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Republicans wary of I-502 marijuana changes

It takes two-thirds supermajorities in the Legislature to change a voter initiative in its first two years, so proposed changes to pot-legalizing Initiative 502 need the support of both political parties.

And a key House Republican said today his caucus has a philosophical opposition to changing initiatives right away and that, more specifically, I-502 was well-written.

Rep. Cary Condotta, R-East Wenatchee, is the ranking member of the committee dealing with marijuana issues. He’s in no hurry to change the system that has yet to start operating. “Let’s get it set up, see what we’ve got,” he said.

Condotta did acknowledge that Republicans

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Here’s the letter about marijuana that a lawmaker sent to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Rep. Chris Hurst’s letter explains to Holder the objectives of his bill to change regulations on marijuana and invites him to come to Olympia to testify about it. (Hurst acknowledged at a recent press conference Holder wasn’t likely to show up.)


Groups, lawmakers getting down to the details on legal marijuana

UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: House Government and Oversight Committee Chairman Chris Hurst today proposed a 500-foot rule to replace the rule in pot-legalizing Initiative 502 to keep marijuana stores at least 1,000 feet from schools, parks, community centers and other areas where children might gather.

“The 1,000 foot rule, of course, just doesn’t work,” he said in an interview. “There won’t be a market.”

Other changes he is proposing in House Bill 2000 would give more authority to the Liquor Control Board that is setting the rules for marijuana growers and sellers.

The bill would replace a fixed $1,000 fine for violators

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Relax distance rules for marijuana stores?

As I wrote Monday, three months after voters approved legal marijuana sales, it remains very unclear how easy it will be for customers to buy the stuff. Some local governments may use their zoning powers to resist, and even if they don’t, Initiative 502 contains a rule that requires pot stores to be at least 1,000 feet from schools, parks, libraries, day care centers, bus stations and community centers — which may concentrate them in industrial zones or rural areas.

The leader of the House committee overseeing marijuana, Rep. Chris Hurst, now says the way the 1,000-foot rule is written in the

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Lawmakers ask liquor board to put the brakes on marijuana regulations

 UPDATED at 7 p.m. to reflect Hurst wants to devote some, not all, marijuana proceeds to education.

Three House Democrats from King County have asked the Liquor Control Board to slow down implementing pot-legalizing Initiative 502.

The request, first reported by Seattle Times editorial writer Jonathan Martin, comes from

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Chris Hurst takes over new committee overseeing pot, liquor, lean management

While the drama today was all in the closely divided state Senate, Democrats in the House, where they have a clear-cut 55-43 majority, also finished electing their committee leaders today.

Democrats say they will split the State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee, giving a committee to one of their most liberal members and another to one of their most conservative members.

They said the sheer volume of the work it handled called for the change. Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia will chair Government Operations and Elections while Rep. Chris Hurst of Enumclaw, who campaigns as an “Independent Dem,” will run a new

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Morning update Day 3: Initiative power sought for cameras

A state lawmaker wants to give voters the right to pass local initiatives banning traffic cameras.

The state Supreme Court ruled last week local initiative power doesn’t extend to the speed and red-light cameras, which the Legislature permitted and left up to city councils to regulate. The decision was a loss for Tim Eyman, who has waged successful campaigns against cameras in cities including Mukilteo, Longview, Bellingham and Monroe.

Rep. Chris Hurst, an Enumclaw Democrat, said he would introduce a bill today that allows camera initiatives and referenda. Hurst said:

It did not look to me like the court

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How Pierce County lawmakers plan to vote on gay marriage

With the first vote on same-sex marriage coming as early as next week, all Pierce County senators have staked out their positions. Among the county’s representatives in the House — where the outcome is not in question — just two votes are truly up in the air: Tacoma Democrats Troy Kelley and Steve Kirby.

Both backed an expansion of domestic partnerships in 2009, but neither is committed on this vote.

Kelley didn’t return phone calls Friday, after saying Thursday he couldn’t talk while driving in the foul weather.

Kirby said the issue’s divisiveness is the main source of his reservations.

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