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Recreational Pot May Be Coming To Alaska

Feb 6, 2014
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Steve Scher talks with Alexandra Gutierrez, capitol correspondent for Alaska Public Media, about a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in Alaska.

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The King County Council will revisit a proposal Monday on a controversial zoning plan for growing marijuana in unincorporated parts of the county.

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Washington could have as many as 334 marijuana retail stores statewide. That’s the cap proposed on Wednesday by the state’s Liquor Control Board.

Smokeless Pot Smoking?

Jul 11, 2013
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Even though marijuana is now legal here in Washington state that doesn’t mean putting smoke in your lungs is good for you. But there may be a technological solution: smokeless devices called vaporizers. Vaporizing heats the cannabis to a temperature between 180 and 200 degrees Celsius. That’s just short of combustion, which occurs at 230 degrees Celsius, and at that point the vapors are released. So vaporizers can produce the same biological effect as smoking – getting high – without the smoke. Ross Reynolds talks with Danny Darko of High Times magazine about some of the smokeless and less smoking marijuana options available to consumers.  

Regulating Recreational Pot In Colorado Vs. Washington State

Apr 25, 2013
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Washington isn’t the only state that legalized marijuana for recreational use last fall.  Colorado did it too.  Now both states are in the process of trying something that’s never been done: regulating the growing, processing and selling of pot for recreational use. 

Ross Reynolds compares the experience in the two states with Colorado Public Radio’s Ben Markus and KUOW’s Amy Radil.

SEATTLE – When Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana last fall, they handed the state’s Liquor Control Board a regulatory nightmare. There’s no manual for how to create a safe and legal market for pot – something that’s never been done before.

State Representative Roger Goodman – speaking after a recent meeting on marijuana legalization – says the giggle factor is gone.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Predicting marijuana usage rates in Washington might come down to a test Cheech and Chong would appreciate: the size of the joint. So says one of the state’s new pot legalization consultants.

There’s a classic Cheech and Chong scene where they smoke a massive joint while driving down the road. Cheech says “Looks like a quarter pounder, man.”

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The deadline for marijuana experts seeking work has closed in Washington state. All bids to help the state set up its legal marijuana system had to be submitted by 2:oo p.m. on February 15. State officials say the response was substantial.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Three powerful Democrats in the Washington state House are proposing a new 25 percent tax on medical marijuana. The measure introduced Thursday is designed to avoid an underground market for medicinal pot once recreational marijuana is legally sold in stores.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Card-holding medical marijuana patients would get protection from arrest under a proposal in the Washington legislature. But some industry insiders say it doesn’t go far enough. That was their message Monday at a state Senate hearing.

By the end of this year, the production and use of recreational marijuana in Washington will be regulated and taxed. That’s because of voter-approved Initiative 502. But medical marijuana – also voter-approved back in 1998 – is largely unregulated.

As Washington moves to legalize marijuana, there are fresh concerns that a parallel market for pot will continue to flourish. It’s not quite a black market. Let’s call it a “grey” market – for medical marijuana. The question now: how will highly taxed and regulated pot compete with largely unregulated medical marijuana?

Today investors from around the world are convening to discuss investments in cannabis-related products. The ArcView Group, a San Francisco investment consulting company, is hosting the meeting. And this time, the focus won't be on the growth and sale of marijuana. Instead, it's about all the other related products: lights for growing, portable cases for joints, etc. Ross talks to Roy Kaufman from ArcView for details.

A coalition of law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors and federal agents have signed a letter asking US Attorney general Eric Holder not to interfere with Washington and Colorado’s new legal marijuana laws.

The letter to Eric Holder was organized by the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, otherwise known as LEAP.

The communication asks Attorney General Holder to respect the will of the people of Washington and Colorado. Both states passed laws legalizing recreational use of marijuana by roughly a 55 percent majority.

SEATTLE, Wash. – Washington Governor-elect Jay Inslee says states are the incubators of new ideas – and that should extend to marijuana legalization. Inslee Wednesday said he’s hopeful Washington’s new recreational pot law can take effect without federal interference.

Inslee didn’t support Washington’s marijuana legalization initiative. But now that it has passed he says, “The voters have spoken.”

Inslee says he will work in a “rational and mature” way to persuade the Obama administration to allow Washington to implement the law.

Voters in both Oregon and Washington are considering measures this November that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. If they pass, the laws would further widen the legal gap with neighboring Idaho, where police worry about spillover.

Idaho State Police Major Kevin Hudgens just learned about the two measures to the west of his state. He says they concern him.

“Common sense tells me that I’m sure we’d see some of our residents going over to Oregon and Washington to purchase marijuana. So, we would likely see an increase in that.”