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2 tokes nearer Idaho state line

SR colleague Scott Maben put together this analysis re: the states with legalized pot that touch Idaho's borders: "Idaho is an island of abstinence on the legal weed frontier. The state shares 77 percent of its border with pot-friendly states, made even friendlier Tuesday with victories for looser marijuana laws in Nevada and Montana."

Medical marijuana law won’t be on ballot

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.

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 Tuesday and was sent to Gov. Jay Inslee. Changes to the two systems – the heavily regulated recreational pot and the largely unregulated medical marijuana – drew some of the largest and most vocal crowds as it worked its way through committee hearings over the last three months. Some patients said they would be afraid to register as a user of a drug that is still illegal under federal law. Others urged legislators not to disrupt their access to strains of marijuana that were successfully treating pain, epilepsy, cancer or post-traumatic stress disorder when pharmaceuticals have failed them.

Senate passes medical marijuana changes

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.

Senate passes medical marijuana changes

OLYMPIA -- Major changes to the state's medical marijuana laws passed the Senate today despite critics' complaints about a database for patients.

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 medical and recreational pot systems. As currently written, the bill includes some contradictory provisions. Several sections restrict the ability of cities or counties to ban recreational marijuana businesses in some sections; another bans all recreational pot and any medical form of the drug that doesn’t come in a pill.

WALeg Day 22: 18 pot bills rolled into HB 1461

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 medical and recreational pot systems. As currently written, the bill includes some contradictory provisions.

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. It’s not tested for harmful substances like pesticides and fungicides. It’s not labeled for its potency.

WALeg Day 9: Bill would blend state’s 2 pot systems

OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana would come under some of the same licensing requirements as the recreational form of the drug but its buyers would pay fewer taxes under a plan to harmonize the state’s two pot systems. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Wells, D-Seattle, announced Tuesday the Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Act.

Pot bills concern access and safety

OLYMPIA – Efforts to bring the state’s two laws on marijuana together is generating several proposals in the Legislature and rifts among the medical marijuana community. Some patients on Tuesday described a pair of bills on medical marijuana as unconstitutional intrusions; others said they were needed to provide at least some supply of the plant that’s legal under state law but illegal under federal law.