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Many Montana pot shops to shut down after ruling, group says

Marijuana dispensaries will have at least two weeks to prepare for severe rollbacks to Montana’s medical marijuana law, though most will likely have to shut down, the head of an advocacy group that tried to block the restrictions said Friday.

Commercial medical marijuana sales limited by Montana court

The Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that medical marijuana providers should be paid for their services, but it clamped down on commercial sales of the drug by limiting providers to no more than three patients each.

Facebook shuts down medical marijuana pages in New Jersey

Three of New Jersey’s five medical marijuana dispensaries have had their business pages shutdown by Facebook, cutting off what advocates call an integral place for customers to learn about which plant strains best treat their illness and where to find discounts.

State could get 222 more pot stores

OLYMPIA -- Washington will likely increase the number of retail marijuana stores to 556, to handle the demand for medical marijuana licenses.

State could have 222 more new pot stores

OLYMPIA -- Washington will likely increase the number of retail marijuana stores to 556, to handle the demand for medical marijuana licenses.

After veto, Idaho moves to allow 25 sick kids access to cannabis-derived drug

Idaho is just weeks away from enrolling up to 25 children with severe epilepsy in a free program to provide them with an experimental, non-psychoactive drug extracted from marijuana, under an executive order from Gov. Butch Otter. But estimates of the number of children eligible for the program are much higher – 1,500 or more. Otter signed the executive order in April after vetoing legislation legalizing CBD oil to treat children with severe seizure orders; Idaho is now alone among its neighboring states in banning all use of marijuana or related products, for any purpose.

City updating pot rules

Spokane Valley is updating its marijuana regulations following recent changes in state law. The city adopted an emergency moratorium Dec. 9, halting all new marijuana businesses except those regulated by the state at the time.

Medical marijuana referendum won’t be on Washington ballot

OLYMPIA – Washington voters won’t be asked this fall if they want to keep changes made this spring to the state’s medical marijuana laws. Organizers of a petition drive to place a referendum of the new law on the ballot won’t be turning in signatures by this week’s deadline, the secretary of state’s office said Monday.

Medical marijuana law won’t be on ballot

OLYMPIA -- An effort to give voters a chance to reject changes to the state's medical marijuana laws has failed. Supporters of a referendum to put it on the November ballot have told state officials they won't be turning in signatures.

Senate passes pot tax bill

OLYMPIA – Changes to the state’s marijuana taxes and the way they will be spent received final approval from the Senate and were sent to Gov. Jay Inslee Saturday. After rejecting a proposal that would allow communities that ban marijuana to share some of the state’s revenue from the heavily taxed substance, the Senate voted 36-7 to approve the changes. The bill substitutes the current 25 percent excise tax on marijuana on the three levels of licensing – growing, processing and retail – for a 37 percent excise tax collected by the retailer. Recreational marijuana also will carry a 10 percent sales tax. That tax will be waived for medical marijuana.

State House approves taxes on medical marijuana

OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana patients would pay many of the same taxes as recreational pot users under a bill approved Friday by the House. On a 59-38 vote, the House passed major revisions to Washington’s rapidly evolving marijuana laws, even though some lawmakers argued the rates were too high and the state is expecting to collect far too much in tax revenue by projecting sales that amount to nearly 1 ounce of marijuana for each of the state’s residents.

Kettle Falls Five sentencing hearing delayed to October

Members of a family who grew medical marijuana on their farm near Kettle Falls will wait until October to learn whether they will spend time in federal prison. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice on Thursday approved a delay of the sentencing hearing for Rhonda Lee Firestack-Harvey, Rolland Gregg, Michelle Gregg and Jason Zucker. The hearing had originally been scheduled for next week in Spokane.

Washington Legislature wraps up – for now

OLYMPIA – A few hours before the gavel came down on the regular session, Gov. Jay Inslee signed one of the most-discussed laws, one that brings medical marijuana under much of the same state control and oversight as the newer recreational pot system. Patients will have an optional registry, which will get them a state card and allow them to avoid some taxes. They’ll be able to grow their own supplies, join small grower cooperatives and buy tested products at state stores.