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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 …


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 …


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 …


Getting There: Gonzaga to offer staff, students free bus passes

Gonzaga University is joining other large organizations in the Spokane region to offer complimentary bus passes. Faculty, students and other staff will be eligible for the free passes starting in …


Sign of the times: ‘Mile 420’ highway markers are hot item

Dude, where’s milepost 420? You won’t find it in Washington anymore. Idaho either.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 6, 2015, 3:11 p.m.

Spokane marijuana retailer Greenlight robbed at gunpoint

Spokane County’s leading marijuana retailer was robbed Monday night in what Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich called a “takeover-style” crime. “We’re taking this very seriously,” Knezovich said Wednesday.


Spokane County’s top pot shop robbed in ‘takeover-style’ crime

Spokane County’s leading store in marijuana sales was robbed Monday night in what Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich called a “takeover-style” crime. “We’re taking this very seriously,” Knezovich said Wednesday.


July pot sales end hot streak

Marijuana sales in Spokane County dipped in July, the first drop in month-to-month retail receipts since the drug became legal. The county’s 15 shops sold $3.8 million worth of marijuana …


Rise in child ‘pot poisoning’ incidents concerns officials

Reports of kids eating marijuana-infused cookies and candies are on the rise statewide and in Spokane County, where a 4-year-old spent the night in intensive care after eating a product …


Member of Kettle Falls Five sentenced to 16 months in jail for marijuana operation

A federal judge rejected the medical marijuana defense of a member of the so-called “Kettle Falls Five” growing family and sentenced Jason Lee Zucker on Friday to 16 months in …


‘Kettle Falls Five’ member gets 16-month sentence

Jason Lee Zucker was given a 16-month sentence Friday for his role in the so-called “Kettle Falls Five” marijuana grow in rural Stevens County. He remains out of custody pending …


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 …


Police: DUIs alleged in separate crashes leaving 1 dead, 1 injured

A bicyclist was killed and a motorcyclist was seriously injured in separate accidents Wednesday, and in both cases, police say, the drivers who caused the crashes admitted to recently smoking …


Man pleads guilty to setting fire at would-be Spokane Valley pot shop

One of the men implicated in an alleged arson plot to collect insurance money on a fledgling marijuana business pleaded guilty Tuesday to setting the fire. Pavel Shevchenko faces a …


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 …


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 …


Spin Control: State under high pressure to meet pot tax projections

OLYMPIA – Washington adults may have to average about 35 joints each year by 2020 for the state to hit current projections on tax revenue from legal marijuana. Or so …


License plate profiling lawsuit dropped

BOISE – A discrimination case against the Idaho State Police for targeting a driver for a marijuana search because his license plates were from Colorado has been dismissed at the …


Scientists hope new research on pot will aid those with anxiety, PTSD

One marijuana bud smelled like citrus, the other had a musky scent. During a Friday morning tour of Grower George in Spokane Valley, Brandon Powell invited visitors to contrast the …


WSU working on roadside breath test for marijuana

Washington State University researchers are working to develop a roadside test that would detect marijuana in a person’s breath. Studies began last month on a prototype that tests breath for …


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 …


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 …


Kettle Falls Five dispute potential drug sentence

Federal prosecutors want three members of a family that grew medical marijuana on their property near Kettle Falls, Washington, to spend more than five years in prison. But the defendants, …


Willie Nelson rolls out marijuana brand

Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.


Inmate, fiancée face pot charges

A man serving time at Airway Heights Corrections Center is accused of trying to smuggle marijuana into the prison with help from his fiancée. Airway Heights correctional officers found a …


Washington Senate OKs marijuana regulation changes

OLYMPIA – A major revision to the state’s marijuana laws, blending the medical and recreational systems and setting up a voluntary registry for adult patients, overwhelmingly passed the Senate on …


House bills rewrite pot laws

OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana patients would have to register with the state and pay some taxes on the products they buy from state-licensed stores under major rewrites of Washington’s pot …


UPDATED: Fri., April 10, 2015, 7:40 p.m.

House passes marijuana revisions

OLYMPIA — Medical marijuana patients would have to register with the state and pay taxes on the pot they buy from state-licensed stores under major rewrites of the state pot …


Firearms seizure sought in Spokane Valley case

Federal prosecutors are asking to confiscate ammunition and guns of a Spokane Valley man because they believe he uses marijuana. Authorities found hash oil, more than 1,300 rounds of ammunition …


Investigators found guns, a silencer and hash oil at house of chiropractor charged in arson

Federal authorities found hash oil, more than 1,300 rounds of ammunition and guns at the home of a Spokane Valley man accused of plotting arson to collect insurance money on …