marijuana regulations

Medical Marijuana Regulation
7:18 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Dispensary Owner And Iraq Veteran Patient Both Wary Of Medical Marijuana Regulation

Patrick Seifter owns Rainier Xpress marijuana dispensary in Olympia. He supports regulation, but is concerned that proposals under consideration in the legislature could put him out of business.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Thursday is Medical Cannabis Lobby Day at the Washington Capitol. State lawmakers say this is the year they will rein in the state’s “Wild West” medical pot industry.  But at least one dispensary owner fears he’ll go out of business as a result. And one of his customers – an Iraq War veteran - worries that regulation will price him out of his medication.

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Marijuana
4:09 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Marijuana On The Agenda As Washington Legislature Convenes

Marijuana will be a big focus in the next Washington legislative session.
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Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 2:51 pm

Marijuana will be among the top agenda items when the Washington legislature convenes Monday.

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Oregon Marijuana Funding
4:10 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Oregon Marijuana Regulators Request Funding To Develop Rules

A state agency in Oregon could get a more than a half million dollar injection of emergency funds to help oversee the legalization of recreational marijuana.
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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission could get a more than $500,000 injection of emergency funds to help oversee the legalization of recreational marijuana.

That’s because starting next year, the OLCC won't be controlling just liquor anymore. Voters gave it the job of regulating pot, too.

Legal marijuana sales likely won't begin until early 2016. But the OLCC is about to embark on a lengthy rulemaking process for how marijuana can be grown and sold in the state. The agency wants to hire four new people right off the bat with more to come next year.

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Pot and Kids
6:32 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

How Peer-To-Peer Messaging Could Fight Youth Pot Use

Concerns remain about kids getting their hands on legal pot.
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People are lining up to buy legal marijuana in Washington. Now the question is how to convince kids not to touch the stuff. A panel of experts briefed Governor Jay Inslee Wednesday on the topic of youth marijuana use.

Scare tactics like “Reefer Madness” are out. Peer-to-peer messaging is in.

John Wiesman is Washington’s Secretary of Health. He told Governor Inslee he wants young people to help develop Washington’s marijuana prevention campaign.

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First Cut
8:06 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Safety First: Are Security Requirements For Legal Pot Grows Enough?

Even though the grow area at Black Dog Acres in Goldendale, Washington, is in the middle of a 20-acre lot, regulations mandated that the fence and all the other security protocols be followed.
Credit Joe Barrentine / The News Tribune

Washington state’s new pot grow operations have state-required alarm systems, dozens of cameras and tall fences. But some growers said they aren’t worried about theft and violence.

Should they be?

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Marijuana
7:28 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Growing The Best Pot Can Be Tricky

Around 20 percent of the United States' potatoes come from the Columbia Basin.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

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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Marijuana Regulations
5:56 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Preliminary Report on Seattle Pot Tickets

A preliminary report to Seattle officials on tickets for public pot use has raised some eyebrows.
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A preliminary report to Seattle officials on tickets for public pot use has raised some eyebrows.

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Oregon Marijuana
5:51 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Oregon Marijuana Campaigners Turn In Signatures

Chief petitioner Anthony Johnson prepares boxes of signatures to submit to the Oregon Secretary of State's office in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon could soon follow Washington and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana. Sponsors of an initiative to do that turned in boxes of signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State's office Thursday. If enough of the signatures are valid, the measure would come before voters this fall.

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Marijuana Regulation
5:08 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Wash. Officials: We're Focused on Keeping Pot Out Of Hands Of Minors

Governor Jay Inslee says state agencies are focused on keeping pot out of the hands of those under the age of 21.
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The open era of recreational marijuana is about to start in Washington state. And Governor Jay Inslee says state agencies are focused on keeping pot out of the hands of those under the age of 21.

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Marijuana Regulations
5:46 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Oregon Marijuana Dispensary Moratoriums Now Exceed 150

A medical cannabis shop in Denver, Colorado.
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Local governments in Oregon had until Thursday to enact a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. More than 150 cities and counties in Oregon have already taken advantage of the ability to ban them. One city has sued the state because they want to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in their jurisdiction permanently.

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