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Marijuana Sales Could Begin in Washington State in Early 2014

September 5th

OLYMPIA, WA – Recreational marijuana could be available for sale early next year in Washington state, officials say. A spokesman for the state Liquor Control Board said the rules have been revised to allow legal growers to begin with mature plants, SeattlePI.com reported. While the plants must not be producing usable marijuana yet, they will be […]

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Washington Looks to Limit Marijuana Industry in New I-502 Regulations

September 5th

OLYMPIA, WA – Washington state regulators, aiming to limit the state’s nascent marijuana industry, want to cap the amount of space available to grow recreational marijuana at 2 million square feet (185,800 sq. meters) – the equivalent of about 35 NFL football fields. The limit was among proposed state marijuana rules released on Wednesday, roughly a […]

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Denver Seeks 3.5 Percent Tax on Retail Marijuana Sales

September 1st

DENVER, CO — The city of Denver, in a first step toward regulating newly legal recreational marijuana, will ask voters to approve a 3.5 percent sales tax on pot sales in a citywide ballot measure in November, a city official said on Tuesday. The municipal sales tax, if approved at the polls, would be on […]

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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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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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