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Pot Rules
5:15 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Seattle Ponders “Civil Seizures” Of Illegal Medical Marijuana

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The city of Seattle is developing new rules to license medical marijuana dispensaries and stem their growth.

The city also wants to crack down on illegal marijuana-delivery businesses.

David Mendoza is a policy advisor for Seattle. He’s developing the city’s new medical marijuana rules.
He told the city council today that the Seattle Police Department is looking at seizing marijuana from these businesses, without filing criminal charges.

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Gun Control
5:56 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Gun Control Leader Unfazed By Gun Transfer Event

Opponents of Initiative 594 plan to openly exchange guns at a rally on Dec. 13 in protest of the new gun law.
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Washington’s ballot measure requiring universal background checks for gun sales takes effect Thursday. 

Opponents of Initiative 594 are protesting what they see as overly broad restrictions on gun transfers. They plan to openly exchange guns at a rally in Olympia on Dec. 13 under the banner “I Will Not Comply.” But sponsors of the new law said the transfer provision will not infringe the rights of legal gun owners.

Sandy Brown is the president of the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility.

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Washington Gun Initiatives
7:25 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Background Checks Just The Beginning, I-594 Supporters Say

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Washington’s Initiative 594 requires universal background checks for gun purchases and transfers. Initial results show the measure passing with nearly 60% of the vote . The opposing measure to bar expanded background checks, Initiative 591, has fallen short of passing so far. Backers of 594 say they are energized by this victory.

With the likely passage of Initiative 594, Washington has joined a handful of other states that require universal background checks for gun sales. Supporters say this success is just the beginning of their efforts.

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Northwest News
6:45 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Tensions At Public Pot Hearing

Marijuana Plant
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Washington state expects to adopt final rules for the structure governing legalized marijuana under I-502 by next week. So officials with the state’s Liquor Control Board are touring the state to get feedback before the rules take effect.

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Northwest News
6:51 am
Fri July 5, 2013

No Joe Camels of Pot: State Tightens Rules on Advertising

In draft rules filed Wednesday, the Washington State Liquor Control Board laid out new rules for advertising, packaging and labeling marijuana. The rules forbid ads by “Joe Camel”-type cartoon characters. But they don’t restrict marijuana-infused gummy bears. 

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Marijuana laws
8:12 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Experts Press For Pot Candy Ban

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As Washington state moves toward licensing marijuana retail stores, a major concern for public health experts is preventing kids from eating marijuana. They are asking the state to ban marijuana-infused candy and other sweets, and require packaging and flavors that are less appealing to kids. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Seattle Superheroes
4:50 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Despite Expert Advice, Seattle Won't Sideline Superheroes

Self-declared "superhero" Pheonix Jones
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An outside review was strongly critical of the Seattle Police Department’s planning and communication during last year’s May Day demonstrations. Police officials say they’ll be much better prepared as May Day approaches this year. But the report also recommended that SPD and the city attorney adopt a strategy to deal with self-declared “superheroes.”

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Marijuana Use
6:05 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Washington Bars Allowing Marijuana Use Could Face Penalties

Pot possession is now legal in Washington. But state regulators are drawing the line at marijuana use in bars.

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Spittle-Covered Hamburger
4:32 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Wash. Court Finds Spittle-Covered Burger Could Produce “Emotional Distress”

Edward Bylsma discovered “a glob of spit” under his Burger King hamburger bun.
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Under Washington law, is a consumer entitled to emotional distress damages when a fast-food employee spits in his or her hamburger, even though the consumer did not eat the hamburger? The Washington Supreme Court Thursday said the answer is possibly “yes.”

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WA Attorney General
7:43 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Ferguson Leads For WA Attorney General

Photo of Bob Ferguson.
Credit Photo Credit: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

Initial election results place King County Council member Bob Ferguson in the lead for Washington Attorney General. Ferguson, a Democrat, gave a tentative thumbs-up during his appearance Tuesday.

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