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 Legalization
3:36 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Colorado Sees First Legal Recreational Pot Sales

Flickr Photo/Dann Cove

Marcie Sillman hears from Colorado Public Radio reporter Ben Markus about the world's first recreational marijuana sales that happened yesterday in Colorado.

Marijuana
10:13 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Which Plants Will Kick Off Legal Pot Sales? State Regulators Don't Want To Know

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State officials promise that Washington’s new legal marijuana market will be airtight, and that plants will be tracked “from seed to sale.”

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Marijuana Legalization
2:10 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Medical Pot Advocates Have Their Own Recommendations For Regulation

Flickr Photo/Goodiez

David Hyde talks with John Davis, medical pot advocate and CEO of Northwest Patient Resource Center, about his take on the liquor control board's recommendations for medical pot regulations.

The Week In Review
2:02 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

New Force Guidelines For Police, High Pot Consumption, And More From The Week In News

Flickr Photo/Crash Zone Photography

This week, Seattle Police announced new use of force guidelines that will take effect Jan. 1. Also starting in the new year, customers will be able to buy pot over the counter, and a report this week indicates that locals are consuming a lot more pot than the state had initially estimated.

We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger. Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank checks in from Christmas City, U.S.A.

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Marijuana Legalization
3:11 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Health Risks Facing Heavy Pot Users

Flickr Photo/Wiros

David Hyde talks with University of Washington addiction researcher Roger Roffman about the health risks facing heavy pot users and what pot addiction looks like.

Marijuana
7:16 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Study: Pot Use In Washington Double Original Projections

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Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 10:56 am

If there is such a thing, the typical pot smoker in Washington is a white male, 35 or younger with some college education. And he smokes a lot more weed than anyone thought.

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Legalization
2:28 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick?

Partiers celebrate marijuana legalization in Washington state at a pot party in Seattle earlier this month.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 10:49 pm

As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. They're numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we live in.

This year, for the first time, national polls show a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. Gallup has been asking the question for four decades, and now it says 58 percent favor legalization.

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Marijuana
10:21 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Fine For Smoking Pot Outside Cheaper Than A Parking Ticket

Flickr Photo/Dann Cove

If you’re caught smoking marijuana in public in Seattle, you could be fined $27.

That’s the fine for drinking in public, but still less than a parking ticket.

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Pot Borders
7:49 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Seed-To-Sale Tracking Alone Won't Stop Marijuana 'Leakage'

Katheirne Hitt Flickr

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 3:02 am

As Washington moves to legalize recreational pot, preventing “leakage” to other states like Oregon and Idaho is a top priority of the U.S. Justice Department

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Legalized Marijuana
2:47 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Seattle City Attorney Wants To Encourage Pot Tourism

Flickr Photo/Cannabis Culture

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes about his ideas for encouraging pot tourism in the city.

Legalized Marijuana
2:47 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

What Does Uruguay's Pot Legalization Mean For US War On Drugs?

Flickr Photo/Linda

Marcie Sillman talks with Bruce Bagley, professor of international studies at University of Miami, about the legalization of pot in Uruguay what this means for the US war on drugs abroad.

Marijuana Legalization
1:46 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Former DEA Agent Takes Job With Cannabis Industry

Washington State Liquor Control Board

Ross Reynolds talks with former DEA agent Patrick Moen about why he left drug law enforcement to work in Washington state's burgeoning cannabis industry.

Marijuana
10:30 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Eastside Suburb Fights Pot Grow, Says Too Close To School

The site of a proposed marijuana growing and processing facility in Redmond Ridge.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

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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Marijuana
2:55 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

People Of Pot One Year Later: Considering Doritos, ‘Dabbing’ And Black Market

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. 

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