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January 5, 2015 at 10:39 AM

City Attorney Pete Holmes: ‘Clearly commercial’ medical pot shops not legal

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes pushed the Legislature to fold medical marijuana into the state’s recreational system in a wide-ranging policy memo Monday. He also urged the City of Seattle to aggressively enforce against medical-marijuana businesses not following state law or city regulations. Some businesses aren’t operating with proper permits. Others have not paid local business…

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December 31, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Legal pot by the numbers: 99 stores licensed, $64 million in sales

After a rocky start and supply troubles, the recreational marijuana industry is slowly gaining ground in Washington state. With the new year upon us, here are some numbers that help put things in context. 8 In Seattle, just eight retail marijuana stores have been licensed by the Liquor Control Board; seven are open. The LCB allotted Seattle 21 stores….

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December 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Retiring LCB chairwoman enjoying her marijuana brownies after knee surgery

We asked Sharon Foster if retiring as chairwoman of the Liquor Control Board offered her new opportunities. She recently had knee-replacement surgery. “For marijuana use?” she replied. “My physical therapist said to me the other day, ‘Sharon, have you been using any of that alternate product?’ And I looked at her and said, ‘You know…

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December 10, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Mayor Ed Murray’s office plans crackdown on marijuana-delivery businesses

The city of Seattle plans to shut down marijuana delivery services, which became popular after the state legalized recreational marijuana. David Mendoza, a policy adviser to the mayor, said in a city council briefing Wednesday that the mayor’s office will work with Seattle police on operations against these businesses. Delivery services — which are illegal —…

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December 10, 2014 at 2:54 PM

City Council committee hearing on medical-marijuana regulation

The Seattle City Council is holding a Finance and Culture Committee hearing Wednesday and will be discussing medical-marijuana regulations. Watch here. The medical pot section of the hearing should kick off around 3:25 p.m. David Mendoza, who advises Mayor Ed Murray on marijuana issues, will be presenting to council members. Here’s the document that corresponds…

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December 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Judge: Uncle Ike’s pot store can stay open until 2015 suit is heard

A  judge ruled Friday that Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop can continue operation until the court hears a full lawsuit next November. “An injunction is an extraordinary remedy … and the burden is on the plaintiff,” said King County Superior Court Judge Jean Rietschel at the hearing. “I will not grant it.” Mount Calvary Christian Center is suing…

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December 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Mayor Murray pushes medical-marijuana regulation to next year

Mayor Ed Murray plans to propose a structure for medical marijuana regulation in January instead of this month said Jason Kelly, a spokesman for the mayor’s office. Councilmember Nick Licata will hold a hearing on the framework of the regulatory license on Dec. 10, but won’t be discussing specific bill language, said Kelly. “Any city ordinance,…

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November 24, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Mayor releases plan for medical marijuana in Seattle

Update: Here’s the final version of this story, as it ran in the paper. Mayor Ed Murray’s office outlined its plan for the medical-marijuana industry this afternoon. The plan calls for licensing of recreational and medical-marijuana businesses and creates regulations for medical-marijuana providers. The mayor’s plan would establish a regulatory system for medical similar to that…

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