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DEA raids pot dispensaries

SEATTLE – Federal agents have raided a number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the Puget Sound region. Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Jodie Underwood said Wednesday afternoon the operation was underway. …


Medical pot shop deals with effects of robbery

Paul Lugo stands with a customer in the lobby of his medical marijuana dispensary. The room is brightly lit, the windows painted with sunshine and colorful flowers. Though the scene …


Spokane Valley council adjusting budget

The city of Spokane Valley is getting ready to make several changes to its 2013 budget, partly to pay for extra projects and expenses the council has approved in the …


Kids of marijuana activists put in foster care

BOISE — Three medical marijuana advocates from southwest Idaho say their children were placed into state foster care after law enforcement searched their home and found marijuana.


States can pick their pot laws

It may be surprising, but no state is required to have a law making possession of marijuana, or any drug, a crime. Therefore, any state can legalize some or all …


Spokane pot businesses on hold

The number of businesses in Spokane specializing in medical marijuana will be frozen at about a dozen for at least the next six months. Fearing the proliferation of businesses that …


Anti-pot bills clear Idaho Senate panel

BOISE – Idaho should never legalize marijuana for any purpose and should call on the U.S. Justice Department to crack down on states that do, state lawmakers declared Wednesday. The …


Medical pot dispensaries hope legalization opens new doors

Among the antique stores and other shops of Spokane’s historic Garland District is a door painted with a happy snowman. Inside, the merchant is peddling medical marijuana while harboring hopes …


Interstate 90 a major route for traffickers heading east

The buds are potent and fresh, packed gingerly in heat-sealed bags to preserve their form and flavor – and throw off the drug dogs. These aren’t the dense bricks of …


Seattle medical marijuana entrepreneur sentenced

SEATTLE — A Seattle medical marijuana entrepreneur whose dispensaries were raided last year was sentenced Wednesday in federal court. The 48-year-old Brionne Corbray avoided prison time and was sentenced to …


President’s pot comments prompt call for policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama says he won’t go after pot users in Colorado and Washington, two states that just legalized the drug for recreational use. But advocates …


Pot proponents hopeful, wary after Obama comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials and pot advocates looking for any sign of whether the Obama administration will sue to block legal pot laws in Washington state and Colorado or stand …


Medical marijuana dispenser’s conviction overturned

The drug-trafficking convictions of the man who operated Spokane’s first medical marijuana dispensary were reversed Tuesday in a state Appeals Court ruling that also appears to clear the way for …


Washington could become pot source for neighbors

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Now that marijuana is legal in neighboring Washington state, Portland police are offering some helpful advice to Oregon pot users. Sure, you can go over to …


For Washington state, legal pot _ and now what?

SEATTLE (AP) — People openly lit joints under the Space Needle and on Seattle’s sidewalks — then blew the smoke at TV news cameras. To those looking to “get baked,” …


As pot goes proper, a history of weed

SEATTLE (AP) — The grass is no greener. But, finally, it’s legal — at least somewhere in America. It’s been a long, strange trip for marijuana. Washington state and Colorado …


Pot still outlawed on campus

Young voters helped pass laws legalizing marijuana in Washington and Colorado, but many still won’t be able to light up. Most universities have codes of conduct banning marijuana use, and …


Pot legalization no free ride to smoke on campus

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Young voters helped pass laws legalizing marijuana in Washington and Colorado, but many still won’t be able to light up. Most universities have codes of conduct …


Mother gives 7-year-old marijuana to fight chemo

PORTLAND – A seven-year-old girl suffering from leukemia is one of Oregon’s youngest medical marijuana patients. Her mother says she gives her daughter marijuana pills to combat the effects of …


Pot votes in 2 states challenge US drug war

DENVER (AP) — First came marijuana as medicine. Now comes legal pot for the people. Those who have argued for decades that legalizing and taxing weed would be better than …


Medical marijuana advocates want drug reclassified

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington is considering whether marijuana should be reclassified from its current status as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use. Last …


Marijuana backers courting conservatives

DENVER (AP) — It’s not all hippies backing November’s marijuana legalization votes in Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Appealing to Western individualism and a mistrust of federal government, activists have lined …


Arkansas court upholds medical marijuana proposal

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a proposed ballot measure that, if successful, would make the state the first in the South to legalize …


Pot could be tax windfall, but skeptics abound

DENVER (AP) — A catchy pro-marijuana jingle for Colorado voters considering legalizing the drug goes like this: “Jobs for our people. Money for schools. Who could ask for more?” It’s …


Ryan: Don’t interfere with legalized medical pot

DENVER (AP) — Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says the federal government shouldn’t interfere with states that have legalized medical marijuana. The Wisconsin congressman tells KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs …


Medical marijuana backers seek inroads in South

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The home state of the president who didn’t inhale has become an unlikely front in the battle over medical marijuana. This fall, Arkansas will be …


Seattle pot parlors laundered illicit drug cash

Two people charged as part of the biggest crackdown on marijuana dispensaries in Washington state pleaded guilty to federal charges Monday, acknowledging their business was a front for an illicit …


Letter prompts Wenatchee marijuana shops to close

SPOKANE — Three medical marijuana shops in the Wenatchee area have closed down after federal prosecutors sent a letter to the businesses’ landlords.


Idahoans picking up medical marijuana in Oregon

ON THE OREGON-IDAHO BORDER — Hurtling down I-84 with a bag of medical marijuana and no legal right to possess it, the 23-year-old Idaho man with the crooked grin drove …


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 …