Roger Roffman Chronicles Society’s Long Struggle With Pot In ‘Marijuana Nation’

When serving on the board that conducted that soldier’s court martial, I argued imprisonment would be excessive given the context. I was outvoted, he went to jail for four months, and the injustice of that penalty troubled me.

WASHINGTON:  Roger Roffman is a UW professor emeritus of social work who has studied marijuana dependence interventions for 30 years, and was a sponsor of Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana in Washington. He answered a few questions about his new book, “Marijuana Nation: One Man’s Chronicle of America Getting High: From Vietnam to Legalization.” Q: Read the full article…

Washington Pot Lottery Starts This Week

The state Liquor Control Board received 2,100 applications for retail stores but they'll only issue 334.

WASHINGTON: Retail stores in Washington State will need a license to sell pot. A lottery will start Monday to determine who can open up shop. The state Liquor Control Board received 2,100 applications for retail stores but they’ll only issue 334. Rick Garza, the control board’s director, talked with KING 5′s Mark Wright about the lottery Read the full article…

Time to take the high road and legalize marijuana – at the federal level

A volunteer displays jars of dried cannabis buds at the La Brea Collective medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles.

“Not tenable”. This is how western Washington US Attorney Jenny Durkan assessed the state’s poorly-regulated medical cannabis program in 2013. Igor Grant, director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UC San Diego, used the same words to challenge the Drug Enforcement Administration’s categorization of marijuana as a Schedule I drug. And after years of reporting across the Read the full article…

Eastern Washington Gets Down To CannaBiz

A community forum at Brown University Tuesday night on marijuana was opened to "end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and replacing it with a system in which it is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.”

By Morgan, MJ Headline News Over 100 people filled the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, Washington last night for the first CannaBiz panel discussion. The host and moderator, Inlander’s Ted McGregor, Jr., posed questions to three experts from Washington and California – Hilary Bricken, Canna Law Group, an attorney known for specializing in the legal Read the full article…

Eric Holder ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Marijuana Legalization In Washington And Colorado

"I think there might have been a burst of feeling that what happened in Washington and Colorado was going to be soon replicated across the country. I'm not sure that is necessarily the case. I think a lot of states are going to be looking to see what happens in Washington, what happens in Colorado before those decisions are made in substantial parts of the country."

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Attorney General Eric Holder is “cautiously optimistic” about how things are going in Washington state and Colorado following the legalization and state regulation of marijuana. But the nation’s top law enforcement official, who spoke to The Huffington Post in an interview on Friday, also said it was tough to predict where marijuana Read the full article…

Questions for the CannaBiz panel of marijuana experts

The forum will include questions from the audience, which is good — for every known fact about how recreational marijuana will work in Washington state, there are still dozens of questions about how it will all turn out.

WASHINGTON: This Wednesday evening the Inlander is hosting a panel discussion about the marijuana market taking form in Washington state. The three panelists are all experts in different areas of the industry: Hilary Bricken, who we profiled in last year’s Work Issue, is an attorney known for specializing in the legal issues surrounding marijuana. Matt Cohen, a well-known advocate Read the full article…

Will Legalization Spark Marijuana Research?

The discovery means that women who are ovulating may have a much stronger reaction to the THC, possibly because it gets amplified when it interacts with estrogen, she said.

WASHINGTON: In a secluded lab in Pullman, furry vermin are providing startling revelations about marijuana and its effects on the sexes. Rebecca Craft, a researcher at Washington State University, has been studying the creatures, male and female rats, to see if they react differently to the drug. And it looks like she’s on to something, Read the full article…

Justice Department Giving Washington State Access To FBI Database

While cannabis smoke has been implicated in respiratory dysfunction, including the conversion of respiratory cells to what appears to be a pre-cancerous state [5], it has not been causally linked with tobacco related cancers [6] such as lung, colon or rectal cancers.

WASHINGTON: After a year of requests, the U.S. Justice Department says it is giving Washington state access to an FBI database so it can conduct nationwide background checks on people who apply to run legal marijuana businesses. In a statement provided to The Associated Press, the department said Thursday that allowing the checks is consistent Read the full article…

WA Liquor Control Board Approves Lottery Process for Retail Marijuana Stores

"Fear of stigma seems to be slowly giving way to larger business concerns."

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor Control Board has approved staff’s recommendation for a lottery that will select the apparent successful applicants for marijuana retail licenses. The independent, double-blind process will take place April 21-25, 2014, and will produce an ordered list of applicants that the agency will use to continue its retail licensing process. The Read the full article…

More Pot, Safer Roads: Marijuana Legalization Could Bring Unexpected Benefits

In 2013, after Washington state legalized pot, nearly 25 percent more drivers tested positive for marijuana but no corresponding jump has been seen in accidents or arrests for intoxicated driving.

WASHINGTON:  The anti-pot group Project SAM claims drug test data show that marijuana legalization in Washington, approved by voters in that state at the end of 2012, already has made the roads more dangerous. The group notes with alarm that the percentage of people arrested for driving under the influence of a drug (DUID) who tested positive Read the full article…