Marijuana: The Path To Legalization In Washington State

Washington became one of the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use in 2012. But there are a lot of challenges ahead: the state must set up a licensing system for marijuana growers and sellers, the federal government may mount a challenge, the need to set a new limit on amount of marijuana in the bloodstream for safe driving. And medical marijuana is still in the picture.

Over the next several months we will be exploring the issue and tracking the impact of I-502.

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RadioActive Youth Media
9:34 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A Dope Insight On How Weed Affects Teens

Angela and Nia recording the RadioActive podcast in KUOW's studios.
Credit KUOW Photo/Lila Kitaeff

Join Nia Price-Nascimento and Angela Nguyen on "Weed Wednesday" to hear opinions from teens and adults about the underage use of marijuana, as well as facts from an expert. Add your voice to the conversation using #WeedRadioActive

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Pot
8:44 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Oregonians Will Vote On Marijuana Legalization In November

File photo of chief petitioner Anthony Johnson preparing to turn in signatures for verification in Salem last month.

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 4:59 pm

An initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon qualified for the November ballot Tuesday.

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Pot Regulations
9:21 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Gourmet Marijuana Goodies Just Out Of Reach In Washington

What kids like.
Credit Amy Radil

State-licensed marijuana retail stores are just opening their doors in Washington and state regulators are still deciding what customers will find inside. Last month the Washington State Liquor Control Board told processors they will allow sweets, but not if they’re presented in a way that’s deemed "especially appealing to children."

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Week In Review
2:45 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Regrets: Do You Have A Few?

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes bought pot in the city's first licensed store on opening day -- and then brought it back to his office.
Credit KUOW Photo/Michael Clinard

Some Microsoft employees probably regret not taking that other job offer. Seattle’s city attorney regrets bringing his pot to work. Should a Seattle theater company regret not casting any Asian American actors for its current show? And you'll regret it if you take I-90 westbound into Seattle next week.

What else do you regret? And how would you tell your younger self to avoid regrets?

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History
2:49 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington's Last Waltz With Ending Prohibition

Ross Reynolds talks to Redmond Barnett, head of the exhibits department for the Washington State Historical Society, about what happened the last time the state lifted prohibition.

Marijuana Edibles
2:49 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hungry For Pot? Here's What You Need To Know

Credit Flickr Photo/Chris Baker (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Roger Roffman, University of Washington professor emeritus of social work, about how to stay safe with marijuana edibles.

Law Enforcement
6:04 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD

Outside New York City Hall, a policeman watches a protest against racial disparities in marijuana arrests. The majority of those arrested are black or Latino, even though those groups are not more likely to smoke pot.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 9:12 am

Marijuana enthusiasts should still think twice before lighting up in the streets of Brooklyn.

The borough's district attorney announced this week that he'll no longer prosecute most low-level marijuana possession cases. But not all law enforcement officials in New York City are on board. Police Commissioner William Bratton responded to Thompson's decision with a shrug.

"It will not have any impact on our officers and the discretion they have as they go about their business," says Bratton.

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Week In Review
1:28 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Weed Is Sold, Brazil Is Routed, And Potato Salad Is Crowdfunded

Brazil's Marcelo lies on the pitch during the World Cup semifinal soccer match on Tuesday. The host country was routed by Germany 7-1.
AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit

Seattle officially kicks off its experiment in retail recreational pot. Germany kicks goal after merciless goal in a total rout of Brazil in the World Cup semifinals.

And public officials have a message for the person who dropped off three human skulls at the Bellevue Goodwill this week: You're not in any trouble, but would you please call 206.731.3232. The King County Medical Examiner's Office would like to speak with you.

Luke Burbank steps in for Bill Radke to talk over these stories and more with Eli Sanders, Joni Balter and Knute Berger.

Radke In The Morning
12:56 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Buzz Kill: A Reminder That Pot Can Pose Health Risks

Credit Flickr Photo/prensa4 (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Now that Washington's first retail marijuana stores have opened to the public, officials face a major effort to educate consumers about how to use pot responsibly. Bill Radke talks with marijuana researcher Roger Roffman about some of the misconceptions and risks associated with cannabis use.

Roffman points out high-risk scenarios before picking up a pot habit in any form:

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Marijuana
12:49 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Jonesing For A Joint? Too Bad, Seattle Is Out Of Weed

Cannabis City has sold out of its indicas, sativas and hybrids.

No more marijuana for sale until July 21, according to a sign hung on the door of Seattle's first recreational pot store.

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Marijuana
4:10 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Not Much, But Who Cares? Seattle Kicks Off Pot Sales

Cannabis City, Seattle's first recreational marijuana store, used police tape for their tongue-in-cheek ribbon-cutting.
KUOW Photo/Michael Clinard

Patricia Murphy reports from Cannabis City: lots of excited, tired people who can't wait to get home and smoke a bowl.
Marcie Sillman speaks with reporter Patricia Murphy at the opening of Cannabis City on KUOW's "The Record."

It was a false countdown to high noon, when Cannabis City, a store in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, was supposed to start selling marijuana.

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News From Canada
2:06 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Canadian Pot Tourists: Leave Your Souvenirs In Washington State

Marcie Sillman talks to Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about Canadian pot tourists making their way to Bellingham, Washington. Also they discuss the release of the "Prince Of Pot" from prison and the one-year anniversary of the train crash in Lac-Megnatic, Quebec, that killed 47 people.

Potiquette
1:41 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Hey Budtender! Enlighten Me About This Weed

One of the first sales of legal recreational marijuana at Cannabis City in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon.
Credit KUOW Photo/Michael Clinard

This article was supposed to be called, “How Not To Look Like A Poser When You Buy Weed.”

But when I called budtenders in Colorado for advice, they said that when it comes to legal pot, most everyone is a newbie. The only rule I heard was, “Don’t cuss at the budtender,” which seems less a rule than a tenet of basic human decency.

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Marijuana
7:45 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Washington Pot Shops Open Doors, A Moment 2 Years In The Making

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 3:13 pm

Washington state's first recreational pot shops open for business Tuesday. Voters there legalized the sale of marijuana for non-medical use back in 2012. The Northwest News Network's Austin Jenkins reports on the lengthy process from that vote to the day's store openings.

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Marijuana
7:45 am
Wed July 9, 2014

'Altitude' Legal Pot Store Opens In Eastern Washington Farming Town

Jacob Nichols, of Pasco, says he's excited to buy legal weed for the first time at the Altitude store in Prosser, Washington.

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 2:58 pm

Legal marijuana stores opened Tuesday morning in Washington state. One of the earliest locations to open was in the rural Eastern Washington farming community of Prosser.

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