Washington (state)

1:37am

Fri November 16, 2012
Planet Money

It's Legal To Sell Marijuana In Washington. But Try Telling That To A Bank.

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 12:03 pm

David McNew Getty Images

Voters in Washington and Colorado just approved measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use. But businesses that want to sell marijuana in those states will face a problem: No bank wants to do business with them.

I called several banks in Washington. I called a local credit union, a tiny bank in the San Juan islands. Everybody said basically the same thing. Even if selling marijuana is legal under state law, it's still illegal under federal law. And banks and credit unions worry that this could get them in trouble.

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7:58am

Thu November 15, 2012
The Two-Way

What Are They Smoking In Seattle? Check Out Police Dept.'s Guide To Pot Use

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 10:11 am

A young cannabis plant at grows at The Joint Cooperative in Seattle, Washington Jan. 27.
Cliff DesPeaux Reuters/Landov

2:31pm

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Reps. Ron Paul, Barney Frank Ask Obama To Respect Pot Legalization Laws

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 5:31 am

Fast Eddy Aki'a of Hawaii smokes a joint as thousands of supporters of legalized pot, lit up at 4:20 p.m. on April 20 in Denver, Colorado.
Marc Piscotty Getty Images

Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.) are asking the White House to respect the voters of Colorado and Washington, who decided that recreational marijuana use should be legal.

In a letter sent to President Obama, they wrote:

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1:21am

Fri November 9, 2012
Business

Car Dealers Sue Tesla, Citing State Franchise Laws

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 10:46 am

A Tesla Motors showroom in San Jose, Calif. Car dealers in New York and Massachusetts have filed a lawsuit that seeks to block Tesla from selling its vehicles in those states.
Paul Sakuma AP

Tesla Motors usually makes headlines for its technology. Its new Model S is the first entirely electric vehicle to be named car of the year by Automobile Magazine.

Friday's news is less flattering: A judge in New York will take up a lawsuit against the company about how Tesla sells its cars.

When Mark Seeger bought a Tesla in Seattle, he was actually just looking for a pair of shoes.

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3:00pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Law

Marijuana Legalization Faces Federal Hurdles

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:50 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Now a pair of historic votes among last night's many ballots measures. Voters in Colorado and Washington State passed initiatives legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. But as the governor of Colorado said last night, don't break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports that the measures are in direct conflict with federal law.

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