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Topic - Alison Holcomb
His company's name celebrates being too stoned to get off the couch, and he hopes to bring an ultra-potent "super joint" to market.
Washington state issued its first legal-marijuana business license Wednesday, launching a new phase in the state's ambitious effort to regulate a market that has been illegal for more than 75 years.
Despite banning the sale, growing and processing of legal marijuana, the Yakima City Council is seeking tax money from the state's upcoming pot industry.
Washington adopted rules Wednesday for the recreational sale of marijuana, creating what advocates hope will be a template for the drug's legalization around the world.
Narcotics dogs have one less job to do in the state of Washington. Now that marijuana has become legal within the borders, many law-enforcement agencies, including the Seattle Police Department and Washington State Patrol, will no longer train their drug-sniffing canines to alert handlers to marijuana.
President Barack Obama says he won't go after pot users in Colorado and Washington, two states that just legalized the drug for recreational use. But advocates argue the president said the same thing about medical marijuana _ and yet U.S. attorneys continue to force the closure of dispensaries across the U.S.
The lawful possession and private use of marijuana becomes an American reality this week when Washington's law goes into effect.
"There needs to be a public education campaign, and it needs to have started last year," Holcomb said.
Alison Holcomb, the Seattle lawyer who drafted Washington's legal pot law, said Tuesday it was discouraging that the state has not yet engaged in any public education campaign about the dangers of driving high.