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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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September 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Maureen Dowd look-alike featured in ad campaign about edibles

This image, provided by the Marijuana Policy Project, (MPP), is to appear on a billboard in Denver to promote what MPP says is the first marijuana-related ad campaign that encourages adults to consume it responsibly in states where it is legal, such as Colorado. (AP Photo/Marijuana Policy Project)

This image from the Marijuana Policy Project will appear on a billboard in Denver to promote what MPP says is the first ad campaign that encourages adults to consume marijuana responsibly in states where it is legal. (AP Photo/Marijuana Policy Project)

In Colorado, the Marijuana Policy Project advocacy group plans to put up a billboard to caution consumers on edibles, according to a report from the Associated Press. The billboard notably features a Maureen Dowd look-alike. Dowd, a New York Times editorial columnist, has become something of a cautionary tale on edibles use after she wrote about a bad experience that left her “panting and paranoid” and “curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours.”

The activists are planning posters, brochures and magazine ads as well to caution new pot users and tourists. They plan to take their messages to Washington as well.

Washington adopted stricter edibles rules after Colorado’s problems with the products received national attention, including Dowd’s column.

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September 16, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Pot sales and taxes up from same period last month

During the first 15 days of September, Washington pulled in nearly $1 million in tax revenue from marijuana sales, according to figures provided by the state’s Liquor Control Board. State-licensed pot businesses reported $3,833,072 in sales during the past 15 days. They will pay excise taxes totaling $958,468 to the state. That tax figure reflects sales throughout the supply chain,…

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September 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Plaintiff in Fife case plans to appeal this week, will petition Supreme Court

The plaintiff challenging the city of Fife’s ban on marijuana businesses plans to appeal a Pierce County Superior judge’s ruling on the case. Pierce County judge Ronald E. Culpepper last month upheld the city’s ban on marijuana businesses, saying the state law legalizing pot did not mandate cities to allow them. Mark Nelson, who represents MMH, the company…

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September 15, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Denver Post pot website is hiring a ‘sex columnist, with weed focus’

Pot, sex and Christmas lights? Hopefully The Cannabist's new columnist can explain why that fire hazard belongs in the bedroom... (screenshot of The Cannabist)

Pot, sex and Christmas lights? Hopefully The Cannabist’s new columnist can explain why that fire hazard belongs in the bedroom… (screenshot of The Cannabist)

Let’s talk about sex. And pot. And pot and sex together, says the Denver Post’s The Cannabist blog.

The pot publication is advertising a position for a “sex columnist, with weed focus.”

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