Marijuana Policy Toolkit

Marijuana Policy Education Toolkit

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Updated: February 27, 2014

Initiative 502

Initiative 502: full text of marijuana legalization initiative

Washington Legislature & I-502

NEW!  2014 Session

HB 1597 – Making marijuana law technical corrections

HB 2144 - Concerning the establishment of a dedicated local jurisdiction marijuana fund and the distribution of a specified percentage of marijuana excise tax revenue to local jurisdictions

HB 2149 – Concerning medical marijuana

HB 2198 – Providing tax relief to qualifying patients for purchases of marijuana for medical use (died on House floor, never called for a vote)

HB 2304 – Concerning marijuana processing and retail licenses (died on House floor, never called for a vote)

HB 2394 – Concerning state liquor control board enforcement officers

HB 2409 – Delaying the use of existing tax preferences by the marijuana industry to ensure a regulated and safe transition to the controlled and legal marijuana market in Washington (died on House floor, never called for a vote)

HB 2706 - Ensuring safe, responsible, and legal acquisition of marijuana by adults

HB 2772 – Distributing marijuana tax revenues to local governments for law enforcement and fire protection services and to the department of transportation for the repair and maintenance of state ferries, roads, an bridges

SB 5887 – Merging the medical marijuana system with the recreational marijuana system

SB 5966 – Concerning the possession or use of alcohol, cannabis products, and controlled substances in sentencing provisions

SB 6158 – Encouraging safe and responsible sales of marijuana by authorizing the use of minors in compliance checks and addressing identification and manufacturing (died in Senate Rules Committee)

SB 6160 – Concerning marijuana processing and retail licenses (died in Senate Rules Committee)

SB 6178 – Aligning the medical marijuana system with the recreational marijuana system

SB 6481 – Funding recovery programs for persons with mental illness and chemical dependency disorders

SB 6542 – Establishing the state cannabis industry coordinating committee

SJM 8000 – Requesting that the DEA reclassify medical marijuana as a Schedule II drug

2013 Session

Washington State House Bill 2056 - concerning the definition of THC concentration in I-502

Washington State House Bill 2000

February 12, 2013 letter from Governor Inslee to Attorney General Holder

Washington State House Public Safety Committee work session on marijuana and impaired driving, February 6, 2013

Letter to Liquor Control Board from ACLU in response to Rep. Hurst, February 7, 2013

Washington State Senate Health Care Committee work session on I-502 and medical marijuana, February 4, 2013

Letter to Liquor Control Board from Representative Hurst, January 22, 2103

Letter to Liquor Control Board from three State Representatives, January 7, 2013

Washington State Liquor Control Board Implementation of I-502

Washington State Liquor Control Board information about implementing Initiative 502

 List of marijuana business license applications

WSLCB Marijuana Enforcement Operations Priorities

Liquor Control Board Emergency Rule regarding how the 1000 foot buffer will be measured for marijuana licenses, October 21, 2013

Liquor Control Board Notice to Stakeholders, Marijuana consumption in liquor license premises, October 30, 2013

Liquor Control Board draft recommendations re: regulating medical marijuana, October 21, 2013

Liquor Control Board Adopted Rules for the implementation of I-502

Liquor Control Board Proposed Rules

Liquor Control Board Bill Requests regarding I-502 implementation, October 16, 2013

Liquor Control Board Statement following Department of Justice Guidance Memo on Marijuana, August 29, 2013

Liquor Control Board announces BOTEC Analysis Corporation as marijuana consultant 

 Medical Marijuana

Washington State Senate Bill 5887 – Concerning the medical use of cannabis

Washington State Department of Health medical marijuana website

 Washington State Medical Marijuana Law

RMHITDA – Colorado’s “Medical” Marijuana: Are regulations working or is “medical” marijuana being diverted?, August 2012

Information from WASAVP

WASAVP comments to Liquor Control Board re: medical marijuana (November 13, 2013)

Marijuana Policy Implications, presentation given by WASAVP President during University of Washington Marijuana Symposium, November 13, 2013

WASAVP Action Alert: Participation needed this week at LCB hearings (August 5, 2013)

WASAVP Action Alert: Stop Big Marijuana (July 29, 2013)

WASAVP letter to Liquor Control Board re: proposed rules (July 29, 2013)

WASAVP prevention policy Education Alert (July 26, 2013)

WASAVP letter to the Liquor Control Board re: initial draft rules (June 2013)

Sample letter to United States Department of Justice

WASAVP marijuana policy recommendations: Provisions to Promote Healthy Children and Communities (Updated February 4, 2013)

WASAVP Action Alert, January 14, 2013: Liquor Control Board Seeks Community Input

WASAVP press release, September 6, 2012: WASAVP Corrects Misperceptions About Marijuana Legalization

WASAVP press release, September 6, 2012: WASAVP Opposes Marijuana Legalization

WASAVP Blog

The Addiction Newsletter: Washington State’s marijuana legalization law: A dialogue between a proponent and an opponent (Spring 2013)

Information from Project SAM

Project SAM: Smart Approaches to Marijuana

In the news: Watchdog group to weigh effect on teens of legalized pot for adults (July 11, 2013)

Statement about new DOJ “trust but verify” approach to CO and WA marijuana legalization, August 29, 2013

Letter to United States Attorney General re: state laws legalizing marijuana, September 4, 2013

Testimony from Kevin Sabet, United States Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, “Conflict Between State and Federal Laws”, September 10, 2013

Ill effects of marijuana, New York Times, October 27, 2013

 

Information from Partner Organizations 

WA Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery

Video from Mercer Island Communities That Care Coalition: Marijuana & Teens After I-502Initiative 502 Implementation Planning

Washington State 2012 Marijuana Situation Report, NWHIDTA

NWHIDTA Facts About Marijuana

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn About Marijuana

Information from Local Governments

Association of Washington Cities:

City of Anacortes moratorium on marijuana businesses, September 2013

City of Bainbridge Island marijuana zoning and land use maps

City of Bellevue Council Roundup: Zoning regulations related to marijuana, July 17, 2013

