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Not Your Mother's Pot Brownie

May 25, 2015

Twenty-three states now allow marijuana for medical use and several others are considering doing the same. Two states including Colorado now allow recreational use of the drug as well.

For people who are sick and use pot to relieve symptoms related to pain, seizures or depression, smoking is often not an option.

The so-called edible market is becoming big business in Colorado, where patients can buy cannabis-infused brownies, truffles and ice cream at their neighborhood dispensary.

Marijuana sales and a recovering housing market should help boost Washington tax collections by more than $300 million over the next two years.

Maria Moses of Dockside Cannabis in Shoreline, Washington, shows off a jar where customers can smell a marijuana sample.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

When recreational marijuana became legal in Washington state, people wondered what would happen to medical marijuana dispensaries.

Gov. Jay Inslee answered that question in April, when he signed a law requiring they obtain licenses and join the state regulatory system.

But medical marijuana dispensary owners have more questions about emerging from the shadows, and they’re turning Robert McVay, an attorney with Seattle’s Canna Law Group.

A special legislative committee meant to help pave the way for legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon has hit some road bumps.

There's a process in place now for Indian tribes and the state of Washington to jointly regulate marijuana should any tribes choose to legalize and sell it.

Marcie Sillman talks to Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about how British Columbia is regulating medical marijuana. They also discuss Alberta's new premier, Rachel Notley.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Bruce Barcott, author of "Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America."

Barcott began working on the book as a self-described pot agnostic. He said his 16-year-old daughter found it hilarious that her square dad was writing a book about pot.

Barcott was concerned about how legal marijuana would affect his children. But after looking into it he said he's proud of Washington for taking the step to legalize it. He thinks the legalization effort will only grow in coming years.

Ross Reynolds talks to reporter Vaughn Palmer from the Vancouver Sun about the rise of shootings in Surrey, Canada. They also discuss the state of the medical marijuana business in Vancouver. 

The era of ubiquitous green cross marijuana dispensaries in Washington state is about to come to an end.

Employees at Ike's Pot Shop in Seattle's Central District sell marijuana products on their opening day, Sept. 30, 2014.
KUOW Photo/Posey Gruener

Marcie Sillman talks with Alison Holcomb, the principle author of Initiative 522, about where lawmakers plan to spend the pot revenue.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Harvard School of Business professor John Quelch about marketing marijuana.

It appears the days are numbered for Washington’s sprawling and largely unregulated medical marijuana marketplace.

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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the future of medical pot in Washington state. 

California is four years into a historic drought, and water for human use is vying with the water needs of wildlife, such as threatened salmon.

In parts of northern California, an explosive and unregulated increase in marijuana cultivation is contributing to the problem. Now, a study says the impact of pot grows on fish-bearing streams is threatening their survival.

Researchers monitoring water levels in streams in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties last summer say the water impacts of cannabis grow operations are dramatic.

Legislation to bring together Washington’s two dueling marijuana systems is moving forward. As KUOW’s Amy Radil reports, the challenge may come in deciding which medical dispensaries get to stay open.

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