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Tag: Steve Sarich


Travel guru Rick Steves coming to Tacoma Wednesday to talk pot legalization

Travel guru Rick Steves will speak in Tacoma Wednesday night in support of Initiative 502, the ballot measure that asks Washington voters to legalize marijuana.

The event — set for 7 p.m. at the Pantages Theater — is part of a 10-city tour Steves is on to promote the initiative.

Expected to join him in Tacoma are fellow I-502 sponsor and former Washington State Bar Association president Salvador Mungia and the Rev. Dr. Gregory Christopher,  pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church and President of the Tacoma Branch of the NAACP.

A similar event staged in Olympia last week drew about 20

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Cannabis or marijuana? Lawsuit filed to stop medical pot changes

A medical-marijuana grower and activist has filed a lawsuit to stop a new state law from taking effect.

The Legislature this year approved a major expansion of the voter-passed 1998 law on medical marijuana. But Gov. Chris Gregoire carved it up over concerns that it put state workers at risk of prosecution. The pieces of the law that survived will take effect July 22.

SB 5073 includes a rebranding: references to “marijuana” are changed to “cannabis.”

Steve Sarich, of North Bend, says the law leaves it unclear what happens now to patients with marijuana authorizations from a medical provider.

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