Marijuana Legalization
6:31 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Big Bucks Pour In For Oregon Ballot Measure Campaigns

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 4:53 pm

Oregon’s ballot measure campaigns are continuing to pull in big-money donations.

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EarthFix Reports
11:53 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Illegal Pot Farms Are Poisoning This Furry Animal

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the fisher as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. Its populations were first damaged by trapping and logging, and now face a threat from rat poison used by illegal marijuana farms.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 7:30 pm

PORTLAND -- New threats and a legal settlement prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal today to list West Coast populations of fisher as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The fisher, an elusive cousin of the mink, otter and weasel, was first driven into scarcity by fur trappers and loggers in the late 1800s. Today it's getting poisoned by marijuana growers.

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Election Season
7:38 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Candidates For Idaho Governor Dis Washington's Legal Pot

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 8:36 am

Washington's law legalizing recreational marijuana made its way into Idaho's gubernatorial debate on Friday.

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Week In Review
1:13 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

This Week In Downsizing

What's to become of the waterfront when the viaduct comes down? Apparently, we're going to have to do without a barge pool.
Flickr Photo/Xurxo Martinez

Boeing reduces local defense jobs, Metro reduces bus cuts and Seattle reduces its plans on the waterfront. Plus: How are you reacting to Ebola’s arrival in the U.S.?

Bill Radke discusses these topics with Crosscut's Knute Berger, KUOW reporter Deborah Wang and Maria LaGanga, Seattle bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times.

Marijuana Business
9:39 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Seattle's Second Pot Store Opens In Central District

Uncle Ike's sells "flower, pre-rolls, edibles, vape oil, and vape pens," according to owner Ian Eisenberg, with THC mints and energy shots to come.
Credit Posey Gruener / KUOW

Ross Reynolds speaks with  producer Posey Gruener on the scene at the opening of Seattle's second marijuana retail store, Uncle Ike's Pot Shop on 23rd and Union in the Central District.

SPD Community Meeting
1:42 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Seattle Police Chief Goes Directly To Public To Hear Concerns

Marcie Sillman sits down with KUOW reporter Amy Radil to talk about a recent meeting at the Capitol Hill precinct where Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole addressed police use of force and tickets that were issued for smoking marijuana in public.

Week In Review
1:04 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Recycle This Week’s News (Or We Will Fine You $1)

Flickr Photo/Erich Ferdinand (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Is Seattle going too far by making composting mandatory? Is the Northwest the best place to be in a changing climate? Is Hope Solo distracting you from the real domestic violence problem?

Bill Radke discusses these stories plus torn-up pot tickets, washed-up Mariners (maybe) and glitchy ferry clickers with Eli Sanders, Knute Berger, Joni Balter, Luke Burbank, ESPN’s Jim Caple and UW atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass.

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Recreational Pot
9:19 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Marijuana Sales Get Underway, But Youth Prevention Campaign Months Away

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 8:36 am

People are lining up to buy legal marijuana in Washington state. Now the question is how to convince kids not to touch the stuff.

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7:33 am
Tue September 23, 2014

After Coming Out As Owner Of Cannabis Club, Reporter Quits On Live TV

A screenshot of Charlo Greene just before she quit her job.

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 4:05 pm

Talk about a take-this-job and shove it moment: During last night's local news broadcast, a reporter for KTVA-TV in Alaska did two pretty stunning things.

First, after reporting on the efforts of the Alaska Cannabis Club, Charlo Greene revealed she was the club's owner. And then, realizing the kind of ethical dilemma that put her in, she quit on live television.

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Pot Initiative
7:25 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Oregon Cities Consider Taxes On Recreational Marijuana

A number of Oregon cities are considering imposing their own local taxes on legal marijuana sales.

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 3:55 pm

Some Oregon cities are setting themselves up for a possible legal battle if Oregon voters approve a marijuana legalization initiative this fall.

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3:20 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Should Seattle Dismiss Citations For Smoking Pot In Public?

Pete Holmes buys marijuana on the first day of legalization in Seattle. A police officer who cited dozens of people for smoking pot in public took on the city attorney in his citations, calling him "Petey Holmes."
Credit KUOW Photo/Michael Clinard

In the first six months of its new ordinance, the Seattle Police Department issued about 100 citations for smoking pot in public.

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Regulation Issues
7:48 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Oregon Voters To Consider Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

File photo. Measure 91 chief petitioner Anthony Johnson prepares to drop off initiative signatures at the state capitol in June.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:35 pm

Oregonians will decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.

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Pot News
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Marijuana Tax Collections Starting To Roll In, Millions More Expected

The first year of legal pot sales in Washington state is expected to generate about $25 million in fees and taxes.

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 4:49 pm

In a manner of speaking, millions of dollars of "drug money" is starting to flow into Washington state coffers.

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Everybody's Durkan for the Weekend
3:49 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Jenny Durkan Looks Back At Five Years As US Attorney

Outgoing U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Ross Reynolds talks with Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, who announced that she will step down at the end of the month. She looks back at her role in Seattle Police Department reform, preventing cyber crime and shaping state marijuana laws.

2:25 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Not Enough Weed To Go Around In Washington Pot Industry

Two bags inside Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver, Washington on opening day.
OPB Photo/John Rosman

It’s a little after 11 a.m. and there’s a line of people out the door at Main Street Marijuana in downtown Vancouver, Washington. 

A doorman checks IDs and only lets a few people into the store at a time. Those here today are from all over: Washington, Oregon, New York and California.

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