On July 8, marijuana retailers will be able to open their doors in the state of Washington. Twenty should have licenses in hand by that date. But with those licenses will come new rules on labeling and a concern that there simply won’t be enough legal marijuana supply available. [Read more…]Charged with a crime in Washington? Call now. (888) 205-9314.
Carrying a small sum of cash on you is usually not cause for concern. But if you’ve ever withdrawn a couple thousand dollars, for a car down payment or other purchase, you know that walking around with that much dough can be a little intimidating. Imagine that feeling multiplied, a million times over, and you’ll have something similar to what those involved in the now-legal system of marijuana are experiencing. [Read more…]
Marijuana has been legalized for recreational use in the state of Washington for over a year. But in the fall-out of the November 2012 ballot passage, some cities and counties have scrambled to pass their own marijuana restrictions, hoping to keep pot from their locales. A new bill could stop those local measures, effectively banning bans on marijuana. [Read more…]
Everyone knew that voting would be the easy part of marijuana legalization. Now, six months after Washingtonians passed recreational marijuana legislation, we are beginning to get a clearer picture of how those laws will look in practice. Officials released proposed rules regarding recreational marijuana this week, and though they’ll likely change some, they offer a glimpse into how the law will be implemented. [Read more…]
When a judge sides with you, as a defendant in a criminal case, it can be a relief. It can even feel empowering if the judge goes so far as to call out the police or prosecutor on mistakes they made in your arrest and prosecution. So, one Tacoma man likely feels a little bit of smug pride in the way his marijuana case has unfolded. [Read more…]
When recreational marijuana was passed in November, people across the state of Washington sparked up in celebration. It was a little Wild West as marijuana users attempted to find where they could fit in with the new laws. As a result, private clubs were formed—something officials say breaks the law. [Read more…]
Things are a little up in the air in Washington these days—police want to hold on to their marijuana enforcement powers, but are at a loss on how to do so. Evidence of their confusion comes in the reports of several people being arrested for having a “green film” on their tongues, something the cops say is evidence of using marijuana. [Read more…]
Among other challenges of the new Washington state marijuana polices, and there are many, is the challenge of keeping the legal weed inside the borders of Washington. This endeavor, if done successfully, could keep the federal government from suing the state in an effort to usurp what the voters want—regulated and “free” marijuana.
January 23 marked the first of several public forums on Washington’s new marijuana laws. According to The Olympian and several other media outlets, it was standing room only.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board is tasked with implementing the new legislation which legalizes recreational marijuana, and they want input from the public. [Read more…]
After it was apparent Washington voters had legalized recreational marijuana, the question arose about pending marijuana cases where people were arrested and charged before I502 passed. What would happen to those people facing charges of possession, charges for something no longer considered a crime? At least in some jurisdictions, those people are now off the hook. [Read more…]