I-502 http://kuow.org en Washington Amends Pot Regulations To Appease Feds http://kuow.org/post/washington-amends-pot-regulations-appease-feds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If someone sells drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, they can receive a stiffer sentence under federal law.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> In developing rules for legal marijuana, Washington state regulators tried to depart slightly from that federal rule. They allowed stores to count the 1,000 feet along sidewalks or roads, rather than “as the crow flies.” </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The change would have created more legal locations for pot stores.&nbsp; But now the state is backtracking.</span> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 00:18:22 +0000 Amy Radil 20337 at http://kuow.org Seattle's Hempfest Enters New Era http://kuow.org/post/seattles-hempfest-enters-new-era <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle’s 22nd annual </span>Hempfest<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;takes place in Myrtle Edwards park near </span>Belltown this Friday afternoon through Sunday<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. And times have certainly changed. Initiative 502 has legalized recreational marijuana in Washington. But&nbsp;</span>Hempfest<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> founders say as long as marijuana is illegal under federal law, their festival will still focus on changing drug laws.</span> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 00:43:58 +0000 Amy Radil 18682 at http://kuow.org Seattle's Hempfest Enters New Era Rep. Denny Heck’s Bill Would Protect Wash. Banks From Pot Prosecution http://kuow.org/post/rep-denny-heck-s-bill-would-protect-wash-banks-pot-prosecution <p>Washington state voters legalized marijuana last fall, but the drug still remains illegal under federal law. Most of Washington’s congressional members, including Rep. Dave Reichert and Sen. Patty Murry, have not been supportive of I-502. On the other hand, Rep. Denny Heck of Olympia is co-sponsoring a bill that would allow banks to handle transactions for marijuana businesses without being subject to federal charges. Rep. Heck discusses the proposal with <em>The Conversation</em>’s David Hyde.</p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:29:55 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 15094 at http://kuow.org Rep. Denny Heck’s Bill Would Protect Wash. Banks From Pot Prosecution Marijuana Growing Could Hamper Seattle's Climate Change Goals http://kuow.org/post/marijuana-growing-could-hamper-seattles-climate-change-goals <p>The Seattle City Council is embracing a wide-ranging action plan to <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/environment/climate_plan.htm">address climate change</a>. But it’s also considering zoning for a new power-hungry business: indoor marijuana growing. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:53:14 +0000 Amy Radil 14988 at http://kuow.org Marijuana Growing Could Hamper Seattle's Climate Change Goals How To Keep Kids From Eating Marijuana? Go Gray http://kuow.org/post/how-keep-kids-eating-marijuana-go-gray <p>As Washington state moves toward licensing marijuana retail stores, a major concern for public health experts is preventing kids from eating marijuana. They are asking the state to ban marijuana-infused candy and other sweets, and require packaging and flavors that are less appealing to kids.</p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:09:00 +0000 Amy Radil 14914 at http://kuow.org How To Keep Kids From Eating Marijuana? Go Gray "Big Marijuana" Rolls Out National Brand Name http://kuow.org/post/big-marijuana-rolls-out-national-brand-name <p>Big marijuana has come to town. That was the message at one of the stranger product launches yet seen in Seattle Thursday. The press conference at Seattle’s Columbia Tower began with a quote from Carl Sagan extolling the serenity bestowed by marijuana. With former Mexican president Vicente Fox at his side, marijuana entrepreneur <a href="http://kuow.org/post/washington-pot-forum-draws-standing-room-crowd">Jamen Shively</a> told a packed room that marijuana prohibition is like the Berlin Wall and he hopes his new company will help it crumble.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 15:49:17 +0000 Amy Radil 14057 at http://kuow.org "Big Marijuana" Rolls Out National Brand Name Lottery For Pot Retailers Draws Criticism http://kuow.org/post/lottery-pot-retailers-draws-criticism <p>A random drawing: That’s how the Washington State Liquor Control Board proposes choosing applicants for marijuana retail licenses. And it’s drawing major criticism from existing medical marijuana providers. Fri, 17 May 2013 15:47:51 +0000 Amy Radil 13246 at http://kuow.org Lottery For Pot Retailers Draws Criticism DEA Letters "Tap The Brakes" On Legal Marijuana http://kuow.org/post/dea-letters-tap-brakes-legal-marijuana <p>Two weeks ago the federal Drug Enforcement Administration sent cease and desist letters to 11 medical marijuana dispensaries in Seattle. It was the first notable enforcement action in Washington since recreational marijuana was legalized last year.