Welcome to Cannabis Chronicles

Recreational use of marijuana has been legal in Washington for more than a year now, although there’s still no legal place to buy it – yet.

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

The state Liquor Control Board has started approving the first producers and processors licenses and things are moving forward, slowly but steadily.

Retail locations could open up as early as late spring or summer. And while Clark County has a moratorium on the six stores it’s been allocated, the city of Vancouver is moving forward with the process on its own six stores.

How will things work out? Nobody knows yet.

The goal of this blog is to keep you informed, share news and tidbits, and also some of the humor in this very convoluted landscape.

To kick you off, here’s a short list of some of the bigger marijuana-focused stories from The Columbian since last fall:

Sept. 4, 2013: Clark County approved for 15 marijuana stores

Nov. 1, 2013: Vancouver workshop addresses business of pot

Nov. 7, 2013: In Our View: Marijuana Experiment

Nov. 12, 2013: State’s marijuana stores could be open by May or June

Dave Kois shows visitors his marijuana plants in a grow room of his Loaded Soda business, which provides marijuana-infused products like soda and chocolate, to medical marijuana dispensaries, in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Dave Kois shows visitors his marijuana plants in a grow room of his Loaded Soda business in Olympia, Wash. The first recreational marijuana stores could open in Vancouver as early as late spring or summer. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Dec. 3, 2013: Vansterdam, Spuds Buds, THC Brothers coming to your neighborhood soon?

Jan. 21, 2014: Pot bills would rework medical marijuana system

Jan. 22, 2014: Is Vancouver neighborhood growing into a marijuana mecca?

Jan. 26, 2014: Marijuana legalized: Now what? Questions persist, details remain unresolved as state prepares to begin retail sales of recreational marijuana

Feb. 2, 2014: Jayne: Truth is, we can’t shelter kids from marijuana choices

Feb. 10, 2014: Marijuana law no respite for crime lab: New rules for identifying pot bog down scientists at State Patrol facility

March 10, 2014: County pot grower expects to be legal this week

March 29, 2014: Marijuana question returns to cities’ agendas

April 2, 2014: Poll: Nationwide marijuana legalization inevitable

April 8, 2014: Camas City Council extends ban on recreational marijuana

April 13, 2014: Will legalization spark marijuana research?

April 13, 2014: Researcher: Pot’s effects differ in sexes

April 13, 2014: Colorado’s experience with legal pot holds lessons for Washington

April 15, 2014: Woodland plans to extend ban on pot businesses