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Washington marijuana sales top $5.1 million in August

Recreational marijuana sales are soaring in August, thanks in part to a big Friday that came in the midst of several large-scale marijuana events in Western Washington. According to sales …


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 …


Marijuana could reduce deadly painkiller abuse, study suggests

Could medical marijuana be an antidote for the nation’s scourge of fatal overdoses caused by prescription pain medication? A new study suggests the answer is yes, and it’s set off …


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.


No pot allowed on buses, state commission says

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission on Thursday issued a notice telling charter and excursion bus operators that it’s illegal to allow marijuana consumption on board.


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 …


NFL seeks right answer for marijuana use

Marijuana is casting an ever-thickening haze across NFL locker rooms, and it’s not simply because more players are using it. As attitudes toward the drug soften, and science slowly teases …


Scuffle for pot led to fatal shooting

A plan to rob a drug dealer of five pounds of marijuana ended in a Spokane man’s shooting death in a hotel parking lot early Sunday, witnesses said. Richard Amodio, …


Witnesses: Man killed in hotel parking lot planned pot robbery

Richard Amodio, 32, planned to rob the marijuana supplier who investigators say was captured on video shooting and killing him early Sunday morning.


Man arrested in Spokane homicide released

Police released a 30-year-old man implicated in a drug homicide Sunday due to a lack of evidence and suspicions that other people may be involved. The man shot dead at …


First month of pot sales garnered Washington $1 million in taxes

Despite supply shortages and slower-than-expected retail expansion, Washington’s fledgling marijuana market generated more than $1 million in sales and excise taxes in its first month. That’s less than half what …


Arrest illustrates state’s tough stance on illicit pot

A 19-year-old arrested by a Washington State Patrol trooper on suspicion of carrying less than an ounce of pot, cash, baggies and a scale faces a felony charge – an …


Washington seeks to avoid court ruling that state pot law is pre-empted by federal law

OLYMPIA – Washington wants to join legal battles between some potential pot businesses and cities that won’t let them open inside their boundaries. But Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the …


Washington attorney general to fight legal grounds for city pot bans

OLYMPIA – The state wants to join a couple of legal battles between some potential pot businesses and cities that won’t let them open inside their boundaries.


Seattle police: Officer flipped coin before issuing pot citation

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police officer has been reassigned after a review found he wrote about 80 percent of marijuana tickets issued in the city during the first half …


Smell of pot can be basis for police search

Though marijuana is now legal in Washington for recreational and medical use, courts continue to grant law enforcement wide leeway in using the presence of pot to search property. A …


Club offers social pot spot

Eric Buchanan envisions a day when marijuana will be as common as vodka tonics or microbrews at lounges and nightclubs across Washington. Until then, he and his business partners are …


In brief: ‘Kettle Falls 5’ marijuana case delayed

The controversial federal trial of a marijuana growing co-operative calling themselves the “Kettle Falls 5” has been delayed so that defense attorneys can review new evidence obtained by prosecutors. U.S. …


Washington state agency sets rules for pot edibles

Marijuana stores in Washington won’t be allowed to sell lollipops, gummy bears or other candies infused with the drug, but will be able to sell properly labeled brownies and cookies, …


Liberty Lake keeps pot business ban

The last city in Spokane County with a ban on recreational marijuana businesses will keep its moratorium in place. The Liberty Lake City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to continue …


Spin Control: Pot reporting isn’t as sexy as it sounds

During a quarter century-plus of living in Spokane, I regularly had to explain to friends and relatives elsewhere that it was not a suburb of Seattle and thus did not …


Spokane’s first legal pot buyer’s firing rescinded

One of the employment opportunities Spokane’s first legal pot purchaser said he’d lost as a result of his fame has been reinstated, a company official said. Mike Boyer, first in …


Employment restored for Spokane pot buyer

LaborReady, a temp agency that employs Spokane’s first purchaser of legal recreational marijuana, said Friday confusion about Mike Boyer’s assignment status led to a request for a drug test. He’s …


Spokane’s first legal pot buyer says he lost his job over purchase

The first person to buy recreational pot legally in Spokane says the fame has cost him his job. Mike Boyer, whose enthusiastic purchase Tuesday was broadcast by TV stations and …


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.


Shawn Vestal: Pot spotlight fading soon as normalcy takes hold

Potheads, your 15 minutes are about over. TV cameras will not trail you much longer. Newspaper columnists will stop seeking your comments. Tie-dye and Jamaican dreadlock covers will fade from …


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. …


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 …


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.


Marijuana grower hoping to hit pay dirt

Along the hills leading to Mount Spokane, Frank Schade has turned an old warehouse building into an indoor farm with the newly legal and valuable crop: marijuana. He’s set up …