Sizing Up Washington's Pot Market

Dec 6, 2012

The recreational use of marijuana is now be legal for adults over the age of 21 in Washington under state law.
The recreational use of marijuana is now be legal for adults over the age of 21 in Washington under state law.
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Starting today, you can light up in the privacy of your home. State law has changed regarding marijuana possession, but the business rules will have to be developed. The state Liquor Control Board has a year to figure out how to set up Washington’s marijuana market. The federal government’s tax laws will put a crimp on any Washington state entrepreneur until Congress makes a change. We talk to the Aaron Smith of the National Cannabis Industry Association about the path ahead.

Also this hour: We hear from couples lined up outside the King County Administration Building for the state's first same-sex marriage licenses and check in with UW law professor Peter Nicolas; Katy Sewall visits with animal communicator Rachel Millikan; we listen back to an old-time radio Christmas tale called "The Cinnamon Bear;"  plus, feeling hungry? Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation for tasty spam in a truck from Marination Ma Kai.