Last year on Dec. 6, pot smokers gathered spontaneously at Seattle Center to celebrate the passage of Initiative 502.
The year since Washington became one of the first states to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, entrepreneurs, regulators, police, drug counselors and everyone in between has tried to understand the implications of the new law.
A year after Washington state voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana, the licensing process is underway. Starting Monday, applications to grow, process or sell recreational marijuana can be submitted online, by mail or in person.
Ross Reynolds interviews Robert Anderson, director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington, who explains why most Native American tribes in Washington are unlikely to allow the production, sale or use of recreational marijuana.
Ross Reynolds interviews reporter Ben Markus of Colorado Public Radio about Colorado proposition that would help answer a question that both Colorado and Washington state have been struggling with: How do you tax and regulate recreational marijuana?
The Liquor Control Board, Department of Health and the Department of Revenue have released their recommendations for how the state should regulate medical marijuana. They’ve set guidelines for age limits, possession amounts, location of retail stores and taxation. Austin Jenkins, Olympia Correspondent for the Public Radio Northwest News Network, explains how these regulations will affect medical marijuana stores and how they differ from the regulation of recreational marijuana.
In Colorado, people are gearing up for the winter tourism season and there's excitement building for a new attraction - recreational marijuana stores. Yes, some believe pot could be a boon for the tourism industry. The first such stores in the country will open in Colorado in January.
Here's Bente Birkeland from Rocky Mountain Community Radio.
BENTE BIRKELAND, BYLINE: This past spring, 27-year-old Zay Copa, from Miami, Florida, came to Colorado for one reason - marijuana.
A state work group is set to release its recommendations on how to regulate Washington’s medical marijuana industry this afternoon. Since the passage of Initiative 502, established medical marijuana dispensaries have been worried about what will happen to their businesses under the new laws.
Regulations have been proposed for marijuana retail businesses but what about the medical marijuana facilities? Karl Keich, the founder and owner of the Seattle Medical Marijuana Association, talks with The Record's Steve Scher about the business of selling medical marijuana and his concerns over the new regulations.
Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata's interview with KUOW's David Hyde.
The Seattle City Council attempted to clarify on Monday how pot could be distributed within the city, but how consumers will be able to buy marijuana remains hazy.
Gov. Jay Inslee told The Record’s Ross Reynolds that many people are still buying marijuana through medical channels – even though they don’t need it. He called the current medical marijuana system the “Wild West.”