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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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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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Marijuana Legalization
7:07 am
Thu December 4, 2014

New Idaho Marijuana Advocacy Group Rises From The Ashes Of Failed Legalization Attempts

Leaders of a marijuana advocacy group want to put a ballot measure before Idaho voters in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana.
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Leaders of a marijuana advocacy group launched in Idaho two weeks ago say they have already attracted more than 200 volunteers. New Approach Idaho wants to put a ballot measure before Idaho voters in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana. The group was formed, in part, by members of similar groups who have failed in their legalization efforts. New Approach Idaho co-founder Bill Esbensen says others have struggled with organization.

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Marijuana Legalization
6:28 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Big Bucks Pour In For Oregon Ballot Measure Campaigns

The group behind the marijuana legalization measure in Oregon has taken in more than two million dollars.
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  The big bucks keep pouring into Oregon ballot measure campaigns. The campaign to pass a recreational marijuana law similar to Washington’s got a big financial boost over the weekend. Even the less flashy top-two primary measure is rolling in out-of-state money.

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Marijuana Shortage
6:56 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Marijuana Scarce in Wash. Pot Industry

The retail marijuana industry in Washington is running low of pot.
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Washington’s burgeoning retail marijuana industry is getting off to a slow start. 


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Medical Marijuana
3:56 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Gold Hill Councilors Survive Recall Attempt

Breeze Botanicals owner Brie Malarkey stands in front of the medical marijuana dispensary at the heart of a recall election in Gold Hill, Oregon.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The attempt to remove most of the city council in the southern Oregon city of Gold Hill fell short.

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Black Market Pot
6:40 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Amid Legal Pot, The Search Continues For Illegal Grows

A 'guerilla' cultivation of cannabis.
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Legal marijuana grows are just getting started in Washington. But it’s the illegal ones that local, state and federal agents are searching out this month. It’s the annual summer marijuana eradication program. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports plant seizures have declined significantly in recent years.

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First Cut
8:06 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Safety First: Are Security Requirements For Legal Pot Grows Enough?

Even though the grow area at Black Dog Acres in Goldendale, Washington, is in the middle of a 20-acre lot, regulations mandated that the fence and all the other security protocols be followed.
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Washington state’s new pot grow operations have state-required alarm systems, dozens of cameras and tall fences. But some growers said they aren’t worried about theft and violence.

Should they be?

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First Cut
6:52 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Where Does A Straitlaced Farmer Get Pot Growing Expertise?

Research farmer Alan Schreiber and research assistant Tom Balotte, of Ag Development Group, talk about an ongoing research project in the fields of the 105-acre farm north of Pasco, July 2, 2014. The two have applied for a marijuana growing license so they can become the go-to guys for pest and blight management for pot growers in the state.
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In Eastern Washington, a pair of very different guys teamed up to embark on an experiment to grow Washington’s latest agricultural crop -- legal marijuana.

One of them, Alan Schreiber, is a straitlaced farmer. The other, Tom Balotte, is not a farmer. He's a video-gaming techie. He also doesn’t smoke weed.

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Marijuana
7:28 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Growing The Best Pot Can Be Tricky

Around 20 percent of the United States' potatoes come from the Columbia Basin.
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Legal marijuana...figuring out how to maximize yields on this new commodity will be tricky and not every licensed farmer will survive the competition and the tight margins. Correspondent Anna King on a statewide road trip to meet some of these growers. She explains that to understand who’s going to succeed, it helps to visit a more traditional farm first.

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