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Recreational pot qualifies for Oregon ballot

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon voters will be deciding this year whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. State elections officials certified Tuesday that the petitioners submitted enough valid signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

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. “It’s nice to finally be able to buy it legally,” said Steve Goyette, determined to hold steady in the July heat to take advantage of their coincidental arrival in Spokane just as legal marijuana sales began. “I hope New Hampshire comes around.”

Washington shops for a bank to handle pot money

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Wanted: A bank for state government. Must offer attentive customer service. Must be able to handle several deposits a day, with drop-offs of up to 40 bags at a time. Must allow an account to be overdrafted during the day by more than $1.2 billion.

Congress looks at Justice’s marijuana decision

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is facing criticism over its attempt to straddle the federal law that makes marijuana illegal and state laws that permit recreational use of the drug.

Britain legalizes gay marriage

LONDON — Britain has legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow told lawmakers that the royal assent had been given Wednesday — the day after the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament.

Colorado marijuana regulations signed into law

DENVER — Colorado now has a set of laws to regulate and tax recreational marijuana. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed six pot bills into law today. The laws cover how marijuana should be grown, packaged and sold.

New Wash. legal pot law jeopardizes prosecutions

SEATTLE — Prosecutors and crime lab scientists say a little-noticed provision in Washington’s new legal marijuana law has jeopardized their ability to go after any pot crimes at all, and they’re calling for an immediate fix in the Legislature.

New bill would ease state-federal pot conflict

SEATTLE — A bill introduced in Congress would fix the conflict between the federal government’s marijuana prohibition and state laws that allow medical or recreational use.

Wash., Colo. bars test limits of legal pot laws

TACOMA — John Connelly leaned forward on his barstool, set his lips against a clear glass pipe and inhaled a white cloud of marijuana vapor. A handful of people milled around him. Three young women stood behind the bar, ready to assist with the preparation of the bongs, as the strains of a blues band playing downstairs sounded faintly off the exposed brick walls.

Anti-pot bills clear Idaho Senate panel

BOISE – Idaho should never legalize marijuana for any purpose and should call on the U.S. Justice Department to crack down on states that do, state lawmakers declared Wednesday. The unmistakably clear anti-pot message is taking shape in two proposed resolutions that cleared the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee after more than two hours of emotional testimony.

Spokane County cities wary of pot clubs

SPOKANE — Two Spokane County cities, Cheney and Medical Lake, have passed six-month moratoriums on growing, processing and selling recreational marijuana.

Marijuana legalization low-key by design in Colorado

DENVER — Colorado gave a lonely reception to marijuana when it became the second state to legalize the drug. Just as state leaders planned. Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday quietly removed the final barrier to legalization by declaring that an amendment passed by voters in November was officially part of the state constitution.

Smokers celebrate as Wash. legalizes marijuana

SEATTLE — The crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle’s Space Needle early this morning with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Marijuana is legal under Washington state law.

U.N. official calls for marijuana ballot rollback

VIENNA — The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. federal officials to challenge ballot measures in Colorado and Washington that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over.