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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

April 10, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Water agency deciding on marijuana policy

By Mike Faulk Yakima Herald-Republic The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is mulling the legality of federal water contracts supporting marijuana businesses, but a spokesman for the agency said no decision has been made. “At the request of various water districts in the West, Reclamation is currently evaluating how the Controlled Substances Act applies in the context of Reclamation…

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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 14, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Legislature passes bill to allow hash sales

The Associated Press Washington state’s Legislature has passed a bill to allow sales of marijuana concentrates like hash oil at state-licensed pot shops. House Bill 2304 also tweaks Washington’s legal marijuana law to allow marijuana processors to sell to other processors. For example, a processor who specializes in making marijuana extracts could provide those to bakers who…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Politics | Topics: hash, Legislature, marijuana

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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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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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

February 15, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Saturday Memo: Banking on pot … Mammoth news … Seattle’s gentrifying neighborhoods

Weather: Rain and in the high 40s. Also, plan for wet days ahead. National Weather Service forecast Traffic: Another rough weekend on Interstate 5 through Seattle. Southbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane between the Washington State Convention Center and Interstate 90 from through 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to the state…

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0 Comments | Topics: Interstate 5, mammoth tusk, marijuana

February 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Feds’ new guidelines for pot commerce don’t put banks at ease

The federal government announced today clarified rules meant to encourage banking services for legal marijuana businesses in Washington and Colorado. But the so-called guidance from the Justice and Treasury departments likely will not provide enough assurance for banks, said a top executive with the American Banking Association (ABA). Because marijuana remains an illegal dangerous drug under federal…

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