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July 28, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Senators ask White House for consistent pot guidelines

U.S. senators from Washington and Colorado have asked the White House to reconcile conflicting guidelines from federal agencies on how they intend to enforce federal marijuana laws in states where recreational pot is legal. In a letter Monday to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the lawmakers said recent…

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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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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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July 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Blacks disproportionately fined for public pot use

Blacks were disproportionately cited by Seattle police for consuming pot in public in the first six months of 2014. In a report required by the City Council, the police department said officers wrote 82 tickets for public pot consumption in the first half of the year, with 37 percent of those going to to black people. Blacks account for…

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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 21, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Grandmother who bought Seattle’s first legal pot is donating some to MOHAI

The grandmother who bought Seattle’s first legal pot is donating some of that herb, along with clothes she wore that day, and more, to MOHAI. That’s the Museum of History and Industry, the 103-year old Seattle institution with 4 million artifacts. MOHAI wants the mementos from Greene, 65, because they showcase “one more way Washington, for better…

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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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July 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Winterlife pot delivery goes all medical

In Wallingford, a driver named Wombat sells cannabis product to a woman named Shannon, Mon., Jan. 27, 2014, in Seattle. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

In Wallingford, a driver named Wombat sells cannabis product to a woman named Shannon, Mon., Jan. 27, 2014, in Seattle. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Winterlife, Seattle’s most prominent illegal pot delivery service, will no longer serve customers who are not qualified medical-marijuana patients.

Winterlife’s phone message today said that “due to current legislation” the company is “undergoing changes to protect customers.” When the company, closed today and Friday, reopens Saturday it will only deliver to customers with medical-marijuana authorizations, according to its message.

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