City of Bellingham moratorium on marijuana businesses, July 1, 2013

City of Burien interim zoning regulations on marijuana businesses, August 20, 2013

Clark County moratorium on collective gardens, July 2013

City of East Wenatchee moratorium on marijuana businesses, August 2013

City of Everett Proposed interim zoning regulations for marijuana businesses, August 2013

Island County proposed moratorium on marijuana businesses, October 2013

City of Issaquah, moratorium on establishment of recreational marijuana facilities, September 3, 2013

King County

City of Kirkland marijuana business zoning

Longview draft ordinance re: marijuana businesses

City of Mercer Island Marijuana Retail Location Analysis map

City of Millwood moratorium on  marijuana businesses, August 2013

City of Milton zoning regulations regarding marijuana businesses

City of Monroe zoning regulations regarding marijuana businesses

City of Olympia moratorium on marijuana businesses, May 7, 2013

Pierce County ordinance placing a six-month moratorium on marijuana businesses

City of Port Townsend proposed moratorium on marijuana businesses, August 5, 2013

City of Puyallup moratorium on marijuana businesses, August 2013

City of Redmond interim land use regulations regarding marijuana businesses

City of Richland ordinance prohibiting land uses that conflict with federal law

City of Seattle

City of Spokane

City of Tacoma, I-502 Recreational Cannabis Legislation Discussion, July 16, 2013

Thurston County Public Health & Social Services, Marijuana Use and Youth

City of Toppenish moratorium on marijuana businesses, September 2013

City of University Place moratorium on marijuana businesses, May 6, 2013

City of Vancouver moratorium and interim zoning controls, September 23, 2013

County Executives (King, Pierce,Snohomish) letter to Liquor Control Board re: preventing youth access, July 31, 2013

Municipal Research & Service Center

 Information from Statewide Organizations

Washington State Toxicologist, Preliminary analysis of suspected impaired driving cases received at the WA Toxicology Laboratory, November 5, 2013

Washington State Institute for Public Policy, Initiative 502 Cost-Benefit Analysis

Washington Division of Behavioral Health & Recovery, Community Forums on the Implementation of I-502, October 2013

ACLU comments regarding Liquor Control Board Initial Draft Rules, June 10, 2013

  • In collaboration with a group of prevention, intervention, treatment, and child advocacy groups
  • In collaboration with a group of organizations representing minority communities

 Trainings & Seminars

Video and slides from: Symposium on Legal Marijuana in Washington, University of Washington, November 13, 2013

I-502 State and Federal Implications, October 1, 2013, Tacoma, National Cannabis Industry Association

Symposium on Legal Marijuana in Washington: Shaping a Research Agenda, November 13, 2013, University of Washington

The Marijuana Industry (webinar), Association of Washington Cities, August 22, 2013

WASAVP Marijuana Symposium: What works?  July 2013

National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, Health Risks Associated with Marijuana Grow Homes webinar, April 24, 2013

I-502 Implications for Cannabis in Washington State seminar, April 26, 2013

Washington State Bar Association, Washington’s New Marijuana Regulation Law – Assess Its Impact; Advise Your Clients seminar, April 10, 2013

Information from National & Federal  Organizations

United States Department of Justice

Law enforcement leaders letter to Attorney General Holder re: Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement, August 30, 2013

Letter to Attorney General Holder from CADCA Chariman and CEO Arthur T. Dean, September 6, 2013

The Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice, Marijuana: A Human Experiment Without Informed Consent

Institute for Behavior and Health letter regarding DUI-related THC blood limits, February 12, 2013

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Marijuana Initiative webpage

National Association of Drug Court Professionals: The Facts On Marijuana

State marijuana legalization initiatives: Implications for federal law enforcement, Congressional Research Service, September 2013

 Information from Health Organizations

American Medical Association updated statement about drug policy, including marijuana legalization, November 2013

Preventing unintentional injestion of marijuana by children: A health impact assessment of packaging regulations in retail marijuana establishments in Colorado, August 2013

 Effects of marijuana policy on children and adolescents, Journal of the American Medical Association – Pediatrics, May 27, 2013

Anticipated medical effects on children from legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington State, Journal of the American Medical Association – Pediatrics, May 27, 2013

Pediatric marijuana exposure in a medical marijuana state, Journal of the American Medical Association – Pediatrics, May 27, 2013

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Marijuana legalization: What parents can say to their children

Drug & Alcohol Dependence journal, How much for a dime bag? An exploration of youth drug markets (September 2006)

International Narcotics Control Board, Annual Report 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics, Marijuana Legalization: Potential Impact on Youth

American Society of Addiction Medicine: White Paper on State-Level Proposals to Legalize Marijuana

NIDA informational booklet about the effects of marijuana: Marijuana: Select Effects on Brain, Body and Behavior.

Medical Marijuana Policy Statement, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Medical Marijuana is Bad For Youth, The Forum (page 7), Massachusetts Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics

 Policy Links

U.S. could allow state-approved marijuana commerce in return for help from states, UCLA, August 22, 2012

RAND Drug Policy Research Center

Organization of American States, Scenarios for the Drug Problem in the Americas, 2013-2025

Brookings Institute, Marijuana Policy and Presidential Leadership: How to Avoid a Federal-State Train Wreck

CATO Institute, On the Limits of Federal Supremacy: When States Relax (or Abandon) Marijuana Bans

Congressional Research Service, Medical Marijuana: The Supremacy Clause, Federalism, and the Interplay Between State and Federal Laws

National Prevention Strategy

Community Preventive Services Task Force: Guide to Community Preventive Services

Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center, publications and research about enforcing minor in possession laws

Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth

Alcohol Policy Information System

 Advocacy Resources

Praxis Project: Advocating for Better Policies

WA Department of Health: Policymaker Outreach Toolkit

CADCA: Environmental Prevention: Moving Policy Forward in Your Community

CADCA: Lobbying and Advocacy: What’s the Difference

Civic Engagement Project: Advocacy 101

CADCA Strategizer 31: Guidelines for Advocacy

 Data Sources

Before the Grand Opening, Measuring Washington State’s Marijuana Market in the Last Year Before Legalized Commercial Sales, RAND Drug Policy Research Center, December 2013

