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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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

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 …


Valley tracking marijuana legislation

Most of the anticipated marijuana regulation working its way through the Washington Legislature remains up in the air. That was the main message Spokane Valley Deputy City Attorney Eric Lamb …


Washington lawmakers study marijuana rules

OLYMPIA – Leading the way for legalized marijuana nationally doesn’t mean just anything goes in Washington when it comes to pot. Instead, it provides a springboard into new questions for …


Suspect sought in pot store robbery

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public help to identify the suspect in a March 5 knifepoint robbery at a Spokane recreational pot shop.


Smart Bombs: Blunt talk on marijuana

The views of many pot prohibitionists haven’t advanced past “Dragnet,” an ancient TV melodrama in which Sgt. Joe Friday lectured caricatures of hippies over the use of drugs. Here’s an …


‘Kettle Falls Five’ outcome may mean changes for federal drug prosecutions

At least one interested onlooker at this week’s federal trial of self-proclaimed medical marijuana growers from Stevens County believes it’s unlikely federal prosecutors will pursue similar charges again. “My belief …


Pot lounges among marijuana issues lawmakers asked to consider

OLYMPIA – As legislators worked this week to blend the state’s recreational and medical marijuana laws, Spokane Valley officials asked them to consider one more wrinkle in the rapidly changing …


Spokane man gets five years in hash oil explosion

Donnivan Whitcher told a federal judge Tuesday the explosion caused by a marijuana extraction method at his north Spokane apartment in January 2014 was an accident. “I didn’t mean to …


‘Partial victory’ for remaining Kettle Falls Five, as jurors acquit family of most charges

In a courtroom that had been filled with whispers, soundless protests and spontaneous applause all week, the moments before jurors acquitted the three remaining members of the “Kettle Falls Five” …


UPDATED: Tue., March 3, 2015

Federal jury acquits on 4 of 5 pot charges against Kettle Falls Five

A pot-growing Kettle Falls family was acquitted on four of the five federal charges against them tonight in a case that was seen as a barometer for how conflicts between …


Man who sparked apartment fire while making hash oil sentenced to five years

Donnivan Whitcher told a federal judge Tuesday the explosion caused by a marijuana extraction method at his north Spokane apartment in January 2014 was an accident.


Pot charges ‘overzealous,’ federal jury told during closing arguments

The fate of three people accused of growing and dealing marijuana out of their rural Stevens County home will soon be in the hands of a federal jury. Those 12 …


At Kettle Falls Five trial, man says he smoked most of 30 pounds of pot he earned

The 39-year-old Seattle resident who was once part of the shrinking group of defendants in a federal trial targeting a marijuana grow near Colville said Friday he took an eleventh-hour …


Kettle Falls Five reduced to three

The Kettle Falls Five marijuana collective has been reduced to three this week after one of the defendants in the federal criminal case cut an eleventh-hour plea deal with prosecutors. …


Medical marijuana revisions proposed

OLYMPIA – Major changes to the state’s largely unregulated medical marijuana industry passed the Senate after sponsors beat back a challenge to requirements for a patient database and a plea …


Judge rejects ‘Kettle Falls Five’ marijuana defendants’ requests

A federal judge declined Thursday to throw out the criminal case against the marijuana farmers dubbed the “Kettle Falls Five,” setting up the likelihood of another trial delay two years …