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Washington attorney general to fight legal grounds for city pot bans

OLYMPIA – The state wants to join a couple of legal battles between some potential pot businesses and cities that won’t let them open inside their boundaries.


Seattle police: Officer flipped coin before issuing pot citation

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police officer has been reassigned after a review found he wrote about 80 percent of marijuana tickets issued in the city during the first half …


Smell of pot can be basis for police search

Though marijuana is now legal in Washington for recreational and medical use, courts continue to grant law enforcement wide leeway in using the presence of pot to search property. A …


Club offers social pot spot

Eric Buchanan envisions a day when marijuana will be as common as vodka tonics or microbrews at lounges and nightclubs across Washington. Until then, he and his business partners are …


In brief: ‘Kettle Falls 5’ marijuana case delayed

The controversial federal trial of a marijuana growing co-operative calling themselves the “Kettle Falls 5” has been delayed so that defense attorneys can review new evidence obtained by prosecutors. U.S. …


Washington state agency sets rules for pot edibles

Marijuana stores in Washington won’t be allowed to sell lollipops, gummy bears or other candies infused with the drug, but will be able to sell properly labeled brownies and cookies, …


Liberty Lake keeps pot business ban

The last city in Spokane County with a ban on recreational marijuana businesses will keep its moratorium in place. The Liberty Lake City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to continue …


Spin Control: Pot reporting isn’t as sexy as it sounds

During a quarter century-plus of living in Spokane, I regularly had to explain to friends and relatives elsewhere that it was not a suburb of Seattle and thus did not …


Spokane’s first legal pot buyer’s firing rescinded

One of the employment opportunities Spokane’s first legal pot purchaser said he’d lost as a result of his fame has been reinstated, a company official said. Mike Boyer, first in …


Employment restored for Spokane pot buyer

LaborReady, a temp agency that employs Spokane’s first purchaser of legal recreational marijuana, said Friday confusion about Mike Boyer’s assignment status led to a request for a drug test. He’s …


Spokane’s first legal pot buyer says he lost his job over purchase

The first person to buy recreational pot legally in Spokane says the fame has cost him his job. Mike Boyer, whose enthusiastic purchase Tuesday was broadcast by TV stations and …


Spokane’s first pot buyer says he’s getting fired

The man who was first in line to buy legal marijuana in Spokane on Tuesday said he lost two part-time jobs because of the media attention.


Shawn Vestal: Pot spotlight fading soon as normalcy takes hold

Potheads, your 15 minutes are about over. TV cameras will not trail you much longer. Newspaper columnists will stop seeking your comments. Tie-dye and Jamaican dreadlock covers will fade from …


Long lines, high prices as legal pot shop opens in Spokane

A cross-country road trip landed New Hampshire natives Steve and Tricia Goyette in north Spokane just hours before the city’s first recreational marijuana store let in its first customers Tuesday. …


One Spokane marijuana store set to open today

Three stores in north Spokane are among the 25 applicants awarded Washington’s first licenses to sell recreational marijuana, but only one expects to open today, the first day such sales …


3 Spokane pot stores get licenses

Three stores in north Spokane are among 25 applicants who will get the first licenses to sell recreational marijuana as early as Tuesday.


Marijuana grower hoping to hit pay dirt

Along the hills leading to Mount Spokane, Frank Schade has turned an old warehouse building into an indoor farm with the newly legal and valuable crop: marijuana. He’s set up …


Spin Control: Clock ticking on candidate debates, initiatives

In a sign that campaign season is truly upon us, last week saw the first debate over debates, the annual exercise in which one candidate dares another to meet on …


Up to three marijuana stores could open in Spokane on July 8

Spokane will have, at most, three pot stores opening July 8 after the state’s first legal marijuana retailers get their licenses. But that would be three times as many as …


3 Spokane pot stores likely among first to open

OLYMPIA — Spokane will likely have three legal pot stores when Washington’s first retail marijuana outlets open in early July… which will be three times more than Seattle.


First Washington marijuana shops could open July 8

OLYMPIA – Washington’s first recreational marijuana stores are expected to open July 8, a day after the first licenses will be announced, state officials said Tuesday. But those stores likely …


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

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

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

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.