marijuana legalization

7:33 am
Tue September 23, 2014

After Coming Out As Owner Of Cannabis Club, Reporter Quits On Live TV

A screenshot of Charlo Greene just before she quit her job.

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 4:05 pm

Talk about a take-this-job and shove it moment: During last night's local news broadcast, a reporter for KTVA-TV in Alaska did two pretty stunning things.

First, after reporting on the efforts of the Alaska Cannabis Club, Charlo Greene revealed she was the club's owner. And then, realizing the kind of ethical dilemma that put her in, she quit on live television.

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3:20 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Should Seattle Dismiss Citations For Smoking Pot In Public?

Pete Holmes buys marijuana on the first day of legalization in Seattle. A police officer who cited dozens of people for smoking pot in public took on the city attorney in his citations, calling him "Petey Holmes."
Credit KUOW Photo/Michael Clinard

In the first six months of its new ordinance, the Seattle Police Department issued about 100 citations for smoking pot in public.

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Pot News
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Marijuana Tax Collections Starting To Roll In, Millions More Expected

The first year of legal pot sales in Washington state is expected to generate about $25 million in fees and taxes.

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 4:49 pm

In a manner of speaking, millions of dollars of "drug money" is starting to flow into Washington state coffers.

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Pot Law Challenged
5:12 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Judge Rules That Cities Have Power To Ban Marijuana Sales

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says Pierce County ruling is good news for the viability of I-502.
Credit Amy Radil / KUOW

Friday’s ruling by a Pierce County judge was good news for Washington cities that want to ban marijuana stores. Yet it was also greeted with enthusiasm by supporters of the state’s marijuana legalization efforts.

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Retail Pot
9:59 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Tiny Fife Takes Center Stage In Marijuana Ban Lawsuit

KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

A lawsuit over bans on marijuana businesses is headed to Pierce County Superior Court. The legal challenge has put the tiny city of Fife in the spotlight. That’s because the case could potentially derail Washington’s new system for legalized marijuana.

Initiative 502 provided for a new regulatory system for legal marijuana sales. But does that law give cities the ability to ban marijuana businesses if they so choose? That’s the first question for the court.

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5:09 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Europe's Latest Grass-Roots Movement: Cannabis Social Clubs

Eliane Detraz, a 42-year-old Swiss national member of the Sibaratas Med Can club, rolls a joint at the plantation of the association in Spain's Canary Islands in April 2013.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 10:46 am

Gabriela walks into a large, dimly lit apartment, goes to a counter, buys a bag of sativa and sits on the sofa with her friends, joint in hand, like in Amsterdam. Except this is not Amsterdam. This is Barcelona, and the open sale of marijuana is illegal.

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2:57 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Tommy Chong, 'The Face Of Pot,' Promotes His Brand In Seattle

Tommy Chong said he wants to do for marijuana what Paul Newman did for salad dressing.
Credit Amy Radil

As part of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong, Tommy Chong portrayed marijuana users as slapstick buffoons. But now he’s in Seattle for what he says is the serious endeavor of promoting the benefits of marijuana – and his personal brand.

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7:48 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Odd Couple: Where Does A Straitlaced Farmer Get Pot Growing Expertise?

Research farmer Alan Schreiber and research assistant Tom Balotte, of Ag Development Group, talk about an ongoing research project in the fields of the 105-acre farm north of Pasco, July 2, 2014.

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 5:15 pm

In Eastern Washington, a pair of very different guys teamed up to embark on an experiment to grow Washington’s latest agricultural crop -- legal marijuana. 

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7:41 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Mary, How Do You Grow? The Tricky Business Of Yielding The Best Pot

Growing marijuana outside is a tricky venture, as farmer Susy Wilson can attest to.

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 10:29 am

Figuring out how to maximize yields on legal marijuana in Washington state will be tricky -- and not every licensed farmer will survive the competition and the tight margins.

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Pot Shops
8:54 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Seattleites: Good Luck Finding Legal Pot To Buy

Michael Gordon of Kush Tourism, at a glass-blowing studio that is a favorite stop for his tour groups.
Credit Amy Radil

After the hoopla settled down after the grand opening of Seattle’s first state-licensed retail marijuana store in July, pot aficionados found that retail stores were hard to find.

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6:25 am
Mon August 4, 2014

First Cut: Behind The Scenes With Anna King And Jordan Schrader

Anna King and Jordan Schrader

Originally published on Sun August 3, 2014 4:55 am

This week, we’ll be examining Washington's freshest crop - marijuana. The agriculture, the security and the personalities.

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Pot Grows
6:25 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Dark 'n' Light: Is It Better To Grow Marijuana Indoors Or Out?

Toni Reita, of Black Dog Acres in Goldendale, Washington, waters her starts.

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 10:35 am

As legal pot growing operations spring to life from urban King County to remote corners of Washington state, an ongoing debate has developed within this new farming community.

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7:56 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Estimates Differ On How Much Tax Revenue Oregon's Marijuana Initiative Would Raise

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 5:34 pm

Oregon’s legalized marijuana campaign says pot would generate about $39 million in tax revenue in its first year. Legislative revenue experts disagree.

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8:44 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Oregonians Will Vote On Marijuana Legalization In November

File photo of chief petitioner Anthony Johnson preparing to turn in signatures for verification in Salem last month.

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 4:59 pm

An initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon qualified for the November ballot Tuesday.

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Pot Regulations
9:21 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Gourmet Marijuana Goodies Just Out Of Reach In Washington

What kids like.
Credit Amy Radil

State-licensed marijuana retail stores are just opening their doors in Washington and state regulators are still deciding what customers will find inside. Last month the Washington State Liquor Control Board told processors they will allow sweets, but not if they’re presented in a way that’s deemed "especially appealing to children."

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