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Few pot convictions thrown out in Spokane, as Washington state considers similar amnesty law

The Spokane City Council passed a measure at the end of 2015 that would allow those with misdemeanor marijuana convictions to petition the court for their record to be cleared. …


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Washington bill would allow parents to give students marijuana extract drugs on public school grounds

The bill, which has been introduced twice before in the Washington Legislature, is intended to allow students with a documented condition treated by marijuana to receive the drug on campuses, …


Senate OKs bill to vacate some marijuana convictions

The Washington Senate has passed a measure that makes it easier for people with previous misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions to have those convictions vacated.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 8:05 p.m.

Yakima County prepares to shut down marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas

YAKIMA – Yakima County is taking legal action to shut down more than 20 banned recreational marijuana businesses operating in unincorporated areas of the county. County officials gave the businesses …


Whitman County Commissioners approve pot moratorium

The Whitman County Commissioners approved an ordinance Monday enacting a six-month moratorium on businesses that produce, process or sell marijuana in the unincorporated areas of Whitman County.


Idaho State Police may get tests to tell hemp and pot apart

Idaho State Police may get the funding to purchase equipment that would allow investigators to distinguish hemp from marijuana after a high-profile case in the state grabbed headlines and prompted …


Former Spokane pediatrician facing felony stalking, marijuana charges in Idaho

A popular Spokane pediatrician who sold his medical practice last year is facing charges of felony stalking and possession of marijuana in Idaho.


Cannabis continues to be celebrated in many cultures

If you think the ‘flower children’ in the 1960s was where today’s love of pot started, you need to go back further.


Toker Friendly strives to make customers comfortable

Go ahead and browse all you want at Toker Friendly.


Canadian cannabis research may encourage efforts to kick opioid habits

Dr. Sunil Kumar Aggarwal is one of several physicians who recently founded the Advanced Integrative Medical Science Institute in Seattle in 2018.


Palm Springs area becoming California’s cannabis hot spot

You might expect California, America’s biggest consumer marketplace, to be bursting with cannabis stores since recreational weed became legalized in 2018.


Why terpenes are becoming more important than THC

Modern research on possible pharmacological uses for the cannabis plant started in the 1940s with the discovery of cannabidiol, a compound connected to pain relief.


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.