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Washington Could Open Up Pot Industry To Outside Money

May 17, 2016
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Wednesday, the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board is scheduled to vote on opening the marijuana industry to out-of-state money. The idea to help increase cash flow to entrepreneurs with limited access to capital. 

A University of Washington study concluded about 30 football fields worth of marijuana are needed to serve the medical marijuana market in Washington. That translates to about two million square feet of canopy.

Currently, more than 12 million square feet are approved for production.

It takes a lot of electricity to grow marijuana indoors. Lights and ventilating fans are some of the biggest culprits.

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Growing marijuana indoors requires a lot of energy -- lights to speed up plant growth, dehumidifiers, heating and cooling equipment. Could sustainable outdoor farms be a more environmentally responsible alternative? A group of Washington marijuana growers say yes.

Several workers sit around a  white table in a small room on a marijuana farm in Goldendale, Washington. They’ve got scissors in hand, scales set to carefully measure out grams.

“I am weighing out some weed," said one of the workers. "Yesterday was an 18 hour day trying to get an order out.”

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Medical marijuana activists are reacting to Tuesday’s verdict in federal court in Spokane, in which three people were convicted of growing marijuana in a state where medical and recreational marijuana are legal. The three defendants were found guilty of growing marijuana, but not on the scale the federal prosecution maintained. They were also acquitted of charges related to selling marijuana, and possession of firearms.

Kari Boiter of the group American for Safe Access, says the fact the jury acquitted the defendants on four out of five charges meant they knew the truth.

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The case of a northeast Washington family accused of growing and selling marijuana has gone to the jury in a federal trial in Spokane.

The closing arguments in the case began Monday and continued briefly Tuesday morning. The judge sent the jury to the deliberation room shortly after 9 a.m.

The federal case is unusual in that it accused a family of producing and selling marijuana in Washington, where both medical marijuana and recreational pot are legal. The family claimed they were growing marijuana for medical purposes.

Hemp advocates have launched a renewed bid to make hemp farming lawful in Washington state.

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Oregon is warning some unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries to close their doors. This summer, the state has sent letters to nine storefront pot dealers ordering them to shut down.

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In Eastern Washington, a pair of very different guys teamed up to embark on an experiment to grow Washington’s latest agricultural crop -- legal marijuana.

One of them, Alan Schreiber, is a straitlaced farmer. The other, Tom Balotte, is not a farmer. He's a video-gaming techie. He also doesn’t smoke weed.

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Legal marijuana...figuring out how to maximize yields on this new commodity will be tricky and not every licensed farmer will survive the competition and the tight margins. Correspondent Anna King on a statewide road trip to meet some of these growers. She explains that to understand who’s going to succeed, it helps to visit a more traditional farm first.

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The path to marijuana legalization in Washington is keeping a lot of people busy - even university math professors. They played a key role in developing the lottery now underway to determine who gets a license to open a pot store.

Oregon launched its medical marijuana dispensary program Monday. Nearly 300 dispensary owners signed up at this first opportunity for a state license.

Pot Tax Revenue Estimates Likely Hazy

Feb 24, 2014
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Within the next year marijuana taxes will start arriving in Washington state coffers. But how much money can the state realistically expect to take in from legal, recreational pot sales? Washington’s revenue forecaster recently unveiled his first estimate, but the numbers may be a bit hazy.

Washington is about to get a new stream of revenue into its coffers – from marijuana taxes.

Pot entrepreneurs in Washington can apply for a business license beginning next Monday. The state now has a team of 14 license investigators ready to vet the applicants.

Labs Worry As Pot Testing Standards Lag

Oct 1, 2013
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Before legal marijuana in Washington hits store shelves, it will have to be tested. Special pot labs will check for potency, molds, foreign matter and bacteria like E. Coli. It’s a key part of the recreational marijuana market approved by Washington voters last fall. But setting the standards for how to lab test pot turns out to be pretty complicated. And now some lab managers worry they won’t be ready in time.

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.

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.

Oregon medical marijuana patients could soon have an easier time getting hold of the drug. The Oregon House Monday narrowly passed a measure that would authorize a system of storefront dispensaries.

More than 53,000 people hold medical marijuana cards in Oregon. Under current state law, they either have to grow their own or find a buddy to grow it for them. This measure would allow growers to sell their goods through authorized dispensaries.

Sticky Rules On Pot Brought Up At Hearing in Spokane

Feb 14, 2013

Tuesday night in Spokane about 450 people showed up to a hearing about the state’s marijuana market. The state liquor control board held the forum as part of their research in implementing the sale of recreational marijuana. Paige Browning reports.

Marijuana Growers Say They Want To "Come Out"

Jan 25, 2013

The second statewide public hearing this week on the future of the marijuana industry was held in Seattle. Like the earlier one in Olympia, this one had overflow crowds. The Seattle hearing was filled with people who have grown marijuana for years, and want to "come out." KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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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.