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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.
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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.

Oregon Governor Signs Marijuana Sales Tax

Aug 5, 2015

Recreational pot users in Oregon will have to pay a premium to buy marijuana from medical dispensaries.

Oregon Legal Pot Sales Begin October 1, Officially

Jul 28, 2015

Oregon marijuana dispensaries can begin selling marijuana as soon as October 1, under a law signed Tuesday by Governor Kate Brown.

Bill Radke, Deb Wang, Chris Vance and Luke Burbank  at the Leif Erikson Lodge as part of the 'Week in Review' summer tour.
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KUOW's Week in Review was at Leif Erikson Lodge in Ballard in front of a live audience as part of the show's summer tour. On the docket: what's the solution for affordable housing? Also, should we save a little viaduct to preserve that view? Is there a fairer way to enforce the outdoor pot smoking ban? And a week after the New Yorker earthquake piece, are you still shaking?

Bill Radke convenes a panel of Live Wire radio's Luke Burbank, KUOW's Deborah Wang, former state GOP head Chris Vance and special guests.

Washington’s Liquor Control Board is getting a new name. Friday it will become the Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Medical marijuana and veterans activists plan to march in Olympia Wednesday to celebrate the addition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury to the list of conditions that qualify for medical cannabis in Washington.

Seattle's proposed ban would apply to people lighting up tobacco products. Washington state law prohibits marijuana smoking in public places.
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Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole says the police department could use help from city lawmakers about how the city should handle tickets for public marijuana use.

It's against state law to consume marijuana in public. And current policy requires officers to respond to complaints when people break that law.

Oregon To Set Rules For Marijuana Edibles

Jul 20, 2015

A panel of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission met for the last time Monday. They’ll soon issue final recommendations on how the state should regulate edible marijuana products.

State by state, the legal marijuana business is slowly gaining ground. The industry is using both an increasingly favorable public opinion toward marijuana and a newly legal cash flow to try to transform itself into a force in national politics.

New Oregon Marijuana Stores Slated To Open In 2016

Jul 10, 2015

The Oregon Legislature moved up the start of retail marijuana sales at existing dispensaries, but the state’s Liquor Control Commission is still writing rules for new stores.

Idaho law enforcement say they’ve been finding more marijuana in vehicles coming from states with looser pot laws.

Oregonians could buy recreational marijuana from stores starting in October under a measure approved Thursday by the Oregon House.

The voter-approved Measure 91 is now in effect and adults in Oregon can now legally possess and use marijuana for recreational purposes.

Oregon's pot law allows up to four pot plants per home.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Oregon Public Radio's Chris Lehman about legal marijuana in Oregon and how that state's law differs from Washington's.

Recreational marijuana will be legal in Oregon starting July 1. And with it comes a host of new business opportunities.

Overhaul Of Marijuana Taxation Goes To Washington Governor

Jun 29, 2015

Recreational marijuana buyers would pay a flat 37 percent pot tax, plus sales tax, under a proposal headed to the desk of Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

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Update: Two days after this story was published, on Tuesday, June 30, Gov. Jay Inslee signed Washington’s state budget. The new budget includes $20 million over the next two years for drug prevention and education.

The campaign to legalize marijuana promised that almost a quarter of the taxes from those sales would fund education and prevention efforts.

And pot is selling well: Washington state’s marijuana retail stores are selling over $1 million worth of marijuana a day.

July 1 will be a big day in Oregon for adults who like to use marijuana. That's when the state's voter-approved legalization of recreational pot takes effect.

Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a plan that would change the way recreational marijuana is taxed.

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