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
2:34 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

In Washington And Colorado, Bankers Are Entering The Marijuana Industry

KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Posey Gruener speaks with Russ Rosendal, CEO of Salal Credit Union, about why they decided to offer banking services to licensed marijuana growers in Washington state.

And, Ross Reynolds speaks with AP reporter Kristen Wyatt about Colorado lawmakers' approval of a financial system designed expressly for the Marijuana industry.

Marijuana
12:43 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Inside Seattle's First Legal Pot Farm

Bruce Cummins shows off some of Sea of Green Farm's marijuana plants growing in their greenhouse.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Sea of Green Farms sits south of Ballard, just east of Fisherman’s Terminal.

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Pot Shops
7:17 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Marijuana Banking: Secretive But Poised To Grow

John Davis says his marijuana business is "built like a bank on steroids."
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Many marijuana business owners say they have bank accounts, but aren’t completely forthright with their bankers about the nature of their businesses. They claim to be in “consulting” or “medical research.”  And they know they could lose those bank accounts suddenly, at any time, since federal law prohibits banks from holding any funds associated with illegal drugs.

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Author Interview
2:07 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Hemp: The Emerging Crop In The Global Economy

Credit Doug Fine's book, "Hemp Bound."

Ross Reynolds speaks with Doug Fine, a self-described comedic investigative journalist, about his new book, "Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution."

Fine spoke with scientists and farmers around the world about how hemp is used. In February, President Obama signed the Farm Bill, which allows industrial research on hemp.

Marijuana Regulation
7:09 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Washington Pot Growers May Not Get Federal Irrigation Water

File photo of a legal marijuana farm and production facility at the University of Mississippi

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 9:05 am

Farmers in Eastern Washington who want to get into the marijuana business may face an immediate hurdle.

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Marijuana License Lottery
7:08 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Even University Mathematicians Have Role In Marijuana Legalization

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 5:12 pm

The path to marijuana legalization in Washington state is keeping a lot of people busy -- even university math professors.

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News From Canada
10:18 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Temporary Foreign Workers Program, Cannabis Recall, And Trouble For Air Canada

Purple kush.
Credit Flickr Photo/Morgan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Les Leyne of the Victoria Times Colonist about the latest news from Canada, including McDonalds' decision to suspend its use of the temporary foreign workers program while it awaits and audit.

Also, Canada's health agency issued a voluntary recall for a batch of cannabis sold as "purple kush."

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

Transcript

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

(prensa420/Flickr)

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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