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Hung jury focused on pot-smoking drivers

A second jury in nine months failed to agree on whether a Deer Park man’s marijuana use caused a fatal crash, highlighting the lack of accepted legal standards for when …


Second jury hangs on stoned-while driving trial

A second jury in nine months failed to agree today whether a Deer Park man’s marijuana use caused a fatal crash, highlighting the lack of accepted standards to determine when …


Grow house search ruled illegal

A recent court ruling that deemed a drug raid illegal has raised questions about how law enforcement in Spokane County investigate marijuana growers. Sheriff’s detectives had reason to believe marijuana …


Confiscated pot stinking up Oregon courthouse

COQUILLE, Ore. — The atmosphere at the Coos County Courthouse this spring is a bit heady. Blame it on the pot in the evidence lockers and too little ventilation.


Inslee, McKenna split on gay marriage

Gay marriage in Washington state is all but certain to be decided by voters in November, but the state’s gubernatorial candidates will be offsetting each other’s votes on whether to …


Local, state groups vie over city pot initiatives

Two groups who favor relaxed enforcement of marijuana laws are battling over similar initiatives they want to put before Spokane voters. Sensible Spokane and Sensible Washington, which are separate organizations, …


78-year-old pleads guilty in pot case

A 78-year-old man who allowed drug traffickers to use his property just south of the Canadian border in Ferry County has pleaded guilty. Alvin Oliver Shields had 700 pounds of …


Homeowner who shot burglar faces assault charge

A homeowner in Medical Lake accused of shooting a fleeing 14-year-old burglary suspect in the back last December has been charged with assault. In new court documents, Spokane County sheriff’s …


Doug Clark: Billboard helps weed out the humorless

A tempest in a flowerpot blooms in North Spokane. The hubbub centers on a billboard towering over North Division Street near Lyons Avenue.


N. Idaho man to stand trial on drug charges

COEUR D’ALENE — A North Idaho man facing drug conspiracy charges in federal court came under investigation after authorities responded to a fire on his property and reported finding evidence …


Hard to rationalize pot prohibition

Norm Stamper’s told the story a lot: He was a rookie cop, working a “one-man car” in an affluent San Diego neighborhood, when he approached a home and smelled “burning …


Detectives bust Spokane Valley marijuana grow

Authorities responding to a Spokane Valley standoff sniffed out and busted a marijuana growing operation nearby. Sheriff’s detectives executed a search warrant at the house on the 12100 block of …


Lawmakers balk on marijuana initiative

OLYMPIA – Voters will have to decide this fall whether to legalize marijuana for personal use. The Legislature appears unlikely to vote on, or even debate, the marijuana initiative sent …


Lawmakers to consider pot initiative

OLYMPIA — A measure that would decriminalize use and possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults was sent to the Washington Legislature today after the Secretary of State’s office …


Man accused of trying to sell pot on courthouse lawn

Grant County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Grand Coulee man for allegedly trying to sell marijuana on a courthouse lawn. About 1:30 p.m. today, deputies learned an adult male was approaching …


Man arrested with marijuana wrapped as gifts

A man who works at a hydroponics supply store in north Spokane faces felony marijuana trafficking charges after an officer found 3.3 pounds of marijuana wrapped up as Christmas gifts …


Advocates disagree on best way to regulate medical pot

Stevens County activists dressed in prison stripes recently were tossed out of Gonzaga University’s Cataldo Hall where Rick Steves, the travel writer and TV show host, was delivering a speech. …


Home had been hit before

A teenager who was with the 13-year-old boy shot during a Monday burglary had stolen marijuana from the same home less than a week before. The boy who was shot …


Report: Homeowner who shot teen suspect had pot stolen earlier

A teenager who was with the 13-year-old boy shot during a Monday burglary had stolen marijuana from the same home less than a week before.


Eye on Boise: Hart tax drama extended yet again

BOISE - Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has asked for and received 30 more days to respond to federal authorities’ move to foreclose on his Athol home. The action …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 8, 2011, 6:35 p.m.

Police says they’ll stop harassing pot supporters

The King County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Public Stadium Authority have agreed to stop harassing people collecting signatures outside the Seahawks football stadium for an initiative that would …


Governors want marijuana reclassified

OLYMPIA – Governors from Washington and Rhode Island asked the federal government Wednesday to reclassify marijuana so it can be used for medical use. Gov. Chris Gregoire and Rhode Island …


Two plead guilty following medical marijuana raids

Two men have pleaded guilty to felony possession of marijuana following raids in April of several marijuana dispensaries in the Spokane area.


Authorities identify alleged burglar shot in Moses Lake

The Grant County Sheriff’s office today identified the man shot to death while allegedly attempting to burglarize a medical marijuana patient.


Spokane woman shoots would-be marijuana thief

A woman shot a man in the head today as he tried to steal marijuana plants from her home in north Spokane, police said. His accomplice is still at large …


Man, 77, faces trafficking charges

A 77-year-old man who lived just miles from the Canadian border in Ferry County is accused of being a major drug trafficker. Alvin O. Shields was allowed to leave the …


Spin Control: Cities dazed, confused over marijuana control

OLYMPIA – Whether she realized it or not last spring when wielding her “partial veto” pen, Gov. Chris Gregoire has prompted a hodgepodge of pot laws around the state and …


Medical marijuana dispensers indicted

The owners of two medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane have been indicted by a federal grand jury. Charles Wesley Wright and Jon Richard Vivian, owners of the THC Pharmacy on …


Plea deal in Hells Angel drug case

A member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he conspired to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and grow more than 100 marijuana …


Hells Angels member pleads guilty to drug charges

A member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang pleaded guilty today to charges that he conspired to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and grow more than 100 marijuana …