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Oregon’s medical marijuana program admits to problems

The agency overseeing Oregon’s legal medical marijuana industry conceded in a report Thursday it has not provided effective oversight of growers and others in the industry, creating opportunities for weed …

Boating with your bud

There’s nothing like water to relax you.

Pot poisoning reports increase among young children

Washington officials say reports of pot poisoning among young children is on the rise across the state.

UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 8:26 p.m.

Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country’s youth, Prime Minister Justin …

Trudeau presses for legal pot this summer as Senate wavers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pressing ahead with a goal of legalizing recreational marijuana in Canada within months, as senators push for changes and a delay of as much as …

Desperate to hire, more businesses open door to pot smokers

A low unemployment rate and the spreading legalization of marijuana have led many businesses to rethink their drug testing policies for the first time in decades. A small but increasing …

Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana

The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana’s informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot.

UPDATED: Wed., April 4, 2018, 4:29 p.m.

Marijuana dispute pits county against state of Oregon

Officials in an Oregon county who have tried to restrict commercial marijuana production sued the state in federal court, asserting state laws that made pot legal are pre-empted by federal …

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 7:09 p.m.

California company has pot license, workers still arrested

The confusing rollout of marijuana regulations in California has been underscored in Mendocino County, where local authorities licensed a company to deliver pot only to have state police arrest two …

California preps for pot-infused fare, from wine to tacos

Move over, pot brownies. The world’s largest legal recreational marijuana market kicks off Monday in California, and the trendsetting state is set to ignite the cannabis culinary scene.

Spokane County marijuana farmers say pollution controls, regulations and low prices threaten their business

Fees and rules for controlling the smell of marijuana emanating from the county’s dozens of marijuana farms are going to regulate small players right out of the nascent industry, growers …

California opens online system to license new pot industry

LOS ANGELES – California on Friday began accepting applications from businesses that want to operate in the state’s legal marijuana industry next year, a milestone for the emerging market. After …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 2, 2017, 9:06 p.m.

Smoked pot and want to enlist? Army issuing more waivers

Smoked pot? Want to go to war? No problem.

The truth behind the ‘first marijuana overdose death’ headlines

A case report about the seizure and death of an 11-month old after exposure to cannabis has prompted headlines about “the first marijuana overdose death” this week … Except that’s …

Headaches, confusion as pot industry contends with lag in tracking software

Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board is working with a new software vendor to oversee a massive database that tracks every pot plant and product in the state. But the new …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

Legal loophole in D.C. creates bizarre pot bazaar

Instead of the straightforward marijuana storefronts common in Washington state or Colorado, the District of Columbia has developed a thriving “gift economy” marijuana industry. These businesses, many offering deliver, sell …

Pot decriminalization law goes into effect in New Hampshire

A law in New Hampshire decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana goes into effect Saturday.

Hawaii says it’s 1st state to go cashless for pot sales

Hawaii said Tuesday that it aims to be the first state to have marijuana sales handled without cash, saying it wanted to avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries.

Here’s one marijuana trend you should actually be worried about

The latest federal survey data shows that while teen marijuana use continues to decline in the era of legal pot, adult use is rising. The percent of people over the …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 7:53 p.m.

Colorado to Sessions: Pot industry working and can be better

Colorado’s legal marijuana industry is working – and can work better with federal collaboration, the state’s governor and Republican attorney general told U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a letter …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 3:59 p.m.

Nevada judge clears way for expanded marijuana distribution

A judge cleared the way Thursday for Nevada to allow more businesses to move marijuana from growers to stores in an effort to keep up with overwhelming demand since recreational …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 5:15 p.m.

Thousands of illegal marijuana plants seized in Adams County

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies served search warrants Wednesday on five illegal marijuana grows in the tiny unincorporated town of Cunningham.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 10:29 p.m.

Seattle drops $1,000 Hempfest fine amid evidence questions

Seattle has dropped a $1,000 fine issued to the nonprofit organization that runs Hempfest – the annual summer marijuana celebration.

Editorial: Pot-fearing AG should meet with state officials

Why is the attorney general ignoring his own task force, cherry-picking data, using outdated information and raising the specter of a federal shutdown? Possibly because he holds the outdated view …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

Sessions raises concerns over Washington’s pot legalization

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he’s disappointed with a letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the state’s efforts to regulate marijuana.