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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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February 20, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Lake Desire homicide victim may have interrupted burglary

The man who was killed Monday night near Renton has been identified as Ryan Prince, 27. Prince died of gunshot wounds in a home near Lake Desire, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. Sheriff’s deputies responded around 10:40 p.m. to a report that Prince was not breathing in a house in the 17800…

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December 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Officials want to keep home grows for medical marijuana patients

The state Liquor Control Board recommended that home growing still be allowed for medical-marijuana patients, reversing an earlier proposal that inflamed activists and patients.

Board members, who are charged with implementing the state’s new recreational pot system, want to allow patients or designated caregivers to grow up to six plants at a time — three flowering and three non-flowering.

But some say that’s not enough. Ryan Day, who wants to grow a non-psychoactive strain for his son with severe epilepsy, said he may need at least double the six plants for a reliable supply.

In October, staff from the Liquor Control Board (LCB) and two other state agencies called for an end to medical home growing. That proposal drew more negative comments than any other by the three agencies.

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December 16, 2013 at 4:29 PM

King County blocks new medical-marijuana shops

The Metropolitan King County Council today approved a one-year moratorium on new medical-marijuana dispensaries and gardens in the unincorporated areas of the county. In a unanimous vote, the council adopted the emergency legislation proposed by County Executive Dow Constantine. The bill went through an expedited process and takes effect immediately. Constantine believed the normal process might have alerted…

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December 11, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Liquor Board says keep home grows for medical marijuana

Washington state Liquor Control Board members signaled today they will recommend to lawmakers that medical-marijuana patients be allowed to continue growing pot in their homes.

Board members would allow qualified patients, or designated providers, to grow up to six plants, three flowering and three non-flowering. A formal recommendation, expected at next week’s board meeting, would reverse a proposal by staff at three state departments — Health, Revenue and the Liquor Control Board (LCB) – to outlaw home growing.

That proposal was the most controversial of those made by the staff. In public comments about the proposals, keeping home grows was the most common request, made by 362 people. Advocates said home growing would provide patients with more affordable marijuana and rare strains, believed to have therapeutic qualities, that they might not find in dispensaries or new recreational retail stores.

“We’re all in agreement on home grows,” said Sharon Foster, chair of the three-member board. Board members today discussed changes they’d like to see to staff proposals, but did not take formal action.

That will come next week, when members vote on recommendations due to the Legislature by Jan. 1. The hope is that lawmakers will reconcile the heavily taxed and regulated recreational system with the largely unregulated and untaxed medical system. If that is not done, state consultants have predicted the medical system would siphon customers from the new recreational system, and deter it from its goal of undercutting the illicit market.

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November 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Medical marijuana hearing scheduled for Nov. 13

The Washington state Liquor Control Board announced  it will hold a hearing on Nov. 13 to take public testimony on proposed changes to the state’s medical marijuana system. The hearing is scheduled for the Worthington Center at Saint Martin’s University , 5300 Pacific Ave., Lacey, WA 98503. The draft recommendations on which the Board will take comment cover  eight categories…

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October 15, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Suspect leads SPD on wild chase involving 2 crashes, martial arts, a pot grow and burglary

We wouldn’t believe this report if it weren’t posted to the official Seattle police website. A 21-year-old led police on a chase in South Seattle during which he wrecked two vehicles (aside from his own), fought a martial-arts instructor and was arrested after he was found hiding in a medical-marijuana grow. It started off simply…

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June 19, 2013 at 5:34 PM

‘Godmother’ of medical pot seeks to fix law

Here’s something that should soothe medical-marijuana patients: State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, said she plans to fix medical-marijuana laws in the Legislature next year. Many patients are nervous about the fate of the largely unregulated, lightly taxed medical system when the state’s new recreational pot stores open next year. State officials have said they see medical pot  More

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June 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM

State busts naturopath for medical pot authorizations

The state Department of Health has suspended the license of another naturopathic physician for improperly writing medical marijuana authorizations. The physician, Yuel Luncheon Boyce, agreed to a two-year suspension and must pay a $5,000 fine before reinstatement. If reinstated, Boyce would be prohibited from authorizing medical marijuana, according to state health officials. Boyce examined three patients within…

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January 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Sunday Memo: Gregoire’s legacy … the lessons in Colorado’s pot rules … Seahawks

Good morning. Weather: It’s nice now, but rain is expected later. Perfect couch weather — for reading the paper or watching the Seahawks this afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s. The forecast. What will Gov. Gregoire’s legacy be? With two weeks left in her second term, Gov. Chris Gregoire may be remembered more for presiding over…

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