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File photo of a person holding a marijuana joint. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Pierce County Pot Limits May Face Court Challenge

A Pierce County ordinance that would block licensed marijuana operations may be challenged court.

12/15/2013

File photo of marijuana. (Photo by RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/GettyImages)

Will Marijuana Taxes Go To Health Care?

Under the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” the intended recipient of the pot taxes — Washington’s Basic Health Plan — is being eliminated.

CBS Seattle–10/31/2013

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Panel Examines Future Of Medical Marijuana In Washington

Washington is pushing forward with plans to entice the latter into its new world of legal, taxed recreational pot, and advocates like Darington say they’re worried about where that’s going to leave those who actually need cannabis.

CBS Seattle–10/21/2013

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Thousands Cited For Having Pot On Federal Land

At least 27,700 people cited for having pot on federal land since 2009.

09/16/2013

Martin Nickerson Jr. has sued Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and state tax chief Carol Nelson in federal court, arguing that he cannot be taxed on the state and local levels because he’s already being federally prosecuted, Courthouse News Service reports. His attorneys argue that he is unable to defend himself from state tax charges because he would be forced to waive his Fifth Amendment rights by responding to the local tax charges. (credit: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Washington To Change Rule For Siting Pot Businesses

Washington state is changing its plans for where marijuana businesses can be located, after the Justice Department said that enforcing federal drug laws near schools and playgrounds remains a priority “and will not be compromised for convenience.”

CBS Seattle–09/13/2013

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Prosecutor: Wash. Medical Pot System ‘Not Tenable’

Washington’s medical marijuana system is “not tenable” in light of new guidance from the U.S. Justice Department about its pot-related enforcement priorities, the chief federal prosecutors in the state said Thursday.

08/29/2013

Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment." (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Inslee On Feds’ Marijuana Decision: We Can ‘Move Forward’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite 75 years of federal marijuana prohibition, the Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into […]

CBS Seattle–08/29/2013

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REPORT: Feds Won’t Sue To Stop Marijuana Use In Washington, Colorado

The federal government says it will not sue to stop the states of Washington and Colorado from allowing recreational marijuana use, according to the Associated Press.

CBS Seattle–08/29/2013

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Seattle Police To Hand Out Bags Of Chips At Hempfest

The Seattle Police Department confirms officers will distribute information about upcoming marijuana laws via stickers on bags of chips.

08/14/2013

A man holds the powder from his marijuana crop, which he will make into hash by cooking it over a low fire. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Legal Pot Prompts A Question: What About Hash?

Substance abuse experts are concerned that such increasingly popular, extremely potent and potentially dangerous pot extracts will be sold and that state regulators’ interpretation of the recreational marijuana law will allow people to buy vastly more hash than they need for personal use.

CBS Seattle–07/15/2013

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