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Washington Marijuana Legalization

Matt Ferner

Obama Budget Would Allow D.C. Marijuana Legalization

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama's nearly $4 trillion federal budget plan unveiled Monday includes fine print that may have major consequences for marijuana leg...

Anti-Weed Group Uses Pot-Related Illnesses To Call For Stricter Marijuana Laws

Reuters | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE, Jan 5 (Reuters) - The number of children treated annually for accidental pot consumption in Colorado has r...

The Long Marijuana-Rights Movement

Joshua Clark Davis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Joshua Clark Davis

What may seem like a surprisingly fast turn toward legalization has actually been a long, slow movement against pot's prohibition -- one that began in the early 1960s, peaked in the late '70s, and then failed to secure a single major victory again until the late '90s.

Prosecutor To Drop All Seattle Tickets For Public Use Of Marijuana

AP | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's elected prosecutor said Monday he's dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven mon...

Republican-Controlled House Backs Obama Rules Enabling Marijuana Banking

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

If you run a medical marijuana dispensary, or a legal marijuana business in Colorado, how do you get paid? Federal laws enacted during the war on drugs in the 1980s barred banks from doing business with "drug traffickers."

Seattle's First Legal Pot Shop Runs Out Of Marijuana

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2014 | Business

By Bryan Cohen SEATTLE, July 11 (Reuters) - Seattle's first and only recreational marijuana store had to close on Friday after runnin...

The Next Five States In Line For Marijuana Reform

AP | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

BY JONATHAN J. COOPER, ASSOCIATED PRESS SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Advocates seeking more lenient marijuana laws have no intention of stopping with Color...

You Can Now Buy Legal Weed In Washington State

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics

SEATTLE (AP) — Surrounded by thousands of packages of marijuana, Seattle's top prosecutor sought some advice: Which one should he buy? A new day, i...

There's A Bumpy Road Ahead For Legal Pot In This State

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics

SEATTLE (AP) — Pete O'Neil saw Washington's legalization of marijuana in 2012 as a path to retirement, or at least to his kids' college tuition. He...

Rick Steves Is 'Tired' Of The Racist War On Weed

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

Rick Steves, the European travel expert and longtime advocate for legal marijuana, says newly implemented laws in Colorado and Washington are key firs...

Bill Gates Voted For Marijuana Legalization

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder turned billionaire philanthropist, voted to legalize marijuana in his home state of Washington. In a Tuesday int...

Bill Gates Voted To Legalize Weed

Buzzfeed | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Bill Gates voted “yes” on the 2012 referendum that legalized marijuana in his home state, he told BuzzFeed in an interview Tuesday....

Ex-DEA Agent Finds Unlikely New Role In Marijuana Industry

Reuters | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics

By Jonathan Kaminsky SEATTLE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - In a decade with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Patrick Moen rose to supervise ...

Thousands Want To Sell Pot In Washington

AP | MIKE BAKER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

SEATTLE (AP) — More than 3,700 marijuana business applications have now been filed in Washington state, including 867 proposed retail outlets spanni...

Matt Sledge

Why This DEA Agent Left His Job To Help Sell Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

He's been a cop, a sheriff's deputy and a DEA agent. And now Patrick Moen is taking on his latest assignment: helping sell marijuana. But he isn't goi...

Why Marijuana Legalization Couldn't Be Stopped

Reason | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

Last month, 296 days after voters in Colorado and Washington decided to legalize marijuana, the U.S. Justice Department responded with a memo that lea...

Ryan J. Reilly

No 'Free Pass' For Marijuana Industry

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Department officials did not believe they could successfully prevent states from legalizing marijuana in federal court and feare...

Ryan J. Reilly

Washington Preps 'Worst-Case Scenario' Over Marijuana Legalization

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly six months after Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department's response to the legalization of marijuana in the stat...

Pot Legalization Would Generate Billions In Tax Revenue

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 04.20.2013 | Business

As Washington lawmakers struggle to find ways to balance the national budget, a significant source of revenue may be burning away right before their e...

Third State Takes Important Step Forward Toward Legal Pot

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

Marijuana activists in Alaska took an important step Tuesday toward making their state the third in the nation to approve recreational use of the drug...

Legal Pot Forces Changes For Drug-Sniffing Dogs

AP | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics

SEATTLE — The state patrol and some other police agencies in Washington state are now training drug-sniffing dogs to ignore marijuana. After vo...

Shafer Commission Report on Marijuana and Drugs, Issued 40 Years Ago Today, Was Ahead of its Time

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

Given forty years of escalation of the war on drugs in the U.S. and around the world, the global consensus that the policy is a deadly and costly failure, and that policies that hurt our fragile economies must be fixed, we need a new Shafer Commission to develop and recommend a drug policy that saves lives.

Tokes and the U.N.

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Now that most of the world's problems are close to being resolved (except for the treaty regulating global trade in conventional arms) the United Nations can begin to focus on non-violent internal affairs in member nations such as the United States.

Washington Officials Call In The A-Team For Legal Weed

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Green thumb? Check. Extensive knowledge of the black market? Check. Throw in impeccable academic credentials and decades of experie...

Marijuana Legalization Campaign Looks To Expand After 2012 Victories

Reuters | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES, Dec 30 (Reuters) - After a decades-long campaign to legalize marijuana hit a high mark in 2012 with ...