marijuana legalization

3:23 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Inslee Praises Washington Medical Marijuana Regulation Measure

At a general media availability, Washington Governor Jay Inslee tried to reassure medical marijuana patients who are concerned that regulation of the industry will restrict their access to medical grade cannabis.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 3:18 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said it’s time for the “Wild West” days of medical marijuana to come to an end.

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3:58 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Washington Senate Votes To Legalize Hemp Farming As Oregon Starts Writing Permits

File photo of a hemp field outside Southminster, England.
Glyn Baker Creative Commons

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 3:08 pm

The Washington state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to make hemp farming legal. The measure now goes to the state House for further consideration.

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Illegal Pot Grows
7:26 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Despite Legalization, Illegal Marijuana Grows Continue On Public Lands

A helicopter hoists marijuana plants and members of an eradication team out of an illegal grow in the Mt. Adams area this summer.
Credit Washington State Patrol

Voters have legalized recreational marijuana in Washington and Oregon, but police continue to find illegal marijuana grows on public lands.

In fact, Washington authorities report an uptick in plant seizures and arrests this year.

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Marijuana Revenue Donation
9:57 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Sometimes, It’s Hard To Give Away Money

Credit markemark4 / Flickr

It’s not always easy to give money to charity. Sometimes… people just don’t want it.

Last month, a farmer in Prosser auctioned off his marijuana harvest. It was Washington’s first such auction. Randy Williams, owner of Fireweed Farms, wanted to “get rid of it all quick.” And he did, selling 300 pounds of pot for $600,000.

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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.
Credit AP Images

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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Oregon Marijuana
7:19 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Could Make Changes To Pot Measure

A new law to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon takes effect next year.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

A new law to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon doesn't begin to take effect until next year. That means state lawmakers have the chance to tweak the measure before it kicks in. A legislative panel discussed some options Wednesday at the state capitol.

Measure 91 allows adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation. Just what that state regulation looks like is still being determined. Democratic Senator Lee Beyer reminded his colleagues that there's nothing to stop them from putting their own stamp on the voter-approved measure.

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Oregon Medical Marijuana
6:16 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Now That Pot’s Legal, Should Oregon End Medical Marijuana?

Credit John Rosman / OPB

This week, Oregon voters chose to legalize marijuana and to direct the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to draw up rules to tax pot and to keep it out of the hands of people under 21. Now regulators in Oregon have to figure out how to take the pot economy that’s been operating under their noses and turn it into a regulated market.

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Election 2014
7:18 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Quick Results - Your Easy Reference To Last Night's Important Votes

Credit Washington Secretary of State


Initiative 594 - Passed. This initiative will require background checks for all gun sales, including private sales and gun shows.

Initiative 591 - Failed. It would have limited background checks in Washington.

Initiative 1351 - Still too close to call. If it passes it will limit class sizes in Washington.

Dan Newhouse leads Clint Didier in the 4th District Congressional Race.

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Northwest Elections
6:59 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Guns, Governors And Pot: Here's What Happened In Northwest Elections

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The Republican capture of the U.S. Senate was the big national news last night. But in the Northwest, the toughest fights weren’t over Senate seats but ballot initiatives – on guns, pot and genetically engineered foods.

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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.
Credit Mark / Flickr

  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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