Author Archives: Jim Doherty

About Jim Doherty

Jim has 19 years of experience researching and responding to varied legal questions at MRSC. He updates MRSC’s Public Records Act publication and has special expertise in transmission pipeline planning issues.

Wenatchee Marijuana Litigation Update (Corrected)

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

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Wenatchee and Centralia Sued on Recreational Marijuana Issues

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.

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Marijuana Concentrates – New Legislation

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

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New Medical Marijuana Court Decision Adds to the Confusion!

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

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Our Legislature Talks Marijuana, But That’s All (Sigh)

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

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Update on Marijuana Licensing

The state Liquor Control Board (LCB) issued a statement on February 19th clarifying its next licensing steps. In two accompanying documents, a summary of the status of marijuana licensing and an FAQ on licensing, the board sheds more light on … Continue reading

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State Attorney General Says Cities and Counties Can Ban Recreational Marijuana Uses

On January 16th, the state Attorney General’s Office issued a formal opinion concluding that Initiative 502 does not preempt counties, cities, and towns from banning recreational marijuana businesses –  producers, processors, and retailers – within their jurisdictions.

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Local and State Permits Required for Licensed Marijuana Businesses

The state Liquor Control Board is doing its best to inform prospective marijuana business applicants of the types of permits that they will need in order to comply with both local and state laws and regulations.

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Local Government Authority and the New Marijuana Industry

On November 5th, the state attorney general’s office posted a notice of a request for an opinion from Sharon Foster, chair of the state Liquor Control Board, regarding the authority of local governments – cities and counties – to directly or indirectly prohibit recreational … Continue reading

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Medical Marijuana Reform Starts!

The first volley is now over the net!  On October 21st, a work group composed of staff from three state agencies – the Department of Health, the Department of Revenue, and the Liquor Control Board – issued their draft recommendations … Continue reading

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