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Denver City Council Rules No New Marijuana Businesses Until 2016

August 13th

DENVER, CO — The Denver City Council gave initial approval Monday to a plan that would not allow any new marijuana businesses to open in the city until 2016. The move comes as the city tries to prevent a “green rush” of applications from  newcomers to the city — and state — hoping to capitalize […]

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Joint Effort: Washington Brewers Release Hemp Beer to Celebrate Marijuana Legalization

July 12th

SEATTLE, WA – Redhook Brewery, the Northwest’s original craft brew, announced today the release of  “Joint Effort,” a new hemp beer brewed in collaboration with Seattle’s Hilliard’s Beer that celebrates the legalization of marijuana in Washington State.

joint-effort-labelThe relationship between the two breweries began with a Ballard bar-hopping trip down memory lane for Redhook’s brewing team. The area where it all started for Redhook in 1981 has since become known as the “Redhook District” and is a haven for beer lovers with a number of notable breweries opening and thriving. Among those is Hilliard’s Beer, founded in October 2011 by Ryan Hilliard and Adam Merkl.

“We have a real appreciation for the brewing energy in Ballard right now. Thirty years ago Redhook was exactly where guys like Hilliard’s, Reuben’s Brews and Populuxe are today,” said Karmen Olson, Redhook Brand Manager. “We’re stoked to be working with our friends at Hilliard’s and to raise a pint to our Emerald City heritage.”

Joint Effort is a session ale brewed with hemp seeds. Dry-hopped with Zeus, Cascade,. . . . . READ MORE

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Latest Washington Marijuana Rules: Outdoor Grows, Concentrates In; Pot Logo Out

July 5th

OLYMPIA, WA — Washington state was the first in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana use, but image-conscious regulators there think the cannabis-leaf logo designed for state-licensed pot merchandise conveys the wrong impression of the Evergreen State.

Dropping the marijuana leaf as an official state symbol was one of several changes contained in the latest draft of measures proposed by a three-member panel devising new regulations for the state’s nascent marijuana industry.

The proposals, released on Wednesday and containing mostly minor revisions to an earlier plan, included rules governing cultivation, sales and taxation of pot due to take effect when state-licensed retail marijuana stores open next spring.

Washington and Colorado became the only two U.S. states to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use after approval by voters last November, though Washington’s law went into effect first.

Both states, along with 16 others, also have legalized pot for medical purposes. The federal government, however, still classifies cannabis as an illegal substance.

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Washington LCB Reconsiders Allowing Outdoor Marijuana Growing, Hash & Dabs

June 20th

OLYMPIA, WA — When the initial proposed regulations for Washington’s forthcoming recreational marijuana market were released in May, outdoor growing of marijuana was not permitted.  Neither were hash, hash oils, and concentrates such as dabs, unless incorporated into edible marijuana products.

Now, regulators at the state’s Liquor Control Board said Wednesday that they are reconsidering those prohibitions following a briefing on over 1,000 pages of comments sent by members of the community.

In Wednesdays briefing, three major changes to the proposed regulations were expressed to the board.

The biggest change would be allowing outdoor cultivation of marijuana, which would require a smaller carbon footprint than indoor growing.  In the first draft of the proposed rules, all marijuana would have been required to be grown indoors, or in green houses with rigid walls.

“With the proper security, we feel that outdoor grows would work as well as indoor grows,” acknowledged Liquor Control Board rules coordinator Karen McCall.

The Liquor Control Board also had proposed banning hash oils and concentrates, unless they were incorporated into edible food products.  With the majority of the feedback from the community overwhelmingly in favor of allowing concentrates, the LCB is looking to see how they can be allowed th. . . . . READ MORE

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2014 Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Underway in Three States

June 18th

The race to be the next state to legalize marijuana at the ballot box is on. Activists in three states — Alaska, Arizona, and Oregon — have taken initial steps to get the issue before the voters during the 2014 general election.

In Alaska, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell last Friday certified a ballot initiative application that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults. Backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, the initiative would also set up a system of taxed and regulated marijuana commerce. Adults could grow up to six marijuana plants for their personal use.

Proponents will have one year to gather 30,169 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot. But they have to wait a week or so for the state elections division to begin printing the petition booklets.

Alaska already allows for adults to possess small amounts of marijuana in their homes under the state Supreme Court’s interpretation of the state constitution’s privacy provisions.

In Arizona, Safer Arizona is sponsoring an initiative to amend the state constitution to allow for legal, taxed, and regulated marijuana use and commerce. The group READ MORE

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Alaska Certifies 2014 Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative Application

June 15th

ANCHORAGE, AK — Alaska’s Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell has certified ballot initiative application that would make it legal for adults to possess up to one ounce of marijuana in the state.

Activists now have one year to collect 30,169 signatures from qualified voters across the state to get the question on the ballot.

The proposed ballot question would legalize marijuana for adults 21 or older, who would be allowed to possess up to one ounce.  The initiative would also establish a system of regulated marijuana retail sales, legal growing, and establish an excise tax on recreational marijuana.

The proposal would create state-regulated marijuana stores, cultivation facilities, marijuana infused-product manufacturers, and marijuana testing facilities.  It would also allow adults to have up to six marijuana plants.

Also included in the proposed initiative is  a $100 fine for anyone caught smoking marijuana in public, which is currently a class B misdemeanor.

The retail marijuana industry in Alaska would be overseen by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, but the state legislature would have the option of creating a separate Marijuana Control Board to oversee the industry.

The state elections division will now begin printing petition booklets, which will take about a week.  Once the booklets are ready. . . . . READ MORE

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Moving Toward Legal Marijuana Commerce in Washington State

June 13th

OLYMPIA, WA — Voters approved the marijuana legalization initiative I-502 in Washington state last November, and it is now legal to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, but a full-blown marijuana commerce industry doesn’t just happen overnight. The state is still months away from having a functioning system of state-taxed and -regulated marijuana cultivators, processors, and retailers, but the process is well underway, and by most accounts, it is going relatively smoothly.

Washington-State-Liqour-Control-Marijuana-LogoLast month, the Washington Liquor Control Board (LCB), the state agency charged with setting up the state’s marijuana industry, issued its initial draft rules. It took written comments on the initial draft rules through Monday and will issue revised draft rules later this month.

The LCB will hold public hearings on the rules for all three envisaged licenses — grower, processor, and retailer — in late July, promulgate final rules in August, begin accepting license app. . . . . READ MORE

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