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Category: Marijuana
October 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Advisory Vote No. 8: Marijuana is already overtaxed

I don’t understand The Seattle Times’ logic in supporting Advisory Vote No. 8, the law that excludes state licensed marijuana farmers from agricultural tax advantages [“The Times recommends to maintain Advisory Vote No. 8 on marijuana tax,” Opinion. Oct. 14]. The Times writes, “Initiative 502, rightly puts pot alongside alcohol as an adult indulgence…

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Comments | More in Election, Marijuana | Topics: Advisory Vote No. 8, election, marijuana

October 6, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Pot shops: Revise rules to restrict shops from opening near churches

Allowing a pot shop to open next to a church may be legal but it shows an amazing insensitivity to the religious sensibilities of many faiths ["Church members protest Seattle pot shop as too close for comfort," Local News, Oct. 5]. That churches and other places of worship were not included in the list…

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: church, Ike's Pot Shop, marijuana

September 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Marijuana: Grow more to hurt the black market

Killy Nichelin, who didn’t get a lottery spot, said some winners looked to profit from their license alone, which they viewed as “golden tickets” to barter with. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

In the time since marijuana has been legalized in Washington, I fear that the state and the Liquor Control Board have lost sight of the most fundamental thing: Marijuana was legalized on a promise to drive out criminality and replace the black market [“Rocky start for state’s pot stores,” Local News, Sept. 17 ].

In order to do this, two things will have to happen: Much more marijuana will need to be

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: Adam Schuetzler, Liquor Control Board, marijuana

September 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Marijuana exemptions: Praise for blocking a ‘dangerous’ drug

“Marijuana progress” is an oxymoron ["Exemptions hurt state's marijuana progress," Opinion, Sept. 11]. There is no progress under the use of marijuana; it is a downhill slide into addiction and depravity. Congratulations to those communities that have received exemptions. Criticism of these counties and municipalities is misplaced and should be directed toward Washington state for seeking…

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: exemptions, marijuana, Merle Hanley

August 29, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Better credit and financing for marijuana industry

Need to operate like other commercial entities No industry can operate safely, transparently or effectively without access to banks or other financial institutions [“Feds drag feet on banking for marijuana industry,” Opinion, Aug. 27]. While it is encouraging to see that a small but growing number of financial operators are beginning to provide necessary services…

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Comments | More in Economy, Marijuana | Topics: Cannabis commerce, economy, marijuana

August 1, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Marijuana enforcement: Praise for officer who cracked down on public use

I’m glad that at least one Seattle police officer is committed to enforcing the law against marijuana use in public ["SPD Probes cop who wrote 80 percent of pot-use tickets," Local News, July 30].  He should be congratulated, not investigated.  I get the sense that most officers are looking the other way when…

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: Bob Knudson, City Attorney Pete Holmes, marijuana

June 4, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Stymie abuse of medical-marijuana system

Regarding The Seattle Times’ article about inconsistent pot ingredients purchased from medical marijuana dispensaries: This is a serious problem, but certainly not the only one [“Medical-marijuana patients don’t always know what they’re getting,” Local News, June 3]. Even more egregious is the widespread abuse of the system by those who don’t qualify medically but…

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: Bob Knudson, dispensaries, medical marijuana

May 12, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Marijuana farming: a legal agricultural commodity; don’t use precious water resources

Move toward marijuana as a legal agricultural commodity

Our federal government continues to treat marijuana like Kryptonite [“Bureau of Reclamation should not restrict water to Eastern Washington marijuana farms,” Opinion, May 4]. They are not alone.

Washington state’s rollout of marijuana legalization has been hampered by a similar mindset. One day marijuana will be fully legal nationwide and there will be no suburban basement grows with massive carbon footprints. Environmentally destructive backcountry grows would become a thing of the past. These are vestiges of marijuana prohibition.

One day legitimate farmers will produce marijuana by the ton under natural sunlight. It will be virtually worthless. This is important. Financial incentives drive destructive cultivation practices. Mexican drug cartels don’t sneak into national forests to cultivate cucumbers and tomatoes.

They cannot compete with farmers. The sooner the federal government allows states to treat the marijuana plant as a legal agricultural commodity, the better.

Robert Sharpe, policy analyst at the Common Sense for Drug Policy, Washington, D.C.

Don’t divert precious water resources to marijuana

Insane. That’s what thinking about allocating already precious supplies of water from farmers growing our food supply to

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: Common Sense for Drug Policy, farming, marijuana

April 17, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Marijuana: Pot industry background checks encourage illicit activity

Two of the biggest arguments for marijuana legalization are keeping it out kids’ hands, and keeping the business out of criminals’ hands. The two are closely related. A liquor store can lose its license if it sells liquor to minors, but a pot dealer has no such disincentive. I see that the state is going to…

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: background checks, feds, Howard Hance

March 12, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Marijuana legalization: Best monitored and enforced locally

As the details of marijuana legalization are being hashed out, it is becoming clear that local jurisdictions have a powerful voice [“Too little info makes reform on marijuana challenging,” Local News, March 10]. Of the 334 retail stores that the Washington State Liquor Control Board is licensing throughout the state, about 50 percent of…

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: Kali Hollenhorst, marijuana, SB 5887

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