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Marijuana Regulation
5:55 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

For Regulators, Marijuana Legalization All About 'Getting Into The Weeds'

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:50 pm

SEATTLE – When Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana last fall, they handed the state’s Liquor Control Board a regulatory nightmare. There’s no manual for how to create a safe and legal market for pot – something that’s never been done before.

State Representative Roger Goodman – speaking after a recent meeting on marijuana legalization – says the giggle factor is gone.

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Marijuana Laws
5:47 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Wash. Bars Allowing Marijuana Use Could Face Penalties

Pot possession is now legal in Washington. But city and state regulators are drawing the line at marijuana use in bars and coffeeshops. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Marijuana Legalization
4:39 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Marijuana Advocates Push Legalization Measure In Salem

Petr Brož Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 3:06 pm

  SALEM, Ore. – Marijuana advocates are taking their message to the Oregon capitol. A legislative panel will consider a measure Tuesday that would legalize and tax the drug. It comes as Washington state is in the process of crafting rules about how to regulate pot after voters there approved legalization.

Still, Anthony Johnson knows he's asking a lot.

"I understand that this is a heavy lift for the legislature to pass this bill this year," he says.

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Washington's Marijuana Consultant
6:39 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Pot Consultant: 'The World's Going To Learn A Lot' From Washington

TVW

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 7:06 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s new marijuana consultant says the world will learn a lot from the state’s move to legalize pot. Professor Mark Kleiman believes Washington is the right size state to try this voter-approved experiment.

And, he says, it bodes well that state regulators are taking it seriously.

“Even people that I know who really think that marijuana legalization is a bad idea and will not work out well, are enthusiastic about the idea that Washington is going to try it in a sensible way because then we’ll know something.”

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Pot Regulation
4:42 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Washington Lawmakers Consider New Pot Regulations

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 4:35 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state regulators could consider the criminal backgrounds of people looking to legally sell marijuana. That’s one provision of a bill rolled out Tuesday in Olympia to regulate pot sales.

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Marijuana Stores
7:04 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Aspiring Pot Retailers Say Real Estate Is Hard To Find

Greta Carter supports marijuana legalization, but says there’s nowhere to open new stores.
Credit Photo by Amy Radil / Northwest News Network

Initiative 502 allows the state to license marijuana stores. Many aspiring pot retailers are scouting for real estate. But they aren’t having much luck finding space. Legislators say they may need to open up more real estate for the stores if I-502 is going to succeed. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Colorado Pot Law
7:28 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Colorado Marijuana Task Force Makes Recommendations

A Colorado task force has created recommendations for the state's regulation of recently-legalized marijuana.
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's task force on recreational marijuana wrapped up it’s work last night. We now have a better idea of what the industry will look like, who can buy marijuana, and how to protect kids. That is: if the recommendations are adopted by the State legislature. Colorado Public Radio’s Ben Markus reports.

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Yakima Pot Hearing
6:26 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Yakima, Wash., Pot Hearing Draws Entrepreneurs, Advocates, Mothers

Several hundred people showed up for Washington state’s marijuana forum in Yakima Thursday night.
Credit Photo by Anna King / Northwest News Network

Marijuana advocates, people concerned about the effects of drugs on children and hopeful entrepreneurs filled a huge room at the Yakima Convention Center Thursday night. This hearing is part of a series across Washington on how to implement voter-approved marijuana legalization. Correspondent Anna King brings us our story from Yakima.

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Marijuana Entrepreneurs
6:07 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Washington Marijuana Legalization Draws Yale MBAs With Big Ideas

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 3:39 pm

SEATTLE, Wash. – As Washington moves to legalize marijuana, pot entrepreneurs are lobbying in public forums and behind the scenes. These business interests want to shape the new marijuana marketplace. Among them, a Seattle-based private equity firm called Privateer Holdings. The company has hired a top Olympia lobbyist and is making the case for large marijuana grows to state regulators.

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Marijuana Entrepreneurs
6:06 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Washington ‘Potrepreneurs’ Plan To Start Locally, Expand Nationally

Jamen Shively of Diego Pellicer Fine Marijuana plans to open high-end marijuana retail stores in Washington and Colorado and, he hopes, nationally some day.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

So far, Washington and Colorado are the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. Two states is a pretty limited market if you’re getting into the cannabis business. But many so-called “potrepreneurs” are counting on the eventual repeal of marijuana prohibition nationally. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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