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When 2015 dawned, it was illegal to grow, smoke or buy marijuana in Oregon unless you held a medical marijuana card. Now, all of those things are legal for adults.

Oregon cities and counties have until December 27 to act if they want to ban retail marijuana sales. More than 70 communities have already put their names on that list.

Marijuana plants growing at Seattle's first legal pot farm, Sea of Green.
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Rick Steves doesn’t think Big Marijuana should control your pot. That’s one reason people in Washington state should be able to grow their own weed, Steves told KUOW’s Jeannie Yandel.

Parents of children with severe epilepsy have reported incredible recoveries when their children were given cannabidiol, a derivative of marijuana. The drug, a non-psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in cannabis, has been marketed with epithets like Charlotte's Web and Haleigh's Hope.

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, fatal crashes involving drivers under the influence of marijuana have risen sharply since Washington voters legalized recreational pot in 2012.

A South Puget Sound tribe is planning a grand opening at 4:20 p.m. on Thursday for what it believes is the nation's first marijuana store on a reservation.

A street drug made of various chemicals sprayed on tea leaves, grass clippings and other plant material continues to send thousands of people suffering from psychotic episodes and seizures to emergency rooms around the country.

In 2015, calls to poison control regarding the drug already have almost doubled, compared to last year's total, and health professionals and lawmakers are struggling to keep up with the problem.

Cannabis City opened on July 9. At the time it was the only store able to open -- others faced obstacles including distance between them and schools.
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The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is accepting a second wave of applications for new marijuana retail licenses.

Gone are the quotas and lotteries used in the first round of licensing. Now there are no limits on the number of licenses that may be granted – a change that took some cities by surprise.

It takes a lot of electricity to grow marijuana indoors. Lights and ventilating fans are some of the biggest culprits.

Pot farmers have to follow the same rules and regulations as the rest of the agriculture industry. That was a key takeaway Wednesday at a workshop for budding marijuana growers in Salem.

The Washington State Patrol has a warning for drivers: it’s now illegal to have an open container of marijuana in the passenger compartments of vehicles.

If legal marijuana were a movie, the $11 million that's estimated to have been taken in during Oregon's first week of retail sales would place it fourth on the list of U.S. weekend box-office receipts, right behind Pan.

The license application window opens Monday for medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state that want to continue to operate.

Blaise Agüera y Arcas at The Cloud Room.
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Seattle is a great city for lectures, and now there’s a new series to cater to “high minded” individuals who want to combine an interesting talk with a little marijuana.

Jody Hall, founder of Cupcake Royale and producer of marijuana edibles with The Goodship Company, believes our society is starving for human connection. She promotes the responsible use of marijuana as a conduit to community building.

As of Thursday, recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon. However, if you’re in Eastern Oregon, you face a long drive to score some legal bud.

Gras Cannabis in Portland, Oregon.
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David Hyde talks with Portland Mercury reporter Dirk VanderHart about how legal marijuana in Oregon could affect pot businesses in Vancouver, Washington.

Starting Thursday, adults 21 and over can buy marijuana for recreational use in Oregon. And they'll have plenty of places to buy it from.

Starting October 1, adults in Oregon will be able to walk into a medical marijuana dispensary and buy pot for recreational use. But not in dozens of communities across the state, where local officials have banned such sales.

Employees at Ike's Pot Shop in Seattle's Central District sell marijuana products on their opening day, Sept. 30, 2014.
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Ross Reynolds interviews Hal Snow, the head of cannabis practice at the law firm Garvey Schubert Barer. It’s legal to buy and sell marijuana in some states, but the legal picture is far from clear. Cannabis is still illegal under federal law, although tolerated by the attorney general as long as states follow certain rules. But that makes most bankers leery about providing financial services to marijuana businesses. Will a new president and Congress in January 2017 change the picture? 

Smoking marijuana joint
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Jeannie Yandel talks to Sarah Mirk, online editor for Bitch Media, about Oregon's recreational marijuana law and why it allows Oregonians with marijuana convictions on their record to wipe the slate clean.

Recreational marijuana use is legal in Washington state — but only for adults. And after the state's law was tweaked this summer, minors who break that rule risk felony charges. That's the case for three minors in Asotin County, who could now face up to five years in prison.

Ben Perez works behind the counter at the new Dockside SODO marijuana retail store.
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Washington could get lots more pot stores.

State regulators will allow medical marijuana providers to seek retail licenses later this fall. There are no strict limits on how many new licenses could be granted, and there is no requirement that they focus on medical patients.

Two cookie varieties produced by Jody Hall's new venture, The Goodship Company.
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Jeannie Yandel sits down with Cupcake Royale founder Jody Hall to talk about her new venture, The Goodship Company, which produces edible marijuana products. Hall explains why she got into the pot industry and how she hopes to change the culture of marijuana. 

A lot of people want to review marijuana for Oregon's largest newspaper. The Oregonian is looking for a freelance pot critic as recreational marijuana sales are set to begin next month.

The state of Oregon has stopped taking applications for permits to grow industrial hemp. The Oregon Department of Agriculture said the suspension will last until at least next spring.

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

David Hyde talks with Associated Press journalist Kristen Wyatt about new lawsuits aimed to take down the legal pot industry.

Seattle Pot Store Owners Hang On As Weed Prices Fall

Aug 16, 2015
Meghan Walker

It's been a year since the first retail pot shops opened in Washington, and the cost of weed has dropped significantly. But that’s not stopping eager pot entrepreneurs hoping to get in on the budding industry.

Two marijuana shop owners in Clarkston, Washington, are facing criminal charges for selling pot in defiance of a citywide ban.

Chris Cody at Herban Legends in White Center, the mostly unincorporated neighborhood just south of Seattle. The medical marijuana business recently received a letter from King County telling it to close.
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In the medical marijuana business, Seattle has determined that there are good guys and bad guys.

Seattle and King County recently sent letters to all medical marijuana businesses, warning them they need to close. Seattle sent two kinds of letters: one to “good guys” who have a good shot at getting a state license, and another to “bad guys” who probably won’t.

King County took a harder line, telling all the dispensaries in unincorporated areas to close.

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