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June 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

11 essential Seattle Times stories about pot legalization

1 Historic night to fire up on anniversary of legal weed

December 6, 2013

Hundreds of tokers celebrated the anniversary of legal weed in Washington by attending a giant pot party at Seattle Center.

It's a cool night to light up a fatty. A toker named, "John The Freak" lights up a large roll of weed as marijuana smokers gather and watch in an enclosure to celebrate the first anniversary of legal recreational pot in Washington state at the Seattle Center on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

It’s a cool night to light up a fatty. A toker named, “John The Freak” lights up a large roll of weed as marijuana smokers gather and watch in an enclosure to celebrate the first anniversary of legal recreational pot in Washington state at the Seattle Center on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

2 Packed hearing on new pot law

January 24, 2013

Some  had waited decades for an event like this. Some thought they’d never see it. Hundreds packed Seattle City Hall to express views about rules for the state’s new legal-marijuana law enacted in November 2012 by Initiative 502. “The war is over. We won. Don’t punish us, take our money,” said one pot grower.

3 Medical question mark for state’s pot market

April 6, 2013

Medical marijuana has become a threat, a rival dealer, an enemy of the state in Washington’s strange new world of regulated, taxed recreational pot.

4 Indoor pot production leaves giant carbon footprint

May 11, 2013

The carbon footprint of producing 2.2 pounds of marijuana indoors, one study says, is equivalent to driving across country seven times. Yet almost no one was pushing for cleaner sun-grown weed in the rulemaking for legal pot farms. After this story, the rules were changed to allowed outdoor farming.

A marijuana grow operation in Seattle where pot is grown and distributed for medical needs. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

A marijuana grow operation in Seattle where pot is grown and distributed for medical needs. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

5 More rules sought to keep recreational pot from kids

June 12, 2013

Trying to limit youth access to pot is daunting. The alcohol and tobacco industries provide some lessons for public-health advocates. But not all apply to pot.

6 State faces the latest twist in pot law: concentrates

July 2, 2013

State officials struggled to regulate potent marijuana concentrates, such as hash oil. Dangerous amateur production, the use of solvents, and the practice of “dabbing” are among their concerns.

James Davies inhales half a gram of cannabis concentrate as it is heated on the oil rig as part of a challenge by Nick Saba, on right, to consume it all in one inhale at the Concentrates Cup held at a private property, in Black Diamond, on Saturday, June 1, 2013. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

James Davies inhales half a gram of cannabis concentrate as it is heated on the oil rig as part of a challenge by Nick Saba, on right, to consume it all in one inhale at the Concentrates Cup held at a private property, in Black Diamond, on Saturday, June 1, 2013. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

7 Federal memo no pot panacea

August 31, 2013

After eight months of careful review, the federal Department of Justice waved Washington and Colorado on, saying they could proceed with their experiments in legalizing weed. But the federal shift was no panacea for pot.

8 Coming soon: 334 pot stores in Washington state

September 4, 2013

Coming soon: 334 pot stores in the state. State officials set rules for stores and total production aimed at creating a decentralized industry.

9 State AG’s opinion on barring pot businesses stirs doubts

January 16, 2014

Cities and counties can ban or block legal pot businesses, according to state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. But the impact of his nonbinding opinion remains cloudy.

10 Pot-delivery service fills void for eager buyers

February 8, 2014

With pot stores still months from opening, delivery services are trying to meet the need without getting busted.
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11 Medical-marijuana patients don’t always know what they’re getting

June 3, 2014

Testing shows that some medical marijuana strains are not what they purport to be in name, chemical content and genetics. Pot users will soon have greater assurances about the safety and chemical content of the pot they buy at retail stores in the state’s new legal pot system than the best-educated patients have in the largely unregulated medical system.

Jessica Tonani, is CEO of a small biotech co., Verda Bio, that is researching consistency and variety in marijuana strains.  (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Jessica Tonani, is CEO of a small biotech co., Verda Bio, that is researching consistency and variety in marijuana strains.
(Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

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