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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: Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, 10:56 p.m.

Lawmakers to local officials: Let legal pot stores open or lose tax dollars

Lawmakers look for ways to force cities and counties to accept state-licensed marijuana stores.


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.


Don’t reverse state marijuana laws

Will Americans get the attorney-general nominee who is a foe of marijuana legalization or the friend of states’ rights?


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 …


State could get 222 more pot stores

OLYMPIA — Washington will likely increase the number of retail marijuana stores to 556, to handle the demand for medical marijuana licenses.


Market for marijuana concentrates grows

Inhaling water vapor laced with concentrated THC, the active chemical compound in marijuana, is “dabbing,” a method employed by a growing number of marijuana users as a stronger, faster way …


Spokane police give out few marijuana citations

Riverfront Park might be the worst place to get high in Spokane. Data from Spokane Municipal Court shows marijuana users are far more likely to be fined for consuming pot …


Enforcement savings byproduct of legal pot in Washington

Boy did a lot of people suddenly start smoking marijuana. Washingtonians and visitors have spent almost a quarter-billion dollars on retail weed since legalization. It’s a lot of money. Enough …


Washington marijuana sales amount to $357 million in 15 months

One-third of a billion dollars. Sales of all marijuana products – from the plants grown in the fields, to the individual portions to smoke or eat processed in factories large …


Legal pot survives year of upheaval

It’s been a little more than a year since Mike Boyer held the marijuana he purchased legally, the first person in Spokane County to do so, above his head and …


Shawn Vestal: Pot peeks out of closet as revenue fills coffers

Less than a year after marijuana became available in stores, it is no exaggeration to say that it’s booming. Each new month brings increased sales and tax revenues. Marijuana bucks …


Washington Senate OKs marijuana regulation changes

OLYMPIA – A major revision to the state’s marijuana laws, blending the medical and recreational systems and setting up a voluntary registry for adult patients, overwhelmingly passed the Senate on …


UPDATED: Fri., April 10, 2015, 7:40 p.m.

House passes marijuana revisions

OLYMPIA — Medical marijuana patients would have to register with the state and pay taxes on the pot they buy from state-licensed stores under major rewrites of the state pot …


Washington lawmakers study marijuana rules

OLYMPIA – Leading the way for legalized marijuana nationally doesn’t mean just anything goes in Washington when it comes to pot. Instead, it provides a springboard into new questions for …


‘Kettle Falls Five’ outcome may mean changes for federal drug prosecutions

At least one interested onlooker at this week’s federal trial of self-proclaimed medical marijuana growers from Stevens County believes it’s unlikely federal prosecutors will pursue similar charges again. “My belief …


‘Partial victory’ for remaining Kettle Falls Five, as jurors acquit family of most charges

In a courtroom that had been filled with whispers, soundless protests and spontaneous applause all week, the moments before jurors acquitted the three remaining members of the “Kettle Falls Five” …


UPDATED: Tue., March 3, 2015, 8:11 p.m.

Federal jury acquits on 4 of 5 pot charges against Kettle Falls Five

A pot-growing Kettle Falls family was acquitted on four of the five federal charges against them tonight in a case that was seen as a barometer for how conflicts between …


Liberty Lake ends yearlong moratorium on pot, as tight zoning is placed on city

The Liberty Lake City Council, which passed a law last year ticketing minors who appear to be high in public, voted unanimously Tuesday to end a yearlong moratorium on recreational …


Spin Control: Hearing on marijuana laws takes on mainstream feel

OLYMPIA – If one lives long enough, things that once seemed impossible will become commonplace. Or so my grandfather used to say. He was living proof of that: Born before …


Medical pot growers have unfair advantages, say counterparts

OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana growers and sellers have a series of unfair business advantages, their recreational pot counterparts told legislators Thursday. Medical marijuana is unregulated in Washington state. It’s unlicensed. …


Pot sellers report December sales increase in Spokane County

Spokane County’s nine recreational marijuana stores all reported sales in December higher than the previous month, pushing the legal market above $1.2 million as it continues to grow and gain …


Legal marijuana sales in Spokane County top $1 million last month

Consumers spent $1 million last month on legal marijuana in Spokane County, the first time recreational sales eclipsed that mark since shops opened this summer. While market shares have tumbled …


Without notice, Spokane Valley council halts new marijuana businesses

Citing a public health crisis, the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday passed a moratorium on all marijuana businesses other than retail, production and processing operations already licensed by the …


Two years of legal marijuana mean revenue, but unexpected hurdles

Two years ago this weekend, pot became legal in Washington. Only for adults, only when consumed in private and only if it was grown, processed and sold by state-licensed stores. …


County takes public input on pot zoning

Spokane County planning commissioners heard an earful Thursday about a nose-full of marijuana odor, as they considered revising where pot businesses can operate. Carl Caughran, a rural landowner near Cheney, …


Legal marijuana-tied businesses in Spokane County lead state in sales

Legal marijuana operations in Spokane County are reporting more money from sales than pot businesses in any of the state’s other 38 counties – almost $3.6 million worth from licensed …


City Council’s Stratton partner in pot production

August was a busy month for Karen Stratton. Not only was she appointed to the Spokane City Council. She also planted her first marijuana crop.


Spin Control: State board answers burning questions about advertising marijuana

Every time I forget how far Washington’s venture into the world of legalized recreational marijuana takes us from the days when illegal pot was the stuff of counterculture song and …


‘Drive High, Get a DUI’ campaign targets pot-impaired drivers

This year’s Labor Day campaign to catch impaired drivers in Washington has a new target. The slogan – Drive High, Get a DUI – is intended to call attention to …