Washington offers pardons for misdemeanor cannabis convictions

In late 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first two states in the U.S. to legalize recreational cannabis. Now, just over six years later, Washington is going one step further and offering pardons to people with misdemeanor cannabis convictions who were charged before it was legalized.

In January, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the pardons as part of his new Marijuana Justice Initiative. “We should not be punishing people for something that is no longer an illegal behavior in the state of Washington," he said.

According to the governor's office, around 3,500 people are eligible, but those pardons won't happen automatically. Inslee's deputy general counsel, Tip Wonhoff, says people need to fill out an online form to begin the process.


Bill would allow use of marijuana at schools

A bill proposed by state Rep. Brian Blake of Aberdeen would allow marijuana on school campuses for students who require aid for medical conditions.

The state Legislature convenes today.

House Bill 1060 aims to permit students to consume medical marijuana on school property, aboard buses and while attending school-sponsored events.

Students would have to meet the demands of state law RCW 69.51A.220, which requires that health care professionals must authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Minors would receive treatment with the approval of their guardians.


Marijuana hasn't hurt booze sales in the three states where weed has been legal the longest

Industry observers expected that the marijuana legalization trend in the U.S. would hurt liquor sales, but a new study from a booze trade association says that hasn't been the case in the three states where weed has been legal the longest.

Overall industry trends remained consistent, according to the Distilled Spirits Council, which did the study. Spirits sales went up in the three states – Colorado, Oregon and Washington state – although wine and beer stayed on their mixed to negative course.

"At this point, we've seen no impact on spirit sales from legalized recreational marijuana," said Chris Swonger, CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council.


Washington State governor announced plan to clear marijuana convictions

Amid a flurry of rumors regarding his possible run for the White House in 2020, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced a limited program to pardon misdemeanor cannabis convictions stemming from 1998 to 2012.

“We shouldn’t be punishing people for something that is no longer illegal behavior in the state of Washington,” said Inslee on Friday morning at the annual Washington State Cannabis Summit, an event held by marijuana business interests.


Washington State gets cannabis candy and gummies back, but with new regulations

A few months ago it appeared the state of Washington was getting ready to ban a large number of marijuana candies and edibles, but a new decision will protect those products with new regulations, writes Joseph Misulonas.


Washington cannabis regulator approves new marijuana candy regulations

Good news edible fans: Washington state will not ban pot-infused candies and gummies after all. But there will be some changes coming to the treats.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board finalized a policy on Wednesday which limits the colors and shapes that edibles can have, but doesn't forbid pot-infused candies, like an earlier policy did.


Seattle company gets Washington’s first cannabis research license

The state of Washington is about to hand out its very first cannabis research license. This new license allows companies to grow and process cannabis purely for research purposes.

Verda Bio, a Seattle-based pharmaceutical company, told me they successfully received their research license and will soon be growing cannabis in their SoDo facility. The LCB confirmed that after a fee was processed the research license would be issued.


How a racketeering law is targeting cannabis growers in states with legal marijuana

Would you welcome a cannabis farm as your next-door neighbor?

A federal jury in Denver is being asked to decide, in a trial that kicked off Monday, whether it agrees with a Colorado couple who claim their home is being devalued by a cannabis firm that set up business operations 40 feet from their property line.

Plaintiffs Hope and Michael Reilly say the existence of the cannabis businesses, and noxious odors it produces, are decreasing the value of their real estate and interfering with the use and enjoyment of their land.


Washington governor reassures B.C. ahead of cannabis legalization but advises more regulation

As marijuana legalization looms Oct. 17, British Columbians can look south of the border to Washington for a model of success six years after its own legalization date, says that state’s governor. On Wednesday, Premier John Horgan and Gov. Jay Inslee held a bilateral meeting to collaborate on a host of cross-border issues, including climate change and a possible high-speed rail linking B.C., Oregon and Washington state. After the conference, the pair addressed the impending Canadian legalization of cannabis.


Washington State implemented a flawed tracking system that cost cannabis businesses a lot of money

Earlier this year, the state of Washington implemented a new system to track cannabis from seed-to-sale. But a new report says that tracking system is highly flawed and the state needs to fix it, writes Joseph Misulonas.


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