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  • ‘Clean Green’-labeled marijuana is pesticide-free, environmentally friendlier

    ADDY, Wash. – Chris Van Hook bent over a shrub-sized marijuana plant at Mountain High Farm with a magnifying glass last month, looking for imperfections in the fan-shaped leaves. A …


  • Two Washington liquor board members leaving

    OLYMPIA – Two of the three members of the state board that oversees Washington’s liquor and marijuana laws will step down early next year. That includes Chris Marr, a former …


  • Long lines, high prices as legal pot shop opens in Spokane

    A cross-country road trip landed New Hampshire natives Steve and Tricia Goyette in north Spokane just hours before the city’s first recreational marijuana store let in its first customers Tuesday. …


  • Numerica to serve pot growers and processors, but not retailers

    Businesses that plan to grow or process marijuana in Eastern Washington can bank with a Spokane Valley credit union. But other legal pot businesses – those that sell marijuana products …


  • Doug Clark: A forum for dopey opinions

    DOUG’S DOPE DIARY … Tuesday, 5:50 p.m. – On my way to tonight’s big pot forum at the Spokane Convention Center. I know I’m headed in the right direction because …


  • Idaho stores swimming in sales since Wash. privatized liquor

    In the first seven months of Washington’s privatized liquor system, the big winner may be Idaho. Business from Washington already was brisk in Idaho stores before Washington voters’ decision, with …


  • Planning begins for growing and selling pot

    The state Liquor Control Board, responsible for regulating the production and sale of marijuana in Washington under Initiative 502, is preparing to move ahead with implementation plans.


  • Official: Downtown booze crackdown just shifted problem

    With a bicycle at his disposal, Marcus Hayes will travel to stores in Hillyard, Spokane Valley, or just north of downtown to fill the orders of the residents on “the …


  • Move to extend bar hours falls flat in Spokane

    A request by Seattle city officials to allow bars and restaurants to serve liquor after the 2 a.m. cutoff got a cold reception at a Spokane public hearing Monday. More …


  • It won’t be hard to find hard liquor

    It’s not exactly a gold rush. More like a mad dash to not be left behind when liquor sales go private in June. On June 1, the state’s roughly 330 …


  • Alcohol incidents drop in ban area

    Since a ban on cheap fortified beers and wines took effect last year in downtown Spokane, incidents related to public intoxication in the area have dropped. The state Liquor Control …


  • Bars, restaurants chafe over city rules

    One Spokane bar is restricted from serving shots after 1 a.m. Down the street, a restaurant is allowed to serve only “upscale wine and microbrews.” Around the corner, bartenders aren’t …


  • Liquor sales discussion not over

    OLYMPIA – Voters rejected two ballot measures this year that would have gotten Washington state out of the liquor business, but supporters of changing the state’s current system of selling …


  • State bans alcoholic energy drinks

    OLYMPIA – Retailers have a week to clear millions of dollars worth of alcoholic energy drinks from their shelves after state regulators banned them Wednesday, citing the hospitalization of nine …

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