marijuana legalization

Marijuana Use
6:05 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Washington Bars Allowing Marijuana Use Could Face Penalties

Pot possession is now legal in Washington. But state regulators are drawing the line at marijuana use in bars.

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Gauging Pot Usage
3:57 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Does Size Matter When Gauging Marijuana Usage Rates?

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 4:11 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Predicting marijuana usage rates in Washington might come down to a test Cheech and Chong would appreciate: the size of the joint. So says one of the state’s new pot legalization consultants.

There’s a classic Cheech and Chong scene where they smoke a massive joint while driving down the road. Cheech says “Looks like a quarter pounder, man.”

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Washington's Marijuana Consultant
5:26 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Report: Firm Led By Renowned Drug Expert Selected As Washington Pot Consultant

Mark Kleiman, the head of Botec Analysis Corporation.
Credit National Institute of Justice / Wikimedia Commons

The apparent winner of a competition to become Washington’s marijuana consultant is a firm led by a renowned expert on drugs and drug policy. That’s according to an email sent Monday to the more than 100 bidders for the job. The official announcement is expected from Washington’s Liquor Control Board Tuesday morning.

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Marijuana Laws
3:58 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Holder: 'Good Communication' About Marijuana, But No Policy Yet

US Senate

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 3:34 pm

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says he's had what he calls "good communication" with the governors of Washington and Colorado about their states' new marijuana legalization laws. But in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Holder declined to say how his agency will resolve the conflict with federal law.

"We are in the administration at this point considering what the federal government's response to those new statutes will be. I expect that we will have an ability to announce what our policy will be relatively soon."

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Legal Marijuana
5:38 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Pressure Mounts On Feds To Intervene In Washington, Colorado Pot Laws

Petr Brož Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 5:36 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill Wednesday. He will likely get questions about Washington and Colorado’s new marijuana laws. Pressure is mounting on the Obama administration to block the pot legalization measures.

The new push for federal invention comes from a United Nations-based drug agency and nine former DEA chiefs. They say Washington and Colorado's new recreational pot laws violate international treaties.

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Legal Marijuana Opposed
4:16 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Idaho Bills Would Keep State From Following Neighbors On Pot

Credit National Institute on Drug Abuse

Idaho is now hemmed in by four states where marijuana is legal in some form, and a panel of state lawmakers fears Idaho could be next. A state Senate committee approved a pair of measures against marijuana, including one asking the federal government to crack down on Idaho’s neighbors.

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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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