Yakima Police Close Pot Store That Defied City Rules

WASHINGTON:  Yakima police have shut down a retail marijuana shop after it opened despite the city’s rule banning pot sales.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that Happy Time owner Jaime Campos on Friday cited an order issued by a Yakima County Superior Court commissioner that demands the city defend its ban in court.

Police closed the shop on Friday. City Code Administration Manager Joe Caruso said the order was not an injunction and included nothing that prevented the city from shutting down Campos’ business.

Court Ruling Gives Yakima Pot Store A Green Light

WASHINGTON:  The owner of the Happy Time marijuana store in Yakima opened his doors Friday and began selling, flouting a city ban on pot stores.

His defiance was backed by a Yakima County Superior Court show-cause order, banning the city from closing the store and requiring the city to show why it shouldn’t be allowed to operate. A hearing is scheduled for next Friday.

Owner Jaime Campos, who has a state license to sell marijuana, said he was expressing his entrepreneurial rights by doing business without a city license.

 

Yakima Marijuana Lab Stresses Quality Control

WASHINGTON:  Workers at the Analytical 360 laboratory in Yakima like to listen to music while they work, but they don’t let reggae or the sound of a Grateful Dead concert detract them from their job of testing marijuana.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the lab has some of the strictest quality control standards in the state. It fails about 18 percent of the samples because of microbes such as bacteria and fungi.

The state failure rate is about 10 percent, according to the state Liquor Control Board that oversees the growing marijuana industry. A failed sample means the 5-pound lot from which it came cannot be sold.

 

Indian Tribes Get OK To Grow And Sell Pot

OREGON: Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands — even in states that ban the practice — as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.

Some advocates said the announcement could open new markets across the country and give rise to a rich new business on reservations, not unlike the advent of casino gambling. Others said it was too early to tell; many tribes oppose legalization, and only a handful of tribes have expressed any interest in the marijuana business.

As Washington state moved forward with legalization last year, the Yakama Nation took a strong stand against marijuana, insisting that it remain banned on the tribe’s 1.2 million-acre reservation and that violators face federal prosecution.

First Marijuana Testing Laboratory Opens In Yakima

WASHINGTON: Stores across Washington could start selling recreational marijuana in a matter of weeks, but their product will have to go through a rigorous inspection process.

A 4,000 square foot marijuana lab in Yakima, is the first of its kind to receive authorization from the state.

“We’re going to be testing products for 502 for the recreational marijuana market,” Lara Taubner said.

In a couple of weeks, this high end laboratory run by Seattle based company Analytical 360 will be handling every type of marijuana product imaginable from edibles to lotions and oils. Even your most common, buds. They will perform dozens of tests for things like potency levels, e-coli and salmonella, similar to the tests the FDA would do for any other food or drug.

Native Americans Resist Cannabis In Washington

WASHINGTON: The burgeoning marijuana industry in Washington will find no allies in The Yakama Nation tribe of Native Americans.

According to a report by Reuters earlier this week: The roughly 10,000-member Yakama Nation has already asserted sovereignty to keep cannabis outlawed on 1.2 million acres of reservation land it controls in central Washington’s Yakima Valley.

In addition, the Yakama are also seeking to prevent pot cultivation and sales from a 10.8 million acre stretch of the state it ceded under an 1855 treaty with the U.S. government, but where the tribe still holds hunting, food-gathering and fishing rights.

 

Yakima, WA City Council Bans Marijuana Businesses

WASHINGTON:  The Yakima City Council, once divided on the issue of how to implement the state’s recreational marijuana law, was virtually united Tuesday night when deciding to ban all business activity related to the drug.

Council voted 6 to 1 in favor of the ban on the growing, processing and retail sales of pot within city limits. Council member Kathy Coffey cast the lone no vote.

“I cannot support this ban. I do not think this is a responsible move by this council,” Coffey said in dissent. [Read more…]

Marijuana Shop Not Welcome At Yakima, Washington Mall, Owner Says

WASHINGTON: An entrepreneur who applied with the state to open a marijuana retail store in Yakima’s Chalet Mall Shopping Center will have to find another location if he’s granted a license.

The applicant never spoke to the shopping center owners about his or her intentions, according to Chalet Mall co-owner Bill Moultray, who said there’s no way a marijuana business would get approval to move in to the shopping center.

“I consider it right up there with a smut shop,” Moultray said.

The business, identified only as Green Gulch Inc. in records released Tuesday by the state Liquor Control Board, also filed to open a store at 6400 Nob Hill Blvd., where currently the only building on site is a Walgreens. Attempts to reach the property owner this week were unsuccessful. [Read more…]

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

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 ordinance that would prohibit the growing, processing and retail sale of marijuana in city limits. The city is currently under a six-month moratorium for such businesses, although none is expected to open in the state until May or June at the earliest.

Council members Micah Cawley, Kathy Coffey and Sara Bristol opposed drafting a ban, but 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. [Read more…]

Yakima City Council Backtracks On Legalized Marijuana Businesses

WASHINGTON: One councilwoman’s change of heart has the Yakima City Council suddenly looking like it will backtrack on allowing the growth, processing and sale of recreational marijuana in city limits.

Councilwoman Maureen Adkison was one of four council members in early October to defeat a proposed ban on marijuana. But toward the end of Tuesday’s council meeting, Adkison announced she had reconsidered her vote and moved to ask city staff to draft legislation that would prohibit any licensed marijuana operations in the city.

“I really thought long and hard about this after my last vote,” Adkison said. “A lot of things kept coming back to me.” [Read more…]