marijuana legalization

Medical Marijuana
5:07 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Medical Marijuana Tax Proposed To Address Black Market Concerns

Brianna Butterfield Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 5:07 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Three powerful Democrats in the Washington state House are proposing a new 25 percent tax on medical marijuana. The measure introduced Thursday is designed to avoid an underground market for medicinal pot once recreational marijuana is legally sold in stores.

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Medical Marijuana
3:56 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Washington Lawmakers Hear Concerns on 'Gray' Market For Marijuana

DEA

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 3:46 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Card-holding medical marijuana patients would get protection from arrest under a proposal in the Washington legislature. But some industry insiders say it doesn’t go far enough. That was their message Monday at a state Senate hearing.

By the end of this year, the production and use of recreational marijuana in Washington will be regulated and taxed. That’s because of voter-approved Initiative 502. But medical marijuana – also voter-approved back in 1998 – is largely unregulated.

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Legalized Marijuana
5:12 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Former U.S. Attorney Expects Organized Crime Will Target Legal Pot

Former U.S. Attorney John McKay
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

  Fronts for organized crime may try to get a piece of the action as Washington moves to implement legalized marijuana. That’s the prediction of former U.S. Attorney John McKay, a key supporter of Washington’s new pot law.

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Legal Marijuana
5:07 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Washington Governor Says Pot Legalization Must Inspire “Confidence”

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the state must prove to the Obama administration that it can create a well-regulated marijuana market.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the eyes of the nation will be on the state as it creates a legal marijuana market over the next year. The new governor said Thursday that along with legalization comes the expectation that illegal pot production and sales will mostly end.

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Marijuana Forum
5:51 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Washington Pot Forum Draws Standing Room Crowd

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 4:09 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. –The first public forum on how to implement Washington’s new marijuana law drew a capacity crowd Tuesday night in Olympia. The state’s Liquor Control Board is seeking input as it writes the rules for enacting Initiative 502 – Washington’s new pot legalization law.

They arrived early and in droves – the smell of marijuana clung in the air. First in line to get a seat for the forum was Leslie Tikka of Olympia. She mainly came to see a bit of history in the making.

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Washington Pot Law
4:47 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Inslee Meets With U.S. Attorney General To Discuss Pot Law

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants clarification of how pot will be taxed and regulated.
Credit U.S. Department of Justice

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in the nation’s capitol Tuesday.

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Legalized Marijuana
5:31 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Washington State Seeks Marijuana Experts

The Liquor Control Board must create a structure for people to legally grow and sell marijuana.
Credit Rad Racer / Wikimedia Commons

The Washington State Liquor Control Board is forging ahead in its new role creating access to legalized marijuana. On Jan. 14,  the board will issue a request for consultants to gauge pot consumption in Washington state.

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Marijuana Legalization
5:49 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

President's Pot Comments Leave More Questions Than Answers

President Barack Obama during an interview at the White House.
Credit The White House

President Obama’s first comments about marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado leave more questions than answers. The President tells ABC News that federal agents have “bigger fish to fry” than recreational pot users.

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Marijuana In Washington
6:34 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Marijuana Becomes Legal This Week, As Long As It ‘Falls From The Sky’

Credit Photo Credit: Amy Radil

This Thursday it becomes legal under Washington state law to possess marijuana. But there’s no way to legally buy it, except for medical use. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. A federal challenge could stall attempts to sell marijuana in state-licensed stores.

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Legalized Marijuana
4:47 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Wash. Liquor Board Has One Year To Catch Up To Pot Legalization

Adult possession of up to one ounce of usable marijuana will no longer be a crime in Washington.
Credit Drug Enforcement Agency

  Pot becomes legal in Washington on Thursday. But state officials have not even begun to write the complicated rules for who can grow it, process it and sell it. That year-long process begins Wednesday.

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