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Marijuana businesses can be banned by cities, counties, official says

OLYMPIA – Cities and counties can say no to recreational marijuana businesses even though Washington voters have said yes, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday. In a formal response to questions from the Liquor Control Board, Ferguson and his staff said Initiative 502 doesn’t pre-empt a local government’s right to restrict or ban businesses that want to grow, process or sell the drug. The state constitution gives cities and counties broad authority to control activities inside their borders unless a law specifically pre-empts that.

RVs kick off outdoor show season

The boat, RV and sportsmen’s show season is underway, giving outdoor enthusiasts a chance to see the latest products from manufacturers and make deals. Some of the shows feature seminars on sporting techniques. Following is a regional list of top upcoming shows:

Pot grower applications exceed supply of licenses

OLYMPIA – Washington is seeing a “green rush” of sorts in marijuana, with far more people wanting to grow and sell the drug legally than the state will allow. State agencies will approve no more than 334 licenses for retail marijuana stores and already have more than 2,000 applicants. Would-be pot entrepreneurs also have proposed planting many times more land than the state will allow for its newest cash crop.

West Plains warehouse could host East Side’s first legal marijuana crops

With more than 1,100 applications to grow legal marijuana in Washington, the state has no shortage of would-be entrepreneurs eager to jump into the new industry created by voters last year. But don’t expect the successful marijuana-growing businesses to feature aging hippies sporting tie-dyed shirts and vacant looks. Stringent state regulations for security, testing and tracking mean legal marijuana production will consist of more than planting a few seeds or cuttings, watching them grow and harvesting a crop in the backyard. Some of Eastern Washington’s first marijuana crop might be grown and harvested in converted warehouses between a gravel pit and Spokane International Airport in a West Plains industrial park.

Medical marijuana system overhaul draws criticism

OLYMPIA – A proposal by state agencies to overhaul Washington’s medical marijuana system, restricting access and toughening requirements for patients, faced immediate criticism by some advocates for the drug. Staff from the state’s Health and Revenue departments, along with the Liquor Control Board which will run the state’s new recreational marijuana industry, released four pages of recommendations Monday that would essentially rewrite a 15-year-old law that allows patients to use and grow the drug if they have with certain medical conditions.

Marijuana rules get OK from liquor board

OLYMPIA – Potential growers, processors and vendors of marijuana will be able to apply for state licenses in one month. On Wednesday, the agency in charge of setting up Washington’s recreational marijuana system approved rules businesses will have to follow to get the industry off the ground.

Panel approves rules for Washington pot industry

OLYMPIA -- The agency in charge of setting up the state's recreational marijuana system this morning approved the rules businesses will have to follow to get the industry off the ground.

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.

Burn ban not being heeded

A burn ban in Spokane County does not seem to be deterring people from lighting recreational fires in their backyards and elsewhere. In recent weeks some backyard fires and campfires have escaped, starting brush fires. No backyard fires escaped during the week of Aug. 22-28, but Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Marshal Kevin Miller said his department responded to seven of the illegal fires and asked that they be put out. “We’re still having some issues,” Miller said.

Flag burning sets sledding hill afire

An early morning walker in Valley Mission Park on Aug. 16 reported finding the remains of a burned flag in the grass on top of the sledding hill east of the pool. “Somebody had burnt the American flag there, which dropped to the ground and set some grass on fire,” said Spokane Valley Fire Department assistant fire marshal Bill Clifford. “We don’t know when it happened.”