medical marijuana

Medical Marijuana Regulations
6:43 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Medical Marijuana Road Map Due From Washington Regulators

Now that Washington state’s regulations for recreational marijuana have been finalized, policymakers are turning their attention to medical marijuana. The current system for patients to obtain marijuana with medical authorizations is largely unregulated. Federal authorities say that needs to change. Monday three state agencies plan to issue a roadmap.

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Medical Marijuana Ruling
4:09 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Washington High Court Sides With Non-Card-Carrying Medical Marijuana Patient

Cacophony Wikipedia

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:18 pm

The Washington Supreme Court has sided with a wheelchair-bound pot user who lacked an official medical marijuana card. In a split ruling Thursday, the high court said even non-card-holding patients can mount a medical necessity defense at trial.

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Oregon Marijuana Dispensaries
4:34 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Kitzhaber Signs Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Into Law

O'Dea, Wikimedia. A medical cannabis shop in Denver, Colo.

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 4:32 pm

Oregon's 55,000 medical marijuana users will soon be allowed to purchase their pot from a store.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed into law Wednesday a bill that legalizes marijuana dispensaries. The bill narrowly passed in the closing days of the legislative session last month over strong objections.

Critics fear dispensaries will put marijuana in the hands of people seeking it for recreation, not medical treatment. The governor acknowledged the controversy in a statement but said the bill will allow safe access to cannabis for legal users.

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Medical Marijuana
4:25 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Marijuana Dispensaries Measure Advances In Oregon Legislature

Mjpresson Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 4:20 pm

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.

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Marijuana Measures
5:22 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Northwest Lawmakers Push Federal Marijuana Bills

Drug Enforcement Agency

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 5:03 pm

Some Democrats in the US Congress are pushing measures to bring marijuana dispensaries in the Northwest under the federal tax code. Since federal law prohibits possession and sale of marijuana, dispensaries can't take advantage of any federal tax deductions.

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Children Taken From Marijuana Advocate
5:30 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Police Seize Children Of Idaho Pot Advocate

An advocate for medical marijuana in Idaho is fighting to have her three children returned to her, after they were taken when marijuana was found in her home.

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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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Legal Marijuana Opposed
4:16 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Idaho Bills Would Keep State From Following Neighbors On Pot

Credit National Institute on Drug Abuse

Idaho is now hemmed in by four states where marijuana is legal in some form, and a panel of state lawmakers fears Idaho could be next. A state Senate committee approved a pair of measures against marijuana, including one asking the federal government to crack down on Idaho’s neighbors.

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Medical Marijuana
5:07 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Medical Marijuana Tax Proposed To Address Black Market Concerns

Brianna Butterfield Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 5:07 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Three powerful Democrats in the Washington state House are proposing a new 25 percent tax on medical marijuana. The measure introduced Thursday is designed to avoid an underground market for medicinal pot once recreational marijuana is legally sold in stores.

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Medical Marijuana
3:56 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Washington Lawmakers Hear Concerns on 'Gray' Market For Marijuana


Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 3:46 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Card-holding medical marijuana patients would get protection from arrest under a proposal in the Washington legislature. But some industry insiders say it doesn’t go far enough. That was their message Monday at a state Senate hearing.

By the end of this year, the production and use of recreational marijuana in Washington will be regulated and taxed. That’s because of voter-approved Initiative 502. But medical marijuana – also voter-approved back in 1998 – is largely unregulated.

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