marijuana legalization

Washington Pot Law Marks One Year

Jul 8, 2015
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Wednesday marks the first year of recreational marijuana in Washington state. Sales so far have exceeded $250 million.  And the state made more than $65 million in taxes.

Beyond the tax money, Washington state has been able to prevent youth access to marijuana. It's also stopped the product from being diverted to the black market.

That’s according to Brian Smith, with the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

“If you judge Washington by that measure, I would say that we’ve been very successful in creating the rules that govern that system,” says Smith.

Pot Advocates Gather For Midnight Portland Party

Jul 1, 2015
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Wednesday marks the legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon. A crowd of pot advocates gathered at midnight near the Burnside Bridge in Portland to celebrate the change in drug policy.

The city’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws helped organize the event.

Russ Belville is executive director of the Portland group. He says they weren’t initially planning a large event. 

The voter-approved Measure 91 is now in effect and adults in Oregon can now legally possess and use marijuana for recreational purposes.

Recreational marijuana will be legal in Oregon starting July 1. And with it comes a host of new business opportunities.

A special legislative committee meant to help pave the way for legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon has hit some road bumps.

Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Starting in July, adults in Oregon can legally use recreational marijuana. But thousands of Oregonians will still have criminal records for marijuana offenses that would have been legal under the new law. Now, there are efforts in the Oregon legislature to let some people wipe the slate clean when it comes to pot convictions. Chris Lehman spoke to some who are involved.

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

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

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.

Sometimes, It’s Hard To Give Away Money

Dec 11, 2014
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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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