Sixty percent of 12th graders do not view regular marijuana use as harmful, National Institutes of Health 2013 Monitoring the Future Survey

Nearly one-fifth of underage drinkers report current use of marijuana with alcohol, CESAR FAX, July 22, 2013

Marijuana Attitudes Survey, July 16, 2013

Approximately two-thirds of teens who already use marijuana report legalizing the drug would increase their likelihood of using, CESAR FAX, July 1, 2013

The Washington Healthy Youth Survey

Washington State Substance Use Data & Resources

Drug Abuse Trends in Washington State

Final Report of the Implementation of I-75 that made marijuana the lowest priority for Seattle Police enforcement activities 

 In the News

 

Hash oil ‘dabbing’ a popular but dangerous trend (February 26, 2014)

Study: Legal weed encourages teens to smoke pot (February 26, 2014)

Northwest tribes oppose pot legalization (February 26, 2014)

SPS superintendent proposes adding nurses to pot earmarks (February 26, 2014)

Legal pot clubs could remake Seattle nightlife scene (February 25, 2014)

Mental health, medical marijuana registry included in Senate budget (February 25, 2014)

Toke signals: Is this the end of medical marijuana in Washington? (February 25, 2014)

Banks shy away from marijuana business despite federal approval (February 23, 2014)

No easy answers for DUI concerns as marijuana gains support (February 23, 2014)

Marijuana: $51 million in state revenue, but caution from Colorado (February 22, 2014)

Establishing county zoning for pot growers makes sense (February 21, 2014)

Pot legalization: What can Washington learn from end of Prohibition (February 21, 2014)

Is pot distracting state from policing liquor licenses? (February 20, 2014)

Liquor board will not protest local marijuana laws (February 20, 2014)

Liquor board changes rules for marijuana grow license (February 20, 2014)

State liquor board cuts back how much legal pot producers can grow (February 19, 2014)

State to issue marijuana licenses regardless of bans in Whatcom County, Lynden (February 19, 2014)

Liquor Control Board clarifies next steps in its preparation to issue marijuana licenses (February 19, 2014)

Politicians a little hazy about pot (February 19, 2014)

State takes first stab at estimating pot revenue haul (February 19, 2014)

Washington House overwhelmingly approves ban on medical marijuana dispensaries (February 18, 2014)

Pot operations closer to licenses (February 18, 2014)

The Green Rush begins: Investors get in on pot’s ground floor (February 16, 2014)

Feds issue more guidance on marijuana banking, but legality remains unclear (February 14, 2014)

Longview council poised to move ahead with marijuana rules (February 12, 2014)

Bans of licensed pot stores will increase crime (February 12, 2014)

Cowlitz County sets retail marijuana moratorium for unincorporated areas (February 11, 2014)

That six-serving bar of marijuana chocolate? My son ate it. (February 10, 2014)

Marijuana law no respite for crime lab (February 10, 2014)

Some marijuana businesses getting around banking crisis (February 10, 2014)

Cities taking different tacks on how to regulate pot (February 10, 2014)

Potential entrants to new pot industry sort through risk, uncertain future (February 9, 2014)

Ferndale council votes to leave pot ordinance alone (February 4, 2014)

Spin Control: ‘Marijuana’ racist?  Washington Legislature’s silliest moment in 2014 (February 2, 2014)

Marijuana-laced treats leave Colorado jonesing for food-safety rules (February 2, 2014)

Legislature considers bill to outlaw pot bans (February 1, 2014)

Demand for pot could bring long lines in Seattle (January 31, 2014)

New Beast Mode marijuana hits like Seahawks’ star (January 30, 2014)

State finishes processing backlog of applications for pot businesses (January 29, 2014)

Planners to draft pot business rules for Walla Wall County (January 28, 2014)

Marijuana hearing draws comments (January 28, 2014)

City Council makes sound call to regulate pot industry (January 28, 2014)

Washington cities’ association will defend alleged right to block I-502 locally (January 27, 2014)

City responds to AG’s opinion on marijuana businesses (January 27, 2014)

Bills seek to rein in largely unregulated medical pot market (January 27, 2014)

Banks relieved by AG’s stance on pot trade (January 25, 2013)

Moratorium on marijuana in Walla Walla fails (January 23, 2014)

Indoor pot farms are energy guzzlers, research shows (January 23, 2014)

Medical marijuana: Is new regulation in the pot leaves? (January 22, 2014)

Washington medical marijuana backers loudly make their points (January 20, 2014)

Liquor Control Board Chair reacts to Attorney General’s opinion on marijuana businesses (January 17, 2014)

State official: Cities can ban recreational pot businesses (January 16, 2014)

The Daily Troll: Pot zoning.  Can we interest you in some waterfront property on Beacon Hill? (January 16, 2014)

Should off-duty officers work security at pot shops? (January 15, 2014)

State lawmaker, Pierce County councilman threaten marijuana fight (January 15, 2014)

Yakama tribes take pot stand on traditional lands (January 14, 2014)

Washington state marijuana businesses having hard time finding landlords, lenders (January 14, 2014)

Wow: More than 7,000 applications submitted to deal in legal marijuana! (January 14, 2014)

Here’s what to watch during the pot experiment (January 11, 2014)

Battle Ground receives application for marijuana processing facility (January 10, 2014)

Marijuana ‘hash oil’ explodes in popularity and kitchens (January 10, 2014)

Pot grower applications exceed supply of licenses (January 9, 2014)

Clark County may ban pot until feds legalize it (January 8, 2014)

I got pot delivered to my doorstep without breaking any laws — by an otter, no less (January 8, 2014)

Business is already delivering recreational pot to buyers — is it legal? (January 8, 2014)

Thurston County residents criticize interim pot regulations (January 7, 2014)

State puts marijuana applicants to the test (January 7, 2014)

Taxes on pot could limit sales (January 7, 2014)

Study shows cannabis use growing like weed (January 2, 2014)

