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Washington Marijuana

Feds OK Pot Background Checks By Washington State

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

SEATTLE (AP) — After a year of requests, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it is giving Washington state access to an FBI database so it can...

Washington Mayor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

(Adds quote from spokeswoman, details on measure) WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) - District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Monday s...

In The Future, People Will Bring Pot To Dinner Parties Instead Of Wine

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business

If the support for marijuana legalization continues to rise, in the near future you might bring a bag of your favorite cannabis to a dinner party, rat...

Matt Ferner

Lawmakers Push For New Marijuana Banking Rules That Bankers Won't Follow Anyway

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

Sixteen members of Congress sent a letter to federal banking regulators Tuesday urging them to quickly implement the federal government's new guidelin...

Matt Ferner

Here's How To Find The Cheapest Legal Weed

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.05.2014 | Small Business

Finding a good deal on your favorite marijuana strain can be difficult, but a new price comparison website aims to change that. Wikileaf.com lets s...

Marijuana Taxes: Time Will Tell

Pat Oglesby | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Pat Oglesby

While marijuana revenue could be a promising new source of income for states, a wide range of expectations underscores how little we know so far about what mature markets will look like one day.

Matt Ferner

Obama's Marijuana Banking Rules Don't Change Anything, Bankers Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

Last week, the Obama administration announced new guidelines that it portrayed as a drastic change to the way marijuana businesses interact with banki...

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...

Hunter Stuart

You Can Already Order Weed Delivery In Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 02.11.2014 | Business

Recreational weed won't be on sale in Washington for months, but you can already order up high-quality buds and have them delivered to your door in so...

Marijuana Legalization Stalls In New Mexico Senate Panel

AP | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to allow New Mexico voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana has been stalled — for now. The ...

Has Entrepreneurship Gone to Pot?

Lynda Bekore | Posted 04.06.2014 | Small Business
Lynda Bekore

Like cigarettes and alcohol, marijuana is a perfectly legal, commercial product (in specific states, so far) albeit with restrictions on its growth and distribution, so why shouldn't entrepreneurs benefit from a legal activity?

Obama: Feds Can't 'Police Whether Somebody Is Smoking A Joint On A Corner'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama said Thursday that the federal government did not have resources to prosecute casual users of marijuana in Colorado and Washing...

'High' Flying Wash. And Colo. Passengers Travel With Stashes

AP | Posted 01.30.2014 | Crime

DENVER (AP) — Among the many oddities that have arisen from marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado is this: It can be easier to get throu...

The 'Stoner Bowl' Is On!

Reuters | Posted 03.30.2014 | Small Business

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan 28 (Reuters) - For Nate Johnson, the excitement surrounding the upcoming Super Bowl is two-fo...

Matt Ferner

Marijuana Advocates Skeptical About Holder's Big Pot Announcement

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration is planning to issue regulations that would give state-sanctioned marijuana outfits access to the same traditional banking se...

This City Says No To Legal Pot

Reuters | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan 23 (Reuters) - Lawmakers in one of the largest cities in Washington state have said no to mar...

Matt Ferner

Google, Facebook And Twitter Aren't Going To Help You Get High

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.24.2014 | Technology

"Ganjapreneurs" are going to have to find another way to market their legal products online because Google, Facebook and Twitter are not going to let ...

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...

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 ...

Cities Can Block Pot, State's Attorney General Says

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

SEATTLE (AP) — Cities and counties can block licensed marijuana businesses from operating within their borders, Washington state's top lawyer said T...

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 Ferner

Marijuana Just Had The Best Year Ever

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Move over Pope Francis, because marijuana just had the Best. Year. Ever. From popular support nationwide to the federal government's decision not t...

Matt Ferner

This Is How Marijuana Consumers Want To Buy Their Legal Weed

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Were they able to, most Americans would want to buy their legal weed at a pharmacy or at its own store. And they really want to, with 80 percent think...

Matt Ferner

Marijuana Businesses May Get Good Banking News In Early 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Marijuana businesses may not yet get a full green light on the banking rights that non-marijuana businesses already enjoy, but they are likely to get ...

Washington State Marijuana Users Smoked A LOT Of Pot In 2013

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

SEATTLE (AP) — Figuring out how much marijuana people use has been one of the trickiest, and most important, questions facing the bureaucrats who ar...