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In brief: State: Marijuana use not allowed in bars

SEATTLE – Washington state officials say it’s not OK for bars to allow marijuana use, and they’ll take quick steps to address that.

The announcement from the state Liquor Control Board on Wednesday followed a recent report by the Associated Press about establishments in Olympia and Tacoma that allow people to consume marijuana on-site.

Washington legalized pot for adults last fall, but public display and use of marijuana is barred under the law, punishable by a civil infraction carrying a $103 fine.

Board members say they’re concerned about people mixing alcohol and marijuana, then getting behind the wheel.

Tamarack investor fraud case begins

BOISE – A retirement account trustee accused of stealing $5.3 million to enrich himself and buy an Idaho resort may have made unsuccessful investments, but he broke no laws.

That’s according to Matthew Hutcheson’s government-appointed lawyer.

Hutcheson, whose trial in U.S. District Court in Boise started Wednesday and may last until April 19, is charged with 17 counts of wire fraud.

He’s charged with stealing from accounts starting in 2010 to buy luxury cars, remodel his home in Eagle and win control of Tamarack Resort.

Hutcheson’s lawyer, Samuel Richard Rubin, told jurors his client bought automobiles and fixed up his house to prove to potential outside investors he was a man of sufficient substance to buy Tamarack.



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