Washington Pot Law Marks One Year

Jul 8, 2015
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Wednesday marks the first year of recreational marijuana in Washington state. Sales so far have exceeded $250 million.  And the state made more than $65 million in taxes.

Beyond the tax money, Washington state has been able to prevent youth access to marijuana. It's also stopped the product from being diverted to the black market.

That’s according to Brian Smith, with the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

“If you judge Washington by that measure, I would say that we’ve been very successful in creating the rules that govern that system,” says Smith.

Billionaire Paul Allen wants wildlife traffickers to feel a bit more pain. Professional initiative sponsor Tim Eyman wants state lawmakers to feel a bit of pain too.

Sales of expensive electric cars are getting a jolt from the impending expiration of a sales tax incentive in Washington state. It goes away June 30.

To raise or not to raise taxes? That is the question that’s pushing Washington lawmakers into a second 30-day special session.

Democratic Representative Tobias Read introduced a bill Thursday that would divert a potential kicker tax rebate.

One day after the state got a favorable revenue forecast, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he no longer believes the $1.4 billion tax package he proposed in December is necessary.

Marijuana sales and a recovering housing market should help boost Washington tax collections by more than $300 million over the next two years.

Oregon economists told lawmakers Thursday that a robust economy means they'll have more money to spend on schools, human services and public safety.

A citizen effort to recall indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has cleared a key hurdle.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is defending himself in the face of a 10-count federal indictment and shows no sign of resigning.