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Does legal weed make police more effective? WSU study points toward yes.

Marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington state has “produced some demonstrable and persistent benefit” to police departments’ ability to solve other types of crime, according to researchers at Washington State …


Davidson urging Congress to let pot businesses use banks

State Treasurer Duane Davidson is working to get Congress to change federal laws and open banking to marijuana businesses in states where it’s legal.


Marijuana product labels to get a bit less cluttered

Labels for marijuana products to be streamlined slightly with removal of retailer information.


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

Washington promises battle with Sessions over legal pot

Washington officials promise fight with federal government on any new policy that leads to crackdown on state’s legalized marijuana operations.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 3:25 p.m.

Inslee, Ferguson to Sessions: You’re wrong about Washington’s pot system

State leaders try to set U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions straight on Washington pot system.


Long lines greet Nevada’s legal recreational marijuana buys

More than 100 people were in line at one Las Vegas-area dispensary Saturday morning as Nevada became the latest state in the U.S. with stores selling marijuana for recreational purposes.


UPDATED: Tue., May 16, 2017, 7:34 p.m.

Washington puts strict limits on pot billboards

New law puts tougher restrictions on marijuana advertising.


Washington pot stores could give away lock boxes

Licensed marijuana stores in Washington would be able to give out free lock boxes to their customers in an effort to keep pot away from children.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Putin is trying to undermine the U.S.

Spokane’s congresswoman believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is using his propaganda machine to influence U.S. values and may have affected the 2016 election.


Washington prepared for any federal action on legal pot, Ferguson says

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the state is preparing for any federal crackdown on legal marijuana.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Washington must fight Trump on its key issues, Murray says

Sen. Patty Murray says the state must be ready to fight Trump on key state issues.


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.


California voters approve recreational marijuana

Voters in California and Massachusetts approved recreational marijuana initiatives today, and several other states passed medical marijuana provisions in what is turning out to be the biggest electoral victory for …


Spin Control: Peaceable assemblies not necessarily sensible

The right to peaceably assemble does not guarantee a right to always have the clearest message.


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.


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 …


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 …


Pot-growing acreage could quadruple

OLYMPIA – Washington may soon more than quadruple the amount of land where legal marijuana can be grown. The state Liquor Control Board is considering changes to its recreational marijuana …


Legal pot grows add new demand to NW power grid

SEATTLE — Regional power planners say indoor marijuana grow operations in Washington state could need as much electricity over the next two decades equal to what a small Northwest city …


‘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 …


Canna Con caters to Washington state’s blossoming marijuana business

TACOMA – A person could find just about anything related to a marijuana business at an event inside the Tacoma Dome this weekend. Canna Con, which bills itself as the …


No pot taken in burglary at legal Washington grow

SPOKANE — A legal marijuana grower says robust security measures required by the Washington state helped foil an early morning burglary.


3 Spokane pot stores get licenses

Three stores in north Spokane are among 25 applicants who will get the first licenses to sell recreational marijuana as early as Tuesday.


Up to three marijuana stores could open in Spokane on July 8

Spokane will have, at most, three pot stores opening July 8 after the state’s first legal marijuana retailers get their licenses. But that would be three times as many as …


3 Spokane pot stores likely among first to open

OLYMPIA — Spokane will likely have three legal pot stores when Washington’s first retail marijuana outlets open in early July… which will be three times more than Seattle.


First pot stores to open July 8

OLYMPIA — Washington’s first recreational marijuana stores are expected to open on July 8, a day after the first licenses will be announced, state officials said today.


Pot label rules could ease problems

OLYMPIA – When recreational marijuana stores open in Washington next month, state officials know many customers will be unfamiliar with the strength of the newly legal drug. They hope strict …


Pot entrepreneurs like sites near border

Some of the most popular locations for Eastern Washington’s new pot entrepreneurs are close to the Idaho border. Three Spokane County applicants receiving the green light by the Washington Liquor …


Washington state to name 334 who can try for pot store licenses

OLYMPIA – More than 300 businesses that get the first crack at opening the state’s recreational marijuana stores will be announced today. The state Liquor Control Board will publish a …


Washington likely to ban delivery of marijuana

OLYMPIA – Recreational marijuana purchases in Washington will be takeout but not delivery, proposed new rules say. The Liquor Control Board, which is overseeing the establishment of the state’s legal …