marijuana

The Pot Dude
9:01 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Legal Washington Pot Stores Opening Soon, But Production Lags

Eric and Katey Cooper stand amid their flowering marijuana. Their business, named Monkey Grass, in Wenatchee, Washington, is one of the largest marijuana grows licensed by Washington state so far.

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 11:00 am

Eric Cooper has a sort of "The Dude" vibe: Hawaiian shirt, leather brown sandals and a bushy silver goatee. He smoked weed for the first time when he was about 14. He’s a former contractor and registered nurse. Cooper grew medical marijuana, and now he’s one of the owners of Monkey Grass Farms in Wenatchee, Washington.

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Doritogate
10:48 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Pot Shots: How Marijuana Legalization Tore Apart The Seattle Police Media Unit

One of the bags of Doritos handed out at Hempfest in August.
Credit Photo SPD Blotter

In March 2012, the Seattle Police Department made an unorthodox hire: Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, a former cops reporter who had worked at The Stranger and was writing a blog, seattlecrime.com.

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Buzz Kill
4:40 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Can You Eat One Tenth Of A Cookie? Legal Pot Means Portion Control

Flickr Photo/Werwin15 (CC BY 2.0)

Bill Radke talks with news analyst Joni Balter about how Washington and Colorado officials are packaging marijuana edibles to keep people out of the emergency room.

Marijuana Retail
3:18 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Marijuana Businessman Sues Wenatchee For Right To Open Retail Store

Wenatchee issued a marijuana ban counter to Washington state law, one businessman is now suing to open a retail store in the city.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

David Hyde talks with Seattle attorney Hilary Bricken about a lawsuit against the city of Wenatchee, which has banned marijuana businesses. Bricken's client, Shaun Preder, is suing to open a marijuana retail store.

City Ban
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Marysville City Council Issues Moratorium On Pot Businesses

KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

David Hyde speaks with Jeff Vaughan, president of the Marysville City Council, about their decision to ban all marijuana businesses within city limits.

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NPR Survey
10:43 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Poll: Yes To Medical Marijuana, Not So Much For Recreational Pot

Total of responses exceeds 100 percent because of rounding.
NPR-Truven Health

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 5:50 am

Minnesota has become the 22nd state to loosen restrictions on use of marijuana, with its legislature approving the sale and use of medical marijuana on May 15. Other states, including Florida, are considering similar measures.

These changes are happening fast, and we were wondering how people feel about this seemingly inexorable push to decriminalize pot, so we asked, in the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll.

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Marijuana
10:21 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Women In Cannabis: Solidarity And High-Potency Sorbet

Katey Cooper, Jessica Jordan and Stesha Ries (left to right) trade ideas at the Women and Cannabis Business luncheon.
Credit Amy Radil

A power luncheon for women in the marijuana business took place Friday in one of Seattle’s highest locations – the top of the Columbia Tower, where dozens of women in the cannabis business gathered to talk shop and exchange recipes.

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Marijuana Business
3:28 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

'It's Really Terrifying:' Marijuana Businessman Steve DeAngelo On Running A Business In Cash

Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director of Harborside Health Services, the world's largest marijuana dispensary.
Credit Harborside Health Services

Ross Reynolds speaks with Steve DeAngelo, executive director of Harborside Health Services, a medical marijuana dispensary in California, about what it's like to run a $30 million business mostly on cash.

Samiches
1:59 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

The Latest Food Truck Theme Is Marijuana For Lunch

The MagicalButter food truck is called The Samich.
Courtesy of MagicalButter

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 9:09 am

Food trucks have been steadily multiplying in cities across the country for a few years now. So their collision with the brave new world of marijuana edibles — from brownies to gummy candy — was probably inevitable, at least in the states where the drug is now legal.

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Marijuana
7:45 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Pot Grower Says Black Market Can Survive Legalization

Scott Johnson poses outside the Bellingham Towers where he used to own a restaurant and where his attorney has an office.

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 8:29 am

Scott Johnson is one of those natural born salesmen. He used to own a restaurant on the 15th floor of the Bellingham Towers -- Bellingham’s tallest building.

“At first it was called ‘Top of the Towers’ and then after about five years I changed it to ‘City View Grill,’” he says.

Now Johnson comes to Bellingham Towers to see his lawyer -- whose office is also here. Johnson has been sentenced to five years behind bars for his role in a long-running marijuana production and distribution ring.

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Marijuana Legalization
2:34 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

In Washington And Colorado, Bankers Are Entering The Marijuana Industry

KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Posey Gruener speaks with Russ Rosendal, CEO of Salal Credit Union, about why they decided to offer banking services to licensed marijuana growers in Washington state.

And, Ross Reynolds speaks with AP reporter Kristen Wyatt about Colorado lawmakers' approval of a financial system designed expressly for the Marijuana industry.

Marijuana
12:43 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Inside Seattle's First Legal Pot Farm

Bruce Cummins shows off some of Sea of Green Farm's marijuana plants growing in their greenhouse.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Sea of Green Farms sits south of Ballard, just east of Fisherman’s Terminal.

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Pot Shops
7:17 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Marijuana Banking: Secretive But Poised To Grow

John Davis says his marijuana business is "built like a bank on steroids."
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Many marijuana business owners say they have bank accounts, but aren’t completely forthright with their bankers about the nature of their businesses. They claim to be in “consulting” or “medical research.”  And they know they could lose those bank accounts suddenly, at any time, since federal law prohibits banks from holding any funds associated with illegal drugs.

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Author Interview
2:07 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Hemp: The Emerging Crop In The Global Economy

Credit Doug Fine's book, "Hemp Bound."

Ross Reynolds speaks with Doug Fine, a self-described comedic investigative journalist, about his new book, "Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution."

Fine spoke with scientists and farmers around the world about how hemp is used. In February, President Obama signed the Farm Bill, which allows industrial research on hemp.

Marijuana Regulation
7:09 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Washington Pot Growers May Not Get Federal Irrigation Water

File photo of a legal marijuana farm and production facility at the University of Mississippi

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 9:05 am

Farmers in Eastern Washington who want to get into the marijuana business may face an immediate hurdle.

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