Seattle throws out 15 years of marijuana convictions

Citing the war on drugs’ disproportionate impact on people of color, judges in Seattle have agreed to vacate the marijuana convictions of hundreds of people who were punished for pot possession before the state made weed legal.

According to the Seattle Times, in April, city attorney Pete Holmes filed a motion asking the city’s seven municipal court judges to vacate the convictions of anyone charged with misdemeanor possession between 1996 and 2010. Holmes, who was elected in 2010, decided to stop prosecuting minor weed offenses when he took office.


Washington DC's budding market for legal pot is rife with potential pitfalls — here's what you need to know

It's been nearly four years since Washington, D.C., citizens overwhelmingly passed Initiative 71, granting all citizens over the age of 21 permission to possess up to two ounces of marijuana. The law allows district residents to use and grow pot on private property, and to exchange weed as long as no money, goods or services are exchanged.


Washington, DC sees mass synthetic marijuana overdose

Even in cannabis-legal Washington, DC, people are still getting severely sick due to synthetic marijuana.

Synthetic marijuana has caused a string of overdoses in the Washington, D.C. area this week, according to a report in the Washington Post. In one 24-hour period from Wednesday through Thursday, emergency medical personnel took dozens of people to local hospitals for treatment. City officials say the victims had been using K2 or Spice before being stricken.


Doctor loses medical license for legally treating her menstrual cramps with cannabis

The state prohibits doctors from ever using cannabis, even if it’s for the medical purpose of managing the pain of menstrual cramps.

When Dr. Yolanda Ng was offered a job as a pediatric nephrologist at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Washington, she was thrilled. She’d already been working in the position for five months as a locum, the medical industry equivalent of a temp, and liked the work. Plus, they were happy to allow her to split time between Spokane and San Jose, where her family lives. Little did she know, accepting the job would effectively end her medical career.


Inside the Trump administration’s secret war on cannabis

The Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee wants to counteract positive marijuana messages and identify problems with state legalization initiatives, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.


Washington is growing way too much marijuana

It turns out too much weed isn’t always a good thing.

Six years after it became one of the first states in the country to legalize adult-use cannabis, Washington is growing way too much weed.

While that may sound like a good kind of problem, plummeting prices and the danger of a federal crackdown can turn too much of a good thing into a serious issue. Much like its southern neighbor Oregon, Washington’s oversupply issue stems from the state’s lax regulations when it comes to growers.


New study shows seniors embracing medical marijuana

The Washington, D.C.-based National Council for Aging Care recently released its complete guide to medical marijuana for seniors, advising those in their golden years on the benefits of alternative medication.


Industry experts say Washington grew too much cannabis, and it could be a serious problem

Go to any weed store in Washington these days, and you're likely to leave a happy customer. Strains of seemingly all kinds stock the shelves. A gram sells for less than $10.

Yet for those in the cannabis industry, the endless selection and continually dropping prices are emblematic of a serious problem.

"There's too much weed," says Eric Skaar, general manager at Sativa Sisters.

In Inlander interviews with farmers, retailers and industry experts, all agree on one thing: The state has grown too much cannabis and there aren't enough dispensaries to sell it. It's forced farmers, once eager to open up their own business, to sell their supply for pennies on the dollar.


Washington state gets its first drive-thru marijuana dispensary

Washington weed just keeps getting easier to access.

Now, in Auburn, tokers can replenish their stash without even getting out of the car: Joint Rivers, believed to be the state's first drive-thru cannabis dispensary, is now open for business.

It puts us behind Las Vegas, which got their first drive-thru dispensary -- and the first in the country -- back in November 2017. Where other states have fully embraced weed and its potential for kitschy, tourist stops, Washington has been a bit more cautious. California and Colorado have also opened up weed cafes, another area that Washington has been hesitant about.


Want proof the fight for legal weed is really heating up in Washington? Check this out.

Organizations weighing in on marijuana issues spent $20 million in the first half of 2018, more than triple the $6 million spent during the same period a year earlier, according to an analysis by NJ Cannabis Insider of second-quarter lobbying reports filed with the Clerk of the House.

The increase illustrates the activity on Capitol Hill as several bills have been introduced to remove the federal prohibition against marijuana, or to block Washington from interfering with states that have legalized cannabis.


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