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Seattle Times coverage of pot policy, culture and lifestyle.

July 31, 2014 at 4:04 PM

State Attorney General to join pot lawsuits against Wenatchee, Fife

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will intervene in three pot lawsuits against the cities of Wenatchee and Fife, according to a news release from his office.  Both cities have imposed laws that essentially ban recreational pot businesses legalized statewide when voters passed Initiative 502. Ferguson will enter the lawsuits “to defend Initiative 502, not to support the plaintiffs’ or…

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July 31, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Seattle cop gave out 80 percent of public pot consumption tickets

A single Seattle police officer was responsible for about 80 percent of public pot consumption citations given out so far this year. The Seattle Police Department is investigating the officer, who has been identified as Randy Jokela. On some citations, Jokela shared insight on his thoughts about Initiative 502, the state law that legalized marijuana. On several…

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July 28, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Senators ask White House for consistent pot guidelines

U.S. senators from Washington and Colorado have asked the White House to reconcile conflicting guidelines from federal agencies on how they intend to enforce federal marijuana laws in states where recreational pot is legal. In a letter Monday to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the lawmakers said recent…

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July 28, 2014 at 7:52 AM

New York Times Editorial Board advocates repealing pot prohibition

Marijuana legalization advocates picked up a big endorsement this weekend as the New York Times

The New York Times endorses pot legalization.

The New York Times endorses pot legalization.

Editorial Board endorsed repealing pot prohibition. The paper becomes the largest in the country to advocate for legalization.

“It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol,” wrote the Editorial Board.

“The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.”

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July 25, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Your questions on legal pot in Washington answered

Mark Boyer becoming the first man in Spokane to purchase pot from a retail shop. (Photo by Dan Pelle, The Spokesman-Review / Associated Press)

Mark Boyer becoming the first man in Spokane to purchase pot from a retail shop. (Photo by Dan Pelle, The Spokesman-Review / Associated Press)

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at The Evergreen. The first pot stores opened up, City Attorney Pete Holmes brought weed to work and Spokane’s first pot buyer got fired or fired himself, depending on whom you ask.

But we promised to answer as many questions as we could from readers. Better late than never. 

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July 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Where’s the Weed?: The morning report for July 25

Good news this time! Seattle’s one-stop pot shop will be back in business tomorrow. Cannabis City’s owner James Laythrop estimates that he will run out of weed today (again), but Cannabis City will begin keeping regular hours, selling glassware, rolling papers, and other paraphernalia even if there’s no herb to be found. Cannabis City, 2733 4th…

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July 24, 2014 at 2:52 PM

City sues Seattle’s first pot grower over building permit problems

The city of Seattle is suing Seattle’s first legal, recreational pot grower, Sea of Green Farms, claiming the company altered its building without a proper permit and is continuing to operate outside of the city’s building code. The city’s complaint says Sea of Green and the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) regularly communicated about permits and inspections from…

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July 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Blacks disproportionately fined for public pot use

Blacks were disproportionately cited by Seattle police for consuming pot in public in the first six months of 2014. In a report required by the City Council, the police department said officers wrote 82 tickets for public pot consumption in the first half of the year, with 37 percent of those going to to black people. Blacks account for…

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July 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Feds charge seven people in connection with hash-oil explosions

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, right, explains the dangers of hash oil processing during a press conference announcing charges against seven people.  (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, right, explains the dangers of hash oil processing during a press conference announcing charges against seven people.
(Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Federal and state authorities have filed criminal charges against seven people in connection with a series of suspected hash-oil explosions and fires, including one that killed a former Bellevue mayor last year. 

Crime reporterJennifer Sullivan has details on today’s charges.

Under the state system, only licensed pot processors can make hash oil for sale. Amateur chemists often try at home, but without proper lab equipment, the process can be quite dangerous. Here is a bit of background on the problem.

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