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Seattle Times coverage of pot policy, culture and lifestyle.

August 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Pot buses draw ire from state transportation commission

After a wave of media attention, the state transportation commission shot down the burgeoning pot-bus industry in a notice Thursday. According to Capitol Hill Seattle, Weed Bus operators thought they’d found a loophole in state law that allows pot smoking in vehicles “if there is a divider between the driver and the passengers.”  “We save you the…

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August 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Pot businesses pay July taxes; one brings box of cash

For marijuana businesses, Wednesday was the first deadline to pay their tax obligations to the Liquor Control Board. Pot businesses owed the state about $750,000 for July excise taxes, according to Liquor Control Board spokesman Brian Smith. Over the past several days, many have come to the Liquor Control Board’s offices to settle up. With limited access to banking services,…

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August 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

State Attorney General outlines argument in case that could make or break pot law

The State Attorney General’s office outlined its argument Monday in a court case that could make or break Washington’s marijuana law. In July, the city of Fife approved an outright ban on marijuana businesses. A prospective pot store is suing the city in Pierce County Superior Court and hopes to overturn the ban. The case could cement Washington’s pot law…

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August 19, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Seattle police officer who wrote 80% of pot tickets is back on regular duties

The Seattle police officer who wrote 80 percent of the department’s pot tickets during the first half of this year has returned to his regular duties, Seattle police said Monday. Officer Randy Jokela used the citations to comment on Initiative 502, the law that legalized marijuana.  On several citations, Jokela referred to Seattle’s pot-supporting City Attorney Pete Holmes…

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August 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Bothell’s Herbal Nation becomes second pot shop to open in the Seattle area

Robin Dimick from Lynnwood, center, was the first person in line at Herbal Nation in Bothell. The marijuana store opened up at noon. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Robin Dimick from Lynnwood, center, was the first person in line at Herbal Nation in Bothell. The marijuana store opened up at noon. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

They came from New Zealand, from Austin, Texas, and from right around the corner in Lynnwood.

By the time Herbal Nation opened at noon Monday, about 65 people were in a line that snaked out into the parking lot, waiting to buy legal pot. The Bothell store, located on Highway 527 between 192nd and 194th streets, became the second marijuana shop in the Seattle area to open its doors. Prices ranged from about $17 to $25 per gram of marijuana before sales tax.

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August 18, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Pot growers we’ve profiled finally bring their goods to market

AuricAG partner Mark Greenshields holds up West Seattle Kush from the operation's first harvest. (Photo by Steven Ringman / The Seattle Times)

AuricAG partner Mark Greenshields holds up West Seattle Kush from the operation’s first harvest. (Photo by Steven Ringman / The Seattle Times)

After many months of toil, the Sodo pot growers we’ve been following, AuricAG, finally brought their product to market. Their West Seattle Kush went flying off the shelves last week at Cannabis City. They sold 259 one-gram packages in four hours. AuricAG won’t make a huge dent in supply as far as Seattle goes, but as more growers get their operations up to speed, the state expects supply to improve and prices to drop.

Our fourth installment in the seed-to-sale series: How AuricAG plans to refine its pot-growing operation.      

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August 15, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Two pot stores are opening next week; why they matter

Two pot shops are opening next week. The first, Herbal Nation, will open in Bothell. It will be just the second retail marijuana store open in the Seattle area. The other, Green Life Cannabis, is opening up near Wenatchee, a city that has banned marijuana businesses. Herbal Nation in Bothell says it will open on Monday, August 18…

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August 13, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Seattle City Council committee pushes medical pot extension ahead

The Seattle City Council’s Finance and Culture committee pushed a deadline extension for medical pot businesses that would allow them to continue to operate after Jan. 1, 2015, the current deadline for businesses to obtain a state-issued license and comply with Seattle code. The full Council is expected to vote on the deadline-extension bill Sept. 2. Councilmember Nick Licata  proposed amending the deadline…

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August 12, 2014 at 5:54 PM

U.S. judge dismisses Washington marijuana tax case

The Associated Press SEATTLE  — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Washington state’s authority to tax marijuana. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman dismissed the case last week for lack of jurisdiction. The operator of a medical-marijuana dispensary in Bellingham, Martin Nickerson, sued because he was being simultaneously prosecuted for marijuana distribution and targeted by the state…

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