Election 2012

Seattle: Homeless; Blacks Most Likely to be Ticketed for Marijuana Use

SEATTLE, WA -- An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African-American males are more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else.

Officers issued 82 tickets for public possession and use between Jan. 1 and June 30, according to the report released Wednesday. Most of the citations were issued in public parks in the downtown core, where some homeless people hang out. One person was ticketed twice.

Almost all the people cited are men with an average age of 34. Although more than two-thirds of the people ticketed are younger than 40, people as old as 77 have been ticketed for marijuana infractions during the past six months.

About 36 percent of those ticketed were African-Americans, who are 8 percent of Seattle's population according to the 2010 census. About 46 percent of those ticketed told police they lived in a homeless shelter, transitional housing or had addresses associated with homeless services.

The researchers caution that the numbers and time span of their study make their conclusions preliminary.

The police department plans to

Washington State to Allow Marijuana Edibles, No Candy, in Retail Shops
Marijuana stores in Washington state can sell marijuana in cookies, brownies and other approved baked goods but cannot put cannabis in candies, lollipops or food items that might appeal to children, according to newly released rules.

OLYMPIA, WA -- Marijuana stores in Washington state can sell marijuana in cookies, brownies and other approved baked goods but cannot put cannabis in candies, lollipops or food items that might appeal to children, according to newly released rules. Washington became the second U.S. state to allow recreational sales of marijuana to adults on July 8 when its first retail stores opened under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in 2012. The state's Liquor Control Board, which regulates the fledgling industry, published the guidelines on Wednesday for the packaging and labeling of marijuana edibles. It prohibited any products, labels or packaging designed to be especially appealing to children, including lollipops and suckers, gummy candy and jelly beans, although many of those products are already being sold in the state's medical marijuana dispensaries. To gain approval to market a marijuana infused food item, such as brownies or bottled drinks, a processor must submit a photo of the product along with its labels and packaging. The edible also has to pass a processing facility inspection and must be clearly labeled as containing marijuana. Edibles also must be tested for potency and to ensure that the marijuana derivatives are spread evenly throughout the products.

Poll: Over 60% of Americans Support Retail Marijuana Sales in Colorado

DENVER, CO -- More than six out of ten Americans – including majorities of self-identified Democrats, Independents, and Republicans – support the regulation and retail sale of marijuana in Colorado, according to the findings of a nationwide HuffPost.com/YouGov poll released Tuesday. Colorado voters in 2012 approved a statewide initiative legalizing the personal consumption and cultivation of the plant. The measure also allows for the state-licensed commercial production and retail sales of cannabis to those over the age of 21. Commercial cannabis sales began on January 1st of this year. To date, these sales have generated nearly $11 million in tax revenue. Sixty-one percent of Americans – including 68 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of Independents, and 52 percent of Republicans – say they “support” Colorado’s efforts to regulate the commercial cannabis market. Only 27 percent of respondents oppose the Colorado law. Respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 (65 percent) as well as those age 65 and older (64 percent) were most likely to support Colorado’s efforts, while those between the ages of 45 to 65 (55 percent) were less likely to do so. The results of a separate poll of Colorado voters commissioned by Quinnipiac University in April

Seattle City Attorney Apologizes for Bringing Marijuana to the Office

SEATTLE, WA -- Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes on Friday apologized for violating workplace rules by bringing bags of marijuana he purchased from newly-opened Washington state pot shops back to his office. Holmes was one of the first people in line last week as the first few marijuana retail shops opened across Washington state, where voters in 2012 sanctioned the sale of cannabis to adults for recreational use under a steeply taxed and regulated system. "When I brought the unopened marijuana to City offices – trying to keep up with a busy schedule - I nonetheless violated the City's rules," Holmes said in a statement on the city's website. "At the end of the business day, I took the marijuana home and left it there, still unopened, before I participated in the second Community Walk of the Mayor's Summer of Safety." Holmes on Friday apologized, volunteered to donate $3,000 to a downtown homeless shelter, and voiced his on-going support for the state's landmark initiative. On Tuesday, a suit-and-tie clad Holmes could be seen holding up a brown paper bag carrying marijuana he bought minutes before at Seattle's first pot shop for a sea of journalists. "The most important take away here is that today marijuana sales

Cannabis City, Seattle’s First Retail Pot Shop, Runs Out of Marijuana
Cannabis City will be closed until July 21

SEATTLE, WA -- Seattle's first and only retail marijuana store had to close on Friday after running out of stock in just three days since Washington became the second U.S. state to allow pot sales to adults. Cannabis City opened in Seattle on Tuesday with at least 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) of marijuana for sale, and by close of business Thursday it was all gone. A message on the store's phone line said it would re-open on July 21. There were widespread concerns that shortages of pot would afflict retailers this week after the state issued its first 25 licenses to outlets, under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in November 2012. Some business owners planned to limit the amount of marijuana early customers could buy to try to make stocks last. Amber McGowan, manager at Cannabis City, told Reuters on Thursday the store would likely not have enough inventory to stay open for all of its regularly scheduled business hours until a delivery that was due next week. She said the shop was only able to stay open as long as it had by limiting customers to 0.2 ounces (six grams) per purchase, rather than the legal limit of 1.0

Hundreds Line Up as Legal Marijuana Sales Begin in Washington

SEATTLE, WA -- Washington's slow rollout of its legal marijuana market spreads to more cities Wednesday, one day after big crowds lined up outside the state's first licensed pot shops.

