More Drivers Positive For Pot In Washington

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…

Washington’s First Legal Marijuana License To Go To Spokane Grower

WASHINGTON:  Washington state’s first legal marijuana license is going to a guy named Green. The Associated Press has learned that Spokane grower Sean Green, the chief executive of a company called Kouchlock Productions, is due to be issued a producer-processor license at the state Liquor Control Board meeting in Olympia on Wednesday morning. Philip Dawdy, Read the full article…

Marijuana Farmers Lose Seattle Tax Exemption

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…

Washington State Looks To Regulate Medical Marijuana As Legal Recreational System Takes Hold

WASHINGTON:  Dozens of marijuana plants await harvest at a production site for “Loaded Soda,” an Olympia-based business that provides marijuana-infused sodas, vitamin waters and other products to more than 400 medical marijuana collectives throughout the state. Owner Dave Kois stands in the middle of the three-foot plants, discussing the different strains of marijuana that he’s Read the full article…

Entrepreneur Brings His Pot ‘Magic’ To Land Of Legalization

WASHINGTON: Users enthuse. The company can’t fully supply the growing demand. The product is called Magical Butter. It’s a machine — sturdy, steel, a pot the size of a large coffee percolator that contains a high-tech apparatus that mixes and heats the ingredients of a recipe. The recipes typically contain cannabis, which, when prepared with a substance Read the full article…

Trial Date Set For First Dispensary Charges Since Vote To Legalize Pot In 2012

WASHINGTON:  Two Tacoma men associated with medical marijuana dispensaries in the South Sound were arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court, charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to commit money laundering. James Canyon Lucas and Matthew Ira Eliott Roberts entered pleas of not guilty and were conditionally released, pending trial, by Judge Karen Strombom. Read the full article…

Momentum Is Seen As More States Consider Legalizing Marijuana

A little over a year after Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana, more than half the states, including some in the conservative South, are considering decriminalizing the drug or legalizing it for medical or recreational use. That has set up a watershed year in the battle over whether marijuana should be as acceptable as alcohol. Demonstrating Read the full article…

Northwest Tribes Oppose Marijuana Legalization

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…

Epilepsy Foundation: Medical Marijuana Must Be A Treatment Option

WASHINGTON:  The Epilepsy Foundation has strongly endorsed medical marijuana as a treatment option for the seizures that strike 2.3 million Americans, and has called on the federal government to change how it classifies pot. “The Epilepsy Foundation believes that the end of seizures should not be determined by one’s zip code,” CEO Philip Cattone and Read the full article…