Closing a tax loophole Wednesday, the state Liquor Control Board prohibited conditional sales, or bundling of marijuana with paraphernalia. Unlike pot, which is subject to a steep state excise taxes, there are no special considerations for paraphernalia. By tying its sale to that of marijuana, pot retailers were able to attribute more overall sales to things like pipes and…More
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We asked Sharon Foster if retiring as chairwoman of the Liquor Control Board offered her new opportunities. She recently had knee-replacement surgery. “For marijuana use?” she replied. “My physical therapist said to me the other day, ‘Sharon, have you been using any of that alternate product?’ And I looked at her and said, ‘You know…More
A judge ruled Friday that Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop can continue operation until the court hears a full lawsuit next November. “An injunction is an extraordinary remedy … and the burden is on the plaintiff,” said King County Superior Court Judge Jean Rietschel at the hearing. “I will not grant it.” Mount Calvary Christian Center is suing…More
The Liquor Control Board will have two new faces next year as current LCB members depart. Chris Marr, a former state senator from Spokane, said he’ll leave the board Jan. 1 to become a lobbyist for GroupHealth. “I like being involved in juicy (policy) areas,” he said. Sharon Foster, who’s been on the board for six years, said she won’t…More
Correction: An original copy of this blog contained an incorrect address for Ocean Greens. Two more state-licensed marijuana stores are scheduled to open soon in Seattle, but their launches could be muted by supply issues that continue to dog the local retail marijuana industry. The owner of Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, Ian Eisenberg, said his company will start serving…More
Edibles are slowly trickling to state-licensed store shelves. The state is handling pot-infused drinks and sweets with an extra serving of caution. Here’s what Washington learned from Colorado and what products have made been approved.More
For marijuana businesses, Wednesday was the first deadline to pay their tax obligations to the Liquor Control Board. Pot businesses owed the state about $750,000 for July excise taxes, according to Liquor Control Board spokesman Brian Smith. Over the past several days, many have come to the Liquor Control Board’s offices to settle up. With limited access to banking services,…More
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.More
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.More
You’ve probably seen the numbers out of Colorado that suggest the state is raking in the dough from pot sales. How will that play out in Washington? Will Washington be bankrolling schools or building roads with some kush cash?More