Washington News and Editorals
The Seattle Times | March 8, 2014 | OLYMPIA
Lawmakers in Olympia now will negotiate a final bill to overhaul the states lightly regulated medical-marijuana system and merge it with the legal recreational market still taking shape.
Senate passes new rules for medical marijuana
LISA BAUMANN and RACHEL LA CORTE
A measure to overhaul the states medical-marijuana system cleared the Senate on Saturday as the state moves to merge that largely unregulated market with the still-developing legal recreational market.
Senate Bill 5887 passed 34-15 and now heads to the House, which passed a similar measure last month. Both chambers will now negotiate a final bill to reconcile the medical market with the recreational market approved by voters in 2012.
The changes under the bill sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, include reducing the amount of marijuana and the number of plants patients can possess, doing away with collective gardens and establishing a patient registry.
Rivers called the measure a framework and said it was the very best attempt to protect our patients and their rights while making sure we meet Initia .... Open the source in new window
The New York Times | MARCH 6, 2014 | SEATTLE
Providers of Medical Marijuana Face New Fears
There should be, one might think, a note of triumph or at least quiet satisfaction in Muraco Kyashna-tochas voice. Her patient-based cooperative in north Seattle dispenses medical marijuana to treat seizures, sleeplessness and other maladies. And with the state gearing up to open its first stores selling legal marijuana for recreational use, the drug she has cultivated, provided to patients and used herself for years seems to be barreling toward the mainstream.
But her one-w.... View more in new window
Huffington Post | 03/06/20
Marijuana Taxes in Colorado -- An Early Clue
Across America, lawmakers are eyeing tax revenue from legalized marijuana. Colorado and Washington are each officially expecting over $100 million annually in marijuana excise taxes. In a few days, the Colorado Department of Revenue is due to report how much marijuana tax was paid there for January, the first full month of recreational sales anywhere ever.
But the report on January collections will tell us next to nothing about what other states can expect, and only a little.... View more in new window
NORML | March 6, 2014
Legal Pots Cash Conundrum
Sabrina Fendrick, Director of Womens Outreach
On Sunday February 16th, I bought legal weed for the first time from a recreational cannabis store in Denver, Co. I spent a few minutes speaking with some of the employees, as I was eager to hear how things were going under this newly sanctioned marijuana market. Unsurprisingly, business was great. Some items were selling quicker than others, but everyone was in agreement that the rollout of Colorados legal cannabis retail system had been a great success, except for one cr.... View more in new window
NORML | March 6, 2014
Patients Ought To Be Skeptical Of Proposed CBD-Only Legislation Heres Why
Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
In recent weeks, lawmakers in several states have moved forward with legislative proposals to permit specific strains and/or extracts of cannabis possessing high quantities of the cannabinoid cannabidiol CBD, but otherwise maintaining criminal prohibitions on the whole plant.
But is this new direction in the best interest of patients? As I wrote in a recent column for Alternet.org republished with permission by Cannabis Now under the title Patients Ought To Be Skeptical Of P.... View more in new window