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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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June 27, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Who can consume legal pot in Washington

A sign posted at a growing operation in Sodo. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

A sign posted at a growing operation in Sodo. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Let’s be clear: Washington voters legalized weed for adults, not minors. Minors can’t legally possess pot. Under state law, it remains a felony to sell to minors or furnish minors.  Even the most prominent of the technically illegal delivery services that have sprung up in Seattle won’t serve minors.  Keeping pot away from minors is one of the eight priorities laid down by the U.S. Department of Justice in allowing Colorado and Washington to proceed with their legal pot experiments.

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June 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

What baby boomers need to know about pot

Zoe Picard, of New Hampshire, stirs ingredients for lemon bars made with pot butter under the watchful eye of Mary White during a cooking demo. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Zoe Picard, of New Hampshire, stirs ingredients for lemon bars made with pot butter under the watchful eye of Mary White during a cooking demo. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

So you’re a baby boomer – between 50 and 68 years old. Your generation made “grass” a part of counterculture. Now, you’re interested in this new legal pot. But you hear it’s really strong. And it’s green, not gold or brown. And those edibles sound good because they don’t make you cough. But Maureen Dowd ate one candy bar in her Colorado hotel room and got so high she lay “panting and paranoid” for eight hours. How do I avoid the Maureen Dowd experience?

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June 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM

What you should know about legal pot stores in Washington

The state hopes parking-lot pot transactions with sketchy dealers die out in favor of trips to your state-regulated pot shop. Here’s what you need to know about stores: Where are stores located? The short answer: The Liquor Control Board (LCB) has licensed 24 stores so far. Here are their locations: The long answer: We know where 24 stores are…

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