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UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 7:26 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Legalizing marijuana a no-brainer

There are a lot of reasons to celebrate the fact that Washington ended the costly, counterproductive and racist war on marijuana.


Marijuana raids are more deadly than the drug itself

Since 2010, At least 20 SWAT raids involving suspected marijuana dealers have turned deadly, according to data compiled by the New York Times.


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Virginia Republican introduces bill to end federal marijuana prohibition

A freshman Republican representative from Virginia introduced legislation this week that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana use and allow states to fully set their own course on marijuana …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 10:33 p.m.

Pot backers fear worst as vote nears on marijuana foe Sessions for attorney general

Marijuana legalization backers fear the worst for their fast-growing industry as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote Wednesday to approve a longtime pot opponent, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, as …


Vote on Sessions is ‘make or break’ for marijuana legalization, pot groups say

Backers of marijuana legalization on Monday stepped up their pressure on the U.S. Senate to block the confirmation of Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general.


What happened in Washington state after voters legalized recreational marijuana

The nation’s first recreational marijuana shop opened nearly three years ago in Colorado. Since then, a growing body of research has shown that the availability of recreational marijuana – in …


Canada task force makes recommendations for legal weed

Canada should allow people aged 18 and up to buy recreational marijuana through a wide range of retail options, according to a government-commissioned report that lays out groundwork for legalizing …


Marijuana becoming billion-dollar business in Canada. All it has to do is become legal.

It’s been a wild ride for Canada’s marijuana companies, whose stocks enjoyed an exhilarating high in recent days before mellowing out.


Cannabis industry to expand to $50 billion by 2026, analysts say

The legal cannabis industry in the U.S. may grow to $50 billion in the next decade, expanding to more than eight times its current size, as lawful pot purveyors gain …


Only immigration solution: Legalize now

You can rail for a year about the squishy soft, weak-kneed politicians who have opened our borders to the wretched refuse of Mexico. You can promise to round them up. …


Survey: More U.S. adults use marijuana, don’t think it’s risky

Marijuana use is becoming more accepted among U.S. adults as states loosen pot laws, new national survey data shows.


Raid on pot fund hurts legalization

Promised revenue for research and prevention was siphoned off by legislative budget writers.


Getting There: Pot-related fatal crashes spike in Washington after legalization vote

Pot-related fatal crashes in Washington spiked upward after marijuana was voted legal in the fall of 2012


Idaho still stagnant on pot legalization, decriminalization

As several states have moved to allow the use of recreational or medical marijuana, Idaho has maintained a hard stance against legalization of the drug.


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 …


High Times publisher files suit against Ephrata pot shop

An Ephrata, Washington, marijuana retailer is the target of a media empire that labels itself as the biggest brand name in pot. Trans-High Corp., parent company of the publication High …


Spokane testing lab starting to certify marijuana

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An environmental and industrial testing laboratory in Spokane has been certified to test recreational marijuana.


Spokane’s first pot buyer says he’s getting fired

The man who was first in line to buy legal marijuana in Spokane on Tuesday said he lost two part-time jobs because of the media attention.


Long lines, high prices as legal pot shop opens in Spokane

A cross-country road trip landed New Hampshire natives Steve and Tricia Goyette in north Spokane just hours before the city’s first recreational marijuana store let in its first customers Tuesday. …


Britain legalizes gay marriage

LONDON — Britain has legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow told lawmakers that the royal assent had …


Hard to rationalize pot prohibition

Norm Stamper’s told the story a lot: He was a rookie cop, working a “one-man car” in an affluent San Diego neighborhood, when he approached a home and smelled “burning …


Unnecessary As It Is Unwinnable; Sue For Peace

In a Seattle Bar one rainy afternoon several years ago, I met one of the largest growers of marijuana in the Northwest. He impressed me with his marketing skills, his …