Packed Hearing On New Pot Law

A state Liquor Control Board hearing in Seattle about implementing the marijuana law drew an overflow crowd.

WASHINGTON:  They came in suits and cowboy hats, with cropped gray hair and long ponytails, and they filled one room at Seattle City Hall and spilled into another, about 400 strong. Some had waited decades for an event like this. Some thought they’d never see it. They were there to express views about the state’s Read the full article…

Unlicensed Marijuana Businesses Will Soon Close In Unincorporated King County

King County Prosecuting Attorney and Sheriff announce a King County effort aimed at closing down unlicensed medical marijuana businesses.

WASHINGTON:  King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg and King County Sheriff John Urquhart announced today a King County effort aimed at closing down unlicensed marijuana businesses operating in unincorporated King County. Fifteen such businesses operating in unincorporated King County were sent letters earlier in the week informing them that they do not have state-approved licenses Read the full article…

Inslee Signs Recreational Marijuana Reform Bill

Washington state's recreational marijuana law has a new tax structure under a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

WASHINGTON:  Washington state’s recreational marijuana law has a new tax structure under a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.The new law eliminates the current three-tier tax structure and replaces it with a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale – a change sought by the legal-pot industry. To Read the full article…

Let The Real Work Of Reconciling Medical And Recreational Pot In Tacoma Begin

With recent changes to the medical cannabis laws the future of medical cannabis farmer’s markets in the state are looking uncertain.

WASHINGTON:  Tacoma City Council members got what they wanted on Tuesday. Now the question is: What next? When the state Senate and House signed off on legislation that – pending Gov. Jay Inslee’s expected signature – will rein in Washington’s wild west medical marijuana market this week, it was not just a long time coming. Read the full article…

Spokesman-Review Editorial: Lawmakers’ Tweaks Of Pot Law: Some Smart, Others Not

TBoth chambers wisely passed bills that fold medical marijuana into the regulatory structure for recreational pot created by the Liquor Control Board. The bills create a voluntary registry for authorized patients who would be able to purchase greater quantities and gain access to tax exemptions.

WASHINGTON: Lawmakers are replanting Initiative 502 before it’s had a year to establish roots. Some of this cultivation is warranted, some is premature. The House and Senate are working on ways to harmonize the unregulated medical marijuana market with the regulated recreational one. Voters legalized medical marijuana in 1998, but the Legislature has failed to establish a Read the full article…

Money To Fight Youth Marijuana Use Should Stay Put

State legislators are now poised to demolish a core promise of the recreational marijuana law where much of the tax revenue from sales would flow into a “dedicated marijuana fund” that would finance drug treatment and media campaigns to persuade youth to stay away from pot.

WASHINGTON:  Many Washingtonians voted for Initiative 502 in hopes that legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana would lead to smarter ways to deal with abuse of the drug. The initiative didn’t merely promise legal pot stores. It also forbade sales to anyone under 21. More important, much of the tax revenue from the sales would flow Read the full article…

Guest: Cities And Counties Have A Right To Ban The Sale Of Marijuana

“It seems like the people that were smoking before are mainly the people that are smoking now,” Hickenlooper said as Colorado marked six months of legal recreational sales last week.

WASHINGTON: Marijuana legalization under Initiative 502 is a bold experiment. As attorney general, I am defending that state law rigorously. But one question threatens to unravel marijuana legalization in Washington state and, potentially, across the country: Can cities and counties ban the sale of marijuana within their local jurisdiction? When asked to answer that important question, Read the full article…

The Millionaire Who Wants To Control Washington’s Weed

The state of Washington’s legal marijuana market is at a major crossroads, with its fate to be determined by pending legislation that seeks to address a conflict in the system.

WASHINGTON:  The state of Washington’s legal marijuana market is at a major crossroads, with its fate to be determined by pending legislation that seeks to address a conflict in the system. In the big picture, the choices to be made along the path ahead boil down to a struggle between business and patient interests. The Read the full article…

Seattle City Attorney Proposes Marijuana Home Grows, Lounges And Merging Medical System

Mayor Michael Hancock and his administration is taking a new opportunity to exhibit pride in the city’s regulation of the retail cannabis industry.

WASHINGTON:  Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes on Monday issued a sweeping policy proposal that calls for allowing people to grow pot at home, establishing vapor lounges and folding unregulated medical-cannabis dispensaries into the new state recreational system. Holmes was a prime sponsor of Initiative 502, passed by voters in 2012 to legalize and regulate recreational Read the full article…

Puyallup City Council Will Vote Tuesday On Proposed Ban On Marijuana Businesses

The Puyallup City Council plans to vote on a proposed ban on marijuana retailers, producers and processors Tuesday night.

WASHINGTON:  Puyallup leaders are finally set to act on regulations for retail marijuana businesses this week after months considering the city’s options. The Puyallup City Council plans to vote on a proposed ban on marijuana retailers, producers and processors at its regular meeting Tuesday night. Puyallup is the largest city in Pierce County that has Read the full article…