Washington State Will Use Minors In Marijuana Buying Sting

WASHINGTON: State officials will use minors in marijuana-buying stings next year when Washington’s new legal pot stores open. Charged with implementing the new law that allows adults over age 21 to possess an ounce of pot, the state Liquor Control Board already uses minors in “controlled buys” of alcohol at retail stores. The board’s enforcement chief Read the full article…

Changing Course On Pot Businesses May Create Legal Haze For Yakima, WA

The motion was approved because of a change in position by Councilwoman Maureen Adkison, who had sided with the other three on a previous vote in October.

WASHINGTON: The Yakima City Council’s sudden reversal of course on marijuana this week could lead the city into unknown waters and potential litigation if it bans commerce in the substance, which is now legal in small amounts. The council on Tuesday passed a motion by a vote of 4-3 to ask legal staff to draft an Read the full article…

Seattle's Canna-Elite Meet to Celebrate NORML Women's Alliance

Marijuana awareness focusing on law reform was hosted by the Iowa NORML Women’s Alliance

WASHINGTON: I counted six attorneys, two cannabis processors, one collective garden owner, and a handful of food, wine & entertainment entrepreneurs at the NORML Women’s Alliance benefit dinner Saturday night in Seattle. Fourteen lucky supporters were treated to an eight-course feast prepared by James Beard Award Winner Chef Eric Tanaka.

New Laws Chart Course For Marijuana Legalization

Jake Dimmock, co-owner of the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, works with flowering plants in a grow room, in Seattle. After months of intensive research, public meetings and public reaction, state officials on plan to release their draft rules governing Washington's new legal marijuana industry on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

COLORADO: Nearly a year after Colorado and Washington voted to become the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, the detailed rules governing how pot will be grown, sold and taxed are finally complete. And as the two states implement their different approaches to getting high, the whole world is watching.

New Laws Chart Course For Marijuana Legalization

Jake Dimmock, co-owner of the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, works with flowering plants in a grow room, in Seattle. After months of intensive research, public meetings and public reaction, state officials on plan to release their draft rules governing Washington's new legal marijuana industry on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

COLORADO: Nearly a year after Colorado and Washington voted to become the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, the detailed rules governing how pot will be grown, sold and taxed are finally complete. And as the two states implement their different approaches to getting high, the whole world is watching.

Newsom On Pot: I Don’t Smoke It, But It Should Be Legal

Newsom admitted that he has long supported legalizing pot, but didn’t have the courage to “come out” about it until about a year ago.

CALIFORNIA: Gavin Newsom is out front on another controversial social issue. Nearly a decade ago, it was same sex marriage. And for a while — like at the 2004 Democratic convention — he was political uranium. Back in the day, Barack Obama didn’t even want to have his photo taken with Newsom. Of course, that was before the president “evolved” on gay marriage.

Washington State: Legalizing Marijuana

Alison Holcomb and Randy Simmons smile after the WSLCB approved rules for WA's new marijuana industry in Olympia.

WASHINGTON: Alison Holcomb, the Seattle lawyer who drafted Washington state’s legal marijuana law, and Randy Simmons, who oversees implementation of the law for the Liquor Control Board, smile after the three-member board approved rules for the state’s new marijuana industry, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Olympia, Wash.

Women Move To The Front Of Pro-Pot Movements

Michigan Moms United founder Charmie Gholson speaking at Hash Bash in Ann Arbor.

MICHIGAN: Members of the group Michigan Moms United gathered outside the state Department of Human Services last week, along with other groups protesting the controversial removal of 6-month-old Bree Green by Child Protective Services from her Lansing family.

Pot Legalization Is Changing Image Of Women And Weed

Aimée “Ah” Warner, CEO and founder of Cannabis Basics, cooks up a batch of topical medications for pain relief, all legal. She has convened a group called Women of Weed because the marijuana industry and movement have long been male dominated.

WASHINGTON: The female marijuana plant, sold for its sticky psychoactive chemicals, is where the value lies in the pot industry. But the industry has long been dominated by men and can be crassly sexist, particularly in underground pot commerce. Women are relegated to supporting roles and sometimes blatantly viewed as sex objects, according to a study Read the full article…

State To Change Rules On Where Marijuana Outlets Can Locate

Why can’t we pile on the money for cancer research with marijuana! Regulating blood pressure with marijuana, halting mood swings and depression, the list gets longer every day!  The beneficial effects of this plant are just beginning to surface. With REAL research and development, this may just be the new “Super Drug” that will replace many of our older medications, the ones with vast side effects and contraindications. Even doctors agree some medications need to be retired.

WASHINGTON: Washington state is changing its plans for where marijuana businesses can be located, after the Justice Department said that enforcing federal drug laws near schools and playgrounds remains a priority “and will not be compromised for convenience.”