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Oregon leads the way in decriminalizing hard drugs

In a first in the nation, Oregon has rejected charging drug users with criminal offenses, with voters passing a ballot measure that decriminalizes possession of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other hard drugs.

Push to relax drug laws gains big victories on state ballots

A nationwide push to relax drug laws took a significant step forward Tuesday as more states legalized marijuana for adults and voters made Oregon the first state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of street drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

2 drug measures on Oregon ballot

 War veterans with PTSD, terminally ill patients and others suffering from anxiety are backing a ballot measure that would legalize controlled, therapeutic use in Oregon of psilocybin mushrooms, which they say has helped them immeasurably.

There’s fun to be had with Northern Quest reopen

It doesn't feel like Spokane while relaxing at the pool of the sun-splashed RV Park at Northern Quest Casino. It's a quiet, late summer afternoon, and folks have chilled beers on a table as they sunbathe on lounge chairs. The destination crackles with life as pre-pubescents swim in the pool.

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

Illinois’ new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation that makes the state the 11th to legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use and the second to approve it through the Legislature rather than the ballot box.

New Jersey Senate postpones vote on legal recreational pot

New Jersey lawmakers dealt a blow to the prospects of legal recreational marijuana use Monday, when the state Senate president postponed a vote after his and the governor’s lobbying campaign failed to muster enough support in the chamber.

At home but still on the street: Valley ordinance would limit stay of occupied RVs

The popularity of the vehicles is strong – even growing – in Spokane Valley and the region, as evidenced by sprawling dealerships along the I-90 corridor and RV parks on the city’s outskirts. Yet while some residents have relatives that stay in RVs for a few days during seasonal visits, some people are occupying them for longer terms, even year-round.