Marijuana Laws
6:33 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Marijuana Growers Say They Want To "Come Out"

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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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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Marijuana Forum
5:51 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Washington Pot Forum Draws Standing Room Crowd

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 4:09 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. –The first public forum on how to implement Washington’s new marijuana law drew a capacity crowd Tuesday night in Olympia. The state’s Liquor Control Board is seeking input as it writes the rules for enacting Initiative 502 – Washington’s new pot legalization law.

They arrived early and in droves – the smell of marijuana clung in the air. First in line to get a seat for the forum was Leslie Tikka of Olympia. She mainly came to see a bit of history in the making.

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Marijuana Forum
6:06 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Large Crowd Turns Out For Washington Marijuana Legalization Forum

It was standing room only for the first in a series of public forums on implementing Washington’s new marijuana law. The state’s Liquor Control Board invited public comment Tuesday night as it prepares to write the rules on pot legalization. Hairdresser Dana Anderson says until now she’s never been able to speak publicly about her interest in marijuana.

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Washington Pot Law
4:47 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Inslee Meets With U.S. Attorney General To Discuss Pot Law

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants clarification of how pot will be taxed and regulated.
Credit U.S. Department of Justice

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in the nation’s capitol Tuesday.

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Marijuana Laws
6:18 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Can Washington Courts Deny Pot To Offenders On Probation?

Here’s the latest wrinkle in implementing Washington’s new marijuana law: Can courts restrict people on probation from using pot recreationally? That question was the subject of a committee hearing Monday in Olympia. Jessica Robinson has more.

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Legalized Marijuana
5:31 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Washington State Seeks Marijuana Experts

The Liquor Control Board must create a structure for people to legally grow and sell marijuana.
Credit Rad Racer / Wikimedia Commons

The Washington State Liquor Control Board is forging ahead in its new role creating access to legalized marijuana. On Jan. 14,  the board will issue a request for consultants to gauge pot consumption in Washington state.

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Marijuana Legalization
5:49 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

President's Pot Comments Leave More Questions Than Answers

President Barack Obama during an interview at the White House.
Credit The White House

President Obama’s first comments about marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado leave more questions than answers. The President tells ABC News that federal agents have “bigger fish to fry” than recreational pot users.

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Marijuana Legalization
6:19 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Marijuana Smokers Celebrate Legalization In Seattle Center

Seattle Center hosted an unofficial mini-Hempfest Thursday as marijuana smokers turned out to celebrate their new freedoms. A hundred or so people gathered around the International Fountain, smoking pot. A few of them spoke to KPLU’s Keith Seinfeld.

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Marijuana Legalization
6:15 am
Thu December 6, 2012

On Eve Of Legalization, Concerns About Pot Law Remain

At the stroke of midnight, adult marijuana users will no longer be lawbreakers in Washington. But lots of legal questions remain about how marijuana commerce will work, where it’s legal to use and how the federal government will respond.

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