marijuana legalization

Pot Taxes
7:01 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Pot Taxes Paid In Cash? Washington Says OK

Marijuana-based businesses in Washington will be able to pay their taxes in cash. That’s the word from the state’s Department of Revenue. The agency is gearing up for more cash filers in its field offices.

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Legal Marijuana
5:28 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Marijuana Buffer Zone Will Not Be Measured 'As The Crow Flies'

Marco Mazzei, Flickr.

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 7:21 am

Washington’s Liquor Control Board has come up with a new way to measure the 1,000 foot buffer zone required between marijuana businesses and places where kids congregate. The new method of measurement may allow pot stores in neighborhoods otherwise thought to be off limits.

Instead of "as the crow flies," they talk about the most common walking route you would take. So, for instance a thousand foot buffer from a school, leave the school campus and walk to where the store would be using the most common walking route. If that’s a 1,000 feet or more, you’re okay.

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Legal Marijuana
4:37 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Revised Pot Rules Allow 334 Retail Stores In Washington

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Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 3:09 pm

Washington could have as many as 334 marijuana retail stores statewide. That’s the cap proposed Wednesday by the state’s Liquor Control Board.

Rural Ferry County in northeast Washington would only be allowed one pot retailer. But populous King County could have 61 -- including 21 stores in the city of Seattle.

No so-called "potrepreneur" could operate more than three stores.

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Legal Marijuana
5:55 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Washington Liquor Board To Propose Caps On Pot Production, Stores

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We’re about to find out the number of marijuana retail store locations that will be allowed in each of Washington’s 39 counties.

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Feds New Pot Guidelines
6:23 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Feds To Allow Washington, Colorado Pot Legalization With Caveats

Washington Office of the Governor. Washington Governor Jay Inslee takes notes while talking with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 6:18 pm

It was the call Governor Jay Inslee has been waiting for since the beginning of the year. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder giving Washington – and Colorado – the green light to proceed with marijuana legalization. But the feds reserve the right to intervene if they see problems.

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Legal Marijuana
4:37 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Feds Won't Sue To Block Washington Pot Legalization

Austin Jenkins. Washington Governor Jay Inslee with Attorney General Bob Ferguson react to the Obama administration's decision not to sue to block marijuana legalization

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:30 pm

The Obama administration will not sue to block Washington and Colorado from legalizing recreational marijuana.

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Legal Marijuana
4:54 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

City Moratoriums Could Thwart Legal Marijuana

Katheirne Hitt, Flickr.

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:16 pm

Legal pot? Not so fast. That’s the message from a growing number of Washington cities.

Several municipalities are considering whether to pass a moratorium on pot-related businesses. Others – like Bellingham and Olympia – have already enacted temporary bans.

Richland, Pasco and Kennewick are just the latest Washington cities to consider moratoriums. But it’s not just more conservative eastern Washington communities. Liberal Bellingham and Olympia have said ‘time out’ when it comes to legal, recreational pot.

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Pot Pesticide List
6:24 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Pesticide List For Pot Earns Praise

Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The state of Washington has compiled a lengthy list of pesticides for marijuana growers to use, even though these chemicals are not officially approved for pot. The new list is part of the state’s ongoing effort to regulate the production of legal, recreational marijuana.

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Northwest News
6:45 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Tensions At Public Pot Hearing

Marijuana Plant
Credit Vaporizers

Washington state expects to adopt final rules for the structure governing legalized marijuana under I-502 by next week. So officials with the state’s Liquor Control Board are touring the state to get feedback before the rules take effect.

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Washington Marijuana Market
5:49 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Washington Pot Czar Forecasts Victory Over Black Market

Credit National Institute on Drug Abuse

Washington’s so-called “pot czar” says he thinks the state’s new legal marijuana industry could wipe out most of the black market. But he says officials haven’t laid the groundwork for the knockout blow. 

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