DEA Will Continue to Classify Marijuana as a Schedule 1 Substance

Marijuana will remain on the government’s list of most highly regulated and dangerous drugs, the Obama administration says, despite growing popular support for the widespread legalization of pot.

The decision means that pot remains on a list of drugs that have no medical purpose. But the Drug Enforcement Administration did open the door to more research on the drug and its possible medical uses.

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Microsoft is the First Big Company to Service the Marijuana Industry

As state after state has legalized marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed away entirely. Marijuana, after all, is still illegal, according to the federal government.

But Microsoft is breaking the corporate taboo on pot this week by announcing a partnership to begin offering software that tracks marijuana plants from “seed to sale,” as the pot industry puts it.

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Without notice, the King County Council imposed an emergency four-month moratorium on I-502 marijuana businesses in unincorporated King County areas

The Metropolitan King County Council imposed an emergency, four-month moratorium on legal marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas. It gave no public notice in advance of the action but must hold a hearing within 60 days.

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Board to close marijuana retail license application window March 31, 2016

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) will stop accepting marijuana retail license applications March 31, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. The WSLCB began processing retail applications on Oct. 12, 2015 to accommodate additional demand and provide additional access points before the medical and recreational marketplace are merged on July 1, 2016.

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Medical dispensaries are rolled into regulated system, significantly increasing the number of Retail Stores in WA

Trying to fold medical marijuana into Washington’s regulated recreational system, state officials approved a plan to add up to 222 more pot stores. But some retailers say there’s too much risk in selling medical products.

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