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When Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the feds’ take-it-easy policy on pot prosecutions, he threw a ton of uncertainty into Washington’s marijuana industry.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


The Green Nugget excited about 2018

There are some fancy cannabis retailers that offer the highest-end items for customers who don’t mind paying extra, especially when surrounded by elegant décor.


Can people be allergic to pot?

While it is normal to cough after taking a big hit of your cannabis, some users report continuous coughing, wheezing, vomiting and rashes.


Play Cupid with Valentine’s Day cannabis treats

Cannabis enthusiasts will tell you that this plant has long been known to enhance almost every aspect of a romantic experience, from elevating appetite, increasing arousal and amplifying sensations, to …


Shawn Vestal: If you think tax cuts are unleashing the economy, wait till you see the pot numbers

The new federal tax cuts should add a jolt to the state’s economy, a new revenue forecast says. Not a huge jolt. Not a marijuana-sized jolt.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 8:49 p.m.

Vermont governor signs pot bill with ‘mixed emotions’

Gov. Phil Scott on Monday privately signed Vermont’s marijuana bill into law, making the state the first in the country to authorize the recreational use of the substance by an …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 11:28 p.m.

Home-grown recreational pot limits considered by Washington House

House panel considers letting recreational marijuana users “grow their own.”


My guns or my ganja? Firearm-owning pot fans face a choice

The federal government says grass and guns don’t mix, and that is putting gun owners who use marijuana – and the strongly pro-gun-rights administration of President Donald Trump – in …


Everything is Copy: Weeding through the options

What I wanted was to quiet my racing mind. What I wanted, really, was to be put to sleep so I could wean myself off the hypnotic chemicals I ingest …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018, 1:11 p.m.

Oregon pot shops caught selling to underage buyers

Oregon authorities say nearly 20 percent of state-licensed marijuana retailers in a recent undercover operation sold pot to underage buyers.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 2:33 p.m.

Study blames pot farms for poisonings of endangered owls

Rat poison is contaminating threatened northern spotted owls in California forests, and marijuana farms appear to be to blame, according to a study published Thursday.


Louisiana governor to Trump: Don’t prosecute medical pot

Louisiana’s governor Tuesday asked President Donald Trump to shield states’ medical marijuana programs from federal prosecutors, urging him to “ensure the safe distribution of this life-changing form of treatment.”


Shawn Vestal: Tokio Weigh Station’s cannabis shop a literal sign of the times

It looms above the freeway about 45 miles west of Spokane: a literal sign of the times.


Trump actions re-ignite states rights’ debate

Lawmakers and others in Democratic-learning states have been howling over the past year about actions by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans that they say have undermined states’ rights. That …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 12:13 p.m.

Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions’ new policy

This week’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice would lift its hands-off approach to states that legalized marijuana shocked many in the industry who have been trying to go …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 2:14 p.m.

Prosecutors in pot-friendly states will decide on crackdown

Whether to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal is a decision that will now rest with those states’ top federal prosecutors.


Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner stands up to President Trump over marijuana crackdown

For Republicans who have found themselves at odds with President Trump or his policies, there have generally been just two options: buckle, as former deficit hawks did on the recent …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Spokane County air pollution regulators approve new rules, fees to battle smelly marijuana farms

Dozens of marijuana farmers in Spokane County will have to pay fees ranging from $500 to $2,000 this year to cover the expenses of enforcing state laws governing nuisance smells. …