Oregon Liquor Control Commission Seeks Input On Recreational Marijuana Regulations

OREGON: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will hold several Rules Advisory Committees (RACs) beginning in late summer and continuing into this fall. The purpose of an advisory committee is to increase the public’s involvement in the drafting and development of administrative rules. These meetings will focus on reviewing legislative changes made during the 2019 session Read the full article…

New Bills Introduced Would Allow Personal Marijuana Home Grows

WASHINGTON:  Two bills introduced Thursday would allow people at least 21 years old to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use. Senate Bill 6083, sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and House Bill 2196, sponsored by Rep. Brian Blake, would allow only one home grow per residence, and anyone who grows marijuana for personal use Read the full article…

Why Washington Is Taking So Long To Get Recreational Pot In Stores

WASHINGTON:  Like Colorado, Washington voted to legalize marijuana in November 2012. But 18 months later, not a single ounce of legal recreational pot has been sold in the state. Washington has repeatedly delayed implementation of its new law. The state has, for example, delayed issuing licenses for marijuana growers and processors twice — and punted  the launch of retail businesses from this spring Read the full article…

Limits On Marijuana Advertising Land Colorado In Court

COLORADO: Two publications have sued Colorado in federal court over restrictions that prohibit the state’s legalized recreational marijuana industry from advertising on television, radio, online or in most print publications. High Times magazine, which caters to marijuana enthusiasts, and Westword, a Colorado alternative weekly newspaper, said in a suit filed this week in U.S. District Court Read the full article…

Bainbridge Council To Discuss Progress In Developing Permanent Regulations For Marijuana business

WASHINGTON: The state Attorney General’s Office recently stated that local governments are not required to implement Washington’s new marijuana law in their jurisdictions. But experts at the Municipal Research and Services Center say that attorney general opinions are not binding in state courts. The Bainbridge Island Planning Commission began work on developing permanent regulations for recreational Read the full article…

New Year's DUI Arrests In Colorado Down 14% From Previous Year

COLORADO:  Colorado law enforcement authorities arrested 14 percent fewer drunken-driving suspects this New Year’s holiday than during the previous year’s festivities, a sign that people might be finding a safer way home. “It’s hard to tell; we don’t know for sure, but that’s a hope,” said Emily Wilfong, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation. Read the full article…

The Economist: Of Bongs And Bureaucrats

COLORADO: They came to Denver, the mile-high city, to get high. They shivered in the cold as they waited for the first legal recreational marijuana (cannabis) shops in Colorado to open on January 1st. It is too early to judge whether the experiment is working, but the early signs are good. The first American state to allow Read the full article…

Washington Pot Business Applications Surpass 3,000

WASHINGTON:  More than 3,700 marijuana business applications have now been filed in Washington state, including 867 proposed retail outlets spanning from Point Roberts to Pullman. Washington’s Liquor Control Board released updated figures Tuesday, saying it had received 3,746 applications to grow, process or sell cannabis under Washington’s recreational pot law passed by voters last year. Read the full article…

Updated County Count: 1,326 Applications Submitted For Marijuana Licenses In Washington

WASHINGTON: The latest number of applications submitted to grow, produce products from and sell marijuana in Washington has jumped to 1,326, up from 585 just two weeks ago. As we said before, competition in the new legal marijuana market established by I-502 and the Liquor Control Board looks to be rather robust. Not all of the applications Read the full article…

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…