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September 30, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Uncle Ike’s becomes second licensed pot retailer in Seattle

Finally, Seattle has a second pot store. Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, in the Central District, opened its doors to a steady stream of customers Tuesday, nearly three months after the first state-licensed pot stores launched. The opening at 23rd Avenue and East Union Street drew customers of all types, including neighbors and tourists, nurses and rock…

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September 26, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Two more pot stores scheduled to open in Seattle

Two more state-licensed marijuana stores are scheduled to open soon in Seattle, but their launches could be muted by supply issues that continue to dog the local retail marijuana industry. The owner of Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, Ian Eisenberg, said his company will start serving customers next week at 23rd and Union. Meanwhile, Oltion Hyseni, the owner of Ocean…

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September 24, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Judge dismisses public pot consumption tickets

One hundred public pot use tickets were nixed by a Seattle Municipal Court judge today. Many of the tickets were written by Officer Randy Jokela, who the Seattle Police Department said cited people because of “political motivation.” Reporter Steve Miletich has been following the matter. Here’s his report.

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September 24, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Major pot legalization group turns sights on California for 2016

Marijuana legalization proponents are turning their attention to California and gearing up for a legalization campaign in 2016. The Marijuana Policy Project is creating a new committee in the state and hopes to put a measure on the 2016 ballot. The group says the measure will be similar to Colorado’s initiative, which it backed in 2012….

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September 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Seattle city attorney Pete Holmes seeks dismissal of about 100 pot citations

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, center, talks with the representatives with the Seattle Police Department and the Seattle City Council about public use of marijuana. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, center, talks with the representatives with the Seattle Police Department and the Seattle City Council about public use of marijuana. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes told the City Council Monday morning that he will seek dismissal of about 100 tickets for public marijuana use after a single police officer was found to have written the vast majority of the citations as part of a political agenda.

 Holmes told the council the “cleanest and most efficient thing to do is vacate all tickets … hit the reset button.”

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September 22, 2014 at 9:05 AM

TV reporter in Alaska quits on air to promote pot

Material included from The Associated Press A reporter for an Alaska TV station revealed on the air that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug. After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night’s broadcast, KTVA’s Charlo Greene identified herself as the business’s owner and said she…

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September 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM

State-licensed marijuana market expected to bring in about $636 million in taxes

by Rachel La Corte / The Associated Press

The state’s legal recreational marijuana market is expected to bring in about $636 million in taxes to state coffers through the middle of 2019, according to an economic forecast released Thursday.

The forecast by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council showed that just over $25 million from a variety of marijuana-related taxes — including excise, sales, and business taxes — is expected to be collected through the middle of next year.

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A breakdown of the revenue forecast included in a packet published by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.

An additional $207 million is expected for the next two-year budget that ends mid-2017. And $404 million is expected for the 2017-19 budget biennium.

The passage of Initiative 502 in 2012 allowed the sale of marijuana to adults for recreational use at licensed stores, which started opening this summer.

So far the state has issued 57 retail marijuana licenses. By early this month, 32 of the shops had opened. The state Liquor Control Board reported this week that total sales of recreational marijuana through Monday totaled just over $14 million, with the state receiving $3.5 million in excise taxes.

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September 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Seattle City Council to hold briefing on public pot consumption

The Seattle City Council will discuss the Seattle Police Department’s report on public consumption of marijuana next Monday at 9:30 a.m. Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and City Attorney Pete Holmes will attend, said the council in a news release. The Seattle Police report on pot tickets showed blacks were disproportionately cited for consuming pot in public….

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