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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Pot Legalization
8:07 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Youth Access To Marijuana Remains A Concern Under Legalization

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:04 pm

As Washington and Colorado go where no state or nation has gone before concerns remain about kids getting their hands on pot.

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'Pottery' Week
2:44 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Marijuana License Lottery Week: How Does It Work?

Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Marcie Sillman talks with Brian Smith, communications director at the Washington State Liquor Control Board, about the process for the state's retail pot license lottery happening this week.

Business
2:26 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

To Keep Business Growing, Vendors Rebrand Pot's Stoner Image

Alison Ledden, marketing director for The Farm, a recreational marijuana store in Boulder, Colo., says some customers come in thinking they're at a specialty grocer, not a marijuana store.
Luke Runyon KUNC

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 4:26 pm

From the outside, Jan Cole's recreational marijuana store in Boulder, Colo., just feels welcoming. Big glass windows let in natural light, and the walls are painted in soothing earth tones. Cole used her background in spa management to build a "warm and inviting" pot shop that puts customers at ease.

In fact, the store's name, The Farm, is so inconspicuous, "we have a lot of people who come in think that we might be an organic food grocer or something," she says.

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Cannabis Retail
8:11 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Marijuana Consultants Offer Advice To Potential Pot Dealers

File photo of James Lucas of Tacoma Cross, a medical marijuana dispensary
Brianna Butterfield Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 9:11 am

The Northwest’s budding marijuana industry means opportunity for pot consultants.

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Cannabis Cup
5:07 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Legal At Last, Colorado's Pot Contest Gets Competitively Mellow

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 8:53 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Today, some 30,000 people will converge in Denver, Colo. for the 5th annual Cannabis Cup, a marijuana festival and tradeshow. It's the first time the event is being held after legal marijuana sales went into effect January 1 of this year. To learn more about the event, we're joined by Ricardo Baca. He's the editor of "The Cannabist" blog at the Denver Post. Thanks so much for being with us, Ricardo.

RICARDO BACA: Hey. Thank you.

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Pot Retail
3:07 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Why The Black Market For Marijuana May Not Go Away

Credit Flickr Photo/Coleen Whitfield (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Dominic Corva, executive director of the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy, about the implications for pot bans and moratoriums in Washington state.

Neuroscience
10:40 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Study Links Casual Pot Use With Brain Abnormalities

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Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:30 pm

Young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week showed changes in the size and shape of two key brain regions, according to a new study of 20 pot smokers and 20 non-pot smokers between 18 and 25.

This is the first time recreational marijuana use has been connected to significant brain changes.

The findings, a collaboration between Northwestern University and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, were published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

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Recreational Marijuana
10:40 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Colorado High School Offers Treatment To Drug Users

Adams City High School 17-year-old Jynessa (left) talks with Encompass therapist Erica Hermann in a conference room at the school. Jynessa is trying to quit smoking marijuana. (Jenny Brundin/CPR)

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:30 pm

Ever since recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado in January, some school officials say they’re seeing more students using it. They also say heavy weed smokers generally miss more class and get lower grades.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jenny Brundin of Colorado Public Radio looks at a pilot program at a high school in outside of Denver that is now offering drug treatment alongside of biology and Spanish.

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License Plate Profiling
4:09 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Does Legalized Marijuana Put Washington Drivers At Risk Out Of State?

File photo. At least two Washington drivers say they were pulled over in Idaho on suspicion of using marijuana.
Ildar Sagdejev Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 5:41 pm

Some drivers from Washington and Colorado say they're being targeted by police when they cross into Idaho.

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Pot Debate
9:54 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Roger Roffman On Marijuana Legalization

Roger Roffman is a professor emeritus of social work at the University of Washington.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds talks with academic and activist Roger Roffman about his involvement with marijuana and public policy for 45 years. His latest book is "Marijuana Nation: One Man’s Chronicle of America Getting High: From Vietnam to Legalization."

Marijuana Legalization
4:01 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Washington Pot Store Lottery Announced; Grow Licenses Lagging

Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 3:01 pm

The timeline for when Washington’s first marijuana retail stores will open has slipped from June to early July, according to state Liquor Control Board staff.

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Marijuana Legalization
2:07 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

All In The Family: Bringing Cannabis Business To Port Townsend

Flickr Photo/Patrick Nelson (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Port Townsend father-son duo, Martin Gay and Dakota Sandoval, eagerly anticipate the fate of their marijuana business as Washington State Liquor Board starts issuing licenses next month.

Gay and Sandoval’s business, Jefferson County Cannabis Company, was among more than 7,000 applications that were submitted in December to legally grow pot in the state.

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Cannabis Legalization
3:30 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Bellevue City Council Considers Ban On Marijuana Businesses

Solstice, a medical marijuana facility in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds talks with Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci about a possible ban on marijuana businesses in the fifth largest city in Washington.

Marijuana Legalization
3:29 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

ACLU's Alison Holcomb Shares Pot Advice With The United Nations

Flickr Photo/Scott Beale (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Alison Holcomb, ACLU of Washington's criminal justice director, about her recent trip to the United Nations.

Cannabis Legalization
3:19 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Report: Pot Cases Plunge After Marijuana Legalization In Washington

Flickr Photo/Brett Levin (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Mark Cooke, policy advocate with the ACLU of Washington, about the organization's findings that the number of marijuana possession filings have dropped significantly since Washington legalized pot.

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