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August 22, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Your pot questions answered: Do I need an ID? Price controls? What’s Olympia’s plan?

We’re about a month and a half into marijuana sales, but readers still have plenty of questions about pot. Here’s our take on few: Q: I want to know how oil availability will work in Washington? Will companies like Open Vape or Ionic be able to sell pre-filled oil in stores now? Or does the pot used…

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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 1, 2014 at 9:06 AM

What else do you want to know about legal pot in Washington?

Washington and Colorado are trying something new by legalizing pot. We’re sure there will be questions about the process and marijuana in general. Ask us your questions; we’ll do some reporting and feature the answers in our blog. [do action=”custom_iframe” url=”https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WTXzC_zZyHgl4gqRUxcNztfnJrXBsNkBViyKlJ6jHfo/viewform?embedded=true” width=”620″ height=”520″/]

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June 27, 2014 at 6:16 PM

What happens to medical marijuana?

Richard Montoure holds a bud of "Raspberry kush" that he sells from his marijuana dispensary at his warehouse in Port of Willapa Harbor in the town of Raymond.  (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Richard Montoure holds a bud of “Raspberry kush” that he sells from his marijuana dispensary at his warehouse in Port of Willapa Harbor in the town of Raymond. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

 

There are compelling reasons for state officials to clamp down on our wildly unregulated medical-marijuana system. The chief one is that when strictly regulated, stiffly taxed recreational pot stores open, the medical dispensaries will be rival dealers, able to undercut the new stores in prices. They can also sell to minors, while recreational stores can’t.

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June 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM

What are the potential harms of marijuana?

President Reagan once said he had proof that smoking one joint is “equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast.” President Obama, a prodigious toker in high school and graduate of Harvard Law School, offers strong evidence to the contrary. Leading cancer researcher Dr. Jerome Groopman has noted that debates about marijuana…

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June 27, 2014 at 3:53 PM

The basics of pot today

Scissors used to trip a marijuana plant. (Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times)

Scissors used to trim a marijuana plant. (Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times)

710, 420, THC, CBD, 502, LCB: The new world of legal pot in Washington state has its fair share of acronyms, numbers, policy wonkishness and funny-sounding scientific names. Here’s a basic (jargon free!) look at the world of pot today.

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June 27, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Where you can consume pot legally in Washington

Darwin Bison-Manning, right, smokes a cannabis joint on the beach front during the 22nd annual Hempfest in Seattle, on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. Under the law, smoking in the general view of the public is not allowed. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

Darwin Bison-Manning, right, smokes marijuana on the beach during the 22nd annual Hempfest event in Seattle, on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. Under the law, smoking in the general view of the public is not allowed. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

Imagine yourself lounging on Alki beach, joint in hand, relaxing to the rhythmic advance and retreat of the waves. Now unimagine that, because public consumption isn’t allowed and it’ll cost you a $27 fine.

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