington's pot law stops at the edge of campus

Colleges and universities must continue to ban marijuana, or risk losing federal funding.
dblackadder Flickr

In just a few days, smoking marijuana won’t be much different from drinking a glass of wine, as far as state law is concerned. But in what may be the place most associated with pot-smoking – the dorm room – it will still be banned.

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