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Kettle Falls Five reduced to three

The Kettle Falls Five marijuana collective has been reduced to three this week after one of the defendants in the federal criminal case cut an eleventh-hour plea deal with prosecutors. …


In a twist, fight for medical pot goes to Florida Statehouse

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Republicans lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that …


Medical marijuana revisions proposed

OLYMPIA – Major changes to the state’s largely unregulated medical marijuana industry passed the Senate after sponsors beat back a challenge to requirements for a patient database and a plea …


Judge rejects ‘Kettle Falls Five’ marijuana defendants’ requests

A federal judge declined Thursday to throw out the criminal case against the marijuana farmers dubbed the “Kettle Falls Five,” setting up the likelihood of another trial delay two years …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 12, 2015, 3:52 p.m.

Judge denies dismissal of marijuana case against ‘Kettle Falls Five’

The trial for the quintet of marijuana farmers dubbed the “Kettle Falls Five” seems destined for another delay. And when it commences, it may be the trial of the Kettle …


House to address disparities in pot laws

OLYMPIA – A House panel rolled 18 different proposals to change Washington’s marijuana laws into a single wide-ranging bill Monday, hoping to address at least some problems with the state’s …


Spin Control: Hearing on marijuana laws takes on mainstream feel

OLYMPIA – If one lives long enough, things that once seemed impossible will become commonplace. Or so my grandfather used to say. He was living proof of that: Born before …


Medical pot growers have unfair advantages, say counterparts

OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana growers and sellers have a series of unfair business advantages, their recreational pot counterparts told legislators Thursday. Medical marijuana is unregulated in Washington state. It’s unlicensed. …


Washington Senate bill would license medical pot sales

OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana would come under some of the same licensing requirements as the recreational form of the drug but its buyers would pay fewer taxes under a plan …


Without notice, Spokane Valley council halts new marijuana businesses

Citing a public health crisis, the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday passed a moratorium on all marijuana businesses other than retail, production and processing operations already licensed by the …


Ballot measures: California next for pot activists

SEATTLE (AP) — Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America’s drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon and the nation’s capital approving recreational pot use. …


Marijuana could reduce deadly painkiller abuse, study suggests

Could medical marijuana be an antidote for the nation’s scourge of fatal overdoses caused by prescription pain medication? A new study suggests the answer is yes, and it’s set off …


Smell of pot can be basis for police search

Though marijuana is now legal in Washington for recreational and medical use, courts continue to grant law enforcement wide leeway in using the presence of pot to search property. A …


Club offers social pot spot

Eric Buchanan envisions a day when marijuana will be as common as vodka tonics or microbrews at lounges and nightclubs across Washington. Until then, he and his business partners are …


‘Kettle Falls 5’ case tests marijuana laws

Washington state’s permissive marijuana laws have been on a collision course with the federal government’s total ban for years. That collision could occur this summer in a Spokane courtroom as …


Eye on Boise: Rally decries veterans cemetery’s same-sex ban

“Add the Words” protesters returned to the Idaho state Capitol last week where roughly 180 were arrested during this year’s legislative session while pressing unsuccessfully for a hearing on legislation …


Washington state pursuing medical pot dispensaries’ taxes

OLYMPIA – The state Revenue Department is stepping up efforts to make medical marijuana dispensaries pay their taxes. After more than two years of “educational outreach” designed to teach medical …


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 legislators leave plenty to next year’s session

OLYMPIA – The Legislature closed up shop with seven minutes before its constitutionally mandated midnight stopping time Thursday, ending a short session that was short on expectations and, many would …


Inslee says Legislature left things undone

OLYMPIA — Washington faces reduced maintenance on roads and bridges as well as cuts in mass transit because the Legislature did not pass a major package this year of transportation …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Abortion coverage, medical marijuana bills advance in Washington House

OLYMPIA – Two of the Washington legislative session’s most controversial issues moved out of a House committee Thursday, giving the full chamber the chance to vote on whether most insurance …


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 …


Medical marijuana system overhaul draws criticism

OLYMPIA – A proposal by state agencies to overhaul Washington’s medical marijuana system, restricting access and toughening requirements for patients, faced immediate criticism by some advocates for the drug. Staff …


Marijuana users face plenty of unknowns

The dried marijuana buds packed in jars, the marijuana-infused vitamin water, the Chewy Choo chocolate cannabis candies, the Canna Bull drinkable energy shots – they’re all sold at the Pacific …


Spin Control: Divisions crop up among marijuana users

OLYMPIA – As Washington develops rules for its new recreational marijuana industry, even the most casual observer might be hard pressed to argue this change isn’t significant. We’re going to …