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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 care unit of a hospital.

Washington court disallows medical pot defense

SEATTLE – A doctor’s permission to use medical marijuana doesn’t preclude police from arresting a patient or searching his home, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court upheld the conviction of Jason Fry, a Stevens County man arrested with 2 pounds of marijuana in 2004. Justices said sheriff’s officers who smelled marijuana smoke at his home had probable cause to believe a crime was committed – even after Fry presented them with an authorization from his doctor.

Legislators weigh legalizing marijuana v. decriminalizing it

While the Legislature wrestles with a huge budget shortfall that forces hearings on everything from closing state institutions to raising college tuition, the most heavily attended hearing Wednesday involved a non-budget item.

Feds back off medical marijuana

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder directed federal prosecutors Monday to back away from pursuing cases against medical marijuana patients, signaling a broad policy shift that drug reform advocates interpret as the first step toward legalization of the drug. The government’s top lawyer said that in 14 states with some provisions for medical marijuana use, federal prosecutors should focus only on cases involving higher-level drug traffickers, money launderers or people who use the state laws as a cover story.

Federal changes won’t affect local cases

New orders from the U.S Justice Department to end federal prosecution of state-authorized medical marijuana patients and dispensaries will have no effect on cases in Eastern Washington, prosecutors said Monday. The policy memo issued Monday calls for an end to prosecution of medical marijuana patients and caregivers who are in “clear and unambiguous compliance” with state medical marijuana laws.

New federal orders have no effect on Spokane pot raids

New orders from the U.S Justice Department to end federal prosecution of state-authorized medical marijuana patients and dispensaries will have no effect on cases in Eastern Washington, prosecutors said Monday.

Feds to issue new medical marijuana policy

Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department.

Spokane police seize 40 pounds of pot, $70,000

A huge marijuana bust this morning uncovered an international operation that shipped duffel bags of pot down the Kettle River, according to the Spokane Police Department.