Stories tagged: legalized marijuana
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 10:06 a.m.
U.S. pot states try to curb smuggling, fend off administration
Well before Oregon legalized marijuana, its verdant, wet forests made it an ideal place for growing the drug, which often ended up being funneled out of the state for big …
UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 7:22 p.m.
Inslee among governors seeking meeting with Sessions on legal pot
Jay Inslee joined three other governors from states that have legalized marijuana in asking for a meeting with federal officials opposed to it.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 9:52 p.m.
Washington will fight Sessions, Trump over legal pot, Inslee says
Washington state readies for a fight over legalized marijuana with the new administration.
Sun., Dec. 6, 2015, 9 a.m.
Three years in, legal marijuana sales soaring in Washington state
As Washington marks the third year of legal recreational marijuana, monthly sales have grown from about $3 million to more than $57 million last month.
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
Spokane County finalizes marijuana laws
Laws governing where retail marijuana businesses may locate within Spokane County became permanent Tuesday, with additional language warning growers they must adhere to clean air laws or face potential enclosure …
Sun., Jan. 11, 2015
Guest opinion: Take the tokers off pop culture pedestal
In 2014, our country went cannabis crazy, bringing to 18 the number of states decriminalizing pot. Colorado opened boutiques selling “mountain high suckers” in grape and butterscotch flavors, and posted …
Wed., July 23, 2014, 2:40 p.m.
Seattle police: Homeless arrested most for pot
SEATTLE — An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African American males are more likely to be ticketed …
Wed., July 23, 2014, 2:38 p.m.
Federal charges filed following hash oil blasts
SEATTLE — Seven people face federal charges following several explosions in the Puget Sound area due to hash oil. U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan announced the charges Tuesday. Durkan said the …
Tue., July 22, 2014, 1:53 p.m.
Recreational pot qualifies for Oregon ballot
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon voters will be deciding this year whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. State elections officials certified Tuesday that the petitioners submitted enough valid signatures to …
Tue., July 8, 2014
One Spokane marijuana store set to open today
Three stores in north Spokane are among the 25 applicants awarded Washington’s first licenses to sell recreational marijuana, but only one expects to open today, the first day such sales …
Sat., April 5, 2014
Legal, illegal marijuana sales coexist in Colorado
DENVER – A 25-year-old is shot dead trying to sell marijuana the old-fashioned, illegal way. Two men from Texas set up a warehouse to grow more than they would ever …
Fri., April 4, 2014, 1:53 p.m.
Legal pot in Colorado hasn’t stopped black market
A 25-year-old is shot dead trying to sell marijuana the old-fashioned, illegal way. Two men from Texas set up a warehouse to grow more than they would ever need. And …
Fri., March 14, 2014, 8:02 a.m.
FBI balks at pot background checks
SEATTLE — The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in …
Fri., Jan. 31, 2014
Lawmakers consider options to community bans on pot sales
OLYMPIA – Washington legislators are trying to decide whether to offer a carrot or use a stick against local governments that don’t want to let recreational marijuana businesses set up …
Mon., Jan. 27, 2014, 7:33 a.m.
THC-Hawks? Pot puns pack this Super Bowl
SEATTLE — The way Bryan Weinman sees it, he and his friends already won their Super Bowl bet. Two weeks ago, the nightclub DJ and a few buddies were sitting …
Thu., Dec. 26, 2013
West Plains warehouse could host East Side’s first legal marijuana crops
With more than 1,100 applications to grow legal marijuana in Washington, the state has no shortage of would-be entrepreneurs eager to jump into the new industry created by voters last …
Wed., Dec. 11, 2013
Spokane County may allow indoor marijuana growing
Spokane County commissioners are fine-tuning regulations for legal marijuana production to allow indoor growing operations in light industrial zones in unincorporated parts of the county. Commissioners last month approved an …
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
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 …
Sat., Nov. 23, 2013
Washington marijuana license requests top 800 in first week
OLYMPIA – More than 800 potential new businesses have signed up to grow, process or sell legal marijuana in the first week Washington accepted applications for its new industry. Rick …
Wed., Oct. 23, 2013
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 …
Wed., Oct. 16, 2013, 7:47 a.m.
Panel approves rules for Washington pot industry
OLYMPIA — The agency in charge of setting up the state’s recreational marijuana system this morning approved the rules businesses will have to follow to get the industry off the …
Tue., Sept. 24, 2013
Marijuana users face plenty of unknowns
The dried marijuana buds packed in jars, the marijuana-infused vitamin water, the Chewy Choo chocolate cannabis candies, the Canna Bull drinkable energy shots – they’re all sold at the Pacific …
Sat., Sept. 14, 2013
Marijuana shops face distance restrictions
OLYMPIA – Under pressure from the federal government, the state agency trying to develop regulations for legal marijuana stores is again changing a rule regarding how far they must be …
Thu., Aug. 29, 2013, 10:45 a.m.
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.
Thu., Aug. 15, 2013
Liquor board to delay pot rules
OLYMPIA – The state’s rules for legally growing and selling marijuana will get another rewrite. The state’s Liquor Control Board voted unanimously Wednesday to delay final approval of the rules …
Wed., Aug. 14, 2013
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 …
Thu., Aug. 8, 2013
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 …
Tue., July 2, 2013
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.
Fri., May 17, 2013
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 …
Tue., March 5, 2013, 7:25 a.m.
UN: Colo., Wash. legal pot violates drug treaties
DENVER — A United Nations-based drug agency urged the United States government today to challenge the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington, saying the state laws …