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February 4, 2014 at 6:52 PM

DUI policy day in Olympia: Lawmakers hear tweaks only

Olympia’s unofficial “DUI policy day” on Tuesday featured just five tweaks to drunken-driving laws, a package described even by supporters as modest. House Bills 2344, 2503, 2506, 2507 and 2728, heard in the state House Judiciary Committee, would mostly clarify or reinforce some unclear parts of current law and stiffen penalties…

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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

February 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Marijuana bills advance in Olympia

The Associated Press Two marijuana-related bills are advancing in Olympia. A House committee Thursday OK’d a measure that would let people quickly vacate misdemeanor marijuana convictions in Washington state. And a Senate committee advanced a measure providing arrest protection for patients under the state’s medical marijuana law. Washington voters last fall approved Initiative 502, legalizing the possession of…

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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 3, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Marijuana initiative wildly popular in Seattle & Eastside

Washington’s marijuana-legalization initiative proved overwhelmingly popular throughout most of King and Snohomish Counties. Initiative 502 carried all but 5 percent of King County precincts and won a majority of votes in every city, according to a Seattle Times analysis of precinct vote returns. (Click on the map image to the left to see the larger…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: initiative 502, King County, marijuana

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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November 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Gregoire says feds undecided about blocking new marijuana law

By CHRIS GRYGIEL  The Associated Press Gov. Chris Gregoire says the federal government still hasn’t decided whether to take action to block new laws legalizing marijuana in her state and Colorado. Gregoire met with Deputy Attorney General James Cole in Washington, D.C on Tuesday. She told Cole she would prefer to know “sooner rather than later,” because Washington…

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November 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Gregoire to meet Tuesday with Justice Department about marijuana law

The Associated Press and The Seattle Times Gov. Chris Gregoire will meet with U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole on Tuesday to discuss state voters’ decision last week to legalize and tax the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Marijuana remains a banned substance under federal law, and it is not clear what the federal response will…

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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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