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First pot stores to open July 8

OLYMPIA — Washington’s first recreational marijuana stores are expected to open on July 8, a day after the first licenses will be announced, state officials said today.


Uncertainty surrounds marijuana ‘Green Rush’

As Sam Calvert prepares to open one of the state’s first legal marijuana stores next month, he sometimes thinks of a historic parallel from a previous century. Washington may be …


Police: Walla Walla “hash oil” explosion sends 2 to hospital

WALLA WALLA — Police in Walla Walla say two men were seriously burned Monday in an explosion that’s believed to have resulted from a process used to extract hash oil …


UPDATED: Thu., June 5, 2014, 1:46 p.m.

Marijuana retail store to open July 1 in Spokane, manager says

SPOKANE — The manager of what aspires to be the first recreational marijuana store in Spokane says it will open July 1, though state officials haven’t confirmed that.


Pot label rules could ease problems

OLYMPIA – When recreational marijuana stores open in Washington next month, state officials know many customers will be unfamiliar with the strength of the newly legal drug. They hope strict …


Marijuana theft suspect surrenders after SWAT standoff

A broken window at a medical marijuana dispensary led to a standoff Thursday between police and the vandalism suspect, who turned out to be wanted on two felony warrants. William …


UPDATED: Wed., May 21, 2014, 12:20 p.m.

Puyallup explosion linked to marijuana extract

PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Puyallup, Washington, say a hash oil extraction operation ended in explosions that set a car afire Tuesday night.


UPDATED: Tue., May 20, 2014, 1 p.m.

Federal water can’t be used to irrigate marijuana

The U.S. Interior Department said Tuesday it doesn’t want federal irrigation water being used to grow marijuana in Washington, Colorado or anywhere else.


911 call prompts discovery of apparent drug lab

Firefighters responding to a call of unconscious people in a house Monday afternoon instead found evidence of an illicit drug operation.


Christian Youth Theater to move locations for incoming marijuana shop

Christian Youth Theater needs a new home soon, thanks partly to the state’s new pot laws. The theater company must move out of the Spokane Valley building that contains its …


‘Kettle Falls 5’ case tests marijuana laws

Washington state’s permissive marijuana laws have been on a collision course with the federal government’s total ban for years. That collision could occur this summer in a Spokane courtroom as …


Numerica to serve pot growers and processors, but not retailers

Businesses that plan to grow or process marijuana in Eastern Washington can bank with a Spokane Valley credit union. But other legal pot businesses – those that sell marijuana products …


Spokane County eases marijuana lot size restrictions

Spokane County commissioners are backing off on lot size and property line rules that threatened to stop would-be marijuana growers in agricultural zones. On Monday, the growers said strict zoning …


Pot entrepreneurs like sites near border

Some of the most popular locations for Eastern Washington’s new pot entrepreneurs are close to the Idaho border. Three Spokane County applicants receiving the green light by the Washington Liquor …


Washington state to name 334 who can try for pot store licenses

OLYMPIA – More than 300 businesses that get the first crack at opening the state’s recreational marijuana stores will be announced today. The state Liquor Control Board will publish a …


Numerica will only accept local marijuana businesses as clients

Numerica Credit Union is the first financial institution in the state willing to accept clients whose business is recreational marijuana, the Washington Liquor Control Board was told Wednesday. But only …


Washington state pursuing medical pot dispensaries’ taxes

OLYMPIA – The state Revenue Department is stepping up efforts to make medical marijuana dispensaries pay their taxes. After more than two years of “educational outreach” designed to teach medical …


Washington likely to ban delivery of marijuana

OLYMPIA – Recreational marijuana purchases in Washington will be takeout but not delivery, proposed new rules say. The Liquor Control Board, which is overseeing the establishment of the state’s legal …


In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.


Shawn Vestal: You can smell bad police work a mile away

Do you know what marijuana smells like? How about bull manure?


Spokane Valley weighs easing marijuana zoning law

Spokane Valley is home to the largest marijuana-growing facility licensed by the state so far. Now city leaders, despite their near-unanimous dislike of legalized pot, are poised to open more …


Spokane man alleges license-plate profiling in Idaho

A 58-year-old Spokane man said Thursday that he also was pulled over by the Idaho State Police and accused of carrying marijuana in his car, simply because he has Washington …


Idaho trooper’s video camera yields details in license-plate profiling case

BOISE – Video of a traffic stop shows an Idaho State Police trooper pulling behind a pickup truck with Colorado license plates as soon as he sees it. The trooper …


Suspect drops machete when confronted by resident with shotgun

A teenager suspected in a Spokane Valley burglary early Tuesday was confronted at the scene by a resident armed with a shotgun. The teen was armed with a machete but …


Marijuana growers in county will need 8 acres, for now

Spokane County commissioners may have thrown a wrench into the plans of some would-be marijuana growers hoping to set up in rural areas. An interim zoning ordinance approved Monday says …


Legal, illegal marijuana sales coexist in Colorado

DENVER – A 25-year-old is shot dead trying to sell marijuana the old-fashioned, illegal way. Two men from Texas set up a warehouse to grow more than they would ever …


Washington to award retail marijuana licenses in May

OLYMPIA – Washington will announce the winners of licenses for its first legal recreational marijuana stores at the beginning of May, after a complicated “double-blind” lottery is held at the …


First Washington pot stores will likely open in July

OLYMPIA – Washington will announce the winners of licenses for its first legal recreational marijuana stores at the beginning of May, after a complicated “double-blind” lottery is held at the …


Man with Colorado plates accuses ISP of profiling

BOISE – A federal lawsuit against the Idaho State Police charges that officers profiled and detained a 69-year-old former Weyerhaeuser executive simply because he had Colorado license plates on …


UPDATED: Mon., March 31, 2014, 5:37 p.m.

Lawsuit charges ISP with ‘license plate profiling’ for drug search

BOISE - A federal lawsuit against the Idaho State Police charges that officers profiled and detained a 69-year-old former Weyerhaeuser executive simply because he had Colorado license plates on his …