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Oregon Pot
6:14 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Oregon Hires Top Marijuana Regulator

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Oregon is gearing up for a year-long process of crafting regulations for recreational marijuana.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission Tuesday hired Tom Burns to lead the agency's implementation of Measure 91, which allows adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.

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Tribal Marijuana
5:36 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Tribes Reluctant To Follow Northwest Voters On Legal Marijuana

Northwest tribes are in no rush to legalize marijuana although the U.S. Department of Justice opened the door to a legalized pot market on tribal land.
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The U.S. Department of Justice this week opened the door to a legalized pot market on tribal land.

But many Northwest tribes appear to be in no rush to go in the direction of Oregon and Washington voters.

The Department of Justice said it will treat Indian tribes that legalize pot with the same hands-off prosecutorial approach that it has treated states with legal marijuana. That means there could be a potentially lucrative marijuana business on reservations even in states like Idaho, where pot remains illegal.

But the decision depends on the tribe.

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Oregon Marijuana Taxes
7:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Oregon Cities Seek Clarity On Marijuana Taxes

City leaders in Fairview, Oregon passed a 40 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales.
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Dozens of Oregon cities rushed to approve taxes on recreational marijuana before Oregon voters legalized it this fall. But it's not clear whether those revenues will ever materialize since Measure 91 seemingly rules out local taxes on pot.

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Pot Poisoning
5:14 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Accidental Pot Poisoning In Kids Continues Upward Trend

The concentrated liquid nicotine used to fill e-cigarettes can be brightly colored and flavored...and can be harmful to children.
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According to two new reports from the Washington Poison Center, the number of unintended marijuana poisonings in children in Washington state continues to go up. And now e-cigarettes are a growing concern.

In a report out today, the Washington Poison Control center says most of the cases of accidental marijuana poisoning are among older kids, ages 13 to 19.

But whether they're nine or 19, the results can be the same: When kids get into something they shouldn't -- like their parents' pot stash -- they can get sick.

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Pot and Kids
6:32 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

How Peer-To-Peer Messaging Could Fight Youth Pot Use

Concerns remain about kids getting their hands on legal pot.
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People are lining up to buy legal marijuana in Washington. Now the question is how to convince kids not to touch the stuff. A panel of experts briefed Governor Jay Inslee Wednesday on the topic of youth marijuana use.

Scare tactics like “Reefer Madness” are out. Peer-to-peer messaging is in.

John Wiesman is Washington’s Secretary of Health. He told Governor Inslee he wants young people to help develop Washington’s marijuana prevention campaign.

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Taxes On Marijuana
6:26 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Oregon Cities Consider Taxes On Recreational Marijuana

Several cities have approved or are discussing a local tax on legal weed if Measure 91 passes.
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Some Oregon cities are setting themselves up for a possible legal battle if Oregon voters approve a marijuana legalization initiative this fall. Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation. Several cities have approved or are discussing a local tax on legal weed if the measure passes. However, it's not clear whether those taxes will be valid.

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Legal Marijuana
5:07 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Pot Tax Collections Starting To Roll In, Millions More Expected

Millions of dollars of "drug money" has started to flow into Washington state coffers.
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In a manner of speaking, millions of dollars of "drug money" has started to flow into Washington state coffers. The state's chief economic forecaster updated budget writers Thursday on how much tax money they can expect from recreational marijuana now that the first state licensed stores opened in July.

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Marijuana Regulation
5:24 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Pierce County Judge Rules For Local Control Of Marijuana Stores

Friday’s ruling by a Pierce County judge was good news for Washington cities that want to ban marijuana stores.
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Friday’s ruling by a Pierce County judge was good news for Washington cities that want to ban marijuana stores. Yet it was also greeted with enthusiasm by supporters of the state’s marijuana legalization efforts.

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Recreational Marijuana
6:04 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

‘Altitude’ Legal Pot Store Opens In Eastern Washington Farming Town

Jacob Nichols of Pasco, says he's excited to buy legal weed for the first time at the Altitude store in Prosser, Wash. That way he knows where it's grown and the chemical content.
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Legal marijuana stores opened Tuesday in Washington state. One of the earliest locations to open was in the rural farming community of Prosser. That’s in sunny Eastern Washington.

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Recreational Marijuana
5:51 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Would-Be Customers Eagerly Await Pot Store Openings

Rick Stevens stopped by 420 Carpenter, a marijuana retail location in Lacey, Washington, to see if it was open yet. The retired TSA worker is looking forward to making some homemade edibles and listening to Pink Floyd.
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The first legal marijuana stores in Washington are scheduled to open Tuesday. The Liquor Control Board issued the first 24 retail licenses early Monday. But state officials warn of high prices and short supply in the beginning. Even so that’s not keeping away some would-be customers.

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