Bitcoin Donations
6:51 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Oregon Marijuana Campaign Would Like Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash

A physical representation of Bitcoin, a digital currency.
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An Oregon political campaign wants your digital donations. The group behind the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana says it's now accepting bitcoin contributions. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports on this new frontier in campaign finance.

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Marijuana Licenses
7:24 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Washington Plans To Issue About 20 Pot Retail Licenses Monday

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Washington’s Liquor Board plans to issue about 20 marijuana retail licenses next Monday, July 7th. The first pot stores could open the next day – after a 24-hour waiting period. But the state cautions many stores may not be ready yet for customers and marijuana could be in short supply. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this update.

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Marijuana Supply
4:48 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Pot Supply Problems Expected To Resolve Over Summer

The Liquor Board plans to issue the first batch of marijuana retail licenses on July 7.
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Few stores, high prices, pot rationing. That could be the scene next week as Washington’s legal, recreational marijuana market opens for business.

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Pot Shortage
7:36 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Chronic Crush: Legal Washington Pot Stores To Open Soon, But Production Lags

Eric Cooper and Katey Cooper stand amid their flowering marijuana. Their business, named Monkey Grass, in Wenatchee, Wash., is one of the largest marijuana grows licensed by Washington state so far. In Washington 79 producers are licensed to grow 566,000 square feet of pot plants. Only a few producers will be ready with product when the state plans to license about 20 stores in on July7th.
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State-licensed growers in Washington already have grown vast seas of marijuana plants under blinding lights. But much of that pot won’t be ready in time for stores’ grand openings in early July. Supply doesn't quite meet demand as correspondent Anna King reports.

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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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Idaho Marijuana Laws
7:29 am
Fri June 20, 2014

How One Young Girl Could Change Idaho’s Strict Marijuana Laws

Clare, Alexis and Micheal Carey.
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Unlike Washington and Oregon, Idaho doesn’t have any form of legal marijuana. In fact in 2013 Idaho lawmakers passed a resolution saying they would never support legalizing marijuana for any reason. But one year later, during the 2014 legislative session many of those same lawmakers held closed door discussions about creating an exception to the state’s strict anti-pot laws. As Adam Cotterell reports it was because of a Boise girl and her mom.

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Pot Concerts
4:53 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Bach on Pot? The Seattle Symphony Says No

The Seattle Symphony says it has no plans to follow the lead of the Colorado Symphony and hold marijuana-friendly concerts.
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The only ones inhaling at Seattle Symphony concerts will be the wind instrument players. The Symphony says it has no plans to follow the lead of the Colorado Symphony and hold marijuana-friendly concerts.

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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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Music + Culture
12:34 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Coming Soon To Colorado: Wolfgang And Weed

The Colorado Symphony's Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver last summer. If you squint, you can see a cloud of something that's probably not pot smoke.
Matt Korona Courtesy of the Colorado Symphony

Colorado Symphony patrons — if they aren't already — are about to have the option of being Rocky Mountain high.

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Marijuana Regulation
5:52 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Washington Pot Growers May Not Get Federal Irrigation Water

The U.S. government is deciding whether it will give marijuana growers access to federal water.
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Farmers in eastern Washington who want to get into the marijuana business may face an immediate hurdle. Right now the U.S. government is deciding whether it will give growers access to federal water. The agricultural heart of the state depends on these irrigation systems.

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