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Washington to award retail marijuana licenses in May

OLYMPIA – Washington will announce the winners of licenses for its first legal recreational marijuana stores at the beginning of May, after a complicated “double-blind” lottery is held at the …


First Washington pot stores will likely open in July

OLYMPIA – Washington will announce the winners of licenses for its first legal recreational marijuana stores at the beginning of May, after a complicated “double-blind” lottery is held at the …


Man with Colorado plates accuses ISP of profiling

BOISE – A federal lawsuit against the Idaho State Police charges that officers profiled and detained a 69-year-old former Weyerhaeuser executive simply because he had Colorado license plates on …


UPDATED: Mon., March 31, 2014, 5:37 p.m.

Lawsuit charges ISP with ‘license plate profiling’ for drug search

BOISE - A federal lawsuit against the Idaho State Police charges that officers profiled and detained a 69-year-old former Weyerhaeuser executive simply because he had Colorado license plates on his …


New laws name state oyster, juvenile rights

OLYMPIA – Children will have to have lawyers before a court can sever their parents’ rights. Juveniles will have more protection against self-incrimination in Washington. Marijuana growers won’t get tax …


Hemp could be noxious weed, some farmers worry

OLYMPIA – “Weed” is not an official weed, at least not in Washington. So says the state Noxious Weed Control Board, which recently discussed whether various forms of cannabis, from …


Washington lawmakers fail to agree on merging medical, recreational pot systems

OLYMPIA – Washington’s two legal marijuana systems – an older one for medical patients and a new one for “recreational use” by adults – may remain separate at least for …


Sheriff’s Office: Medical marijuana dispensary burglary linked to school expulsion

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a link between a commercial burglary at an Elk, Wash., medical marijuana dispensary and a THC-infused candy bar at Riverside High School.


State gives first recreational marijuana license to Spokane man

OLYMPIA – Sean Green’s big plans for a nationwide manufacturing and sales empire got a boost Wednesday when the Spokane native received Washington’s first license to grow legal marijuana. Green, …


Washington’s first pot license going to Spokane man named Green

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s first legal marijuana license is going to a guy named Green. The Associated Press has learned that Spokane grower Sean Green, the chief executive of …


273 pot plants seized; alleged grower released from jail

A man suspected of growing 273 pot plants in a Spokane Valley rental home was released from the Spokane County Jail on his own recognizance after a brief court appearance …


Banks shy away from marijuana business despite federal approval

Most banks and credit unions in Washington aren’t ready to open accounts for the state’s fledgling marijuana industry, despite new federal guidelines that offer some protection from prosecution. The Justice …


Liquor board changes rules for marijuana grow license

OLYMPIA – Faced with far more people wanting to grow legal marijuana than state rules would allow, the Washington Liquor Control Board upped more than fivefold the amount of land …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2014, 2:27 p.m.

Legal pot to add $190 million to state coffers

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Economic forecasters are predicting that the state’s new legal recreational marijuana market will bring nearly $190 million to state coffers over a four-year period starting in …


Drugs, weapons seized after two drug busts

Heroin, marijuana, cocaine, cash, weapons and a luxury car were seized in busts of two area drug-distribution rings late last week, landing four men behind bars, according to police. Spokane …


EWU professor seeks marijuana growing license

Eastern Washington University history professor Bill Youngs is one of dozens who want to start a marijuana business in Cheney. “I’m certainly not unique at all,” said Youngs, who has …


Pot extraction method using butane poses hazard

A surge in the production of concentrated marijuana extract is thought to have caused at least three dangerous fires in Spokane County and has local, state and federal officials paying …


Spin Control: ‘Marijuana’ racist? Washington Legislature’s silliest moment in 2014

With more than 100 bills addressing marijuana this session, it may be no surprise the silliest thing said so far has involved this topic. Granted, we’re only a third of …


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 …


Medical marijuana patient can get custody of daughter

Billy Fisher doesn’t have to choose between his 16-month-old daughter and the medical marijuana he takes to manage his chronic back pain. In a case that could have implications in …


Liberty Lake won’t allow marijuana sales at first

Liberty Lake has joined the list of cities imposing moratoriums on recreational marijuana, while Spokane Valley may explore ways to add its own set of restrictions on opening any state-licensed …


Pot bills concern access and safety

OLYMPIA – Efforts to bring the state’s two laws on marijuana together is generating several proposals in the Legislature and rifts among the medical marijuana community. Some patients on Tuesday …


Tougher DUI penalties proposed in Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – Drunken drivers could face prison on their fourth conviction if the Legislature can find a way to pay for the extra burden on state prisons and county jails. …


Marijuana businesses can be banned by cities, counties, official says

OLYMPIA – Cities and counties can say no to recreational marijuana businesses even though Washington voters have said yes, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday. In a formal response to …


Attorney General says Washington cities can block marijuana businesses from operating

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says cities and counties can block licensed marijuana businesses from operating.


Criminal history not necessarily a barrier to getting into the legal pot business

A Spokane businessman convicted in 1994 for selling cocaine in a widely reported federal case has complied with all legal requirements to apply for a license to run a marijuana …


Spokane-area business owners see potential in pot

Among more than 500 applications by people wanting to grow, process or sell legal pot in Spokane are those submitted by a former Republican state senator and a high-profile developer …


Pot grower applications exceed supply of licenses

OLYMPIA – Washington is seeing a “green rush” of sorts in marijuana, with far more people wanting to grow and sell the drug legally than the state will allow. State …


Pot, guns and paparazzi: New laws run gamut in US

The new year is bringing a host of new laws taking effect in January or thereabouts. A look at some state and local laws that are making news:


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 …