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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 medical and recreational pot systems. As currently written, the bill includes some contradictory provisions. Several sections restrict the ability of cities or counties to ban recreational marijuana businesses in some sections; another bans all recreational pot and any medical form of the drug that doesn’t come in a pill.

WALeg Day 22: 18 pot bills rolled into HB 1461

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 medical and recreational pot systems. As currently written, the bill includes some contradictory provisions.

Where pot businesses can locate in Liberty Lake

Yesterday, we brought you the story that Liberty Lake had lifted its moratorium on recreational marijuana. Here are the locations where pot shops/farms/processors could locate.

Local pot shops receiving letters from the U.S. Army

A letter from Joint Base Lewis-McChord has begun arriving at marijuana stores around the state, telling owners that service members are banned from their premises.

Liberty Lake ends yearlong moratorium on pot, as tight zoning is placed on city

The Liberty Lake City Council, which passed a law last year ticketing minors who appear to be high in public, voted unanimously Tuesday to end a yearlong moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses. But potential pot entrepreneurs said the zoning codes that will replace the ban are so stringent that only a single parcel of land south of Interstate 90 will be available for marijuana businesses.

Spokane County affirms marijuana zoning laws

The laws governing where recreational marijuana businesses can locate in Spokane County were made permanent Tuesday with a unanimous vote by the Board of County Commissioners.

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 the Wright brothers flew, he lived to watch men walk on the moon, from his living room, on a device that he couldn’t have imagined in the first half of his life.

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. It’s not tested for harmful substances like pesticides and fungicides. It’s not labeled for its potency.

WALeg Day 9: Bill would blend state’s 2 pot systems

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 to harmonize the state’s two pot systems. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Wells, D-Seattle, announced Tuesday the Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Act.

Liquor Board replacements nominated

OLYMPIA — Retired state agency executive, county prosecutor nominated to openings on state board that oversees liquor and legal marijuana.

Pot sellers report December sales increase in Spokane County

Spokane County’s nine recreational marijuana stores all reported sales in December higher than the previous month, pushing the legal market above $1.2 million as it continues to grow and gain traction with lending agencies statewide. The retail growth comes at a time when some planning officials and elected representatives are pushing to stanch the spread of the recreational and medicinal markets through moratoriums and other measures. In the midst of that climate, Steve Burks opened the area’s newest dispensary, Treehouse Club, at 14421 E. Trent Ave., in a renovated house.

Planning Commission vote shows uneasiness with pot

Growing opposition to the legal marijuana industry in Spokane County put a routine vote on zoning codes in jeopardy Thursday and left the door open for a moratorium on new pot businesses. A volunteer board of citizens voted 4-2 Thursday to pass along a proposed set of zoning codes that essentially maintains the status quo of the marijuana industry in the county. The laws would allow pot growing to continue in many rural-zoned areas of the county, require 300 feet between the crop and an adjacent owner’s home, and limit processing to industrial areas.

Legal marijuana sales in Spokane County top $1 million last month

Consumers spent $1 million last month on legal marijuana in Spokane County, the first time recreational sales eclipsed that mark since shops opened this summer. While market shares have tumbled for many of the county’s early openers, overall sales continued to rise in November as the nascent industry grabs a foothold in the market. Customers at the county’s eight pot shops spent 22 percent more on recreational marijuana last month than they did in August.

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 state.

Two years of legal marijuana mean revenue, but unexpected hurdles

Two years ago this weekend, pot became legal in Washington. Only for adults, only when consumed in private and only if it was grown, processed and sold by state-licensed stores. But while some two dozen states allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes under some conditions, Washington went into the vanguard, with Colorado, by saying it could be consumed legally just for the fun of it.