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Seattle Times coverage of pot policy, culture and lifestyle.

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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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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 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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August 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Prosser may put pot businesses on back burner

By Ross Courtney / Yakima Herald-Republic PROSSER — The city that became the Yakima Valley’s first home to a pot shop has now decided to temporarily put the brakes on any more marijuana. At a special meeting Tuesday night, the Prosser City Council agreed to a moratorium on any additional marijuana businesses. The council did not take…

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August 6, 2014 at 5:36 PM

First pot edibles, vape pens went on sale Wednesday night

Just past 8 am.., Cale Holdsworth, from Kansas, raises his arms with the first purchase of legal pot at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, Wash.

Washington’s first retail pot edibles are available for purchase. Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, among the state’s first shops to open, was planning to start selling three different kinds of edibles late Wednesday, said shop investor John Evich. “The public wants their edibles,” he said. “It seems like every third person is hounding us, ‘Where…

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August 4, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Island pot growers hopeful they won’t face transportation hassles

Pot growers on places like Vashon and San Juan Island without road access to other areas of the state are ready to get going. But neither the Coast Guard nor the FAA  have given the okay to transport it across the water, and Washington State Ferries says it doesn’t want pot on its boats. It appears unlikely growers…

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