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Don’t reverse state marijuana laws

Will Americans get the attorney-general nominee who is a foe of marijuana legalization or the friend of states’ rights?

Marijuana farmers, including Spokane City Council member, hinge hopes on harvest

During last year’s outdoor-grown marijuana harvest, state farmers produced 38 tons of the drug. State officials say this year’s crop may be even larger, and it will include pot grown by Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton, who once again planted marijuana with her family after sitting out the 2015 growing season.

State maps medical marijuana stores

To mark the start of state-licensed medical marijuana sales Friday, the state provided a map of stores that are approved to sell it.

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.

Market for marijuana concentrates grows

Inhaling water vapor laced with concentrated THC, the active chemical compound in marijuana, is “dabbing,” a method employed by a growing number of marijuana users as a stronger, faster way to get high.

Spokane police give out few marijuana citations

Riverfront Park might be the worst place to get high in Spokane. Data from Spokane Municipal Court shows marijuana users are far more likely to be fined for consuming pot in public by a park security guard than by a Spokane police officer, though they’re unlikely to get a ticket at all.

Enforcement savings byproduct of legal pot in Washington

Boy did a lot of people suddenly start smoking marijuana. Washingtonians and visitors have spent almost a quarter-billion dollars on retail weed since legalization. It’s a lot of money. Enough to cover a week’s worth of Forest Service firefighting costs this August. Enough to pay Marshawn Lynch for almost 21 years of Beast Mode at his current compensation.

Washington marijuana sales amount to $357 million in 15 months

One-third of a billion dollars. Sales of all marijuana products – from the plants grown in the fields, to the individual portions to smoke or eat processed in factories large and small, to their purchase by Washington residents and visitors – topped that figure in the first 15 months recreational marijuana has been available in the state.

Legal pot survives year of upheaval

It’s been a little more than a year since Mike Boyer held the marijuana he purchased legally, the first person in Spokane County to do so, above his head and shouted, “Go Washington!” to a crowd of cheering onlookers. Since then, Boyer has lost two jobs, a home and countless other employment opportunities while the legal pot industry continues to boom. He also was arrested in March after allegations of domestic violence in an incident Boyer called “a misunderstanding.”

Shawn Vestal: Pot peeks out of closet as revenue fills coffers

Less than a year after marijuana became available in stores, it is no exaggeration to say that it’s booming. Each new month brings increased sales and tax revenues. Marijuana bucks have already become a key element in state budget negotiations. Hundreds of licenses have been issued to retailers, growers and processors.