Stories tagged: recreational marijuana
UPDATED: Tue., May 16, 2017, 7:34 p.m.
Washington puts strict limits on pot billboards
New law puts tougher restrictions on marijuana advertising.
UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 1:28 p.m.
Marijuana making its way around circle from legal to illegal to legal
Once legal and unregulated, marijuana has gone from banned by the state and federal government to legal but regulated in Washington while still illegal under federal law.
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 5:31 p.m.
Washington pot stores could give away lock boxes
Licensed marijuana stores in Washington would be able to give out free lock boxes to their customers in an effort to keep pot away from children.
Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Washington prepared for any federal action on legal pot, Ferguson says
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the state is preparing for any federal crackdown on legal marijuana.
Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, midnight
Feds should refrain from marijuana crackdown
Sessions isn’t alone in believing marijuana to be especially pernicious, but scientific research and common sense don’t back him up
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 5:15 p.m.
Pot harder for kids to buy than booze, even as prices fall
Washington’s licensed marijuana stores have a better record of rejecting underage buyers than stores that sell liquor or cigarettes.
Thu., Nov. 10, 2016, 4:22 p.m.
Marijuana reform went 8 for 9 on the ballot this week. It could be the tipping point.
Reform of marijuana laws won in eight of the nine states where it was put on the ballot, the strongest signal to date that the public is ready to embrace …
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016, 10:21 p.m.
California voters approve recreational marijuana
Voters in California and Massachusetts approved recreational marijuana initiatives today, and several other states passed medical marijuana provisions in what is turning out to be the biggest electoral victory for …
Fri., Sept. 30, 2016, 8:30 p.m.
Recreational pot shops licensed in Oregon, now set to open
Oregonians can buy marijuana for recreational use at shops intended for that purpose starting on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.
Sun., Sept. 4, 2016, midnight
Spin Control: Peaceable assemblies not necessarily sensible
The right to peaceably assemble does not guarantee a right to always have the clearest message.
Tue., March 15, 2016, 1:42 p.m.
Pot store employees in Washington can receive tips, board says
People who feel they’ve been well-served at a state marijuana store can now leave a tip.
Mon., Jan. 18, 2016, 8:24 p.m.
Pot shop bans would need public vote under proposed legislation
Cities and counties couldn’t ban licensed marijuana stores without a public vote under a proposal approved Monday by a House committee.
Wed., Dec. 16, 2015, 10:06 p.m.
State could get 222 more pot stores
OLYMPIA — Washington will likely increase the number of retail marijuana stores to 556, to handle the demand for medical marijuana licenses.
Sun., June 28, 2015, midnight
Senate passes pot tax bill
OLYMPIA – Changes to the state’s marijuana taxes and the way they will be spent received final approval from the Senate and were sent to Gov. Jay Inslee Saturday. After …
Sat., June 27, 2015, midnight
State House approves taxes on medical marijuana
OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana patients would pay many of the same taxes as recreational pot users under a bill approved Friday by the House. On a 59-38 vote, the House …
Sat., April 25, 2015, midnight
Washington Legislature wraps up – for now
OLYMPIA – A few hours before the gavel came down on the regular session, Gov. Jay Inslee signed one of the most-discussed laws, one that brings medical marijuana under much …
Wed., April 15, 2015, midnight
Washington Senate OKs marijuana regulation changes
OLYMPIA – A major revision to the state’s marijuana laws, blending the medical and recreational systems and setting up a voluntary registry for adult patients, overwhelmingly passed the Senate on …
UPDATED: Fri., April 10, 2015, 7:40 p.m.
House passes marijuana revisions
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 …
Tue., March 24, 2015, midnight
Washington lawmakers study marijuana rules
OLYMPIA – Leading the way for legalized marijuana nationally doesn’t mean just anything goes in Washington when it comes to pot. Instead, it provides a springboard into new questions for …
Fri., March 6, 2015, midnight
Pot lounges among marijuana issues lawmakers asked to consider
OLYMPIA – As legislators worked this week to blend the state’s recreational and medical marijuana laws, Spokane Valley officials asked them to consider one more wrinkle in the rapidly changing …
Sat., Feb. 14, 2015, midnight
Medical marijuana revisions proposed
OLYMPIA – Major changes to the state’s largely unregulated medical marijuana industry passed the Senate after sponsors beat back a challenge to requirements for a patient database and a plea …
Tue., Feb. 3, 2015, midnight
House to address disparities in pot laws
OLYMPIA – A House panel rolled 18 different proposals to change Washington’s marijuana laws into a single wide-ranging bill Monday, hoping to address at least some problems with the state’s …
Sun., Jan. 25, 2015, midnight
Spin Control: Hearing on marijuana laws takes on mainstream feel
OLYMPIA – If one lives long enough, things that once seemed impossible will become commonplace. Or so my grandfather used to say. He was living proof of that: Born before …
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015, midnight
Medical pot growers have unfair advantages, say counterparts
OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana growers and sellers have a series of unfair business advantages, their recreational pot counterparts told legislators Thursday. Medical marijuana is unregulated in Washington state. It’s unlicensed. …
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015, midnight
Spokane Valley sets hearing on pot moratorium
The Spokane Valley City Council is hosting a public hearing on marijuana regulations during its meeting Tuesday. Citing a public health crisis, the City Council enacted an emergency moratorium on …
Wed., Dec. 10, 2014, midnight
Legal marijuana sales in Spokane County top $1 million last month
Consumers spent $1 million last month on legal marijuana in Spokane County, the first time recreational sales eclipsed that mark since shops opened this summer. While market shares have tumbled …
Sun., Dec. 7, 2014, midnight
Two years of legal marijuana mean revenue, but unexpected hurdles
Two years ago this weekend, pot became legal in Washington. Only for adults, only when consumed in private and only if it was grown, processed and sold by state-licensed stores. …
Thu., Nov. 13, 2014, midnight
Two Washington liquor board members leaving
OLYMPIA – Two of the three members of the state board that oversees Washington’s liquor and marijuana laws will step down early next year. That includes Chris Marr, a former …
Thu., Oct. 16, 2014, midnight
Pot-growing acreage could quadruple
OLYMPIA – Washington may soon more than quadruple the amount of land where legal marijuana can be grown. The state Liquor Control Board is considering changes to its recreational marijuana …
Fri., Aug. 22, 2014, 7:58 a.m.
Spokane testing lab starting to certify marijuana
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An environmental and industrial testing laboratory in Spokane has been certified to test recreational marijuana.