&nbsp;Federal officials say it won’t be the last. Thu, 16 May 2013 00:36:34 +0000 Amy Radil 13170 at http://kuow.org DEA Letters "Tap The Brakes" On Legal Marijuana Wash. Bars That Allow Marijuana Use Could Face Penalties http://kuow.org/post/wash-bars-allow-marijuana-use-could-face-penalties <p></p><p>Pot possession is now legal in Washington.&nbsp; But city and state regulators are drawing the line at marijuana use in bars and coffee shops.</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:57:13 +0000 Amy Radil 10841 at http://kuow.org The 'Known Unknowns' Of Regulating Legalized Marijuana http://kuow.org/post/known-unknowns-regulating-legalized-marijuana <p>Both Washington and Colorado have passed measures legalizing marijuana. Here in Washington, <a href="http://liq.wa.gov/marijuana/I-502">the Washington State Liquor Control Board is busy hammering out how marijuana will be grown, sold, and regulated</a>. But there are still many questions, from how the federal government will respond to a legal weed market, how to monitor marijuana potency, how to effectively measuring and enforcing marijuana impairment levels in drivers.</p><p>For answers, KUOW’s Steve Scher talked with Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. He’s CEO and co-founder of the <a href="http://triweb.tresearch.org/">Treatment Research Institute</a>, and is an internationally known substance abuse researcher and public policy expert. Most recently, he served as deputy director of the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp">White House Office of National Drug Control Policy</a> under the Obama-Biden administration, where he was heavily involved in health care reform.</p><p><em>Interview has been edited for clarity.</em></p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:27:21 +0000 Jeannie Yandel 10084 at http://kuow.org Scarce Real Estate For New Marijuana Stores http://kuow.org/post/scarce-real-estate-new-marijuana-stores <p></p><p>A new state law says you can have a licensed retail store for recreational marijuana, but it can’t be located within 1,000 feet of many facilities: schools, parks, transit centers, arcades, or libraries. In Seattle, that 1,000-foot rule means most of the city is off-limits. Smaller cities may have no eligible sites. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:38:28 +0000 Amy Radil 9522 at http://kuow.org Scarce Real Estate For New Marijuana Stores John Davis On The Birth Pangs Of Washington's Cannabis Industry http://kuow.org/post/john-davis-birth-pangs-washingtons-cannabis-industry <p>The <a href="http://liq.wa.gov/">Washington State Liquor Control Board</a> holds a public hearing tonight at Seattle’s City Hall on how to implement the state’s new marijuana law. The first one drew a standing room only crowd eager to weigh in on how Washington state should set up its system to license marijuana growers, processors and sellers.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Jeannie Yandel 9244 at http://kuow.org Medical Marijuana Providers Challenge Seattle Licensing In Court http://kuow.org/post/medical-marijuana-providers-challenge-seattle-licensing-court <p></p><p>Medical marijuana providers are challenging Seattle’s licensing rules in court. They say having to obtain business licenses forces them to incriminate themselves under federal law. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 01:34:34 +0000 Amy Radil 5087 at http://kuow.org Wash. Liquor Board Has One Year To Catch Up To Pot Legalization http://kuow.org/post/wash-liquor-board-has-one-year-catch-pot-legalization <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2012/12/120412AJ_MarijuanaLaw_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Pot becomes legal in Washington on Thursday. But state officials have not even begun to write the complicated rules for who can grow it, process it and sell. That year-long process begins Wednesday.<p>By the end of this week, adult possession of up to one ounce of usable marijuana will no longer be a crime in Washington. But Initiative 502 -- approved by voters in November -- does much more than decriminalize possession. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:45:15 +0000 Austin Jenkins 4619 at http://kuow.org Wash. Liquor Board Has One Year To Catch Up To Pot Legalization How To Sell Marijuana Legally, In Four Inconvenient Steps http://kuow.org/post/how-sell-marijuana-legally-four-inconvenient-steps On our <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/12/04/166514067/episode-420-the-legal-marijuana-business" target="_blank">show yesterday</a>, we talked with John Davis, who runs a legal medical marijuana business in Washington state. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:15:00 +0000 editor 9246 at http://kuow.org How To Sell Marijuana Legally, In Four Inconvenient Steps