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Cannabis in Washington

Oregon’s medical marijuana program admits to problems

The agency overseeing Oregon’s legal medical marijuana industry conceded in a report Thursday it has not provided effective oversight of growers and others in the industry, creating opportunities for weed to be diverted to the black market.

LCB visits Spokane for round-table

One of the challenges with those trying to regulate Washington’s legal cannabis marketplace or those being regulated by it is that it’s distinctly different than many other industries.

Smuggler who used helicopters to deliver drugs sentenced

UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

A Canadian man who leased helicopters and used them to run a cross-border drug-shipping empire, helping meet the American West’s appetite for high-grade marijuana before states began legalizing the drug, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 8:26 p.m.

Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country’s youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.

Colorado governor vetoes marijuana ‘tasting rooms’ proposal

UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 4:52 p.m.

Colorado’s governor on Monday vetoed a bill to allow marijuana retailers to set up “tasting rooms,” dashing hopes that the state would be the first to adopt a system letting consumers use marijuana in public spaces.

California, U.S. team up on an issue that divides them: pot

An alarming increase in the use of a highly toxic and banned pesticide at illegal marijuana farms hidden on public land in California is leading U.S. and state officials to team up on an issue that recently divided them: pot.

‘The Dope Show’ bringing laughs to Spokane

Many marijuana users report that one of the more enjoyable side effects is a big boost to one’s sense of humor – you’re likely to find more things funny, including your own jokes.

Desperate to hire, more businesses open door to pot smokers

A low unemployment rate and the spreading legalization of marijuana have led many businesses to rethink their drug testing policies for the first time in decades. A small but increasing number are simply no longer testing for pot.