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…

Officials: Growers Bogarting Taxes Owed To California

The California Board of Equalization says the medical marijuana industry isn't paying the taxes it owes.

CALIFORNIA:  The California Board of Equalization says the medical marijuana industry isn’t paying the taxes it owes. The Board of Equalization staff and board members -including George Runner recently met with marijuana dispensaries, nurseries, and growers in Humboldt County. Runner says the County has begun to add marijuana growers to the tax rolls by establishing Read the full article…

Letter: Busting Myths About Marijuana Dispensaries

Canadian pot shops delayed

CALIFORNIA:  We should like to respond to the article “Zoning issues: Child care, marijuana, residential density” published on April 10. This article mentions the Zoning Ordinance Update rules for medical marijuana dispensaries. Santa Monicans for Safe Access (SAMOSA) would like to point out a few important things, as follows: The article says “Despite the plethora Read the full article…

Marijuana Paraphernalia Bill Advances

While the rate of monthly teen marijuana use did tick upward in those states, the change wasn't statistically significant, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

MARYLAND:  State lawmakers gave final approval Saturday to a bill that decriminalizes the possession of marijuana paraphernalia and sets a fine for smoking marijuana in public. The move comes after lawmakers last year decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. But last year’s law didn’t cover pipes or other devices used to smoke marijuana. Read the full article…

Lawyers Afraid To Defend New Jersey Medical Marijuana Dispensary

The case pitting the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and the dispensary promises to test the murky limits of both state and federal laws in ways that would set a precedent.

NEW JERSEY:   The co-founder of the medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township will appear in court Wednesday to dispute claims he blocked his employees’ attempts to join a union in a case that is being watched across the nation. And this isn’t even David Knowlton’s biggest problem.Knowlton, board chairman of the nonprofit Compassionate Care Foundation dispensary, is Read the full article…

Washington’s Surplus Of Marijuana

"There are a number of growers that are going under. The first season just didn't pan out the way they had hoped."

WASHINGTON:  Scott Masengill has a license to grow pot on his farm in Benton County. He was the first in our area to do so and last year, he didn’t know what the future would hold for the budding industry.“I thought that there would be challenges selling product early on but I had no idea Read the full article…

Lawmakers May Let Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Sell Recreational Weed, Starting July 1

The Oregon Legislature is mulling a plan to let medical-marijuana dispensaries temporarily sell pot to all adults July 1.

OREGON:  The Oregon Legislature is mulling a plan to let medical-marijuana dispensaries temporarily sell pot to all adults as soon as recreational weed becomes legal July 1. The idea by Sen. Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) could solve the problem of where to buy recreational weed while the Oregon Liquor Control Commission licenses recreational growers and stores. OLCC chairman Rob Patridge has Read the full article…

Seattle Marijuana Investment Firm Privateer Closes $75M Round To Build Global Cannabis Brands

Privateer Holdings is well on its way to becoming one of the country’s top marijuana investment firms.

WASHINGTON:  Privateer Holdings is well on its way to becoming one of the country’s top marijuana investment firms. The Seattle-based holding company today announced the closure of a $75 million Series B round, money that Privateer will use to grow its three marijuana-related startups and expand the firm’s portfolio further. “This positions us to build a family of global brands Read the full article…

For Employers, Pot Legalization Changes Little

Once the process is complete, she will be able to legally say to an employer, landlord or anybody else who asks that she has never been convicted or cited for any drug crime at all.

WASHINGTON:  It’s springtime for marijuana in Washington. Pot shops and grow ops are sprouting by the dozen. Consumers can buy bags from licensed retailers without fear of arrest, and light up legally in the privacy of their homes. Yes, much has changed for marijuana enthusiasts since the state conditionally legalized recreational use of the drug Read the full article…

Bonney Lake Marijuana Ban Challenged

Nutritional High International Inc. has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement to manufacture and distribute various marijuana edible products using the song titles and bearing the likeness of iconic guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

WASHINGTON:  Bonney Lake’s ban on recreational marijuana businesses has spurred two lawsuits, filed in Pierce County Superior Court recently, that seek to overturn the city ordinance adopted early this year. One complaint claims the city’s moratorium and subsequent prohibition on pot retailers, producers and processors are unconstitutional. The other suit contends the decision to ban Read the full article…