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Satori shops expanding medical education, outreach

Not too long ago, David LaMoureaux felt he had lost his faith in Washington’s medical marijuana system.


Martha Stewart partners with Canadian cannabis firm

No, you’re not smoking something. Martha Stewart is really joining the cannabis craze.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 12:38 p.m.

Ex-worker enters plea of innocent to pot shop theft charge

A former employee at retail marijuana shop Canna4Life is accused of embezzling approximately $180,000 from the downtown Clarkston business over seven months.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 12:36 p.m.

Commissioners have power to enact 6-month pot moratorium

About 50 people crowded into the Whitman County Commissioners’ chambers on Monday at the Whitman County Courthouse in Colfax and listened to County Prosecutor Denis Tracy explain how a moratorium …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks smoking age, marijuana, guns and Donald Trump in podcast

Ferguson said he’s confident the Washington Legislature will pass a bill this session increasing the legal smoking age to 21 and is eyeing a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s …


Spokane Valley banker tells Congress to allow lenders to deal with marijuana businesses

Greg Deckard, chairman and president of State Bank Northwest, doesn’t do business with marijuana companies. But he argued before members of Congress that a bill that would shield his bank …


State restrictions on cannabis packaging worry producers

Since starting Fairwinds, a Vancouver-based cannabis company, in 2014, James and Wendy Hull said they’ve heard from customers who’ve praised their products for helping them with pain, anxiety and other …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 7:50 a.m.

Bill that would provide clemency for pot convictions advances

A plan that could wipe out as many as 200,000 misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions for Washington adults was sent to a Senate budget committee Thursday after efforts to restrict its …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 7:18 a.m.

Cat Tales in Spokane has saved many bad-idea pets like the tiger found caged in Houston home

On Monday, the issue of exotic animals being kept as pets was raised when a tiger was discovered by pot smokers in an abandoned Houston house. “A tiger is a …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

200,000 misdemeanor pot possession charges would be dropped under Washington bill

Washington could wipe out as many as 200,000 convictions for misdemeanor marijuana possession for adults who don’t have anything else on their criminal records.


Trail Blazin’ puts consumer health first

Last fall, Uncle Ike’s, a Seattle cannabis retailer, began random third-party testing of all of its products for pesticides or other contaminants.


Ban on billboards for pot stores considered by Washington House committee

House committee considers ban on billboard ads for marijuana stores.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 9:17 p.m.

Chronic pain given as top reason for using medical marijuana

Chronic pain tops the list of reasons people give when they enroll in state medical marijuana programs, followed by stiffness from multiple sclerosis and chemotherapy-related nausea.


Jim MacRae knows the numbers on Washington’s cannabis industry

Information is everything to Jim MacRae.


Leavenworth welcomes partiers but not partakers

While many Washington cities and towns are actively encouraging and promoting cannabis tourism and commerce, the tourist town of Leavenworth continues to pass on allowing pot shops or other marijuana …


Why Idaho remains a pot-free island

Before the 2018 midterm elections, cannabis advocates met at the Boise Public Library to discuss their desire to see legislative changes regarding both medical and recreational cannabis in Idaho.


Surprise your Valentine with these cannabis treats

Whether you consider Valentine’s Day a silly Hallmark holiday, or a day to lavish your loved one with chocolates, flowers and affection, your local cannabis purveyor is here to help …


Cannabis Observer keeps industry updated on rules, bills

It wasn’t cannabis that brought Gregory Foster and his family to Olympia one-and-a-half years ago.


Curl up with a good cannabis book

Ahhh, spring! (or almost.) Rain puddles, crocuses in bloom, opening windows and doors to let the fresh air in, and evenings still cool enough to settle underneath a thick blanket …


Idaho State police make large pot bust

Idaho State Police officials say troopers made the biggest marijuana bust in the agency’s known history after a semi-truck allegedly filled with nearly 7,000 pounds (3,175 kilograms) of marijuana plants …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Football great Joe Montana looking to score with marijuana

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana is looking to hit pay dirt in the legal marijuana industry. San Jose, California-based Caliva announced Thursday that the Hall of Fame quarterback’s venture …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

Judge denies Cip Paulsen request to take back marijuana company amid debts, legal concerns

Cip Paulsen, the former federal inmate who obtained one of the county’s first licenses to legally grow marijuana, had his business stripped by the courts in November. A bid to …


Pot deliveries OK’d into California communities that ban sales

California endorsed a rule Wednesday that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales.


Proposal for new restrictions on pot shops questioned

Proposal to increase new restrictions on marijuana businesses could be expensive and hard to enforce.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 4:06 p.m.

Trump’s AG pick vows not to target marijuana businesses

Attorney general nominee Bill Barr said he would “not go after” marijuana companies in states where cannabis is legal.


Shawn Vestal: Rechecking the stats on pot and violence

Has legal pot ushered in a more violent era in Washington? That’s the possibility put forth in a New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell, the popular science writer and lightning …


Bill by Oregon congressman would regulate weed like alcohol

A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon, seeks to regulate marijuana like alcohol.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 7:46 p.m.

Mushrooming CBD industry has hemp explosion behind it

CBD ads pop up everywhere these days on social media, radio and street signs. They hawk pain relief and other remedies from cannabidiol, known as CBD, a cannabis extract that …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 10:32 p.m.

Police arrest two students accused in gun for marijuana swap, forcing Central Valley lockout

Central Valley High School went into a “lockout” on Wednesday after administrators received a tip that a student had a pistol.


Denver unveils new system for clearing marijuana convictions

A simplified program will make it easier for thousands of people to seek the elimination of low-level marijuana convictions that occurred in Denver before recreational use became legal in Colorado, …