Oct 31 | Would-be pot producers run into obstacles in Washington state
SEATTLE — When Washington state voters legalized recreational marijuana a year ago, Jeff Stewart saw an opportunity: After all, he figured, it's the rare industry that's born overnight with proven demand and little competition.
Oct 31 | Young entrepreneur shaping the state's pot business
Bill Gates made his billions with computers. Mark Zuckerberg did the same with Facebook. Alex Cooley has visions of perhaps making that list someday in a more nontraditional way. He grows marijuana.
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Oct 31 | Will Wash.'s legal pot taxes go to health care?
One selling point of Washington's new legal marijuana law was that a huge chunk of pot-related tax revenue would be devoted to health coverage for low-income residents.
Oct 30 | It’s easier than expected to apply for a marijuana retail license, so why are entrepreneurs unhappy?
By the end of this week, Killy Nichelin and his team of partners will have spent four months and $35,500 in extensive preparation for their bid to open a retail marijuana store.
Oct 30 | I-502: County Council Must Establish Clear Zoning Laws
Last November, the citizens of Washington State approved Initiative 502, the legalization of marijuana. The Liquor Control Board (LCB) has been meeting, studying, and hearing testimony in order for the state to have an orderly roll-out of this new law and have now released their regulations. Retail stores may not be within 1,000 feet of any elementary or secondary school, playground, recreation center or facility, child care center, public park, public transit center, library or arcade. (We have an amendment that will also include religious institutions.)
Oct 30 | Greener marijuana: can a budding industry grow sustainable agriculture?
In a nondescript, unmarked warehouse in Denver's industrial outskirts, row upon row of marijuana plants – ranging from little cuttings to tree-like bushes – extend into virtual cannabis forests. A tropical atmosphere comes from carefully regulated humidity and lighting controls in each room, assisted by fans and vents.
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Oct 30 | Washington city returns six pounds of pot to patients
LYNNWOOD, Wash. — The city has returned 202 dead marijuana plants and six pounds of drying pot that was seized from a group of medical marijuana patients more than a year ago.
Oct 30 | Obama’s War on Pot
In February 2013, three months after Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana, a sullen Gil Kerlikowske, head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), shared his regrets with the Canadian magazine Maclean’s. “The administration has not done a particularly good job,” he said, “of, one, talking about marijuana as a public health issue, and number two, talking about what can be done and where we should be headed on our drug policy.” People in mourning are given to melodrama, but Kerlikowske’s attempt to blame marijuana legalization on poor messaging was evidence of psychosis.
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Oct 30 | Liquor Control Board takes steps to ban marijuana use at bars
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington's Liquor Control Board wants to make sure people aren't using marijuana in bars and nightclubs.
Oct 30 | LCB Finally Requests Attorney General’s Opinion Regarding Creeping Municipal Cannabis Prohibitions
LCB Staff Doing Final Homework For Key Legal Question About Municipal Prohibitions Today during their management team meeting the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) management staff team took another step toward clarifying a growing concern for I-502 businesses; the spreading municipal prohibitions. LCB board members Marr and Foster participated in the discussion.