Adam Markus, the owner of Station 420 in Union Gap, said difficulties with a software system for tracking marijuana prevented his shop from opening on the first day stores could open under state rules. But he plans to open at 1 p.m. Wednesday - and after seeing how smoothly things went Tuesday, he's relieved.

Copper Kush"When you have absolutely everything invested in something - let's just say I was really nervous until I saw the lines this morning," he said.

Twenty months after voters legalized recreational cannabis for adults over 21, Washington state's first few licensed pot shops opened for business Tuesday, catering to hundreds of customers who were thrilled to be part of the historic moment. The state eventually plans to have more than 300 shops operating.

The pot being sold at four stores in Seattle, Bellingham, Prosser and Spokane was regulated, tested for impurities, heavily taxed and in short

Washington State Issues First Retail Marijuana Store Licenses

OLYMPIA, WA -- The first two dozen marijuana retail stores in Washington state were issued licences Monday by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, and the first recreational pot shops could open as early as Tuesday. Retailers will be required to use the first 24 hours to record their marijuana inventory into the store’s seed-to-sale tracking program, and will be allowed to open for business on Tuesday, July 8th. Under state law, marijuana will be sold at one ounce or less sizes, although retailers may impose lower limits on how much marijuana may be purchased until the supply of marijuana becomes more predictable. When the recreational marijuana shops first open in Washington, expect the retail price to be around $20-$25 per gram due to a limited supply from growers and processors. Retailers say that price will go down as more shops open, and more growers harvest crops. The following retailers were issued licences Monday, with additional licenses to be issued throughout the month: Arlington Cascade Kropz, 19129 Smokey Point Blvd. Bellevue Green Theory, 10697 Main St. Suite B Bellingham Top Shelf Cannabis, 3857 Hannegan Rd. 2020 Solutions, 2018 Iron St. Bingen Margie's Pot Shop, 405 E. Stueben Camano Island Bud Hut, 1123 E. State Route 532 East Wenatchee The Happy Crop Shoppe, 50 Rock Island

Colorado’s Retail Marijuana Industry Opens to All Applicants

DENVER, CO -- Colorado's recreational marijuana industry is about to get a lot larger.  After a successful first six months of retail marijuana sales, a major transition will begin this week that will open the industry to more businesses -- and more jobs. During the first six months of legalized recreational marijuana, only owners of medical marijuana businesses could apply to open recreational marijuana stores. Recreational pot shops were only allowed to sell marijuana that they grew themselves, similar to the state's medical marijuana program. Starting Tuesday, anyone is allowed to apply for a recreational marijuana business license and no previous medical marijuana experience is required. Newly licensed marijuana businesses can begin opening in October, and at that time the recreational marijuana industry will be allowed to specialize in one aspect of the business if they choose.  Retail stores will no longer be required to grow the marijuana they sell, and can elect to purchase marijuana from independent growers. It is uncertain how the new rules will impact Colorado's retail marijuana market.  It could lead to an infiltration of stores that are lower quality, or it could lead to a boon of creativity and bring new life to the system. As of mid-June, 292 people had filed optional

Massachusetts to Licence Only 11 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Eliminate Interim Access
In what advocates are calling a "wrecking ball swung through the entire medical pot community at once," the state's health department will only licence 11 of 35 voter-approved medical marijuana dispensaries, and are prohibiting caregivers from providing medial marijuana to more than one patient.

BOSTON, MA -- The Massachusetts medical marijuana community is in an uproar after state officials announced Friday that only 11 medical marijuana dispensaries would be licensed out of a possible 35 state wide, and none would be in Boston. Meanwhile, in what advocates are calling a "wrecking ball swung through the entire medical pot community at once," the state's health department began cracking down on medical marijuana caregivers who have been filling the needs of patients while officials continue to delay implementation of the medical marijuana law voters approved in 2012. [caption id="attachment_18818" align="alignleft" width="300"]Massachusetts voters approved medical marijuana in 2012. (file) Massachusetts voters approved medical marijuana in 2012 by 63% state wide. (file)[/caption] When Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved Question 3in 2012 with over 63% of the vote state wide (not to mention majority approval in 349 of the state's 351 cities and towns), they did so with the understanding that up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries would be allowed to open statewide. If dispensaries were not open within 180 days of the law taking effect -- which it did on January 1, 2013 -- then a hardship clause would allow medical marijuana patients and their caregivers to

Minors Aren’t Buying Marijuana at Colorado Recreational Pot Shops
Colorado Sting Operations Fail to Bust Any Marijuana Shops for Sales to Minors

DENVER, CO -- State regulators and state police recently performed sting operations on 20 different marijuana stores in the Denver and Pueblo areas to determine compliance with state law. The conclusion they reached was undisputed: None of the stores were breaking the law by selling marijuana to people under the age of 21. In Colorado, marijuana is regulated similarly to alcohol, including the stipulation that people without medical marijuana licenses may only purchase marijuana from retail establishments if they are 21 or older. The sting operations involved sending underage customers into stores to attempt to buy marijuana while being supervised by police officers. Shops who break the law face huge fines and can have their licenses revoked. During the course of these sting operations, not a single underage buyer was allowed to purchase marijuana from any of the 20 shops. Business owners have welcomed this announcement as an important sign of the legitimacy of the industry and the effectiveness of the regulatory structure. In response to this news, Lewis Koski, the director of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, issued a statement saying, “We are pleased with the results and will continue to monitor the businesses to ensure that the compliance efforts are maintained.”

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