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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page C-3 Overview A LOOK, PAST & PRESENT Washington and Colorado are the only governments in history -- as far as anyone can tell -- to regu- late the production, processing and sale of marijuana. Legal WHEN A GROW IS RAIDED An account of how a King County marijuana grower in his mid-20s saw his premises raided just one week before Christmas. Retail SPOTLIGHT ON SELLING Mikhail Carpenter, spokesperson for the state Liquor Control Board, talks about what customers should know about purchasing marijuana in Washington. Dispensaries MEDICAL MARIJUANA Dispensary owners find themselves in murky legal waters where their business could end tomorrow with one court ruling, a shift in the po- litical culture, or one crackdown by the U.S. Attorney's Office. And with recreational marijuana now legal, their future remains uncertain. Law enforcement COPS FREED UP BY LAW After a year and a half, law enforce- ment officers are still in a holding pattern, waiting to see what trends show up in the arrest data over the next few years. Despite their im- pressions, arrests and prosecutions for marijuana possession have de- creased in the past year. 1 Producers BIG BUSINESS It's the biggest business opportu- nity since cellphones, a new crop to boost struggling farming com- munities and the end of a modern prohibition. That's how Mason County's marijuana producers and processors describe the advent of a legal commercial Cannabis industry in Washington. Alternative medicine PROCESSING DREAMS Deb Petersen, seeking a license in the Skokomish Valley with her busi- ness Crema de Gala, will infuse oils, lotions and soaps with marijuana, exploiting its pain-relieving quali- ties. Prohibited locations NOT LEGAL EVERYWHERE The legalization of marijuana use in Washington doesn't mean you can fire up a joint on the Skokomish Indian reservation, on the Staircase trail or in the Dosewallips camp- ground. A personal story YIN AND YANG OF POT A reporter's brush with pot opens senses, creates confusion during a trip to Hawaii. Tremendous insight often accompanies tremendous paranoia. That's the yin and yang of marijuana. Banking NOTHING BUT CASH If you own a business related to marijuana sales or if you're a grower or processor selling to those busi- nesses, your anxiety and potential problems far exceed your employ- ees' worries because you're dealing with far higher stacks of cash. Sharon Foster Q&A, LIQUOR BOARD BOSS The Mason County Journal talks to Sharon Foster, chairwoman of the Washington state Liquor Control Board, which is the agency that was given the job, through Initiative 502, of writing and administering the rules for the state's recreational marijuana businesses. COMMERCIAL SPACE AVAILABLE FOR RENT: State of Washington 1-502 Approved for Retail Recreational Marijuana Belfair Log Plaza 23730 State Highway 3 Belfair, WA 98528 Units available: Unit D&E: 2748 sq. ft./Unit G: 1549 sq. ft. Centrally located in Belfair along Highway 3 Immediate availability Connected to utilities Extra parking in rear Advertising space/signage Please direct all inquiries to: steve@belfairlogplaza.com END OF PROHIBITION Congress and the tobacco industry in 1932 made marijuana illegal, then Class I, to strangle an historic beneficial and spiritual plant and substance. Politicians and interests corporate raked in "legal" political and private jails to destroy and jail many providers of marijuana. Open Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Live Recording -AudioNideo Production Studio 205 West Cota St. Shelton, WA 360-432-0784 jamesjohnsonproduction.com, jjrecording @gmaU.com