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December 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Mayor Murray pushes medical-marijuana regulation to next year

Mayor Ed Murray plans to propose a structure for medical marijuana regulation in January instead of this month said Jason Kelly, a spokesman for the mayor’s office. Councilmember Nick Licata will hold a hearing on the framework of the regulatory license on Dec. 10, but won’t be discussing specific bill language, said Kelly. “Any city ordinance,…


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November 24, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Mayor releases plan for medical marijuana in Seattle

Update: Here’s the final version of this story, as it ran in the paper. Mayor Ed Murray’s office outlined its plan for the medical-marijuana industry this afternoon. The plan calls for licensing of recreational and medical-marijuana businesses and creates regulations for medical-marijuana providers. The mayor’s plan would establish a regulatory system for medical similar to that…


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November 24, 2014 at 7:57 AM

IRS advisory council says it’s OK for tax pros to help pot businesses

An advisory council to the Internal Revenue Service recommended in a report last week that the agency allow tax professionals to work with marijuana businesses in compliance with state law. The council suggested the IRS publish guidance to “promptly clarify that a tax professional will not be considered unethical, will not be targeted for audit, and will…


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November 24, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Seattle to get new billboard urging parents to take care with pot

(Photo from the consume responsibly campaign website) Drivers traveling on Highway 99 this week might notice something new in the Georgetown neighborhood: a billboard advocating adults keep pot out of kids’ hands. The Marijuana Policy Project announced in a news release Monday morning that it would launch the billboard this week as part of its consume responsibly campaign. The billboard shows…


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November 21, 2014 at 7:13 PM

State Sen. Kohl-Welles outlines bill to transform marijuana regulation

State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles plans to propose a bill that would regulate medical and recreational marijuana in a single system, allow home growing of six marijuana plants for all adults 21 and older and slash pot taxes. Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, said she is vetting the bill’s outline with stakeholders and legislators, but planned to pre-file the bill next month…


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November 21, 2014 at 4:24 PM

3rd judge rules cities and counties can ban marijuana businesses

A Benton County Superior Court judge ruled that local governments can ban recreational pot businesses, according to a news release from the state Attorney General’s Office. It’s the third ruling that supports localities preventing pot businesses from operating, and it hews closely to the informal opinion presented by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson earlier this year. “Three judges in…


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November 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

City on track for proposed medical marijuana legislation by end of year

The city of Seattle hosted a medical marijuana forum Thursday night as it prepares to change how it regulates the industry. The forum included industry activists, health-care officials, laboratory experts and other stakeholders. David Mendoza, who advises Mayor Ed Murray on marijuana issues, moderated the event and reiterated the mayor’s commitment to addressing the issue. “We will have…



November 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Pot shop could be coming to Capitol Hill, once thought forbidden territory

Many thought Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood would be a pot desert, devoid of  recreational marijuana stores, because state rules require they be at least 1,000 feet from schools, parks, and other venues frequented by kids. With those requirements, it didn’t appear Capitol Hill offered territory for pot proprietors. But one of the 21 Seattle applicants selected in the state’s lottery for retail…


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November 18, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Investment firm behind Leafly to launch ‘global brand’ with Bob Marley’s family

The Marley family. (Photo provided by Privateer Holdings)

The Marley family. (Photo provided by Privateer Holdings)

Seattle’s Privateer Holdings, an investment firm that finances pot-related businesses, will partner with the family of reggae singer Bob Marley to launch a “global” brand called Marley Natural, which will call New York City home. The company plans to hire about 25 people to begin work on developing the Marley brand and products.


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