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Marijuana retailers began collecting a 25 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales starting in January. That money is adding up quickly.

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Most banks refuse to do transactions with marijuana businesses, because it's still illegal under federal law. Washington's 10th District Congressman Denny Heck is pushing legislation to change that. He'll meet with industry reps and law enforcement Tuesday to talk about the proposal.

Washington Could Open Up Pot Industry To Outside Money

May 17, 2016
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Wednesday, the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board is scheduled to vote on opening the marijuana industry to out-of-state money. The idea to help increase cash flow to entrepreneurs with limited access to capital. 

A University of Washington study concluded about 30 football fields worth of marijuana are needed to serve the medical marijuana market in Washington. That translates to about two million square feet of canopy.

Currently, more than 12 million square feet are approved for production.

Is the tax on legal marijuana in Washington too high?

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, fatal crashes involving drivers under the influence of marijuana have risen sharply since Washington voters legalized recreational pot in 2012.

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Washington is the only state that’s legalized recreational pot, yet doesn’t let you grow your own. In Oregon you can grow up to four plants, other states allow up to six. A bill that could go before the state senate next session may change that.

A South Puget Sound tribe is planning a grand opening at 4:20 p.m. on Thursday for what it believes is the nation's first marijuana store on a reservation.

It takes a lot of electricity to grow marijuana indoors. Lights and ventilating fans are some of the biggest culprits.

The Washington State Patrol has a warning for drivers: it’s now illegal to have an open container of marijuana in the passenger compartments of vehicles.

The license application window opens Monday for medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state that want to continue to operate.

A lot of people want to review marijuana for Oregon's largest newspaper. The Oregonian is looking for a freelance pot critic as recreational marijuana sales are set to begin next month.

Oregon Legal Pot Sales Begin October 1, Officially

Jul 29, 2015

Oregon marijuana dispensaries can begin selling marijuana as soon as October 1, under a law signed Tuesday by Governor Kate Brown.

Oregonians could be able to buy marijuana for recreational use much sooner than anticipated.

Marijuana sales and a recovering housing market should help boost Washington tax collections by more than $300 million over the next two years.

The future of marijuana policy in the Oregon legislature is still unclear.

There's a process in place now for Indian tribes and the state of Washington to jointly regulate marijuana should any tribes choose to legalize and sell it.

A panel of Oregon lawmakers will take a first look Wednesday at changes to Measure 91 -- the voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana.

Hemp advocates have launched a renewed bid to make hemp farming lawful in Washington state.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Would-Be Customers Eagerly Await Pot Store Openings

Jul 7, 2014
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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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It’s another significant milestone in Washington’s experiment with legal, recreational marijuana. The first 24 pot retailers in Washington now have their licenses in hand.