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July 25, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Your questions on legal pot in Washington answered

Mark Boyer becoming the first man in Spokane to purchase pot from a retail shop. (Photo by Dan Pelle, The Spokesman-Review / Associated Press)

Mark Boyer becoming the first man in Spokane to purchase pot from a retail shop. (Photo by Dan Pelle, The Spokesman-Review / Associated Press)

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at The Evergreen. The first pot stores opened up, City Attorney Pete Holmes brought weed to work and Spokane’s first pot buyer got fired or fired himself, depending on whom you ask.

But we promised to answer as many questions as we could from readers. Better late than never. 

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July 24, 2014 at 2:52 PM

City sues Seattle’s first pot grower over building permit problems

The city of Seattle is suing Seattle’s first legal, recreational pot grower, Sea of Green Farms, claiming the company altered its building without a proper permit and is continuing to operate outside of the city’s building code. The city’s complaint says Sea of Green and the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) regularly communicated about permits and inspections from…

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Comments | Topics: pete holmes, Sea of Green

July 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Feds charge seven people in connection with hash-oil explosions

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, right, explains the dangers of hash oil processing during a press conference announcing charges against seven people.  (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, right, explains the dangers of hash oil processing during a press conference announcing charges against seven people.
(Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Federal and state authorities have filed criminal charges against seven people in connection with a series of suspected hash-oil explosions and fires, including one that killed a former Bellevue mayor last year. 

Crime reporterJennifer Sullivan has details on today’s charges.

Under the state system, only licensed pot processors can make hash oil for sale. Amateur chemists often try at home, but without proper lab equipment, the process can be quite dangerous. Here is a bit of background on the problem.

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July 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM

MOHAI receives grandmother’s donation of first legal pot sold in Seattle

The grandmother who bought Seattle’s first legal recreational pot donated some of it to MOHAI this morning, along with clothes she wore that day and more. Deborah Greene, 65, bought eight grams of marijuana from Sodo’s Cannabis City on July 8. Today, she gave MOHAI two grams of the Sweet Lafayette strain, which cost her $40.

HISTORIC POT LO - SEATTLE - 7/22/2014

Leonard Garfield, the Executive Director of Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), holds two grams of Deb Greene’s historic Sweet Lafayette strain of pot, part of Seattle’s first legal pot purchase. Greene also donated the book she read and the clothes she wore while waiting in line at Seattle’s Cannabis City. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

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July 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM

10 days of pot sales earn state more than $318,000 in excise taxes

Washington state will add more than $318,000 to its coffers as a result of 10 days of legal retail marijuana sales, according to figures provided by the state’s Liquor Control Board. That number reflects $1.27 million in sales throughout the supply chain, including those from suppliers to retailers, but does not account for sales tax or business and…

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Comments | More in News | Topics: cannabis city, excise taxes, Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council

July 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM

City Attorney Pete Holmes apologizes for taking pot to work

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes leaving Cannabis City with his purchase. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes leaving Cannabis City with his purchase. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

City Attorney Pete Holmes has apologized for bringing marijuana to his “drug-free workplace,” the city of Seattle.

“When I brought the unopened marijuana to city offices — trying to keep up with a busy schedule — I nonetheless violated the city’s rules,” Holmes said in a news release this afternoon. “I apologize to my employees, all city employees and to the public.”

In the news release, Holmes said he “volunteered to donate $3,000 to the Downtown Emergency Service Center” as penance.

Holmes purchased marijuana at Cannabis City Tuesday, the first day pot could be sold at legal retail stores.

“Today marijuana sales became legal,” he told the eager crowd of future pot purchasers and media Tuesday. “I’m here to personally exercise that new freedom.”

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July 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Two more pot shops opened today

Two more retail marijuana stores opened today, bringing the state’s total to nine. New Vansterdam in Vancouver, Washington opened its doors at 8 a.m., said Brian Budz, the store’s owner. Budz said his 6,000-square-foot store has a “farm-to-market” feel. Although supply shortages have forced some stores such as Seattle’s Cannabis City to restrict hours or even…

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July 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

First three days of marijuana sales pull in more than $148,000 in excise taxes

With just a handful of stores opened and supply short, the state will still pull in $148,256 of excise taxes from sales on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, according to figures provided by the Liquor Control Board. That number reflects sales throughout the supply chain, including those from suppliers to retailers but does not account for sales tax or business and occupation…

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July 10, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Pot supply is low and stores can’t meet demand

Recreational pot is packaged at Sea of Green Farms in Seattle. Producers haven’t had big harvests yet. (Photo by Ted S. Warren / The Seattle Times)

Recreational pot is packaged at Sea of Green Farms in Seattle. Producers haven’t had big harvests yet. (Photo by Ted S. Warren / The Seattle Times)

“No matter how you cut it, there’s just not enough product to go around to all the stores opening,” said Chad Champagne, owner of 420 Carpenter in Lacey. “If I could get 1,000 pounds I would get it.”

Some quick facts from the story:

  • Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham opened with more than 20 pounds of marijuana. By Wednesday afternoon, it only had 7 or 8 pounds.
  • A Spokane store owner said he’s been in talks with suppliers, who have quoted prices as high as $5,000 per pound
  • Nine Point Growth Industries, one of the state’s first licensed growers, is shipping the last of its 30 pounds of pot. It’s next batch won’t be ready until July 25.

Andy Mannix has the story.

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