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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 22, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Marijuana expulsions: Bishop Blanchet High School made the right call

I read Nicholas O’Connell’s guest column “Help students understand pot law” [Opinion, Aug. 21]. Why stop there? How about “Help students understand alcohol law”? It appears to me that he wants to pass the buck of a parent’s responsibility to school teachers and administrators. Hats off to the Bishop Blanchet High School’s administration for…

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Comments | Topics: dorran mcbride, education, marijuana

August 22, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Marijuana legalization: Turn back federal prohibition

The feel-good article about the vibe at Hempfest missed the major news [“After legalization, Hempfest more celebration than protest,” Local News, Aug. 15]. On Friday, a sitting United States representative, Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., spoke at Hempfest to call for major changes to federal law. Rep. Rohrabacher, a 26-year veteran in the House and a tea…

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

January 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Marijuana: Both sides of the ongoing legalization debate

Partygoers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year's Eve party celebrating the start of retail pot sales, at a bar in Denver, late Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013. Colorado is to begin marijuana retail sales on Jan. 1, a day some are calling ‘Green Wednesday.' (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Party-goers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year’s Eve party celebrating the start of retail pot sales, at a bar in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley).

Standing up to marijuana legalization

How refreshing to read a columnist, David Brooks, who has the courage to stand up for what is morally right [“Marijuana: been there, done that,” Opinion, Jan. 5].

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: colorado, David Brooks, marijuana

January 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Marijuana is like alcohol: Most people can consume it safely

David Brooks argues that marijuana should not be legalized [“Marijuana: been there, done that,” Opinion, Dec. 5).

Brooks is a wise and eloquent writer and his argument is strong. But every point he makes could apply equally well against the legalization of alcohol, which is more addictive and dangerous than marijuana.

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: alcohol, David Brooks, marijuana

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