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House bill would expunge many pot convictions

OLYMPIA – Lawmakers on Friday considered whether adults will be able to have misdemeanor convictions for marijuana possession thrown out if they were over 21 at the time of the …


Pot sellers report December sales increase in Spokane County

Spokane County’s nine recreational marijuana stores all reported sales in December higher than the previous month, pushing the legal market above $1.2 million as it continues to grow and gain …


Suspect in would-be pot shop arson back in jail

One man implicated in an alleged Spokane Valley arson targeting a would-be pot shop is back behind bars, and the other faces additional charges of illegally manufacturing hash oil. Pavel …


Planning Commission vote shows uneasiness with pot

Growing opposition to the legal marijuana industry in Spokane County put a routine vote on zoning codes in jeopardy Thursday and left the door open for a moratorium on new …


Tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands, Justice Department says

Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the U.S. …


Valley puts brakes on pot businesses

Spokane County consumers spent more than $1 million on marijuana in November, but that didn’t stop the business-friendly Spokane Valley City Council from passing a moratorium on all marijuana businesses …


Legal marijuana sales in Spokane County top $1 million last month

Consumers spent $1 million last month on legal marijuana in Spokane County, the first time recreational sales eclipsed that mark since shops opened this summer. While market shares have tumbled …


Without notice, Spokane Valley council halts new marijuana businesses

Citing a public health crisis, the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday passed a moratorium on all marijuana businesses other than retail, production and processing operations already licensed by the …


Two years of legal marijuana mean revenue, but unexpected hurdles

Two years ago this weekend, pot became legal in Washington. Only for adults, only when consumed in private and only if it was grown, processed and sold by state-licensed stores. …


Spokane marijuana businesses offer ‘Green Friday’ deals

Spokane’s newest and most-scrutinized retailers opened their doors with deals for their first Black (or Green) Friday, as the fledgling legal marijuana market continues its march toward competition not only …


Man pleads guilty in hash oil explosion

A 25-year-old man faces five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to sparking an explosion in January while trying to make hash oil. Donnivan L. Whitcher told a federal …


Two plead not guilty in Valley pot shop arson

A Coeur d’Alene chiropractor and another man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to setting fire to a Spokane Valley strip mall after plans to open a pot business there fell through. …


Chiropractor charged with setting fire to his never-opened marijuana shop

A Coeur d’Alene chiropractor and another man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to setting fire to a Spokane Valley strip mall after plans to open a pot business there fell through.


Police investigate North Spokane marijuana grow

Police are investigating the owner of a North Spokane home after finding over 100 marijuana plants growing in his house.


County takes public input on pot zoning

Spokane County planning commissioners heard an earful Thursday about a nose-full of marijuana odor, as they considered revising where pot businesses can operate. Carl Caughran, a rural landowner near Cheney, …


Spokane marijuana lounge to host kids’ Halloween party

The Members Lounge, a members-only medical marijuana dispensary in Spokane Valley, is hosting a children’s Halloween party. But it’s not what you think, the owners say.


Liberty Lake ordinance targets minor pot users

A new Liberty Lake ordinance allows police to ticket minors for being high in public – even if they don’t possess marijuana. Police say the law is intended to close …


City Council’s Stratton partner in pot production

August was a busy month for Karen Stratton. Not only was she appointed to the Spokane City Council. She also planted her first marijuana crop.


Legal marijuana-tied businesses in Spokane County lead state in sales

Legal marijuana operations in Spokane County are reporting more money from sales than pot businesses in any of the state’s other 38 counties – almost $3.6 million worth from licensed …


Spokane County leads state in pot sales

Legal marijuana operations in Spokane County are reporting more money from sales than any of the state’s other 38 counties — almost $3.6 million worth of sales from licensed growers, …


Pot-growing acreage could quadruple

OLYMPIA – Washington may soon more than quadruple the amount of land where legal marijuana can be grown. The state Liquor Control Board is considering changes to its recreational marijuana …


Prosecutors: Adrian Peterson smoked marijuana

Texas prosecutors have filed a motion to revoke Adrian Peterson’s bond and have him rearrested after the Minnesota Vikings running back allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana while he is awaiting …


Doug Clark: Potties’ pot levels shouldn’t be a city priority

I never bought that old argument about marijuana being a gateway to harder drugs. I thought it was just a scare tactic. Until now, that is.


Riccelli, Benn discuss views on gun control, marijuana

The candidates for 3rd Legislative District state representative, position 1, were asked the same questions on key issues. Here are their answers to two questions, read about their top priorities, …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 24, 2014, 10:42 a.m.

Spokane pot use measurable by THC levels in wastewater, panel told

The most important numbers to Spokane city officials looking for accurate data about residents’ marijuana use may be one and two. “Nobody can lie about what’s showing up in the …


Spin Control: Public probably wouldn’t mind these new tax ideas

OLYMPIA – Washington’s projected take on legal marijuana is a shade over $200 million, state economists guesstimated last week. That’s not nothing, as non-economists who don’t mind a double negative …


Marijuana money boosts Washington’s budget

OLYMPIA – Washington tax coffers could get a $25 million boost by next July and nearly $200 million by mid-2017 from legal marijuana, state economists estimate. But much of that …


WSU study finds gender gap in effects of pot

Call it the marijuana gap. Men and women may respond differently to the effects of pot’s active ingredient, THC, according to new research by a Washington State University professor. In …


Spin Control: State board answers burning questions about advertising marijuana

Every time I forget how far Washington’s venture into the world of legalized recreational marijuana takes us from the days when illegal pot was the stuff of counterculture song and …


Washington judge upholds small city’s pot shop ban

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington’s experiment in …