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Author Archives: Jim Doherty
On Friday, August 29th, the Pierce County Superior Court issued an oral ruling, after the attorneys made their arguments, that the City of Fife has the authority to ban all marijuana businesses. In essence, the judge agreed with the basic analysis given … Continue reading
It’s taken a while (over 19 months since I-502 became effective), but marijuana crops are being harvested and processed and more stores are opening, all against a backdrop of lawsuits challenging local prohibitions.
On the evening of the day that our prior blog article regarding the Wenatchee and Centralia lawsuits was posted (June 26th), the Wenatchee city council considered changing the city’s business licensing ordinance to delete the requirement that all businesses in the … Continue reading
It took a while, but it looks like the courts in Washington are going to start tackling some of the difficult issues raised by conflicts between state, local, and federal laws regarding recreational marijuana.
Though the 2014 Legislature failed to come to agreement on many issues related to the state medical marijuana and recreational marijuana laws, there was one exception: ESHB 2304. The legislation deals primarily with marijuana concentrates, but it also adds a public records … Continue reading
On March 31st, Division I of the state court of appeals issued its decision on the legal challenge filed against the City of Kent’s prohibition of collective gardens. The appellate court upheld the city’s prohibition, ruling that collective gardens are not … Continue reading
This was supposed to be the year that the Legislature finally sorted out the absurdity of having a highly-regulated recreational marijuana market alongside an unregulated medical marijuana market. It didn’t happen. No bills dealing with the many marijuana issues before … Continue reading