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January 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM

Marijuana: Liquor Control Board needs to clean up its act

Chris Marr, what have you been smoking? “Regulating medical marijuana” would be comical if it did not come from a member of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the entity responsible for the muddle known as recreational marijuana [“Medical-marijuana patients deserve a regulated system that is safe and affordable,” Opinion, Jan. 19]. “Highly trained individuals who…


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January 6, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Marijuana: A new drug war is starting between the legal and medical markets

I chuckle at City Attorney Pete Holmes’ “path forward”: the city’s and state’s plan to create their own marijuana cartel to be enforced by the police, the courts and the prisons [“City Attorney Pete Holmes: ‘Clearly commercial’ medical pot shops not legal,” The Evergreen, Jan. 5]. He’s upset that medical “dispensaries” are engaging in…


Comments | Topics: Charles Pluckhahn, City Attorney Pete Holmes, legal marijuana

January 3, 2015 at 10:34 PM

What’s your priority for the state Legislature this session?

The Washington Legislature convenes Jan. 12 for its 2015 legislative session. The Seattle Times editorial board published its priorities to focus lawmakers on the big tasks ahead. The No. 1 priority is education, followed by transportation, medical marijuana excesses and a failing state mental-heatlh system. What are your priorities for the Legislature? Why? Fill…


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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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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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October 24, 2013 at 6:05 AM

Medical-marijuana patients must be considered

Government must consider needs of marijuana patients in new legislation I read the article in The Seattle Times on what lawmakers are looking to do to regulate legal cannabis outlets come next year. And I just saw red [“State pot officials can exhale as rules get the OK,” page one, Oct. 17]. What I’m most concerned about…


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