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November 21, 2014 at 7:13 PM

State Sen. Kohl-Welles outlines bill to transform marijuana regulation

State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles plans to propose a bill that would regulate medical and recreational marijuana in a single system, allow home growing of six marijuana plants for all adults 21 and older and slash pot taxes. Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, said she is vetting the bill’s outline with stakeholders and legislators, but planned to pre-file the bill next month…

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November 21, 2014 at 4:24 PM

3rd judge rules cities and counties can ban marijuana businesses

A Benton County Superior Court judge ruled that local governments can ban recreational pot businesses, according to a news release from the state Attorney General’s Office. It’s the third ruling that supports localities preventing pot businesses from operating, and it hews closely to the informal opinion presented by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson earlier this year. “Three judges in…

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November 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

City on track for proposed medical marijuana legislation by end of year

The city of Seattle hosted a medical marijuana forum Thursday night as it prepares to change how it regulates the industry. The forum included industry activists, health-care officials, laboratory experts and other stakeholders. David Mendoza, who advises Mayor Ed Murray on marijuana issues, moderated the event and reiterated the mayor’s commitment to addressing the issue. “We will have…

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November 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Pot shop could be coming to Capitol Hill, once thought forbidden territory

Many thought Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood would be a pot desert, devoid of  recreational marijuana stores, because state rules require they be at least 1,000 feet from schools, parks, and other venues frequented by kids. With those requirements, it didn’t appear Capitol Hill offered territory for pot proprietors. But one of the 21 Seattle applicants selected in the state’s lottery for retail…

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Comments | More in News | Topics: ben livingston, sam burke, samuel burke

November 18, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Investment firm behind Leafly to launch ‘global brand’ with Bob Marley’s family

The Marley family. (Photo provided by Privateer Holdings)

The Marley family. (Photo provided by Privateer Holdings)

Seattle’s Privateer Holdings, an investment firm that finances pot-related businesses, will partner with the family of reggae singer Bob Marley to launch a “global” brand called Marley Natural, which will call New York City home. The company plans to hire about 25 people to begin work on developing the Marley brand and products.

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November 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Sharon Foster, Chris Marr to leave Liquor Control Board

The Liquor Control Board will have two new faces next year as current LCB members depart. Chris Marr, a former state senator from Spokane, said he’ll leave the board Jan. 1 to become a lobbyist for GroupHealth. “I like being involved in juicy (policy) areas,” he said. Sharon Foster, who’s been on the board for six years, said she won’t…

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November 7, 2014 at 4:57 PM

In Seattle, the medical-marijuana industry is proliferating, but lacks oversight

Medical-marijuana businesses operate in a legally gray, loosely regulated climate. But Seattle’s approach with the industry could change soon. The mayor’s office plans to introduce a plan for licensing marijuana businesses. Some quick facts from the story: Just 45 of 300 medical-marijuana businesses on file with the city paid local business and occupation taxes in 2013, according…

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Comments | More in News | Topics: department of planning and development, john johnson, medical marijuana

November 5, 2014 at 11:49 AM

California next for pot proponents emboldened by election victories

Gene Johnson / The Associated Press SEATTLE — Marijuana advocates, fresh off victories for legal recreational pot in Oregon, Alaska and the nation’s capital, are already preparing for their next target, and it’s a big one: California. They are aiming to ask voters in the nation’s largest state to legalize marijuana for recreational use in 2016, hoping…

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November 4, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Momentum for pot legalization advocates: Oregon passes, leading in Alaska, D.C. gives strong yes

Legalization advocates across the country cheered election results as pro-pot ballot measures won voters’ favor. Voters made Oregon the third state to approve the legalization of recreational pot. The Oregonian reports nearly 54 percent of voters were approving Measure 91 in initial returns. In Alaska, about 54 percent of voters were in favor of Ballot Measure 2,…

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