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Prison gardens provide

Dan Stockwell, an inmate at Airway Heights Corrections Center, harvests carrots from the prison garden Sept. 20. Tyler Tjomsland, SR photo

It’s been almost 10 years since Dan Stockwell sat in Kitsap County Jail, waiting to be sentenced to life without parole on charges of child molestation.

Now, he’s a gardener at Airway Heights Corrections Center, harvesting vegetables and drawing up landscape plans for a garden just a few yards from his cell.

Earlier this year, the prison created community vegetable gardens to be maintained by offenders. It’s the peak of harvest at the prison, and inmates are plucking fall vegetables from the ground to be cooked in the prison’s kitchens.

“It allows me to work off the kinds of frustrations you get from having to sit in a cell,” Stockwell said, taking a break from harvesting. Read more. Kaitlin Gillespie, SR

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Pullman ponders pot planting

In this photo provided by the Oregon State Police, a marijuana growing operation is shown in in Northeast Oregon on Friday, June 17, 2011.

PULLMAN – The Pullman City Council will discuss medical marijuana and the possible regulation of newly approved “community gardens” at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The discussion is prompted by recent changes in state law, which took effect July 22. The law now allows up to 10 patients to join together and raise “community gardens” for the purpose of supplying themselves with medical marijuana. Each garden would be limited to a maximum of 45 marijuana plants. More here.

Community marijuana gardens: good idea or bad idea?

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