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3 Spokane pot stores likely among first to open

OLYMPIA -- Spokane will likely have three legal pot stores when Washington's first retail marijuana outlets open in early July. . . which will be three times more than Seattle.

First pot stores to open July 8

OLYMPIA -- Washington's first recreational marijuana stores are expected to open on July 8, a day after the first licenses will be announced, state officials said today.

Uncertainty surrounds marijuana ‘Green Rush’

As Sam Calvert prepares to open one of the state’s first legal marijuana stores next month, he sometimes thinks of a historic parallel from a previous century. Washington may be about to experience a marijuana “Green Rush” similar to the Alaska Gold Rush at the end of the 19th century, when discovery of gold in the Klondike prompted thousands to seek their fortunes in unfamiliar territory. Only a small percentage of the miners who went into the frozen hills came out with enough gold to get rich, Calvert said. More people got rich by selling them picks, shovels and other supplies before they went in, and food and alcohol when they came out.

Pot label rules could ease problems

OLYMPIA – When recreational marijuana stores open in Washington next month, state officials know many customers will be unfamiliar with the strength of the newly legal drug. They hope strict rules on labeling and packaging will help avoid some of the overdose problems recently reported in Colorado, the only other state where recreational marijuana use is legal. But they also will launch a public education program to encourage responsible use.

Christian Youth Theater to move locations for incoming marijuana shop

Christian Youth Theater needs a new home soon, thanks partly to the state’s new pot laws. The theater company must move out of the Spokane Valley building that contains its offices, classrooms and rehearsal area as a recreational marijuana growing operation is making plans to move into the building next door.

Pot entrepreneurs like sites near border

Some of the most popular locations for Eastern Washington’s new pot entrepreneurs are close to the Idaho border. Three Spokane County applicants receiving the green light by the Washington Liquor Control Board to finish the licensing process plan to open a store at the same East Trent Avenue location in Newman Lake, just a mile and a half from the border.

Washington state to name 334 who can try for pot store licenses

OLYMPIA – More than 300 businesses that get the first crack at opening the state’s recreational marijuana stores will be announced today. The state Liquor Control Board will publish a list of applicants selected through lotteries to finish the process for obtaining a marijuana retailer license, as well as those who are in cities or counties that didn’t have more requests than the limits set last year.

Numerica will only accept local marijuana businesses as clients

Numerica Credit Union is the first financial institution in the state willing to accept clients whose business is recreational marijuana, the Washington Liquor Control Board was told Wednesday. But only for Spokane-area businesses, said Becky Smith, the board’s marijuana licensing manager: “They want to keep it local.”

Washington likely to ban delivery of marijuana

OLYMPIA – Recreational marijuana purchases in Washington will be takeout but not delivery, proposed new rules say. The Liquor Control Board, which is overseeing the establishment of the state’s legal marijuana system, appears likely to ban home-delivery of the drug along with several other tweaks to laws it has been writing and rewriting since voters approved Initiative 502 in 2012. Among the revisions are clarifications to what recreational marijuana stores can and cannot do.

In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.