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April 15, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Pot vending machines may be allowed in new stores

Pot vending machines may be coming to Washington’s pot stores. They’re apparently rolling into Colorado, or at least into one Colorado shop. The Denver Post reported that an “automated, age-verifying climate-controlled” vending machine is being installed inside a Colorado medical marijuana dispensary. Washington state is considering allowing such machines in its recreational pot shops, according to Randy…

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0 Comments | More in Government, Health | Topics: Initiative 502, liquor control board, marijuana

March 29, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Man on capsized boat rescued near Vashon Island

The Coast Guard rescued a man after his 14-foot sailing skiff capsized near Vashon Island Saturday morning. The man, reportedly wearing a wet suit and a lifejacket, was taken to Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal where he was met by medics. There were no reports of injuries. “His preparedness may have been the difference between a successful rescue and an unsuccessful rescue,” said a Coast…

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0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: Coast Guard, fauntleroy, rescue

March 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Arrest made in fire that killed Bremerton man

A Bremerton woman was arrested Friday on suspicion of arson and murder. The 45-year-old woman is in Kitsap County Jail for her alleged role in starting a fire last month that killed a 37-year-old man and engulfed an East Bremerton house. The suspect and victim were involved in a long-term relationship and were guests at the house, according…

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0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: arson, Bremerton, fatal fire

March 19, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Bellevue to consider ban on legal pot businesses

Bellevue, where 59 percent of the electorate voted for Initiative 502, is considering banning recreational pot businesses in light of state Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s advisory opinion that cities and counties can block the new legal industry. Bellevue’s City Council had already debated legal pot businesses last year and decided to move ahead with “emergency interim”…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Bellevue, I-502

March 13, 2014 at 7:19 AM

Legislature down to the wire on medical marijuana fixes

It’s unclear what will happen to medical marijuana as the state Legislature heads into Thursday, its last scheduled day of this session. The Senate passed Saturday sweeping new rules for the largely unregulated medical system to reconcile it with the state’s new recreational pot system. Sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center,  the bill passed with…

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0 Comments | More in Government, Health | Topics: Initiative 502, medical marijuana

March 5, 2014 at 2:49 PM

State’s first licensed pot grower faced complaints from employees

Washington’s first legal pot grower was introduced by state officials Wednesday as an entrepreneur who followed the rules and outhustled other applicants to the finish line. Sean Green, 32, now runs medical-marijuana dispensaries in Spokane and Shoreline. He plans to open a 21,000-square-foot growing and processing facility in Spokane. Officials at the state Liquor Control Board (LCB)…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Homepage | Topics: legal marijuana, liquor control board

March 4, 2014 at 12:29 PM

First pot business license will be announced Wednesday

The state Liquor Control Board – which would be renamed the Liquor and Cannabis Board under a bill making its way through the state Senate – will announce Wednesday the first person to get a legal marijuana business license in Washington state. The first licensee will be a producer-processor, according to board spokesman Brian Smith. The agency…

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0 Comments | More in Government | Topics: I-502, liquor control board, marijuana

February 25, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Mayors want cut of pot tax revenues

Almost 100 mayors from across the state are urging state lawmakers turn over a portion of legal marijuana tax revenues to cities to pay for local law enforcement and other costs arising from the new law. In a letter sent to Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders, the mayors — including Seattle’s Ed Murray —…

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0 Comments | More in Government, Health | Topics: Alison Holcomb, Initiative 502, marijuana

February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

State cuts way back on marijuana-growing licenses

Because of a glut in marijuana growing license applications, the Washington state Liquor Control Board today reduced the number of licenses issued and the amount that farmers can grow. The board limited growers to just one license, instead of the three initially allowed in rules; it also reduced the amount of growing space. The problem is that growing…

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0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: liquor control board, marijuana

February 18, 2014 at 4:28 PM

City Council considers ditching tax break for pot growers

Corrected version: A previous version of story incorrectly reported that licensed marijuana processors and retailers would be exempt from Seattle’s business and occupation tax. They would not be. Marijuana growers would not get a local tax exemption for farmers and agriculture in a proposal by Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes. In a letter to City Council members,…

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0 Comments | Topics: marijuana, Pete Holmes, Seattle City Council

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