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UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

The science behind ‘the munchies’: WSU researcher aims to help cancer, anorexia patients with pot

Jon Davis is “hotboxing” rats for a purpose: to figure out why people who smoke marijuana experience hunger. The research, which Davis hopes to publish soon, is just part of …


Grow Op Farms in Spokane Valley expanding its already-huge marijuana business

Grow Op Farms has carved out the largest share of a growing marijuana industry in Eastern Washington, with plans to expand. Does that mean the end for small-time outfits?


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 7:50 a.m.

Handling money from licensed pot businesses OK under state law

State removes laws against handling money from marijuana sales – if it’s from a licensed state business.


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 8:49 a.m.

Marijuana odor rules prompt clash between Clean Air board members Stuckart, French

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said he’s joined the agency overseeing the region’s air pollution in direct response to new regulations and fees for marijuana business owners. Spokane County …


Spokane judge dismisses arcade’s claims in marijuana shop lawsuit

A request by the proprietors of Old Fashioned Fun Arcade to shutter a nearby marijuana retailer was rejected by a Spokane County judge this month. The ruling allows Smokane to …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Spokane County air pollution regulators approve new rules, fees to battle smelly marijuana farms

Dozens of marijuana farmers in Spokane County will have to pay fees ranging from $500 to $2,000 this year to cover the expenses of enforcing state laws governing nuisance smells. …


New twists, lawsuit in East Spokane pot shop imbroglio

Marco Barbanti, who’s been defending what city lawmakers called a sham arcade as a legitimate business enterprise existing solely to displace an East Spokane pot shop, is defending the owners …


Spokane County marijuana farmers say pollution controls, regulations and low prices threaten their business

Fees and rules for controlling the smell of marijuana emanating from the county’s dozens of marijuana farms are going to regulate small players right out of the nascent industry, growers …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 9:02 a.m.

Smelly pot farms may be policed by clean air regulators

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, responsible for enforcing state and federal air pollution laws, is proposing a registration requirement that would charge marijuana businesses’ fees based on their size …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 10:24 p.m.

East Spokane pot shop gets OK to move, as video arcade that blocked it files lawsuit

Smokane quietly opened in its new location on East Sprague Avenue last week, a few months after the Spokane City Council stepped in to shrink the buffer zone between pot …


A FedEx for pot? Two Spokane firms carve out niche in marijuana delivery

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board began licensing businesses transporting the state’s newest legal cash crop last fall. The owners say there are a lot of “gray laws” still in …


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 6:23 p.m.

Tumbling prices can’t stop growth of Spokane County’s legal marijuana market on three-year anniversary

The same gram of weed that cost consumers $25 to $30 in 2014 will now set you back about $7, according to the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board. But Spokane …


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 7:25 p.m.

Initiative targeting marijuana businesses near Spokane churches fails to receive enough signatures

Petition-gatherers came up 528 signatures short for the measure to automatically appear on the November ballot, but the group says it will seek intervention from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.


UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:16 p.m.

Initiatives on oil trains, pot sales near churches in Spokane move closer to ballot

The city clerk’s office will review thousands of signatures on the two petitions, gathered in advance of the November ballot. Opponents of the proposal to fine coal and oil trains …


UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

Marijuana sales up slightly in Spokane County in May

A second retail pot shop opened in downtown Spokane last month, contributing to a modest sales increase over a slow April. Thirty-one retailers reported $7.9 million in sales before taxes …


UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 11:09 a.m.

Pot shop vs. video arcade: City council members call ‘shenanigans’ after marijuana license is rejected

Calling it a ‘moral dilemma,’ City Councilman Mike Fagan has asked his colleagues to ease the restrictions on marijuana business locating near arcades for six months to allow an East …


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 4:45 p.m.

Spokane County marijuana sales slide in April, despite strong 4/20

The unofficial marijuana holiday once again prompted huge sales figures for retailers statewide, but Spokane County’s legal pot industry shrunk by about 6 percent in April compared to March, according …


UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Congressional spending compromise includes protection for Washington’s marijuana industry

Congress is scheduled to vote on a $1 trillion spending package this week that will keep in place a restriction on the Justice Department from using its share to go …


‘420’ becomes part of the dictionary as Spokane embraces counterculture, pot holiday

The definitive record on the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary, added the numerals “420” to their catalog in March. The slang phrase means something a little different to everyone, …


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 5:06 p.m.

Spokane County marijuana businesses net $15 million in March

The figure is an increase over revenue from the previous month, but reflects slower growth than in previous years, according to at least one store owner. The industry generated $3 …


Spokane County marijuana sales up slightly in February, amid potential federal action

Sales at marijuana retailers in the county were up 2.8 percent last month over January, but that’s a more modest increase compared to two-month differences in years past. Sales numbers …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 6:10 p.m.

Marijuana sales in Spokane County slide in January but still up over 2016

Spokane County’s 29 retail pot shops sold $6.9 million worth of weed in January, down 7 percent from the December sales total but up more than 43 percent from the …


Snoop Dogg welcomes fans during brief appearance at Spokane pot shop

Hundreds of fans gathered along Division Street on Wednesday afternoon to welcome Snoop Dogg, the rapper known for his affinity for marijuana, at a north Spokane pot shop.


Rapper Snoop Dogg plans pot shop appearance in Spokane on Wednesday

Snoop Dogg, a longtime marijuana advocate and user, will meet and greet fans at Royal’s Cannabis in north Spokane on Wednesday ahead of concert appearances elsewhere in the state.


Pot harder for kids to buy than booze, even as prices fall

Washington’s licensed marijuana stores have a better record of rejecting underage buyers than stores that sell liquor or cigarettes.


Spokane pot shop moving forward with free weed, despite legal concerns

4:20 Friendly will honor its commitment to handing out free marijuana to medical patients Wednesday, despite concerns raised by the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board’s enforcement agents.


Spokane marijuana industry more concerned about local policies than what Trump might do

The question marks surrounding President-elect Donald Trump’s victory Tuesday extend to Washington’s marijuana industry.


Marijuana farmers, including Spokane City Council member, hinge hopes on harvest

During last year’s outdoor-grown marijuana harvest, state farmers produced 38 tons of the drug. State officials say this year’s crop may be even larger, and it will include pot grown …


Former state Rep. Ahern files Spokane initiative banning pot near churches, health care facilities

John Ahern wants churches with child care facilities and hospitals added to the list of locations that require a 1,000 foot buffer zone from marijuana businesses. The City Council has …


Proposal to ban marijuana with strong alcohol gets public hearing in Spokane

Sen. Michael Baumgartner headed a meeting of local and state legislators Thursday discussing the potential to ban sales of marijuana where strong alcoholic drinks are already outlawed. But it’s unlikely …