Welcome to Cannabis Chronicles
Recreational use of marijuana has been legal in Washington for more than a year now, although there’s still no legal place to buy it – yet.
The state Liquor Control Board has started approving the first producers and processors licenses and things are moving forward, slowly but steadily.
Retail locations could open up as early as late spring or summer. And while Clark County has a moratorium on the six stores it’s been allocated, the city of Vancouver is moving forward with the process on its own six stores.
How will things work out? Nobody knows yet.
The goal of this blog is to keep you informed, share news and tidbits, and also some of the humor in this very convoluted landscape.
To kick you off, here’s a short list of some of the bigger marijuana-focused stories from The Columbian since last fall:
Sept. 4, 2013: Clark County approved for 15 marijuana stores
Nov. 1, 2013: Vancouver workshop addresses business of pot
Nov. 7, 2013: In Our View: Marijuana Experiment
Nov. 12, 2013: State’s marijuana stores could be open by May or June
Jan. 21, 2014: Pot bills would rework medical marijuana system
Jan. 22, 2014: Is Vancouver neighborhood growing into a marijuana mecca?
Jan. 26, 2014: Marijuana legalized: Now what? Questions persist, details remain unresolved as state prepares to begin retail sales of recreational marijuana
Feb. 10, 2014: Marijuana law no respite for crime lab: New rules for identifying pot bog down scientists at State Patrol facility
March 10, 2014: County pot grower expects to be legal this week
March 29, 2014: Marijuana question returns to cities’ agendas
April 2, 2014: Poll: Nationwide marijuana legalization inevitable
April 8, 2014: Camas City Council extends ban on recreational marijuana
April 13, 2014: Will legalization spark marijuana research?
April 13, 2014: Researcher: Pot’s effects differ in sexes
April 15, 2014: Woodland plans to extend ban on pot businesses