Pot shop license applications exceed area cities’ allotments (December 20, 2013)

Puyallup has more than its share of aspiring pot shops (December 20, 2013)

Liquor Control Board bans marijuana from Washington bars  (December 19, 2013)

Washington board recommends medical pot changes (December 18, 2013)

Study looks at marijuana demand in Washington (December 18, 2013)

Cowlitz County sets 60-day moratorium on retail marijuana (December 18, 2013)

Pot applications climb in Clark County as deadline nears (December 18, 2013)

More teens smoking pot (December 18, 2013)

Inslee says cities shouldn’t count on pot revenue (December 17, 2013)

Bothell residents apply for marijuana business licenses (December 17, 2013)

Seed-to-sale tracking alone won’t stop marijuana ‘leakage’ (December 16, 2013)

King County puts freeze on medical-pot operations (December 16, 2013)

Answers sought, not found, for marijuana banking (December 13, 2013)

Marijuana: Legalization could bring litigation – and legislation (December 13, 2013)

Seattle City Attorney wants to accommodate marijuana tourists – What about Whatcom?  (December 12, 2013)

Seattle City Attorney wants to encourage pot tourism (December 12, 2013)

Spokane County may allow indoor marijuana growing (December 11, 2013)

Dangerous mix (December 11, 2013)

Pot ban moves forward as Pierce County Council overrides McCarthy’s veto (December 10, 2013)

More marijuana applications would focus stores in Bellingham, growing in county (December 10, 2013)

7 new marijuana retail applicants in Kitsap (December 10, 2013)

The brave new world of pot enforcement (December 10, 2013)

Community fights against pot growing, processing facility (December 8, 2013)

Marijuana warehouses to open across Washington state (December 6, 2013)

People of pot one year later: Considering Doritos, ‘dabbing’ and black market (December 6, 2013)

3 applicants so far for retail marijuana licenses in Longview (December 5, 2013)

Peninsula greenhouses hope to cash in on newfound business of legalized marijuana (December 5, 2013)

Pot license applications for Eastern WA (December 4, 2013)

Seattle city attorney wants to double pot shops allowed in city (December 4, 2013)

Afternoon jolt: Pot map reality check (December 4, 2013)

Washington state growers roll the dice on new pot licenses (December 3, 2013)

Washington applicants seek marijuana grow licenses more than retail (November 27, 2013)

Marijuana: State pushes list of applicants to produce, process and sell (November 26, 2013)

Plans for Seattle Center pot party sparks complaints  (November 25, 2013)

Pierce Co. exec vetoes marijuana business ban (November 25, 2013)

More drivers positive for pot in Washington state (November 21, 2013)

I-502 arrives in Clallam (November 21, 2013)

State receives 585 marijuana business license applications (November 20, 2013)

Yakima council opposes recreational marijuana (November 20, 2013)

Marijuana retailers will now be able to operate within the City of DesMoines (November 19, 2013)

Castle Rock designates areas for marijuana businesses (November 19, 2013)

Buzzkill (November 18, 2013)

Photo Essay: Prospectors seek fortune in legal pot (November 18, 2013)

Vancouver marijuana retail sales moratorium upheld (November 18, 2013)

I-502 architect argues for medical marijuana home growing (November 15, 2013)

Seattle-based marijuana company hires executive from Bainbridge firm (November 15, 2013)

Crowd gets rowdy at heated medical marijuana hearing (November 14, 2013)

High Times wages trademark battle over ‘Cannabis Cup’ as pot biz goes hardball (November 14, 2013)

Public comment period nearly over for medical marijuana rules (November 13, 2013)

Post-election pot policies around the US (November 13, 2013)

State’s marijuana stores could be open by May or June (November 12, 2013)

State pot license investigators to look for ‘hidden ownership’ (November 12, 2013)

Concern rising over marijuana and driving as legalization takes hold (November 11, 2013)

Hash oil may have set Bellevue apartments ablaze (November 8, 2013)

Pot grower, home-invasion suspects indicted by feds (November 8, 2013)

Investors see legal marijuana as growth industry (November 8, 2013)

A timeline of Wash. State’s changing drugged driving laws (November 7, 2013)

In our view: Marijuana experiment (November 7, 2013)

Federal Way reinstates moratorium on marijuana-related activities (November 7, 2013)

Test case shows pot DUI law still murky despite per se limit (November 7, 2013)

Ellensburg holds off on pot until January (November 6, 2013)

Pierce County Council bans pot businesses until Congress takes it off list (November 6, 2013)

State agency seeks advice on local pot bans (November 5, 2013)

Investors look at marijuana start-ups in Seattle (November 5, 2013)

Budding entrepreneurs pitch marijuana-related startup ideas to 60 investors in Seattle (November 5, 2013)

Legal marijuana to fetch $1.4B in sales this year: report (November 4, 2013)

Citizens passionate but civil at Vader marijuana meeting (November 2, 2013)

Change in state rules could put end to private pot rooms (October 31, 2013)

Will Wash. State’s legal pot taxes go to health care? (October 31, 2013)

Medical marijuana reform proposals a good start  (October 30, 2013)

White Salmon considers city-run marijuana shop  (October 29, 2013)

Senator: Fight for homegrown medical marijuana not over in Washington  (October 28, 2013)

Improvements in the process for paying state sales taxes on marijuana (October 28, 2013)

Banning recreational pot could be costly (October 27, 2013)

Wenatchee says no to pot businesses  (October 26, 2013)

Milestones in U.S. marijuana laws  (October 26, 2013)

Liquor Board wants to hire more enforcement workers (October 25, 2013)

Ex-’Pot Czar’ gives mixed marks to proposed medical pot rules (October 25, 2013)

Klickitat County: Pot on hold (October 25, 2013)

When it comes to marijuana policy, Washington needs to put health before happy hour (October 25, 2013)

Potential marijuana growers, sellers attend liquor board session (October 24, 2013)

Walla Walla says yes to selling pot (October 23, 2013)

Spokane County to zone marijuana away from neighborhoods (October 23, 2013)

