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August 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

State Attorney General outlines argument in case that could make or break pot law

The State Attorney General’s office outlined its argument Monday in a court case that could make or break Washington’s marijuana law. In July, the city of Fife approved an outright ban on marijuana businesses. A prospective pot store is suing the city in Pierce County Superior Court and hopes to overturn the ban. The case could cement Washington’s pot law…

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August 19, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Seattle police officer who wrote 80% of pot tickets is back on regular duties

The Seattle police officer who wrote 80 percent of the department’s pot tickets during the first half of this year has returned to his regular duties, Seattle police said Monday. Officer Randy Jokela used the citations to comment on Initiative 502, the law that legalized marijuana.  On several citations, Jokela referred to Seattle’s pot-supporting City Attorney Pete Holmes…

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August 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Bothell’s Herbal Nation becomes second pot shop to open in the Seattle area

Robin Dimick from Lynnwood, center, was the first person in line at Herbal Nation in Bothell. The marijuana store opened up at noon. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Robin Dimick from Lynnwood, center, was the first person in line at Herbal Nation in Bothell. The marijuana store opened up at noon. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

They came from New Zealand, from Austin, Texas, and from right around the corner in Lynnwood.

By the time Herbal Nation opened at noon Monday, about 65 people were in a line that snaked out into the parking lot, waiting to buy legal pot. The Bothell store, located on Highway 527 between 192nd and 194th streets, became the second marijuana shop in the Seattle area to open its doors. Prices ranged from about $17 to $25 per gram of marijuana before sales tax.

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Comments | More in News | Topics: bothell, herbal nation, Lauren Downes

August 18, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Pot growers we’ve profiled finally bring their goods to market

AuricAG partner Mark Greenshields holds up West Seattle Kush from the operation's first harvest. (Photo by Steven Ringman / The Seattle Times)

AuricAG partner Mark Greenshields holds up West Seattle Kush from the operation’s first harvest. (Photo by Steven Ringman / The Seattle Times)

After many months of toil, the Sodo pot growers we’ve been following, AuricAG, finally brought their product to market. Their West Seattle Kush went flying off the shelves last week at Cannabis City. They sold 259 one-gram packages in four hours. AuricAG won’t make a huge dent in supply as far as Seattle goes, but as more growers get their operations up to speed, the state expects supply to improve and prices to drop.

Our fourth installment in the seed-to-sale series: How AuricAG plans to refine its pot-growing operation.      

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August 15, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Two pot stores are opening next week; why they matter

Two pot shops are opening next week. The first, Herbal Nation, will open in Bothell. It will be just the second retail marijuana store open in the Seattle area. The other, Green Life Cannabis, is opening up near Wenatchee, a city that has banned marijuana businesses. Herbal Nation in Bothell says it will open on Monday, August 18…

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August 13, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Seattle City Council committee pushes medical pot extension ahead

The Seattle City Council’s Finance and Culture committee pushed a deadline extension for medical pot businesses that would allow them to continue to operate after Jan. 1, 2015, the current deadline for businesses to obtain a state-issued license and comply with Seattle code. The full Council is expected to vote on the deadline-extension bill Sept. 2. Councilmember Nick Licata  proposed amending the deadline…

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August 12, 2014 at 5:54 PM

U.S. judge dismisses Washington marijuana tax case

The Associated Press SEATTLE  — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Washington state’s authority to tax marijuana. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman dismissed the case last week for lack of jurisdiction. The operator of a medical-marijuana dispensary in Bellingham, Martin Nickerson, sued because he was being simultaneously prosecuted for marijuana distribution and targeted by the state…

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July 31, 2014 at 4:04 PM

State Attorney General to join pot lawsuits against Wenatchee, Fife

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will intervene in three pot lawsuits against the cities of Wenatchee and Fife, according to a news release from his office.  Both cities have imposed laws that essentially ban recreational pot businesses legalized statewide when voters passed Initiative 502. Ferguson will enter the lawsuits “to defend Initiative 502, not to support the plaintiffs’ or…

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July 31, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Seattle cop gave out 80 percent of public pot consumption tickets

A single Seattle police officer was responsible for about 80 percent of public pot consumption citations given out so far this year. The Seattle Police Department is investigating the officer, who has been identified as Randy Jokela. On some citations, Jokela shared insight on his thoughts about Initiative 502, the state law that legalized marijuana. On several…

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July 28, 2014 at 7:52 AM

New York Times Editorial Board advocates repealing pot prohibition

Marijuana legalization advocates picked up a big endorsement this weekend as the New York Times

The New York Times endorses pot legalization.

The New York Times endorses pot legalization.

Editorial Board endorsed repealing pot prohibition. The paper becomes the largest in the country to advocate for legalization.

“It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol,” wrote the Editorial Board.

“The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.”

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