I-502

Federal Vs. State Law
5:18 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Washington Amends Pot Regulations To Appease Feds

If someone sells drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, they can receive a stiffer sentence under federal law. 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.”

The change would have created more legal locations for pot stores.  But now the state is backtracking.

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Fighting For Changes
5:43 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Seattle's Hempfest Enters New Era

Longtime "Hempsters" John Davis, left, and Vivian McPeak at the 22nd annual Hempfest.
Credit Amy Radil

Seattle’s 22nd annual Hempfest takes place in Myrtle Edwards park near Belltown this Friday afternoon through Sunday. And times have certainly changed. Initiative 502 has legalized recreational marijuana in Washington. But Hempfest founders say as long as marijuana is illegal under federal law, their festival will still focus on changing drug laws.

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Financing Marijuana
11:29 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Rep. Denny Heck’s Bill Would Protect Wash. Banks From Pot Prosecution

Marijuana rules in Washington are still getting hammered out. Rep. Denny Heck is co-sponsoring a forward-looking bill to allow banks and marijuana shops to manage transactions.
Dockside Cooperative's Facebook page.

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 The Conversation’s David Hyde.

Marijuana Regulation
8:53 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Marijuana Growing Could Hamper Seattle's Climate Change Goals

Indoor marijuana production facilities are more secure than outdoor growth, but require a lot of energy to run and produce a large amount of greenhouse gases.
Flickr Photo/Rusty Blazenhoff

The Seattle City Council is embracing a wide-ranging action plan to address climate change. But it’s also considering zoning for a new power-hungry business: indoor marijuana growing.

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Call To Ban Pot Candy
7:09 am
Fri June 14, 2013

How To Keep Kids From Eating Marijuana? Go Gray

King County included this photo in pressing for new restrictions on marijuana products.
Courtesy of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration

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.

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Brand Name Pot
8:49 am
Fri May 31, 2013

"Big Marijuana" Rolls Out National Brand Name

Vicente Fox and Jamen Shively discuss marijuana legalization.
Amy Radil

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 Jamen Shively told a packed room that marijuana prohibition is like the Berlin Wall and he hopes his new company will help it crumble. 

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The Business Of Marijuana
8:47 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Lottery For Pot Retailers Draws Criticism

The state's newest logo
Washington State Liquor Control Board

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.

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Marijuana
5:36 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

DEA Letters "Tap The Brakes" On Legal Marijuana

Doug Gerdes outside The Only Natural in Ballard.
Amy Radil

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. Federal officials say it won’t be the last.

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Pot Use Crackdown
8:57 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Wash. Bars That Allow Marijuana Use Could Face Penalties

Pot possession is now legal in Washington.  But city and state regulators are drawing the line at marijuana use in bars and coffee shops.

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Legalizing It
3:27 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

The 'Known Unknowns' Of Regulating Legalized Marijuana

Both Washington and Colorado have passed measures legalizing marijuana. Here in Washington, the Washington State Liquor Control Board is busy hammering out how marijuana will be grown, sold, and regulated. 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.

For answers, KUOW’s Steve Scher talked with Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. He’s CEO and co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute, and is an internationally known substance abuse researcher and public policy expert. Most recently, he served as deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under the Obama-Biden administration, where he was heavily involved in health care reform.

Interview has been edited for clarity.

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Paltry Pot Parcels
3:38 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Scarce Real Estate For New Marijuana Stores

Legalization advocate Greta Carter says marijuana retailers can't find space for rent.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

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.

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Legalizing Marijuana
9:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

John Davis On The Birth Pangs Of Washington's Cannabis Industry

The Washington State Liquor Control Board 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.

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When Laws Collide
5:34 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Medical Marijuana Providers Challenge Seattle Licensing In Court

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.

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Law
8:45 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Wash. Liquor Board Has One Year To Catch Up To Pot Legalization

Drug Enforcement Agency

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 10:53 am

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.

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. It requires the state to license and regulate marijuana producers, processors and retailers.

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Legalizing It
8:15 am
Wed December 5, 2012

How To Sell Marijuana Legally, In Four Inconvenient Steps

Selling it is the easy part.
Ted S. Warren AP

On our show yesterday, we talked with John Davis, who runs a legal medical marijuana business in Washington state. He described one of the big hurdles of starting a legal marijuana business: It's really hard to get a bank account.

His story reveals not only the gray area the marijuana business still inhabits (it's still illegal under federal law), but also just how hard it is to run a small business without a bank.

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