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August 18, 2014 at 12:47 PM

From seed to sale, challenges abound for licensed pot growers

[do action="brightcove-video" videoid="3610210506001"/] Part 1: Startup pot operation full of stress and hard work This is the first story in a seed-to-sale series focusing on one pot-growing operation in Seattle as owners take their historic product from seedling to retail store shelf. June 7, 2014 – Inside a windowless Sodo warehouse teeming with 1,143 pot plants, one of…

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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 21, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Grandmother who bought Seattle’s first legal pot is donating some to MOHAI

The grandmother who bought Seattle’s first legal pot is donating some of that herb, along with clothes she wore that day, and more, to MOHAI. That’s the Museum of History and Industry, the 103-year old Seattle institution with 4 million artifacts. MOHAI wants the mementos from Greene, 65, because they showcase “one more way Washington, for better…

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July 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Winterlife pot delivery goes all medical

In Wallingford, a driver named Wombat sells cannabis product to a woman named Shannon, Mon., Jan. 27, 2014, in Seattle. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

In Wallingford, a driver named Wombat sells cannabis product to a woman named Shannon, Mon., Jan. 27, 2014, in Seattle. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Winterlife, Seattle’s most prominent illegal pot delivery service, will no longer serve customers who are not qualified medical-marijuana patients.

Winterlife’s phone message today said that “due to current legislation” the company is “undergoing changes to protect customers.” When the company, closed today and Friday, reopens Saturday it will only deliver to customers with medical-marijuana authorizations, according to its message.

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July 15, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Wenatchee doesn’t want to be test case for state-feds pot conflict

The city of Wenatchee stepped out of a legal bull’s-eye Monday. City officials filed a response to a lawsuit in Chelan County Superior Court that no longer renders them a target for the ACLU, which considered making Wenatchee a battleground to resolve the conflict between state law, which has legalized weed, and federal law, which still…

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June 27, 2014 at 6:16 PM

What happens to medical marijuana?

Richard Montoure holds a bud of "Raspberry kush" that he sells from his marijuana dispensary at his warehouse in Port of Willapa Harbor in the town of Raymond.  (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Richard Montoure holds a bud of “Raspberry kush” that he sells from his marijuana dispensary at his warehouse in Port of Willapa Harbor in the town of Raymond. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

 

There are compelling reasons for state officials to clamp down on our wildly unregulated medical-marijuana system. The chief one is that when strictly regulated, stiffly taxed recreational pot stores open, the medical dispensaries will be rival dealers, able to undercut the new stores in prices. They can also sell to minors, while recreational stores can’t.

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June 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM

What are the potential harms of marijuana?

President Reagan once said he had proof that smoking one joint is “equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast.” President Obama, a prodigious toker in high school and graduate of Harvard Law School, offers strong evidence to the contrary. Leading cancer researcher Dr. Jerome Groopman has noted that debates about marijuana…

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June 27, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Who can consume legal pot in Washington

A sign posted at a growing operation in Sodo. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

A sign posted at a growing operation in Sodo. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Let’s be clear: Washington voters legalized weed for adults, not minors. Minors can’t legally possess pot. Under state law, it remains a felony to sell to minors or furnish minors.  Even the most prominent of the technically illegal delivery services that have sprung up in Seattle won’t serve minors.  Keeping pot away from minors is one of the eight priorities laid down by the U.S. Department of Justice in allowing Colorado and Washington to proceed with their legal pot experiments.

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