Tacoma plans stricter rules for pot shops (October 23, 2013)

Bellevue approves interim zoning for recreational pot businesses (October 23, 2013)

Guest post: Why the Yakama Nation opposes states ‘legal’ marijuana on its lands (October 22, 2013)

Under proposed new rules, would anyone get a medical marijuana card? (October 22, 2013)

Medical marijuana system overhaul draws criticism (October 22, 2013)

How much will legal pot cost in Washington? (October 21, 2013)

Medical-pot sellers fear being ‘thrown under the bus’ (October 21, 2013)

Jefferson: Retail pot a ‘great opportunity,’ economic development representative says (October 20, 2013)

Clallam: County, city governments quiet on recreational pot law (October 20, 2013)

Village by the THC? (October 20, 2013)

State to aspiring pot entrepreneurs: ‘This is your window’ (October 17, 2013)

Pierce County Council could set up roadblocks to marijuana trade (October 16, 2013)

Different rules for medical, recreational pot divide advocates and regulators (October 13, 2013)

Counties, cities work to draft rules about pot sales (October 12, 2013)

National marijuana business conference & expo coming up in Seattle area (October 11, 2013)

N. Bonneville explores operating pot store (October 10, 2013)

County planning commission to discuss zoning for legal marijuana operations (October 10, 2013)

Yakima council votes to allow marijuana businesses (October 9, 2013)

Medical marijuana activists fear for their industry in Washington state (October 9, 2013)

Emergency ordinance coming for recreational marijuana (October 8, 2013)

How Jamen Shively’s Big Marijuana boast went south (October 8, 2013)

Pot-to-grow zones get council OK (October 8, 2013)

Marijuana in Washington: Clark County Prevent! works to stop drug abuse among children even as sales spread (October 7, 2013)

Medical marijuana farmers market opens in Seattle (October 6, 2013)

Bainbridge Island OKs interim rules for pot shops and collective gardens (October 5, 2013)

Guest post: Seattle marijuana zoning vote can make or break I-502 (October 4, 2013)

Guest: Beware when crossing state’s borders after marijuana legalization (October 4, 2013)

Holmes warns: Not enough pot shops (October 4, 2013)

Sheriff, prosecutor view state marijuana law differently (October 3, 2013)

Public Health goes after Seattle hookah bars – bad news for marijuana clubs? (October 3, 2013)

Hookah lounges give city a headache (October 3, 2013)

Are dispensaries doomed? (October 2, 2013)

Islanders consider Vashon’s future as a pot producer (October 1, 2013)

Marijuana courier robbed at gunpoint (October 1, 2013)

Labs worry as pot testing standards lag  (October 1, 2013)

Will we just have to live with the smell of growing marijuana? (September 30, 2013)

Pot legalization is changing image of women and weed  (September 29, 2013)

Don’t forget prevention, education in marijuana law (September 26, 2013)

Average pot user consumes 123 joints per year, state estimates (September 25, 2013)

Could 23rd & Union become pot central?  (September 25, 2013)

Pullman council votes for 6-month pot moratorium  (September 25, 2013)

Seattle Business Magazine September 2013 cover story: Gold Rush, Marijuana entrepreneurs are lining up to cash in

Kent says it will ban recreational pot sales (September 24, 2013)

Marijuana users face plenty of unknowns (September 24, 2013)

Seattle online tech company growing big in . . . marijuana (September 24, 2013)

Zoning OK’d for Spokane pot sales (September 24, 2013)

Washington’s bank willing to accommodate pot revenue (September 24, 2013)

Vancouver council OKs moratorium on pot (September 23, 2013)

As students move in, WWU warns marijuana still banned on campus (September 22, 2013)

Washington state shops for a bank to handle marijuana money (September 22, 2013)

Can states protect kids from recreational marijuana?  (September 22, 2013)

Marysville adopts one-year moratorium on marijuana businesses (September 20, 2013)

Liquor Control Board announces BioTrackTHC to provide traceability software (September 20, 2013)

Lynden OK’s six-month moratorium on recreational marijuana sales (September 18, 2013)

Fewer pot stores, more pot (September 18, 2013)

Port Orchard to consider added rules for marijuana businesses (September 18, 2013)

Seattle man accused of selling pot to kids charged federally (September 16, 2013)

Washington State Liquor Control Board to file single revision to marijuana rules (September 15, 2013)

Proposed pot rules revised: buffer zone to be measured as crow flies (September 13, 2013)

‘Gold Rush’ for pot licenses expected, but questions remain (September 9, 2013)

Tons of free hash oil at the High Times Cannabis Cup (September 8, 2013)

The kinds of things you might eat from state pot stores  (September 7, 2013)

Seriously, how does a cannabis business deposit, move, or bank its money?  (September 7, 2013)

Pot law’s melding of cultures psychedelic (September 6, 2013)

Pot as a tax windfall?  What are you smoking?  (September 5, 2013)

Kent has not plans to remove recreational marijuana ban despite federal ruling (September 5, 2013)

Kirkland limited to two marijuana retail outlets, based on old population data (September 5, 2013)

County could have 35 retail pot stores under state rules (September 5, 2013)

Officials to cap Olympia pot shops at 2; 11 total in Thurston County (September 5, 2013)

Amid ‘gold rush’ to legal pot sales, many questions remain (September 5, 2013)

State Liquor Board announces proposed caps on recreational pot (September 4, 2013)

Marijuana buffer zone will not be measured ‘as the crow flies’ (September 4, 2013)

South Sound would get 54 weed stores (September 4, 2013)

Clark County in line for 15 pot stores (September 4, 2013)

North Olympic Peninsula may get 10 retail pot stores (September 4, 2013)

Whatcom County could get 15 marijuana stores under state rules (September 4, 2013)

Council passes recreational marijuana moratorium (September 4, 2013)

Drug abuse groups say pot stance of feds is wrong (September 4, 2013)

Okanagon Cannabis Association out with pre-meeting comments – already (September 4, 2013)

Flaw in Initiative 502: For safety, tweak law on marijuana transport  (September 3, 2013)

