Pot consultant: Legal pot will work only if police target black market

WASHINGTON:  The stated goal of Washington’s new marijuana law is to stop treating adult pot use as a crime. But Washington’s pot consultant says this experiment in legalization will only work if the police aggressively target the black market. And he’s concerned that won’t happen.

The sponsors of Initiative 502 were clear. They said it was time for a “new approach” to marijuana in Washington. They wanted to allow adult pot use, free up law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes and “take marijuana out of the hands of illegal drug organizations.” But on that last point, the state’s official pot consultant Mark Kleiman says just because there’s a legal market doesn’t mean the black market will disappear overnight. [Read more…]

No "Joe Camels" Of Pot, But Pot Candy Still Okay

By Amy Radil

WASHINGTON: In draft rules filed Wednesday,  the Washington State Liquor Control Board laid out new regulations for advertising, packaging and labeling marijuana. The rules forbid ads by Joe Camel-type cartoon characters. But they don’t restrict marijuana-infused gummy bears.

After the state issued its initial round of marijuana regulations in May, drug abuse experts had a lot to say. They asked the state to beef up its rules around marketing, labeling and packaging of marijuana.

Inga Manskopf works for Seattle Children’s Hospital and coordinates drug prevention efforts in Northeast Seattle. [Read more…]

Colorado Springs Council Gets Earful on Pros, Cons of Retail Marijuana Sales

COLORADO: Colorado Springs City Council hosted a town hall meeting to talk about pot and about 60 people signed up to speak. But first the council heard from 19 community leaders, who spoke for more than two hours on the pros and cons of opening marijuana stores in the city. [Read more…]

Colorado Springs Council Gets Earful on Pros, Cons of Retail Marijuana Sales

COLORADO: Colorado Springs City Council hosted a town hall meeting to talk about pot and about 60 people signed up to speak. But first the council heard from 19 community leaders, who spoke for more than two hours on the pros and cons of opening marijuana stores in the city. [Read more…]