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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Marijuana
2:06 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Defunct Colorado Prison Could Be Used To Grow Marijuana

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 9:13 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word In Business is the story of a prison going to pot.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

That is the proposed new use for a defunct prison - Colorado's High Plains Correctional Facility.

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Week In Review
11:51 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Discussing The Week’s News While Shouting Over Blue Angels

Lt. C.J. Simonsen, a solo pilot assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, approaches from crowd right during the Seafair performance in 2011.
Flickr Photo/Official US Navy Page (CC-BY-NC-ND)

This week, we’re talking about former Seattle mayor Paul Schell, the monorail and Seafair. And we may just be able to work in Bobo the Gorilla, Ivar and the Bubbleator.

In between Blue Angels fly-bys, listen to KUOW's Bill Radke review the week's news with Eli Sanders of The Stranger, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Jezebel’s Lindy West.

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Creative Citations
7:46 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Attn Petey Holmes: Pot Cop Calls Marijuana Law 'Silly'

KUOW/Kara McDermott

When Seattle Police Department officials dug into the data from its first report about marijuana enforcement they found that 80 percent of tickets were issued by one officer.

One apparently very frustrated officer.

In one citation, the officer refers to Washington state's legal pot law as “silly.” He also added at the bottom of the citations, "Attn: Petey Holmes," a snarky reference to Seattle's city attorney, Pete Holmes.

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Marijuana
7:56 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Estimates Differ On How Much Tax Revenue Oregon's Marijuana Initiative Would Raise

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 5:34 pm

Oregon’s legalized marijuana campaign says pot would generate about $39 million in tax revenue in its first year. Legislative revenue experts disagree.

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Radke In The Morning
10:03 am
Wed July 30, 2014

How The New York Times Came Around On Legal Pot

Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Bill Radke speaks with Terry Tang, New York Times deputy editorial page editor, about the newspaper’s six-part editorial series on legalizing marijuana. Tang said the decision to endorse legal pot was unanimous.

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Dangerous Conditions
5:05 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Marijuana Activists Cheer Federal Crackdown On Hash Oil Manufacturer

Two men who produced marijuana candy appeared in federal court Friday for a detention hearing . They’re accused of endangering others while manufacturing marijuana extracts.

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Marijuana
3:13 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Oregon To Vote On Legalizing Marijuana, Again

Ross Reynolds talks with Anthony Johnson, director of New Approach Oregon, which recently submitted enough signatures for a referendum on recreational marijuana legalization to appear on the November ballot.

Public Marijuana
2:47 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Are Seattle Police Targeting Black Pot Smokers?

Credit Flickr Photo/Dann Cove (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes about whether a disproportionate amount of black people are issued tickets for public pot use. Holmes says he's working on a plan to provide public spaces that are safe to smoke marijuana.

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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