Legal fight blooms over “Cannabis Cup” name (September 3, 2013)

Inslee on Feds’ marijuana decision: We can “move forward” (August 29, 2013)

I bought weed at Hempfest during the “no weed sales” speech (August 27, 2013)

What to tell your child about marijuana (August 25, 2013)

Marijuana expert suggests contract with feds; WA AG says worth considering (August 22, 2013)

A legal high: Practicing marijuana business law (August 22, 2013)

Bainbridge council puts marijuana on the table at this week’s meeting  (August 21, 2013)

Local nurse disciplined for recommending medical marijuana to kids (August 21, 2013)

Burien City Council gives unanimous OK to marijuana regulations (August 20, 2013)

Preparing for pot: Officials ready the rules (August 20, 2013)

Lack of state rules leads city to consider marijuana moratorium (August 20, 2013)

Vancouver looks to delay permits for pot sales (August 19, 2013)

Seattle Police ran out of free Hempfest Doritos in 10 minutes (August 17, 2013)

The brain behind Seattle Police’s social media on marijuana, Twitter, and Doritos (August 17, 2013)

Hash oil extraction explosion injures 3 in Mount Vernon (August 16, 2013)

Just how much pot will bureaucrats allow in a legal pot brownie? (August 11, 2013)

Longview City Council passes 6-month pot production moratorium (August 9, 2013)

Pierce commissioner says counties need I-502 opt-out clause (August 8, 2013)

Tukwila City Council to hold hearing Aug. 26 on marijuana sales (August 8, 2013)

King County proposal could limit marijuana grows and sales in most of North Highline (August 8, 2013)

How will Washington regulate pot? (August 8, 2013)

State trying to finalize marijuana laws (August 8, 2013)

Washington State compiles list of pesticides for marijuana growners (August 8, 2013)

Public hearing Monday for Pacific marijuana moratorium (August 7, 2013)

Buzzkill: Medical marijuana popularity threatens legal pot push (August 7, 2013)

Next challenge for marijuana outlets: lease before license (August 7, 2013)

Tensions at public pot hearing (August 7, 2013)

Steep tax difference between recreational, medical pot a worry (August 7, 2013)

Islanders invited to comment on marijuana ordinance (August 6, 2013)

Legalized marijuana could create city-state friction in Washington (August 6, 2013)

Public hearings on proposed pot rules begin (August 6, 2013)

Last chance to speak out on state’s proposed pot rules (August 6, 2013)

Marijuana legalization creates more questions than answers (August 6, 2013)

King County crafting rules for pot-zoning in rural areas (August 5, 2013)

State liquor board sets pubic hearings about recreational marijuana proposed rules (August 5, 2013)

Washington pot czar: cops should crush the black market (August 5, 2013)

Top pot consultant to Seattle: increase enforcement, beware of creating empty warehouses (August 5, 2013)

Everett publishes proposed policies for processing, producing, and providing pot (August 4, 2013)

Sunday Spin: How nonsignificant is legal marijuana (August 3, 2013)

Washington cities vary in welcoming pot commerce (August 3, 2013)

Port Townsend City Council to consider moratorium on residential pot operations (August 3, 2013)

Legalizing pot won’t eliminate black market (August 2, 2013)

Mariner’s tell city: Keep weed away from Safeco Field (August 2, 2013)

DEA targets dispensaries that don’t close (August 1, 2013)

Sheriff’s meet with liquor control board to discuss I-502 regulations (July 31, 2013)

Council plans to further restrict pot gardens (July 31, 2013)

Just another herb; Seattle chefs learn to cook with cannabis (July 30, 2013)

Illegal pot sales a threat to I-502 revenue (July 30, 2013)

Whatcom County grapples with new marijuana rules (July 27, 2013)

Witness shows ease of scoring pot in Seattle (July 26, 2013)

Kennewick City Council might put moratorium on pot sales (July 23, 2013)

Kent won’t allow recreational marijuana businesses  (July 18, 2013)

Why private marijuana clubs are likely in Seattle’s future (July 16, 2013)

Equity firm specializing in marijuana raises $7M  (July 16, 2013)

Legalized marijuana prompts question: What about hash?  (July 14, 2013)

Watchdog group to weigh effect on teens of legalized pot for adults  (July 10, 2013)

Creating history at indoor pot farm  (July 11, 2013)

Seattle business offers home pot delivery  (July 8, 2013)

No ‘Joe Camels’ of pot, but pot candy still okay (July 5, 2013)

Liquor Board sets tentative rules for marijuana (July 4, 2013)

State faces latest twist in pot law: concentrates  (July 3, 2103)

Grays Harbor County to establish marijuana zoning task force (July 2, 2013)

County Council blocks pot industry until rules are ready  (July 2, 2013)

Marijuana’s march toward mainstream confounds feds  (July 1, 2013)

Regulate medical and recreational marijuana separately  (June 30, 2013)

Legalizing marijuana is hard.  Regulating a pot industry is even harder.  (June 29, 2013)

Sammamish continues pot moratorium until state regulations released  (June 28, 2013)

Seattle Port officials oppose big marijuana operations in Sodo  (June 28, 2013)

Don’t call him the state’s pot czar: ‘I prefer Hemperor,’ he jokes (June 28, 2013)

Pot is legal, but some towns won’t partake (June 27, 2013)

Rolling Stone: The Weed Issue (June 2013)

Marijuana activist Matt Mernagh guides you through strains in new book (June 27, 2013)

Opponents of pot moratorium fail to sway Olympia Council  (June 26, 2013)

Is it legal at the airport?  (June 26, 2013)

The Dirty Dozen: 12 states that bet big on sin  (June 26, 2013)

How to invest in dope  (June 25, 2013)

U.S. Mayors to Obama: Quit cracking down on marijuana  (June 24, 2013)

Marijuana opponents leveraging Patrick Kennedy  (June 24, 2013)

Pot businesses have trouble setting down roots  (June 23, 2013)

In post-legalization haze, one pot dealer using Facebook for business (June 21, 2013)

