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UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

Pullman’s We’re Just Buds to close after Spokane owner’s death

While marijuana stores seem to be blooming like crazy in and around Pullman, one will be closing its doors Saturday.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 3:58 p.m.

California takes aim at online ads from illegal pot shops

Weedmaps is a go-to website for people looking to find a marijuana shop. With a few clicks on a cellphone, customers can find virtually any type of cannabis product, along …


Canadian who ran airborne drug-smuggling ring pleads guilty

A Canadian man who ran a helicopter-based drug-smuggling ring for years before Washington state legalized marijuana pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge Thursday, after fighting his extradition to the U.S. …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 7:50 a.m.

Handling money from licensed pot businesses OK under state law

State removes laws against handling money from marijuana sales – if it’s from a licensed state business.


Marijuana product labels to get a bit less cluttered

Labels for marijuana products to be streamlined slightly with removal of retailer information.


UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 9:17 a.m.

Sessions: U.S. prosecutors won’t take on small-time pot cases

Federal prosecutors won’t take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department’s decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in …


Man charged in hit-and-run crash that killed 3 near Lakewood

A man accused of killing three people in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 5 in Lakewood has been charged with vehicular homicide and failing to remain at the scene of …


Surge in DUI blood tests for drugs causes case backlog for state toxicology lab

Washington’s toxicology lab is struggling with a backlog of cases, thanks in part to growing number of blood tests for suspected DUI cases.


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 8:49 a.m.

Marijuana odor rules prompt clash between Clean Air board members Stuckart, French

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said he’s joined the agency overseeing the region’s air pollution in direct response to new regulations and fees for marijuana business owners. Spokane County …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 12:20 p.m.

Montana woman sentenced to 40 years for Great Falls marijuana robbery

A Montana woman accused of orchestrating a marijuana robbery that led to the stabbing death of a Great Falls high school student was sentenced to 40 years in prison.


Oregon man accused of using fake boulders for $1M pot shipment

A 37-year-old man accused of stashing $1 million worth of marijuana in fake boulders and attempting to ship it from Springfield, Oregon, to Oklahoma City now faces facing a federal …


Skincare home remedies lead to innovative cannabis products

What started as home health remedies in Erica and Sam Kannall’s kitchen seven years ago have now become popular products on cannabis retail shelves across Washington State.


Botanica has something for every appetite

In 2013, Tim Moxey and Chris Abbott began discussing how to make the best edibles on a large scale, even before they legally were allowed to start cooking.


RAD Expo urges cannabis businesses to get the word out better

With a few big exceptions, doing business in the legal cannabis realm is just like any other competitive industry.


Yakima commissioners plan crack-downs on cannabis businesses

Legal cannabis entrepreneurs and elected officials statewide are watching a brewing conflict in Yakima County between county commissioners and local growers and processors.


Pipe dreams: plenty of smokin’ options for puffers

If the last time you smoked cannabis was out of a dented pop can in your folks’ basement, you may be surprised how much the experience has improved.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 11 p.m.

Oregon officials struggle to ID which pot sites are legal

An Oregon sheriff and district attorney blasted efforts to regulate legalized marijuana, saying Tuesday the state is allowing black market operations to proliferate.


Spokane judge dismisses arcade’s claims in marijuana shop lawsuit

A request by the proprietors of Old Fashioned Fun Arcade to shutter a nearby marijuana retailer was rejected by a Spokane County judge this month. The ruling allows Smokane to …


Senator to stop blocking some DOJ jobs over pot

Colorado’s Republican U.S. senator will stop blocking nominees for some Justice Department jobs over concerns about the marijuana industry, saying Thursday that federal officials have shown good faith in recent …


Police say hundreds of illegal marijuana shops operate in LA

Los Angeles has issued licenses to nearly 100 marijuana retailers but police estimate there are at least two times that number operating illegally in the city and undercutting those who …


Shawn Vestal: Feds injection of uncertainty into state pot industry stunts business growth

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the feds’ take-it-easy policy on pot prosecutions, he threw a ton of uncertainty into Washington’s marijuana industry.


Pastor pleads guilty to trying to smuggle 280 pounds of pot

A former church pastor in Vancouver has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge for trying to smuggle more than 280 pounds of pot into the country from Mexico.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 2:34 p.m.

Seattle clears pot convictions, following San Francisco lead

More than five years after Washington state legalized marijuana, Seattle officials said Thursday they’re moving to automatically clear past misdemeanor convictions for pot possession – a step similarly announced by …


U.S. prosecutor: Oregon has big pot overproduction problem

Oregon’s top federal prosecutor said Friday the state has a “formidable” problem with marijuana overproduction that winds up on the black market and that he wants to work with state …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

Kootenai County deputies find 58 pounds of marijuana during traffic stop

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 70-year-old man after deputies found 58 pounds of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop Thursday.


Yakima County launches legal fight to shut down pot businesses

Yakima County authorities on Wednesday took their first step in enforcing a ban on marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas of the county by filing a court action seeking to shut …


Cannabis capitalists exploit loopholes by ‘gifting’ the drug

The single bottle of juice delivered to your door will set you back at least $55. But the bag of marijuana that comes with it? On the house.


San Francisco plans to wipe out thousands of pot convictions

San Francisco’s district attorney said Wednesday that city prosecutors will toss out or reduce thousands of criminal convictions for marijuana dating back decades, a move allowed under the 2016 state …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

Two teens charged as adults in connection with drug-related shooting in Hillyard

Police have made two more arrests in a shooting last week over a duffel bag full of marijuana that left one teenager hospitalized.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018, 9:35 a.m.

After California pot stockpiles go up in smoke, what’s next?

Like many pot shops in California, the Urbn Leaf in San Diego bulked up its inventory before legal sales began on Jan. 1, stockpiling enough marijuana to last for months …