What Marijuana Reform Can and Can’t Do About Racial Injustice

By: Friday July 25, 2014 2:31 pm

One of the significant reasons to support marijuana reform is the huge racial disparity in marijuana arrests, but marijuana reform alone can’t fix the source of the racial bias in our justice system. What it does do is treat one of the worst symptoms of this disease.


In Defense of the Washington Liquor Control Board’s Handling of Marijuana Implementation

By: Monday July 14, 2014 3:22 pm

The start of the recreational marijuana industry in Washington State has been much delayed and a bit rocky, but any criticism of how the Washington State Liquor Control Board handled implementing the law so far should acknowledge what an unenviable task the agency was assigned.

First Legal Marijuana Sale Made in Washington State

By: Tuesday July 8, 2014 12:14 pm

This is a historic day in Washington State as the first legal recreational marijuana sale was made around 8:00 am this morning. A year and a half after the voters approved marijuana legalization, there is now finally a way for adults 21 and over to legally buy marijuana under Washington State’s new regulatory system, but it is not exactly easy to do at the moment.

Washington Announces Winners of Lottery for Marijuana Store Licenses

By: Friday May 2, 2014 10:36 am

Washington State Liquor Control Board expects to start issuing retail licenses no later than the first week of July so legal sales should begin very soon after.

Marijuana Arrests Plummet in Washington State Because of Legalization

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 9:30 am

One major aspect of marijuana legalization is working exactly as intended by eliminating thousands of low level marijuana arrests. New information from Washington State shows that low level marijuana filings for adults over 21 in 2013 dropped to just 2% of what they were the year before legalization.

Washington State to Start Issuing Marijuana Growing Licenses in March

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 1:24 pm

The Washington State Liquor Control Board recently finished one of its last important pieces of regulation and announced it will begin issuing licenses for producers and processors in March. Once the regulated growers start producing a crop that will allow licensed marijuana retail stores to open. The WSLCB believes the first marijuana stores should be open for business this summer.

Washington AG Says Municipalities Will Have a Pot Local Option

By: Friday January 17, 2014 1:15 pm

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has finally weighed in on one of the most important policy issue regarding the implementation of the state’s new marijuana legalization law.

Washington Liquor Control Board No Longer Recommends Ban on Medical Marijuana Home Growing

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 4:10 pm

The Washington State Liquor Control Board has made one notable improvement to its recommendations regarding changes to the state’s medical marijuana system now that marijuana will be legal. The board no longer suggests a ban on medical marijuana patients growing marijuana at home.

Washington Medical Marijuana Patients Should Be Allowed to Continue Home Growing

By: Monday October 28, 2013 11:45 am

Of all the suggestions by the three state agencies to change Washington State’s medical marijuana laws after full legalization, the one that concerned me the most was the proposal to eliminate home growing for patients. I consider this change to be both misguided and premature at this time for three main reasons.

Agencies Recommend Scaling Back Washington State’s Medical Marijuana System After Legalization

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 10:40 am

Now that Washington State has legalized marijuana for adults, three state government agencies are recommending changes to the state’s medical marijuana system to bring them more in line with the newly approved recreational system. Most of these proposed changes would scale back the state’s medical marijuana law.

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