Liquor Control Board staff: Allow outdoor marijuana grows (June 19, 2013)

Some question possibility of a marijuana monopoly (June 19, 2013)

Pot czar interview: THC is key to grower sizes, lucky us and feds missing out (June 19, 2013)

City prepared to treat legal marijuana like liquor (June 19, 2013)

Indoor marijuana grows could hamper Seattle’s climate change goals  (June 17, 2013)

Whitman a possible location for medical marijuana growing facility (June 17, 2013)

State’s members of Congress not fired up to smooth pot laws with feds (June 16, 2013)

City of Kent seeks clarity on new marijuana rules (June 14, 2013)

How to keep kids from eating marijuana?  Go gray.  (June 14, 2013)

City Attorney wants pot clubs to address renter’s paradox (June 14, 2013)

Trying to sell Wall Street on the value of marijuana (June 14, 2013)

What’s holding up the marijuana decision at Justice?  (June 12, 2013)

Now that marijuana is legal, Seattle wants private pot clubs (June 11, 2013)

Limits on youth access to pot proposed (June 10, 2013)

Seattle city attorney suggests changes for Washington’s draft marijuana rules (June 10, 2013)

Rules reality – “Serious concerns, need for track, trace, and security”: Comments headed for LCB (June 8, 2013)

Local dispensary merges with national brand to market marijuana (June 7, 2013)

With one new film, SIFF goes to pot (June 6, 2013)

Fed’s medical marijuana clampdown just another reason to join the union (June 4, 2013)

Driving after marijuana use common among older teens (May 30, 2013)

Ex-Microsoft manager plans to create first U.S. marijuana brand (May 30, 2013)

Washington music festivals going to pot with legalized marijuana?  (May 28, 2013)

More kids exposed to legal pot (May 28, 2013)

Leaders meet to discuss how to legalize pot (May 24, 2013)

How can marijuana be sold safely?  (May 23, 2013)

Council panel OK’s zoning for big pot-growing operations (May 22, 2013)

Veterinarian: More marijuana means more poisoned dogs (May 22, 2013)

Marijuana touted as sustainable crop (May 22, 2013)

Survey: 39% of high school pot smokers get medical marijuana (May 21, 2013)

How to legalize pot (May 19, 2013)

Jimmy Carter: Don’t legalize pot, don’t advertise pot (May 17, 2013)

Veterans become pot farmers in Rochester (May 16, 2013)

Trouble in pot paradise?  Legalization is not out of the weeds yet (May 16, 2013)

Spokane Valley council adjusting budget  (May 16, 2013)

Pierce County working on its own pot rules (May 15, 2013)

Garden Grove acts to close marijuana dispensaries (May 14, 2013)

I-502 architects send state ideas for ‘safe’ legal marijuana economy (May 13, 2013)

Federal crackdown in Montana defied marijuana trend (May 12, 2013)

Indoor pot production leaves giant carbon footprint (May 12, 2013)

Interim Seattle police chief headlines marijuana rally (May 11, 2013)

New rule: Pot left on Metro buses will now go to ‘lost and found’ (May 10, 2013)

T-Town should host pot convention; we pledge not to inhale (May 9, 2013)

Local grandma making a splash in the world of ‘medibles‘ (May 9, 2013)

Mayor: Hempfest will be held at same park despite complaint (May 8, 2013)

Seattle Police Chief will speak at pot rally (May 8, 2013)

Olympia City Council places moratorium on pot-related land uses (May 8, 2013)

Alleged pot dealer to kids avoids charges by loophole in law (May 7, 2013)

Managing the project of a lifetime: marijuana legalization (May 7, 2013)

Verity Credit Union cancels pot bank accounts (May 7, 2013)

Protecting pot in Washington’s new world (May 7, 2013)

Marijuana is not harmless (May 7, 2013)

A breathalyzer to detect marijuana use may be near (May 7, 2013)

Have a Heart Cafe opens to medical marijuana patients (May 5, 2013)

Parents complained for a year before Ballard drug dealer was arrested (May 3, 2013)

Pacific County agencies back planned marijuana operation (May 3, 2013)

Investors commit over $1million to marijuana industry start-ups at Seattle event (May 2, 2013)

How should local farmers prepare for legal pot growing? (May 2, 2013)

Downtown Seattle Association asks City to deny Hempfest’s permit, City says it plans to issue permit anyway (May 2, 2013)

Marijuana firm GrowOp opens Seattle location (May 1, 2013)

Can you get high from indirect marijuana smoke?  Uh . . . yeah (May 1, 2013)

How should legal pot be labeled? (May 1, 2013)

Wash. makes swift changes to definition of pot (May 1, 2013)

Former Microsoft manager on saying “yes” to marijuana (May 1, 2013)

Hey, pot smokers, your kids know you’re stoned (May 1, 2013)

Feds tell 11 Seattle pot dispensaries to close (May 1, 2013)

Legal marijuana’s need for high security (April 29, 2013)

Entrepreneurs, investors gather in Seattle to talk pot (April 29, 2013)

State Senate approves fix to marijuana law (April 28, 2013)

Suspects accused of selling pot to middle schoolers might get off, prosecutor says (April 25, 2013)

Police: Seattle trio sold marijuana, pot brownies to students (April 24, 2013)

Seattle pot zones could create marijuana district (April 24, 2013)

For state government bean-counter, a pot education (April 18, 2013)

Is legal pot a boon for foodies?  (April 18, 2013)

State delaying marijuana licenses until Dec. 1 (April 17, 2013)

Medical marijuana facing stricter regulations (April 17, 2013)

SB 5887 gets hurry-up hearing: Notice waived, MMJ patients aren’t patient (April 16, 2013)

Top of the pot: Two US states to host pro-marijuana celebrations this weekend (April 16, 2013)

Northwest Marijuana Guide (April 2013)

Co-owner of Seattle medical marijuana dispensary sentenced to prison for drug dealing (April 12, 2013)

A bill is about to be introduced that would protect pot users from federal law (April 12, 2013)

Ganja Palooza bringing comedians to Tri-Cities (April 12, 2013)

