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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Entrepreneurs Welcome
7:17 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Celebration And Angst As Marijuana License Application Window Opens

Jeff Gilmore, right, with partner Dave Brown have applied for a license to grow legal marijuana. Gilmore says he was busted two decades ago for growing pot and believes it’s “about time” he can do so legally.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 3:07 pm

Would-be growers, processors and retailers applied online and in-person Monday as the 30-day window for marijuana business licenses applications opened in Washington.

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Budding Debate
11:51 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Could Legalized Pot Hurt Washington’s Medical Marijuana Industry?

Sean Green's medical marijuana collective features a window into the light-filled grow room.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

A year after Washington state voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana, the licensing process is underway. Starting Monday, applications to grow, process or sell recreational marijuana can be submitted online, by mail or in person.

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Marijuana Legalization
3:52 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Many Indian Tribes Not Likely To Allow Recreational Marijuana

Flickr Photo/North Cascades National Park

Ross Reynolds interviews Robert Anderson, director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington, who explains why most Native American tribes in Washington are unlikely to allow the production, sale or use of recreational marijuana.

Pot Legalization
2:59 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Taxing Marijuana In Colorado: A Possible Model For Washington?

Flickr Photo/prensa4

Ross Reynolds interviews reporter Ben Markus of Colorado Public Radio about Colorado proposition that would help answer a question that both Colorado and Washington state have been struggling with: How do you tax and regulate recreational marijuana?

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Pot Shops
8:57 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Pierce County Weighs Ban On Marijuana Retail Stores

Credit Credit Flickr Photo/Neeta Lind

Washington state expects to license about 17 marijuana retail stores in unincorporated Pierce County, but a majority of the Pierce County Council supports measures to effectively ban the stores.

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Gallup Poll
1:53 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Public Support For Marijuana Legalization Hits Record High

An ATM sits next to a rack of marijuana clone plants that are used to grow medical marijuana on Wednesday at The Joint, a medical marijuana cooperative in Seattle. Last week Washington became the second U.S. state to adopt rules for the recreational sale of marijuana.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 5:50 pm

A record number of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana, according to a new Gallup poll released Tuesday.

The poll, which was conducted Oct. 3-6, reports that 58 percent of the public supports the legalization of marijuana, while 39 percent opposes it.

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Marijuana Regulation
12:12 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

State Agencies Release Recommendations For Medical Marijuana Regulation

Flickr Photo/Goodiez

The Liquor Control Board, Department of Health and the Department of Revenue have released their recommendations for how the state should regulate medical marijuana. They’ve set guidelines for age limits, possession amounts, location of retail stores and taxation. Austin Jenkins, Olympia Correspondent for the Public Radio Northwest News Network, explains how these regulations will affect medical marijuana stores and how they differ from the regulation of recreational marijuana.

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Pot Tourism
9:41 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Some Worry About Marijuana's Effect On Colo. Ski Tourism

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:53 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In Colorado, people are gearing up for the winter tourism season and there's excitement building for a new attraction - recreational marijuana stores. Yes, some believe pot could be a boon for the tourism industry. The first such stores in the country will open in Colorado in January.

Here's Bente Birkeland from Rocky Mountain Community Radio.

BENTE BIRKELAND, BYLINE: This past spring, 27-year-old Zay Copa, from Miami, Florida, came to Colorado for one reason - marijuana.

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News
8:13 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Washington Proposes Medical Marijuana Registry, Tax Exemption

Mjpresson Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 5:48 pm

Medical marijuana patients in Washington would have to register with the state if they don’t want to pay pot taxes.

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Marijuana Regulation
1:07 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Concerns About Medical Marijuana Regulations Abound

Flickr Photo/Neeta Lind

A state work group is set to release its recommendations on how to regulate Washington’s medical marijuana industry this afternoon. Since the passage of Initiative 502,  established medical marijuana dispensaries have been worried about what will happen to their businesses under the new laws.

Regulations have been proposed for marijuana retail businesses but what about the medical marijuana facilities? Karl Keich, the founder and owner of the Seattle Medical Marijuana Association, talks with The Record's Steve Scher about the business of selling medical marijuana and his concerns over the new regulations.

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Marijuana Legalization
1:05 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

State Agencies To Issue Medical Marijuana Roadmap

Now that Washington state’s regulations for recreational marijuana have been finalized, policymakers are turning their attention to medical marijuana.

The current system for patients to obtain marijuana with medical authorizations is largely unregulated.  Federal authorities say that needs to change. 

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