marijuana legalization

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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Marijuana Legalization
4:05 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Concerns Raised About Lack Of Police Resources, Commitment To Combat Illegal Pot

Cannabis Training University Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 3:26 pm

The stated goal of Washington’s new marijuana law is to stop treating adult pot use as a crime. But Washington’s pot consultant says this experiment in legalization will only work if the police aggressively target the black market. And he’s concerned that won’t happen.

The sponsors of Initiative 502 were clear. They said it was time for a “new approach” to marijuana in Washington. They wanted to allow adult pot use, free up law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes and “take marijuana out of the hands of illegal drug organizations.”

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Northwest News
6:51 am
Fri July 5, 2013

No Joe Camels of Pot: State Tightens Rules on Advertising

In draft rules filed Wednesday, the Washington State Liquor Control Board laid out new rules for advertising, packaging and labeling marijuana. The rules forbid ads by “Joe Camel”-type cartoon characters. But they don’t restrict marijuana-infused gummy bears. 

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Marijuana Market
6:17 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

No Per Person Caps On Retail Pot License For Now

Washington’s Liquor Control Board does not plan to limit how many retail licenses one person can obtain to sell marijuana. At least that’s the decision for now. The Board Wednesday issued its final draft rules for the state’s new recreational marijuana market.

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Marijuana Regulation
4:44 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Revised Pot Rules Ditch Logo, Allow Outdoor Grows

Washington’s Liquor Control Board has dropped this proposed label for legal marijuana after criticism that it might promote pot use and brand Washington the pot state.
Credit Washington State Liquor Control Board

Washington’s official pot logo is out. Outdoor marijuana grows are in.

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Outdoor Marijuana Grows
5:35 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Washington Liquor Control Staff: Allow Outdoor Marijuana Grows

Medical marijuana patients rallied at the Washington capitol in opposition to giving the Liquor Control Board jurisdiction over medical cannabis.
Credit NWNews

Licensed outdoor marijuana grows may be allowed in Washington after all. Staff at the state’s Liquor Control Board said Wednesday they’ve been persuaded by potential growers to consider alternatives to energy-intensive indoor pot production. Meanwhile, medical marijuana patients rallied at the state capitol in opposition possible new restrictions on them.

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Marijuana laws
8:12 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Experts Press For Pot Candy Ban

Credit courtesy of the DEA

As Washington state moves toward licensing marijuana retail stores, a major concern for public health experts is preventing kids from eating marijuana. They are asking the state to ban marijuana-infused candy and other sweets, and require packaging and flavors that are less appealing to kids. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Marijuana Regulations
5:13 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Washington Pot Logo Viewed As Promotional By Critics

Washington State Liquor Control Board

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 5:03 pm

Washington’s Liquor Control Board has been inundated with feedback on its proposed marijuana regulations. The deadline to submit comments was Monday. The Board is writing the rules for legalized cannabis. Among the many concerns: the state’s new pot logo.

It’s called the Produced in Washington icon. It’s an outline of the state with a marijuana leaf in the middle. The idea was to require this label be affixed to any package containing marijuana sold at a retail store.

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Marijuana Measures
5:22 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Northwest Lawmakers Push Federal Marijuana Bills

Drug Enforcement Agency

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 5:03 pm

Some Democrats in the US Congress are pushing measures to bring marijuana dispensaries in the Northwest under the federal tax code. Since federal law prohibits possession and sale of marijuana, dispensaries can't take advantage of any federal tax deductions.

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Marijuana Rulebook
4:46 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Draft Pot Rules Do Not Cap Grow Sizes Or Number Of Licenses

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:43 pm

Washington’s Liquor Control Board has published 46-pages of proposed rules for the state’s new recreational marijuana market. But the regulations released Thursday are largely silent on two major issues: the number of business licenses that will be allowed and the size of marijuana grow operations.

The draft rules address marijuana producers, processors and retailers. On the production side, the Liquor Control Board proposes to ban outdoor marijuana grows. Pot would have to be grown within a fully enclosed secure indoor facility or greenhouse.

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