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Spin Control legalized pot archive

TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

86 pot licenses sought for Spokane 

.OLYMPIA – A tally of the first week of applications by would-be marijuana businesses shows a certain amount of creativity in coming up with names for what in most of the country is an illegal business. Cheech and Chong might be proud of some who...

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MONDAY, NOV. 18, 2013

Pot businesses: 299 applications in first six hours 

OLYMPIA -- Would-be marijuana entrepreneurs began Monday filing applications for state licenses to grow, process or sell recreational marijuana. In the six hours after the state Department of Revenue's web site began taking applications, 299 had been filed online and the non-refundable fee of $250...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 16, 2013

Pot biz applications open Monday

Sam Calvert has a dream of getting in on the ground floor of a historic change in retail commerce that begins Monday. But it’s a struggle, he acknowledged. “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” said Calvert, 50, who has managed commercial real estate...

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MONDAY, NOV. 4, 2013

Pot applications open Nov. 18

OLYMPIA -- State officials will begin accepting applications for people who want to get into the marijuana business -- legally, that is -- starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 18. The state Revenue Department will be set up to accept marijuana license applications any one of...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16, 2013

State pot rules get board OK

OLYMPIA -- Potential growers, processors and vendors of marijuana will be able to apply for state licenses in one month. The agency in charge of setting up the state's recreational marijuana system this morning approved the rules they'll have to follow to get the industry...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 2013

Feds won't pre-empt WA pot law 

OLYMPIA — The federal government will not try to stop Washington from setting up a way to allow adults to use legal marijuana. In what state officials described as a “game changer”, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday the federal government will focus attention...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 13, 2013

State delay of marijuana rules likely

OLYMPIA – Washington should revise its proposed rules to grow and sell recreational marijuana and delay adopting them by a couple of months, the staff of a state board recommended Tuesday. The Washington State Liquor Control Board was scheduled vote Wednesday on the final rules...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7, 2013

Legal pot rules criticized 

OLYMPIA – Washington’s proposed rules for growing and selling recreational marijuana were conflict with federal drug laws and state environmental laws, critics said Wednesday. They would make the end product to be smoked or eaten too expensive from taxes, some said. They might favor the...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2013

New marijuana rules proposed 

OLYMPIA -- Changes to last year's recreational marijuana law that a sponsor says will make it more workable will get a hearing next week in a House committee Rep. Christopher Hurst, D-Enumclaw, wants to shrink the distance restrictions for locating stores that sell marijuana and...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2013

Pot forums popular 

OLYMPIA -- Forums on the state's new legalized marijuana law are proving so popular that the state agency sponsoring is adding to its schedule and in some cases finding bigger venues to handle the expected crowds. The State Liquor Control Board also moved one forum...

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MONDAY, FEB. 4, 2013

WA Lege Day 22: Confusing marijuana laws 15 

OLYMPIA -- Washington is in danger of having two different, and sometimes conflicting, marijuana laws, one for those who have it for medical uses and one for everyone else, legislators were told today. The Senate Health Care Committee is considering a revision to the medical...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2013

THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee shows off the changes to the governor's office, including a portrait of Abraham Lincoln given to him by his father-in-law. (Jim Camden)

Inslee: We can stop 'leakage' on legal pot

Inslee shows off the decorating changes in the governor's office, which include a portrait of Abraham Lincoln given to him by his father-in-law, a Republican. OLYMPIA -- State officials are trying to convince the federal government they can keep legally grown pot from making its...

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MONDAY, JAN. 21, 2013

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