No On I-502 Flashback, Part 2: It Will Set The Stage For Bad Legalization

WASHINGTON:  In Part 1: Feds Will Never Allow $600 Ounces, I showed how three years ago at Seattle Hempfest, leaders of the “No on I-502” campaign were making claims that pot shops would never exist and we’d never make any tax money in Washington State, but if we did, an ounce would cost $600 and never affect the Mexican cartels.

Today, let’s remember how three years ago, we were told that we had to wait for legalization in Washington State, or else every other state would copy Washington’s bad law, which will never be improved by the legislature.

I-502’s Bad Provisions Will Become Precedent!

To be fair, I-502 was saddled with two awful provisions: no home growing and a per se (automatically guilty) stoned driving level of 5 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of blood. But the “No on I-502” campaign frightened voters by saying these provisions would become the standard for marijuana legalization nationwide.

Some Patients Concerned About New Medical Marijuana Rules

WASHINGTON:  Many patients who depend on medical marijuana are paying close attention to Washington’s new regulations, which could have a big impact once they take effect.

“It should be to help patients get more access in this new legal market, not less,” said Cari Boiter, a patient who uses medical marijuana to treat a hereditary joint problem.

Boiter says the products she buys at the Seattle Medical Marijuana Association are really the only effective treatment for her collagen deficiency.

She can visit once or twice a month, stock up, and get on with her life, but isn’t sure it will be this easy under the new regulations.

Washington Cities Rebel Against Rising Pot Industry

WASHINGTON:  When Snohomish City Council members voted to ban recreational marijuana businesses in the city, they joined a growing rebellion against the state’s newest industry.

Elected leaders of at least 41 cities, including six in Snohomish County, and three counties have enacted prohibitions against wholesale and retail cannabis operations. The list includes Kent and Yakima as well as Pierce, Clark and Yakima counties.

Another 80 cities or so, including Lynnwood, have moratoriums in place to bar wannabe entrepreneurs from setting up shop in the foreseeable future, based on news accounts and a tally kept by the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington.

That means roughly 40 percent of Washington’s 281 cities are saying ‘no’ or ‘not yet’ to the cannabis industry that was created by voters two years ago with passage of Initiative 502.

 

 

Washington Governor Lays Down Marijuana Law: No Cartoons On Sales Packages

WASHINGTON:  Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee said Washingtonians may be allowed to smoke marijuana for recreational use, but that drug sales and marketing packaging put together under his watch won’t be allowed to carry cartoon images, or hit the store shelves without some sort of tamper-proof device to keep out the kids.

“We’re not going to allow cartoons, we’re not going to allow toys” to be sold as a gimmick with the marijuana products, Mr. Inslee said at a news conference to discuss how the state is going to keep legalize pot out of the hands of the younger-than-21 crowd, Raw Story reported.

He also said the state is going to implement strict rules about active ingredient labels on the marijuana packages and require sales people to submit to state-regulated lab tests to ensure product quality.

The first recreational pot sales licenses are set to be issued by the state’s Liquor Control Board on July 7.

Washington Liquor Control Board Joins The DEA/Cops In Ability To Confiscate And Destroy Marijuana

WASHINGTON:  In a late email Wednesday, the Washington State Liquor Control Board announced that it has given it’s officers the legal right to confiscate and order destroyed marijuana produced in excess of what a grower, producer or retailer is licensed to have.

The newly adopted rules also state that LCB enforcers can take or order destroyed any pot found that is not accounted for in the agency’s strict accounting and tracking rules.

The board sent an email at 4:43 p.m. with the punchline:

“This explanatory statement concerns the Washington State Liquor Control Board’s adoption of new rules and revisions to chapter 314-55 WAC. … New rules for search and seizure and additional revisions to WAC 314-55-083 and WAC 314-55-102 are needed to further clarify I-502 for marijuana licensees.”

Washington State Starts Processing Pot Applications

WASHINGTON: State investigators are looking into who wants to grow, process or sell pot.

Applicants have until December 19 to apply for a recreational marijuana license under Initiative 502.

Since Monday, the state had received 720 applications online. But only 585 were properly completed, according to a Department of Revenue spokesperson.

The state’s 14 new marijuana license investigators first have to determine if the applicant’s business location is more than 1000 feet from schools, parks or other locations where minors may gather.

The investigators use mapping software to determine if the potential locations are going to work.

Washington State Starts Processing Pot Applications

WASHINGTON: State investigators are looking into who wants to grow, process or sell pot.

Applicants have until December 19 to apply for a recreational marijuana license under Initiative 502.

Since Monday, the state had received 720 applications online. But only 585 were properly completed, according to a Department of Revenue spokesperson.

The state’s 14 new marijuana license investigators first have to determine if the applicant’s business location is more than 1000 feet from schools, parks or other locations where minors may gather.

The investigators use mapping software to determine if the potential locations are going to work.

WA Liquor Control Board To Hold Public Hearing On Revised Rules For Recreational Marijuana Businesses

WASHINGTON: The state Liquor Control Board will hold a public hearing tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. to discuss its recent revisions to rules governing recreational marijuana businesses. The meeting will take place at Seattle City Hall‘s Bertha Knight Landes Room, at 600 4th Avenue. [Read more…]

Seattle City Council Votes To Effectively Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

WASHINGTON: In a meeting still underway, the Seattle City Council has passed a bill that could effectively ban medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits by requiring the dispensaries to obtain a state medical-marijuana license by 2015—a license that does not exist. [Read more…]

21 marijuana stores planned for Seattle, 1,000-foot rule changed

WASHINGTON: The numbers are in: Seattle is planned to have 21 legal marijuana retail locations starting in 2014. 40 additional stores could dot King County, and there will be 334 legal pot retail locations allowed statewide. [Read more…]