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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.


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 6:59 p.m.

Canadian senate passes weed bill but legalization delayed

Canada’s Senate gave final passage Tuesday to the federal government’s bill to legalize cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a couple of months to legally buy marijuana …


Will the same budtender be there next time? New cannabis jobs report says maybe not

Those involved in the retail side of Washington and Colorado cannabis sales don’t tend to stick around very long, according to the latest data from the Seattle-based cannabis software/data company …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 1:36 p.m.

Durkan and mayors of 5 other U.S. cities with legalized pot form group

Mayors from six U.S. cities with legal marijuana have formed a coalition with the aim of preparing other states and the federal government for legalization.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 7:28 p.m.

Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

President Donald Trump said Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the …


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 4:52 p.m.

Colorado governor vetoes marijuana ‘tasting rooms’ proposal

Colorado’s governor on Monday vetoed a bill to allow marijuana retailers to set up “tasting rooms,” dashing hopes that the state would be the first to adopt a system letting …


UPDATED: Thu., May 31, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Glut of marijuana in Oregon is cautionary tale, experts say

Marijuana prices are in free fall, and the craft cannabis farmers who put Oregon on the map decades before broad legalization say they are in peril of losing their now-legal …


California, U.S. team up on an issue that divides them: pot

An alarming increase in the use of a highly toxic and banned pesticide at illegal marijuana farms hidden on public land in California is leading U.S. and state officials to …


U.S. raises concerns about illnesses tied to synthetic pot

U.S. health officials are urging states to regulate marijuana oil extracts after investigating a rash of illnesses tied to the products in Utah.


Avista extends energy efficiency incentives to indoor growers

Cannabis growers looking to save money can start by looking at their lighting.


GrowOp Farms evolves into one of state’s largest cannabis growers

Katrina and Rob McKinley have heard plenty of the rumors over the years.


‘The Dope Show’ bringing laughs to Spokane

Many marijuana users report that one of the more enjoyable side effects is a big boost to one’s sense of humor – you’re likely to find more things funny, including …


Little research available on risks of combining cannabis, prescriptions

Many of us have faced a familiar temptation. Following a spirited night of drinking, we can’t sleep. So we look in the medicine cabinet for something to help us nod …


UPDATED: Sat., May 19, 2018, 10:50 a.m.

U.S. arrest, raids in Seattle pot probe with China ties

U.S. authorities have arrested a Seattle woman and conducted raids in an investigation into what they say is an international criminal operation tied to China.


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

U.S. attorney: Oregon has major pot overproduction

The black market for marijuana is thriving in Oregon and an oversupply of weed from growers is flowing to more than two dozen states where pot remains illegal, a top …


Oregon marijuana growers turning to hemp as CBD extract explodes

A glut of legal marijuana is driving Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet – …


Marijuana growers diversify with hemp amid CBD boom

Applications for state licenses to grow hemp – marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin – have increased more than twentyfold since 2015, and Oregon now ranks No. 2 behind Colorado among the 19 …


Report: Legal marijuana boosts government revenue – a little

A new report finds that legalizing and taxing marijuana boosts revenue for state and local governments, but not by much.


Desperate to hire, more businesses open door to pot smokers

A low unemployment rate and the spreading legalization of marijuana have led many businesses to rethink their drug testing policies for the first time in decades. A small but increasing …


Push to legitimize Idaho pot is up in smoke…again

Once again, efforts to make medical marijuana legal in Idaho have collapsed.


Cannabis industry still seeks better banking options

No matter how well a cannabis farmer or retailer goes by the book and follows every regulation, not everyone wants their legally-earned money.


HONU finding fans statewide

It’s a classic story of local boy(s) making good, but in the age of legal cannabis.


TreeHouse Club offers something for everyone

In the pre-legal days, the better cannabis sellers were all about customer service.


Creative expression: Some studios invite cannabis fans to paint and puff

Paint and sip classes have been a popular social activity in the Spokane area for several years.


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 8:02 p.m.

Seattle asks court to dismiss misdemeanor marijuana convictions from before legalization

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes filed a motion Friday asking the Seattle Municipal Court to vacate all convictions and dismiss all charges for misdemeanor marijuana possession that were prosecuted in …


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

The science behind ‘the munchies’: WSU researcher aims to help cancer, anorexia patients with pot

Jon Davis is “hotboxing” rats for a purpose: to figure out why people who smoke marijuana experience hunger. The research, which Davis hopes to publish soon, is just part of …


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 12:48 p.m.

WSU halts research into marijuana breath test in fear of Trump administration reversal on pot enforcement

Washington State University researchers are halting their development of a marijuana breathalyzer for fear of backlash from the federal government.


Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to Bill Maher: ‘We’ve got the best weed’

Washington state has been a leader in legalizing the use of marijuana, both medicinally and recreationally. But Gov. Jay Inslee would like you to know the Upper Left also is …


UPDATED: Sat., April 21, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

High times in Whitman County: Weedstock 2018 is ‘totally chill’

Dozens of tents and vendors booths lined alongside Union Flat Creek signaled the arrival of Weedstock, a three-day party in the name of cannabis.


Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana

The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana’s informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot.