marijuana legalization

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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Marijuana Legalization
4:05 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

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

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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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