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December 19, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Ad in New York Times thanks Washington voters for drug reform’s “best year ever”

A national drug-reform group that helped fund Initiative 502 is taking out a full-page ad in Thursday’s New York Times to thank Washington and Colorado voters for having “performed a national service.” The ad by the Drug Policy Alliance also thanks former President Clinton, evangelist Pat Robertson and the presidents of Columbia, Guatemala and Uruguay for making statements…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: initiative 502

December 5, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Feds still reviewing new marijuana law, plan no action on eve of legalization

A strange gap year in Washington’s grand experiment with marijuana legalization begins Thursday, when personal possession of pot becomes legal, but criminal laws banning marijuana growing and sales remain in effect. That year gives the state Liquor Control Board time to create first-in-the-nation licenses for marijuana growers, processors and retailers. Until then, the…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: city attorney pete holmes, marijuana legalization, public pot party

December 3, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Legal marijuana: a $46 billion industry?

The voter-approved marijuana measures in Washington and Colorado are pulling marijuana out of the black market. So how big is that market? I mentioned it was potentially a billion-dollar industry in Washington alone in a Seattle Times story this Sunday about marijuana-industry investors. That was based on a state Office of Financial Management estimate before…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: industry, investors, marijuana

November 30, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Marijuana legalization measure requires 40 staffers and a pot expert

The Washington State Liquor Control Board says it needs to hire 40 additional staff and bring an outside expert in marijuana to implement the voter-approved marijuana legalization measure. In a briefing to a Senate committee in Olympia on Friday, LCB director Pat Kohler said the biggest challenge of setting up a regulated marijuana market was “understanding the…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: Adam Kline, Iniative 502, liquor control board

November 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Former police, prosecutors ask U.S. Attorney General to respect marijuana legalization laws

A leading group of reform-minded law enforcement officials delivered a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder this morning asking him to respect the voters of Washington and Colorado who decided to legalize marijuana. The Law Enforcement Against Prohibition letter was signed by 73 current and former police officers, judges, prosecutors and federal agents, including former Seattle…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: initiative 502, Norm Stamper

November 9, 2012 at 1:51 PM

220 marijuana cases dismissed in King, Pierce counties

UPDATE 3:03 p.m. King and Pierce County prosecutors are dismissing more than 220 misdemeanor marijuana cases in response to Tuesday’s vote to decriminalize small amounts of pot. In King County, 175 cases are being dismissed involving people 21 and older and possession of one ounce or less. I-502 makes one ounce of marijuana legal on Dec….

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: dan satterberg, initiative 502, King county prosecuting attorney

November 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Gregoire not joining Colorado’s chat with Justice Department on pot legalization

Gov. Chris Gregoire has not reached out to the Justice Department for clarity on the federal response to marijuana legalization, and does not plan to join Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has a call scheduled Friday afternoon with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to talk about the legalization measure his state passed. Gregoire’s staff, along with…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: amendment 64, initiative 502, marijuana

November 7, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Justice Department: Federal marijuana law ‘unchanged’ by legalization

UPDATE 11:02 a.m. Justice Department headquarters issued an identical statement to Durkan’s this morning, indicating that Washington D.C., not Washington’s two U.S. Attorneys, will be dictating what comes next. ORIGINAL POST: U.S. Attorney for Seattle Jenny Durkan’s office released a terse statement this morning in response to passage of Initiative 502, legalizing recreational marijuana use. Durkan is…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: initiative 502, Jenny Durkan

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