Local credit union tries on being banker to the pot industry (April 12, 2013)

Man threatened with gun twice in 2 days unimpressed (April 11, 2013)

State pot-growing licenses may be delayed (April 10, 2013)

Legal pot businesses apparently not welcome everywhere (April 10, 2013)

Going to a ‘just say no’ state (April 10, 2013)

Marijuana industry domain auction extended to April 20th, THC web design declares (April 9, 2013)

For regulators, legalizing pot all about ‘getting into the weeds’ (April 8, 2013)

Seattle police return marijuana taken from street dealers (April 5, 2013)

You pay taxes, but can’t get a bank account because your business is selling marijuana (April 5, 2013)

Video: Watch a small marijuana grow operation from starters to harvest (April 3, 2013)

Gov. Inslee wants board to stop ‘pot bars’ spread (April 1, 2013)

Marijuana tourism company launches in Colorado after pot legalization (March 31, 2013)

Cannabis: When will it feel legal, it is legal, right?  (March 30, 2013)

Shuffleboard?  Oh, maybe let’s get high instead (March 22, 2013)

Cannabis class is in session!  Guide to the marijuana biz, this weekend in Seattle (March 21, 2013)

Budding businesses – I-502: Still more questions than answers (March 21, 2013)

Not that high: Today’s marijuana is too strong, and that’s bad for new business (March 20, 2013)

Old dogs, new tricks: SPD desensitizing drug-sniffing dogs to pot (March 20, 2013)

Washington’s big-brained marijuana team take the field (March 19, 2013)

State’s first big marijuana grow operation is announced, and here’s the fun part – it’s in a public building (March 16, 2013)

Indoor/outdoor: Environmental impacts: Guest contributor Jeremy Moberg, Okanogan Cannabis Association (March 13, 2013)

Pot legalization work is proving to be a big job (March 11, 2013)

Aspiring pot retailers say real estate is hard to find (March 11, 2013)

New pot rules don’t please everybody (March 10, 2013)

Medical marijuana doc: Clinic was a marijuana “pill mill” (February 26, 2013)

Cannabis Chex Mix check list: Would you like it?  (February 26, 2013)

So, how do sales to minors stop under I-502 (February 25, 2013)

City Council approves moratorium on establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries and gardens (February 25, 2013)

Pot superstore opens in Seattle (February 25, 2013)

Washington marijuana legalization draws Yale MBA’s with big ideas (February 25, 2013)

Marijuana etiquette: Sending out smoke signals (February 22, 2013)

Wait, how high am I?  (February 20, 2013)

Pot zoning still hazy issue for Tacoma, Pierce County (February 18, 2013)

Washington liquor control officers want full law enforcement powers (February 15, 2013)

Legislators want to use pot money for preschool programs (February 12, 2013)

Dems introduce bill to tax state’s medical marijuana sales (February 8, 2013)

We must get it right on implementation of legal marijuana (February 8, 2013)

Perplexities of legal pot draw hundreds to local forum(February 7, 2013)

Legally Green: The nation is watching closely as Colorado and Washington put new pot laws in place (February 2013)

In the marijuana business?  It’s complicated.  (February 7, 2013)

Seattle welcomes the weed business; City hopes to influence the rules created under I-502 (February 5, 2013)

“Grey’ market concerns grow as Washington legalizes pot (January 31, 2013)

Recap: National Cannabis Industry Associations’ event with Seattle Mayor (January 30, 2013)

The messy reality of legal pot (January 30, 2013)

We’re not buds (January 30, 2013)

Maybe it’s time I picked up a pot habit (January 30, 2013)

Legalization’s biggest enemies (January 17, 2013)

 First ‘green’ or marijuana DUI under I-502 likely in the pipeline (January 16, 2013)

Washington State Patrol: Marijuana eradication will continue despite I-502 (January 15, 2013)

Cannabis lobbying corps expands by three lobbyists, for two groups (January 14, 2013)

Lawmakers ought to amend marijuana-legalization measure, says House point-man on cannabis issue (January 10, 2013)

Interstate 90 a major route for (medical marijuana) traffickers heading east (January 6, 2013)

Rocky Mountain hight: Pot a $200M industry in Colorado (January 6, 2013)

New marijuana law could cause backlogs at state crime labs (January 2, 2013)

Cannabis Wire: Senator Kohl-Wells Prepares Medical Cannabis Legislation (January 1, 2013)

Cannabis Wire: First lobbyists hired, state association forming (December 21, 2012)

Parents advised to talk with teens about marijuana law (December 14, 2012)

Amsterdam forced to ban smoking marijuana in schools because of number of students turning up stoned (December 12, 2012)

The secret Capitol Hill marijuana bakery (December 10, 2012)

Investors see profit potential in new pot law (December 2, 2012)

Strategy, timing key to states’ pot legalization (December 2, 2012) 

No playbook for new marijuana law (November 29, 2012)

I-502: How much legality in legalized marijuana?  (November 27, 2012)

I-502: Seeking clarification on marijuana (November 23, 2012)

Capitol Hill marijuana entrepreneurs go mobile, get ready for 502 future (November 21, 2012)

The dope on cannabis cuisine (November 18, 2012)

Special Radio Report: Now that marijuana is legal, what’s next? (November 16, 2012)

Banks balk at backing marijuana sellers, even when it’s legal (November 16, 2012)

Press Release: International Narcotics Control Board President voices concern of recent referenda about non-medical use of cannabis in the United States in a number of states (November 15, 2012)

Legalize all drugs? (November 14, 2012)

Five things employers need to know about marijuana and their workers (November 13, 2012)

Mayor Urges Community to Guard Against Underage Marijuana Use After Voters Approve I-502 (November 12, 2012)

CLALLAM COUNTY: Marijuana legalization raise questions for cops … mainly about DUI (November 10, 2012)

Local officers ‘feeling our way’ through legalized pot (November 10, 2012)

Still cloudy on legal marijuana (November 10, 2012)

This week everything changed: A happy, legal, pot-smoking mom thanks voters (November 9, 2012)