Washington Employers: Marijuana Legalization In Washington State Won’t Prevent Workplace Drug Tests

“Legal recreational and medical use of marijuana does not give employment protections to employees who fail employer drug tests,”

WASHINGTON: Misinformation about the legalization of marijuana in Washington State could result in termination, if an employee tests positive for a drug test in a company that has a zero-tolerance drug policy. Employer’s zero tolerance drug policies are not affected by the new law. “Legal recreational and medical use of marijuana does not give employment protections Read the full article…

More Drivers Positive For Pot In Washington

The Washington State Patrol says 1,362 drivers tested positive for having active marijuana in their system — a jump of just under 25 percent from the year before

WASHINGTON: More drivers tested positive for marijuana in Washington in 2013 — the first full year after the state legalized pot — but officials so far say there’s been no obvious, corresponding jump in car accidents. The Washington State Patrol says 1,362 drivers tested positive for having active marijuana in their system — a jump of Read the full article…

Marijuana Farmers Lose Seattle Tax Exemption

Marijuana farmers will no longer be able to take the agricultural exemption from the Business and Occupation tax.

WASHINGTON:  The Seattle City Council moved to close a tax loophole that benefits the pot growing business Monday, but it left the loophole alone for all other farmers. Councilmember Nick Licata said that Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are already paying a business tax, giving the city more than $100,000 a year. And he believes marijuana farmers Read the full article…

Northwest Tribes Oppose Marijuana Legalization

Wyoming State Rep. Sue Walls, R-Recluse, stands in the State Capitol in Cheyenne, Wyo. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. She says she intends to introduce a bill in the coming legislative session to allow the medical use of marijuana in the state.

WASHINGTON:  An organization representing 57 Northwest Indian tribes has announced its opposition to marijuana legalization, specifically in Alaska and Oregon. The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians announced a partnership Tuesday with the Smart Approaches to Marijuana project, which supports a treatment, health-first marijuana policy. The tribal group says it supports efforts to reduce marijuana use, Read the full article…

Washington State Mayors Want Cut Of Pot Tax Revenues

WASHINGTON: Almost 100 mayors from across the state are urging state lawmakers turn over a portion of legal marijuana tax revenues to cities to pay for local law enforcement and other costs arising from the new law. In a letter sent to Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders, the mayors — including Seattle’s Ed Murray — say that Read the full article…

Washington State Legislators Pass Hemp Nullification Bill

Rep. Matthew Shea Gets Hemp Bill Passed in Washington State House

WASHINGTON:  State legislators in the Washington House of Representatives just voted unanimously (97:0) to approve HB1888, which effectively nullifies the federal ban on hemp within the state of Washington. State Rep. Matthew Shea (R-Spokane Valley) is the bill’s main sponsor. “This is a phenomenal bill, expanding freedom, allowing jobs to be created – a new market Read the full article…

Marijuana Farmers Unlikely To See Farm Tax Perks

Meg Sanders inspects drying marijuana at her grow house in Denver. The agriculture tax questions facing the marijuana industry are the latest wrinkle for the states flouting federal drug law and trying to establish commercial recreational pot industries. The states have settled how to tax marijuana once it's dried and ready to smoke. But they're still debating how to tax it while it's growing.

COLORADO:   Marijuana farmers and agricultural tax breaks are the next wrinkle facing the states that have legal weed as lawmakers debate how to tax the product while it’s growing. Legislatures in both Colorado and Washington are taking a look at pot farmers this session.

D.A.R.E. Curriculum Drops Pot

D.A.R.E. drops anti-pot agenda

WASHINGTON:  The students who graduated Monday from Kennewick’s D.A.R.E. program will be the last to be taught the potential dangers of marijuana. Nearly 100 fifth graders at Sunset View Elementary accepted their diplomas after the ten week course, which discourages kids from tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. But D.A.R.E. officer Mike Meyer says the national D.A.R.E. Read the full article…

Chuck Schumer: States Should Be Allowed To Legalize Marijuana

"I'd be a little cautious here at the federal level, and see the laboratories of the states, see their outcomes before we make a decision," he said.

NEW YORK:  During a Monday appearance on MSNBC, Sen. Chuck Shumer (D-N.Y.) said states should be allowed to legalize marijuana and act as “laboratories” for drug policy. Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” Schumer was asked by host Chuck Todd what he thinks about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) plan to allow some hospitals to distribute medical marijuana. Read the full article…

Chuck Schumer: States Should Be Allowed To Legalize Marijuana

NEW YORK:  During a Monday appearance on MSNBC, Sen. Chuck Shumer (D-N.Y.) said states should be allowed to legalize marijuana and act as “laboratories” for drug policy. Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” Schumer was asked by host Chuck Todd what he thinks about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) plan to allow some hospitals to distribute medical marijuana. Read the full article…