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Category: Marijuana
March 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

State House holds hearing on taxing pot

OLYMPIA — A House committee held a public hearing on a bill Friday that would tax marijuana brand names and trademarks that could be registered in the state when sale of state-taxed recreational marijuana starts at the end of this year. The bill, which had a public hearing before the House Finance Committee Friday, would tax…

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March 15, 2013 at 4:36 PM

State lawmaker invites Eric Holder to committee hearing on pot

With U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder still deciding how exactly to respond to our new marijuana legalization law, one state lawmaker hopes a trip to Olympia is in store for the country’s top law-enforcement official. State Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw, sent a letter to Holder on Friday, inviting the attorney general to come to town for Hurst’s hearing…

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Comments | More in Marijuana, State Legislature | Topics: chris hurst, Eric Holder, initiative 502

March 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Danes importing pot advice from Pete Holmes

Copenhagen is looking at legalizing cannabis, as they call it, and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes will be traveling to the Danish city to offer advice. Officials in Copenhagen also are exploring the possibility of importing weed from Washington and Colorado, the two states that voted in November to allow legal recreational marijuana use. According to…

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February 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Legislative items to watch this week: unmanned drones, marijuana convictions and unemployed veterans

This week the state Legislature will once again consider a diverse assortment of topics. Various committees will hold hearings on bills covering unmanned drones, marijuana convictions and unemployed veterans. Two weeks after Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn grounded the Seattle Police Department’s unmanned drown program, the House and Senate will hold hearings on legislation to outline regulations…

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Comments | More in Marijuana, State Legislature | Topics: I-502, marijuana, mike mcginn

January 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: a different take on Rodney Tom, gender neutral state code

Good Morning. State Sen. Rodney Tom A new take on Rodney Tom conversion? The new leader in the state Senate, he of the Majority Coalition Caucus, is an enigma for some Democrats who wonder how he can call himself a Democrat when he joined with Republicans to form the Republican-leaning group. Republican John Carlson…

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Comments | More in Education, homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest, Secretary of State, State Legislature | Topics: dry cleaning, Gary Alexander, gender neutral language

January 15, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Pot forums coming

Washingtonians wanting to weigh-in on the state’s emerging rules on legal pot will have a chance at six upcoming forums. As it prepares to oversee a new legal marijuana industry, the Washington Liquor Control Board announced Tuesday the sites for forums across the state. One in Seattle occurs Jan. 24, starting at 6 p.m. in City Hall’s Bertha…

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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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December 19, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: crowded mayor’s race, armed sixth grader, talking pot with kids

Good morning. Raise your hand if you are not running for Seattle mayor in 2013: Here at the end of 2012, the race for Seattle mayor grows more crowded by the day. A supporter of former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck sent out a Facebook message Tuesday seeking endorsers to lend their names when he…

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December 12, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: pot poll, pot committee, Inslee on the environment

Good Morning, All: Pot poll: A new Gallup poll says a majority of Americans want the feds to leave Washington and Colorado alone, as in, don’t mess with their new marijuana laws.   More and more people are saying the same thing. Former President Jimmy Carter told CNN this week, he’s for legalizing marijuana. …

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December 7, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Friday politics: Cheech and Chonged out, second-highest turnout, Colbert for Senate

  Good morning. Happy Friday!   Cheech and Chonged out: I don’t know about you, but the network anchors sounded a little silly as they joked and deployed bad puns about the big party out in Washington state because of our new marijuana law (which took effect Thursday). Anchors like CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield chortled about how many Washingtonians…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest, Secretary of State | Topics: cheech and chong, pot legalization, registered voters

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