Advisory Vote No. 11
This year, the Legislature rearranged the marijuana taxes that were imposed by Initiative 502 through a major rewrite of cannabis laws that puts medical marijuana under stricter state control. That made it subject to the same excise taxes as recreational marijuana. The amount it will raise over 10 years can’t be estimated, and is listed as “indeterminate”, by the Office of Financial Management. It passed the Senate 41-8 and the House 60-36.
The change to state law triggers a provision that requires voters be asked whether they think those taxes should be repealed or kept. The ballot measures are required by Initiative 960, which passed in 2007. In the past nine such advisory measures, voters have backed some and opposed others. The results are non-binding, and the Legislature has yet to change – or even reconsider – a tax based on the results of an advisory measure.
Because the results have no consequences, there are no active campaigns either for or against any of the measures.
Here are the advisory questions on this year’s ballot:
OLYMPIA – Cities and counties couldn’t ban licensed marijuana stores without a public vote under a proposal approved Monday by a House committee.
OLYMPIA — Washington will likely increase the number of retail marijuana stores to 556, to handle the demand for medical marijuana licenses.
Want a breakdown of the Washington pot sales described in this morning’s story. We’ve got detailed maps inside.
To go with this morning’s marijuana sales story, we have a map of all businesses in Spokane County.
One-third of a billion dollars. Sales of all marijuana products – from the plants grown in the fields, to the individual portions to smoke or eat processed in factories large and small, to their purchase by Washington residents and visitors – topped that figure in the first 15 months recreational marijuana has been available in the state.
Per capita sales make a nice headline or tweet, but there’s more going on in that study that’s hit the Web in a big way this week.
Marijuana sales in Spokane County dipped in July, the first drop in month-to-month retail receipts since the drug became legal. The county’s 15 shops sold $3.8 million worth of marijuana products last month, according to reports on file with the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board. That total was less than June’s tally of $4.1 million in retail sales and ended a yearlong stretch during which the industry grew unabated.
OLYMPIA — The state Liquor Control Board officially becomes the Liquor and Cannabis Board today.
OLYMPIA — An effort to give voters a chance to reject changes to the state’s medical marijuana laws has failed. Supporters of a referendum to put it on the November ballot have told state officials they won’t be turning in signatures.
It’s been a little more than a year since Mike Boyer held the marijuana he purchased legally, the first person in Spokane County to do so, above his head and shouted, “Go Washington!” to a crowd of cheering onlookers. Since then, Boyer has lost two jobs, a home and countless other employment opportunities while the legal pot industry continues to boom. He also was arrested in March after allegations of domestic violence in an incident Boyer called “a misunderstanding.”
Washington state is counting on pot smokers for a lot of money. We figured out everyone’s joint quota.
Less than a year after marijuana became available in stores, it is no exaggeration to say that it’s booming. Each new month brings increased sales and tax revenues. Marijuana bucks have already become a key element in state budget negotiations. Hundreds of licenses have been issued to retailers, growers and processors.
OLYMPIA — Want to know how much legal marijuana was sold last month or grown this year? The Washington State Liquor Control Board has a site for you.
OLYMPIA — Four licensed marijuana stores in Western Washington sold pot to a minor working with the state agency on “compliance checks. The owners face a $2,500 fine and possible suspension. The seller could be charged by a local prosecutor.
Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.
OLYMPIA – A major revision to the state’s marijuana laws that blends the medical and recreational systems and sets up a voluntary registry for adult patients, overwhelmingly passed the Senate Tuesday and was sent to Gov. Jay Inslee.
OLYMPIA — Medical marijuana patients would have to register with the state and pay taxes on the pot they buy from state-licensed stores under major rewrites of the state pot laws that passed the House Friday evening.
OLYMPIA — Pot again provided legislators with plenty to talk about.
A pot-growing Kettle Falls family was acquitted on four of the five federal charges against them tonight in a case that was seen as a barometer for how conflicts between state and federal drug laws will be handled.
The fate of three people accused of growing and dealing marijuana out of their rural Stevens County home will soon be in the hands of a federal jury. Those 12 people may also decide the future of federal prosecutions targeting marijuana growers.