Inslee, Ferguson Tell Congress To Fix Banking Rules So Legal Marijuana Can Work

One of these is more trouble than the other in Washington.

WASHINGTON: Governor Jay Inslee and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson want Congress to fix the banking rules or (at least) give banks confidence that they can take money from state-licensed marijuana businesses without fear of federal prosecution.

Joint Venture

If all goes according to plan, the Washington State Liquor Control Board will begin accepting license applications from pot retailers, growers and processors this month

WASHINGTON: Jim Willett has never smoked pot. His teenage sons think he’s a square. A former Navy pilot, he spent a year doing drug interdiction flights along the Washington coast, checking for ships carrying bales of marijuana. For the graying retiree, voting against the state’s legalization of recreational weed (Initiative 502) was pretty much a given. 

Department of Justice Actively Considering How to Allow Bank, Pot Shop Transactions

It is difficult to argue that any system that operates only in cash could be a "tightly regulated market in which revenues are tracked and account for."

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Department of Justice is “actively considering” how to regulate interactions between banks and marijuana shops that operate within state laws and don’t violate other federal law enforcement priorities, Attorney General Eric Holder told the governors of Washington and Colorado in a joint phone call Thursday, according to a DOJ official.

Amid ‘Gold Rush’ To Legal Pot Sales, Many Questions Remain

Will Amsterdam-style cannabis coffee shops be coming to a Seattle?

WASHINGTON: Calling it a “gold rush mentality,” Washington state’s top marijuana consultant predicts that thousands of people will apply for licenses to sell and produce the drug for recreational use as the state prepares to open 334 pot stores by June 1, 2014.

Growing Marijuana To Make Ends Meet In Swaziland

Marijuana cultivation is enticing more poor people, despite the fact that it is illegal.

SWAZILAND: The ongoing decline of Swaziland’s economy has left many people with no livelihood other than subsistence farming – including the growing of cannabis. But cultivation of “Swazi Gold” – as it’s known to weed enthusiasts – is still barely keeping households afloat.