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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 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 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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July 16, 2014 at 10:17 PM

State acts to get pot edibles closer to store shelves

Washington’s new pot stores are a step closer to having edibles on the shelves after the state Liquor Control Board Wednesday laid out the final regulatory step for processors to get their products approved. There won’t be anything that needs to be refrigerated. No gummy bears or lollipops. But cookies and brownies are okay. Times reporter Evan Bush…

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July 15, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Wenatchee doesn’t want to be test case for state-feds pot conflict

The city of Wenatchee stepped out of a legal bull’s-eye Monday. City officials filed a response to a lawsuit in Chelan County Superior Court that no longer renders them a target for the ACLU, which considered making Wenatchee a battleground to resolve the conflict between state law, which has legalized weed, and federal law, which still…

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July 11, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Pot’s legal — but you should probably ask your boss

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes’ apology Friday for taking his newly bought bag of weed to work highlights the complicated relationship between state law and workplace policies pertaining to marijuana in Washington. Sure, you can walk into a store, buy a bag of weed and go home and light up in full compliance of state law. But…

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July 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM

City Attorney Pete Holmes apologizes for taking pot to work

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes leaving Cannabis City with his purchase. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes leaving Cannabis City with his purchase. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

City Attorney Pete Holmes has apologized for bringing marijuana to his “drug-free workplace,” the city of Seattle.

“When I brought the unopened marijuana to city offices — trying to keep up with a busy schedule — I nonetheless violated the city’s rules,” Holmes said in a news release this afternoon. “I apologize to my employees, all city employees and to the public.”

In the news release, Holmes said he “volunteered to donate $3,000 to the Downtown Emergency Service Center” as penance.

Holmes purchased marijuana at Cannabis City Tuesday, the first day pot could be sold at legal retail stores.

“Today marijuana sales became legal,” he told the eager crowd of future pot purchasers and media Tuesday. “I’m here to personally exercise that new freedom.”

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July 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Two more pot shops opened today

Two more retail marijuana stores opened today, bringing the state’s total to nine. New Vansterdam in Vancouver, Washington opened its doors at 8 a.m., said Brian Budz, the store’s owner. Budz said his 6,000-square-foot store has a “farm-to-market” feel. Although supply shortages have forced some stores such as Seattle’s Cannabis City to restrict hours or even…

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July 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Taiwanese animation firm’s take on our legalized pot: Really fat, stoned Seattleites

Really fat Seattleites getting the munchies after smoking pot, and then barging into a McDonald’s to get a wagon full of burgers. That is how that Taiwanese digital animation firm is portraying the first days of Washington State’s legalization of marijuana. You might remember Next Media Animation from its viral 2009 cartoon of Tiger Woods getting…

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July 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

First three days of marijuana sales pull in more than $148,000 in excise taxes

With just a handful of stores opened and supply short, the state will still pull in $148,256 of excise taxes from sales on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, according to figures provided by the Liquor Control Board. That number reflects sales throughout the supply chain, including those from suppliers to retailers but does not account for sales tax or business and occupation…

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