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Seattle Times coverage of pot policy, culture and lifestyle.

August 29, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Judge upholds city of Fife’s ban on pot businesses

A Pierce County judge Friday upheld the city of Fife’s ban on marijuana businesses, saying the state law legalizing pot did not mandate cities to allow them. Prospective marijuana retailer MMH was suing the city and hoped the judge would compel Fife to issue it a business license. Tedd Wetherbee, who owns MMH, said he plans…

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August 29, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Alaska mayors conference urges voting against pot initiative

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Conference of Mayors is taking a stand on the marijuana initiative before voters in November. KTVA-Television reports the mayors have passed a resolution opposing Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana by people 21 and older. The mayors conference is also donating $5,000 to the anti-initiative campaign, “Big…

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August 27, 2014 at 11:57 AM

City Attorney Pete Holmes hasn’t smoked his first day pot purchase

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes leaving Cannabis City with his purchase on July 8, the first day legal pot stores were open. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes leaving Cannabis City with his purchase on July 8, the first day legal pot stores were open. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

We sat down with City Attorney Pete Holmes to discuss marijuana’s future in Seattle, why he bought pot on the first day of sales and if he’s consumed it yet.

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August 22, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Your pot questions answered: Do I need an ID? Price controls? What’s Olympia’s plan?

We’re about a month and a half into marijuana sales, but readers still have plenty of questions about pot. Here’s our take on few: Q: I want to know how oil availability will work in Washington? Will companies like Open Vape or Ionic be able to sell pre-filled oil in stores now? Or does the pot used…

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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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