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Montana governor vetoes repeal of medical marijuana law

Gov. Brian Schweitzer has vetoed a Republican bill that would have repealed the state’s voter-approved medical marijuana law.


Pot dispensary owner sentenced

Spokane medical marijuana dealer Scott Q. Shupe will avoid prison on drug-trafficking charges, at least for now. “In this case it was clear you didn’t intend to break the law, …


Medical marijuana dispenser avoids prison

Medical marijuana dealer Scott Q. Shupe will avoid prison on drug-trafficking charges, at least for now.


Oversight rules for medical marijuana head to Senate

OLYMPIA – Rules for growing, processing and selling medical marijuana passed the Washington state House of Representatives after heated debate Monday on whether the proposed law has enough safeguards to …


Spokane medical marijuana dispensaries on federal notice

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane face federal prosecution if they do not end their operations immediately, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Federal authorities hope for voluntary compliance but are …


Supplier’s conviction sparks concern among medical marijuana advocates

Marijuana advocates still reeling from last week’s conviction of a medicinal pot supplier in Spokane are stepping up the pressure. Nearly three dozen demonstrators gathered Thursday outside of the federal …


Amended pot bill heads to House

OLYMPIA – A new version of a plan to regulate the production and sale of medical marijuana in Washington is headed for a vote in the state House after narrowly …


Medical marijuana dispenser convicted

A Spokane jury rejected arguments Thursday that the state’s medical marijuana law allows for commercial dispensaries, convicting a supplier of multiple drug trafficking charges. Scott Q. Shupe, who co-owned one …


Medical marijuana supplier convicted

A Spokane jury rejected arguments Thursday that the state’s medical marijuana law should be interpreted broadly to allow for commercial dispensaries, convicting a supplier of multiple drug trafficking charges.


Medical marijuana dispensary owner on trial

A trial with statewide implications regarding the legal distribution of medical marijuana will go to a Spokane jury today after attorneys give closing arguments. Scott Q. Shupe, who co-owned one …


Owners, law agencies disagree on legality of pot dispensaries

Marijuana advocates say Spokane has quickly earned a new nickname: Spokansterdam, a nod to the Dutch city where the sale and use of marijuana is legal.


Washington Legislature considering two marijuana bills

OLYMPIA – Washington legislators are spending some of their time on pot this week, discussing it both as a potential revenue source through outright legalization, and as an administrative problem …


Editorial: Marijuana bill should reflect shift in culture

Because Congress refuses to update the absurd Controlled Substances Act, states are trying to figure out the best ways to implement the sane and popular wish that marijuana be made …


Feisty George Diana stood up to MS, pot laws

Life could be tough for a Catholic kid in the 1950s. So Sam Diana got tougher. George Diana remembers the taunts he and his brother would get walking home from …


Editorial: Federal marijuana laws don’t keep pace with reality

Several efforts are under way in Washington state to loosen marijuana laws, from fully legalizing it to making in readily accessible to patients who need it for medicinal purposes. A …


Most in Idaho back medical pot, poll finds

BOISE – A statewide poll that’s been conducted in Idaho for more than 20 years yielded a surprising result: 74 percent support for allowing “terminally and seriously ill patients to …


Idaho lawmaker backs medical marijuana

BOISE – An Idaho lawmaker has introduced a medical marijuana bill, saying Idaho needs to save money in its Medicaid program and that medical marijuana is a much cheaper way …


Medical pot sales taxable, says state

SEATTLE – The Washington Department of Revenue has launched a statewide effort to collect sales tax from medical marijuana dispensaries – even as some prosecutors and the Health Department maintain …


Washington trying to collect pot sales tax

The Washington Department of Revenue has launched a statewide effort to collect sales tax from medical marijuana dispensaries — even as some prosecutors and the Health Department maintain such dispensaries …


Medical pot industry has new trade group in Wash.

The medical marijuana industry in Washington state has a new trade organization.


Shop sells three flavors of marijuana ice cream

SOQUEL, Calif. – Smoke a bowl or eat a bowl (of ice cream)? That’s the question at a new medical marijuana dispensary, where half pints of Banannabis Foster and Straw-Mari …


Vestal: Medical marijuana dispensaries don’t seem like big threat

It’s time to de-stupidify medical marijuana. Earlier this month, the local gendarmes once again expended a bunch of time and effort bringing down a medical marijuana dispensary. If someone breaks …


Medical marijuana dispensary owner faces drug charges

A Greenacres man who operated a medical marijuana dispensary about 100 feet from a Washington State Patrol office could face felony drug charges in the latest example of Spokane County’s …


Deputies raid pot shop near state patrol office

A Greenacres man who operated a medical marijuana dispensary about 100 feet from a Washington State Patrol office could face felony drug charges in the latest example of Spokane County’s …


Idaho GOP move to define marriage to exclude transgenders

Idaho doesn’t recognize gay or lesbian marriage, but some Republicans want the state to go a step further.


Marijuana business in Montana targeted with firebomb

Someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of a Billings medical marijuana business early Monday and spray-painted “NOT IN OUR TOWN” on its storefront, the second such act in …


Western Wash. pot activist denied guns after shootout

A medical marijuana activist who nearly killed an intruder in his home during a shootout this month has been barred from buying guns because he’s a pot patient, according to …


385 plants at Wash. pot activist’s burgled home

Sheriff’s deputies said they found 385 marijuana plants at the home of an outspoken medical marijuana activist who nearly killed a robber in a shootout this week. It’s not clear …


Washington medical pot activist shoots robber

A well-known Washington state medical marijuana activist traded gunfire with robbers who invaded his Kirkland home early Monday, suffering minor shotgun pellet wounds and sending one intruder to the intensive …


Spokane police say marijuana growers didn’t have permit

Two men authorities describe as “hiding behind the medical marijuana law” were arrested early Thursday during a raid at a home in north Spokane.