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  • Washington marijuana sales stings will use minors

    SEATTLE – A select group of minors will go into Washington’s new legal pot stores on a covert mission: to try to buy weed for the state. To curtail youth …


  • Washington applicants seek marijuana grow licenses more than retail

    OLYMPIA – A tally of the first week of applications by would-be marijuana businesses shows a certain amount of creativity in coming up with names for what in most of …


  • Marijuana tax potential attracts new allies

    DENVER – Colorado’s hearty embrace of a 25 percent marijuana tax this week could prove a turning point for legalization backers. They have long argued that weed should come out …


  • Potential marijuana growers, sellers attend liquor board session

    Eastern Washington farmers mingled with slickly dressed potential marijuana retailers in Spokane on Wednesday, all eager to grab a piece of the state’s blossoming licensed pot industry. “I started out …


  • Spokane County to zone marijuana away from neighborhoods

    Spokane County commissioners said Tuesday they want to keep the state’s new legal marijuana business away from neighborhoods. Commissioners said the new recreational marijuana trade, approved by voters in Initiative …


  • Marijuana rules get OK from liquor board

    OLYMPIA – Potential growers, processors and vendors of marijuana will be able to apply for state licenses in one month. On Wednesday, the agency in charge of setting up Washington’s …


  • North Bonneville considering opening marijuana retail store

    The Columbia River Gorge, a hub for hiking and windsurfing, may become a destination for another kind of recreation. North Bonneville, a city of about 1,000 residents in Skamania County, …


  • Different rules for medical, recreational pot divide advocates and regulators

    To understand the problem Washington faces with legal marijuana, it might be best to think of the state as a family with two children. The younger child, almost a year …


  • Medical marijuana key in custody case

    As medical marijuana supporters gird for a fight against further state controls, they are rallying around the case of Billy Fisher, a Spokane patient who has so far been denied …


  • Shawn Vestal: Pot law’s melding of cultures psychedelic

    It’s fascinating and amusing to watch as Washington tries to heave marijuana over the line from technically illegal to legal, and from disreputable to technically reputable. It is a marriage …


  • Marijuana rules get tentative OK in Washington

    OLYMPIA – Anyone waiting to legally buy recreational marijuana in Washington will have to wait about nine months longer. Revised regulations given tentative approval Wednesday for a system to license, …


  • Feds won’t block legal pot

    OLYMPIA – The federal government will not try to stop Washington from setting up a way to allow adults to legally use marijuana. In what state officials described as a …


  • Feds give states green light on legalizing pot

    OLYMPIA — A major change in federal policy will allow Washington’s legal marijuana law to go forward.


  • Lawyers talk bluntly about I-502 at Hempfest

    SEATTLE – If serial Hempfest-goer Rob Thomas, of Everett, had his way, marijuana would “be sold at farmers markets, just like tomatoes.” That’s what Thomas, 25, hoped for when Washington …


  • Liquor Control Board staff urges delay for pot rules

    OLYMPIA – Washington should revise its proposed rules to grow and sell recreational marijuana and delay adopting them by a couple of months, the staff of a state board recommended …


  • State trying to finalize marijuana laws

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s proposed rules for growing and selling recreational marijuana will conflict with federal drug laws and state environmental laws, critics said Wednesday. Taxes will make the end product …


  • Washington faces marijuana legalization roadblocks

    When more than 1.7 million Washington residents voted to make marijuana legal for adults last November, most probably didn’t give much thought to how that would work. Some may have …


  • State announces marijuana surveys

    OLYMPIA – Attention marijuana users and growers: The state would like a few minutes of your time to answer a few questions. Confidentially, of course.


  • Marijuana draft rules put product out of sight

    OLYMPIA – Anyone planning to grow legal marijuana in Washington should expect to do so indoors, pass a tough background check and keep up with their paperwork. The state agency …


  • Lawmakers act quickly with marijuana law fix

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature moved swiftly Friday to fix a problem with the state’s new marijuana law that threatened to derail state prosecutions for illegally growing, processing and selling the …


  • Pot, as it’s defined, stymies prosecutor

    OLYMPIA – Prosecutions for growing and trafficking marijuana could grind to a halt in Washington, a result of a glitch in a new law, a lack of equipment at the …


  • Changes to I-502 rules considered

    OLYMPIA – Sometime in the next year, Washington residents will be able to walk into a store and buy legal marijuana. Will that store be like Nordstrom, Wal-Mart or a …


  • Spokane pot businesses on hold

    The number of businesses in Spokane specializing in medical marijuana will be frozen at about a dozen for at least the next six months. Fearing the proliferation of businesses that …


  • Pot shop owners sentenced

    Two men, including one who sought help from singer Willie Nelson, were sentenced in federal court Thursday after pleading guilty to charges stemming from federal raids that shut down more …


  • Huge turnout at Spokane forum on marijuana legalization

    In one of the biggest turnouts in the state, more than 450 people packed the state Liquor Control Board’s public forum Tuesday night in Spokane to talk about Washington’s baby …


  • City draws map of pot areas

    Spokane leaders on Tuesday got a glimpse of where the first pot for recreational use might be grown or sold legally within city limits. The map is heavily dominated by …


  • Spokane pot forum moved

    The new location for Tuesday evening’s forum on legalized marijuana rules is the Spokane Convention Center.


  • Medical pot dispensaries hope legalization opens new doors

    Among the antique stores and other shops of Spokane’s historic Garland District is a door painted with a happy snowman. Inside, the merchant is peddling medical marijuana while harboring hopes …


  • I-502 enactment forums draw big crowds

    OLYMPIA – Public forums on Washington’s new recreational marijuana law are proving so popular that the state agency sponsoring them is adding events and sometimes booking bigger venues to handle …


  • Feds examining pot law, Inslee says

    OLYMPIA – State officials appear to be hoping for the best while preparing for the worst as Washington and the federal government try to determine how the state will license …