Denver City Councilwoman Calls Marijuana Ordinance 'An Attempt To Nullify Much Of Amendment 64'

Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver City Council don't want to even smell marijuana.

COLORADO:  As I noted last week, Denver’s proposed marijuana ordinance not only criminalizes smoking pot in your own backyard if other people can see or smell it; it also makes it illegal to “possess” or “transport” marijuana “within any park, parkway, mountain park or other recreational facility.”

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.

The Day Medical Cannabis Became Legal in Washington

The court held that persons suffering from debilitating conditions do have an affirmative defense in trial even though they have not yet obtained an authorization from a qualifying physician.

WASHINGTON: Until now, medical cannabis patients in Washington have felt uneasy of the so-called “legal protections” that have been in place to protect them from arrest and prosecution. Well over a decade ago the voters approved the medical use of cannabis for certain conditions. Some of the first patients were arrested, charged, and prosecuted for the Read the full article…

High Marijuana Taxes Could Derail Legalization Plans

Colorado tax on marijuana has been upheld by a federal court despite claims that paying it amounts to self-incrimination violating the Fifth Amendment.

COLORADO: When Congress banned marijuana in 1937, it did so in the guise of taxation, imposing a prohibitive levy on cannabis and created criminal penalties for those who failed to pay it. Marijuana taxes also played a prominent role in what may be the beginning of the end for pot prohibition: the legalization measures that voters in Colorado and Washington approved Read the full article…

Marijuana Rules Get OK From Washington State Liquor Board

“It’s going to be a bumpy road for a while, folks,” said Sharon Foster, chairwoman of the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

WASHINGTON: Potential growers, processors and vendors of marijuana will be able to apply for state licenses in one month. On Wednesday, the agency in charge of setting up Washington’s recreational marijuana system approved rules businesses will have to follow to get the industry off the ground.

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.

Olympia WA Advances Recreational Pot Rules

Following the WSLCB lead.

WASHINGTON: The Olympia City Council took a step Tuesday toward approving zoning rules that would exempt new recreational marijuana businesses from the city’s one-year moratorium on pot-related establishments.

Olympia, WA Council Reconsiders Rules For Marijuana Shops

Olympia is considering modifying its moratorium in response to the state, which recently wrote rules to regulate recreational pot shops in response to an initiative voters approved last year to legalize it.

WASHINGTON: The Olympia City Council may drop recreational marijuana shops from its one-year moratorium on new pot establishments.

With Colorado Marijuana Rules Mostly Written, Uncertainty Still Looms

The state’s top medical officer, Dr. Larry Wolk, said high-volume marijuana caregivers are violating the spirit of the law.

COLORADO: Leaf Aspen medical marijuana dispensary co-owner Jesse Miller is following state and local jurisdiction lawmakers closely this year. He, like every other marijuana business owner in the state, could easily miss an important detail if he stops paying attention even for a day.