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Category: Marijuana
December 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Conversation starter: Reader responses on the state of the medical, recreational marijuana markets

(Photo by Steve Ringman / Seattle Times)

Editor’s note: The Times asked readers of last Sunday’s editorial on medical marijuana: “How is marijuana legalization going so far?” and “What would you change?”

How’s it going so far?

The medical system has been treated poorly in legalizing recreational marijuana. Marijuana is an effective medicine for many conditions.

There seems to be a rush to eliminate the medical system entirely. This would be a disservice to the many people who depend on marijuana to treat debilitating conditions.

Paul Lyons, Seattle

It’s doing well. Yes, the medical aspect has to be changed. Make them pay taxes and regulate them just like retail. Too many people hide behind a medical card.

Wena Coffman, Goldendale

Dispensaries always check my ID and medical card, so I don’t think they are letting underage or people without authorization buy.

Ronald Felthoven, Marysville

When Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed large portions of medical-marijuana reform, she harmed the industry and our state, putting us in the medical-marijuana quandary we are in now.

Had our medical pot been regulated, it would have been simple to follow the Colorado model of allowing medical stores to be the first recreational stores.

Sharon Whitson, Kirkland

The state Liquor Control Board has made some harsh and strict rules for recreational growers, while medical growers have none at all. Somehow the playing field has to be leveled between growers, or the board can have my grow license back.

Mary Gress, Vashon

The medical-marijuana suppliers have created a bigger market, and the products cost about one-quarter the cost for only a limited number of strains available from the recreational growers.

Steve Kuehn, Olympia

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December 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Reader callout: How has marijuana legalization gone so far?

Photo: Steve Ringman / Seattle Times

The Seattle Times Sunday editorial recounted how easy it was for one writer to purchase medical marijuana at a dispensary — without a “green card.” According to the editorial board, this “erodes the cornerstone of Washington’s landmark legalization experiment.”

How do you think the experiment with marijuana is going so far in Washington? Leave your feedback in the

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November 11, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Marijuana: More study needed on effects to brains

Regarding the article “Regular pot smokers have shrunken brains, study says,” [Nation & World, Nov. 10] this study misses the mark on reporting concrete findings of regular pot use. Taken at face value, it tells us what we’re already used to hearing: “smoking is bad, and it will make you dumb.” This, of course,…

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: brains, health, Marci Taitt

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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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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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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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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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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