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Washington marijuana sales stings will use minors

SEATTLE – A select group of minors will go into Washington’s new legal pot stores on a covert mission: to try to buy weed for the state. To curtail youth …


Washington applicants seek marijuana grow licenses more than retail

OLYMPIA – A tally of the first week of applications by would-be marijuana businesses shows a certain amount of creativity in coming up with names for what in most of …


Washington marijuana license requests top 800 in first week

OLYMPIA – More than 800 potential new businesses have signed up to grow, process or sell legal marijuana in the first week Washington accepted applications for its new industry. Rick …


State taking applications for marijuana licenses starting Monday

Sam Calvert has a dream of getting in on the ground floor of a historic change in retail commerce that begins Monday. But it’s a struggle, he acknowledged. “This is …


Doug Clark: Weed Wagon generates buzz around Spokane

Cannabis is not normally associated with a word like “energy.” It’s one of those oxymoronic contradictions in the nomenclature, as in military “intelligence,” say, or Spokane “strong” mayor.


Marijuana tax potential attracts new allies

DENVER – Colorado’s hearty embrace of a 25 percent marijuana tax this week could prove a turning point for legalization backers. They have long argued that weed should come out …


Potential marijuana growers, sellers attend liquor board session

Eastern Washington farmers mingled with slickly dressed potential marijuana retailers in Spokane on Wednesday, all eager to grab a piece of the state’s blossoming licensed pot industry. “I started out …


Medical marijuana system overhaul draws criticism

OLYMPIA – A proposal by state agencies to overhaul Washington’s medical marijuana system, restricting access and toughening requirements for patients, faced immediate criticism by some advocates for the drug. Staff …


Marijuana rules get OK from liquor board

OLYMPIA – Potential growers, processors and vendors of marijuana will be able to apply for state licenses in one month. On Wednesday, the agency in charge of setting up Washington’s …


Panel approves rules for Washington pot industry

OLYMPIA — The agency in charge of setting up the state’s recreational marijuana system this morning approved the rules businesses will have to follow to get the industry off the …


Medical marijuana key in custody case

As medical marijuana supporters gird for a fight against further state controls, they are rallying around the case of Billy Fisher, a Spokane patient who has so far been denied …


Different rules for medical, recreational pot divide advocates and regulators

To understand the problem Washington faces with legal marijuana, it might be best to think of the state as a family with two children. The younger child, almost a year …


North Bonneville considering opening marijuana retail store

The Columbia River Gorge, a hub for hiking and windsurfing, may become a destination for another kind of recreation. North Bonneville, a city of about 1,000 residents in Skamania County, …


Zoning OK’d for Spokane pot sales

Don’t expect to buy marijuana in the Garland District. Do expect to buy it on North Division. The Spokane City Council approved some zoning restrictions Monday evening, striking from the …


Marijuana users face plenty of unknowns

The dried marijuana buds packed in jars, the marijuana-infused vitamin water, the Chewy Choo chocolate cannabis candies, the Canna Bull drinkable energy shots – they’re all sold at the Pacific …


Marijuana shops face distance restrictions

OLYMPIA – Under pressure from the federal government, the state agency trying to develop regulations for legal marijuana stores is again changing a rule regarding how far they must be …


Congress looks at Justice’s marijuana decision

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is facing criticism over its attempt to straddle the federal law that makes marijuana illegal and state laws that permit recreational use of the drug.


Shawn Vestal: Pot law’s melding of cultures psychedelic

It’s fascinating and amusing to watch as Washington tries to heave marijuana over the line from technically illegal to legal, and from disreputable to technically reputable. It is a marriage …


Marijuana rules get tentative OK in Washington

OLYMPIA – Anyone waiting to legally buy recreational marijuana in Washington will have to wait about nine months longer. Revised regulations given tentative approval Wednesday for a system to license, …


Dad charged after baby dies in hot car in Ariz.

PHOENIX — A 31-year-old father whose infant son died after being left in a parked car in the Phoenix summertime heat has been arrested because he was smoking marijuana at …


Feds give states green light on legalizing pot

OLYMPIA — A major change in federal policy will allow Washington’s legal marijuana law to go forward.


Lawyers talk bluntly about I-502 at Hempfest

SEATTLE – If serial Hempfest-goer Rob Thomas, of Everett, had his way, marijuana would “be sold at farmers markets, just like tomatoes.” That’s what Thomas, 25, hoped for when Washington …


U.S. District Attorney Mike Ormsby won’t discuss marijuana

Though the nation’s top prosecutor said this week that regional offices should determine when federal charges should be filed in drug cases, U.S. District Attorney for Eastern Washington Mike Ormsby …


Spokane police force hires fraud investigator

A fraud investigator from the federal public defender’s office has joined the Spokane Police Department to focus on improving the city’s seizures of drug assets, implementing new laws legalizing marijuana …


Liquor board to delay pot rules

OLYMPIA – The state’s rules for legally growing and selling marijuana will get another rewrite. The state’s Liquor Control Board voted unanimously Wednesday to delay final approval of the rules …


Liquor Control Board staff urges delay for pot rules

OLYMPIA – Washington should revise its proposed rules to grow and sell recreational marijuana and delay adopting them by a couple of months, the staff of a state board recommended …


Valley pot grower gets home detention sentence

A Spokane Valley grandfather who openly told nearby law enforcement about his marijuana operation received what is believed to be the lowest federal sentence in decades Thursday when he was …


State trying to finalize marijuana laws

OLYMPIA – Washington’s proposed rules for growing and selling recreational marijuana will conflict with federal drug laws and state environmental laws, critics said Wednesday. Taxes will make the end product …


Spin Control: Divisions crop up among marijuana users

OLYMPIA – As Washington develops rules for its new recreational marijuana industry, even the most casual observer might be hard pressed to argue this change isn’t significant. We’re going to …


Email speeds up officers’ search process, cuts cost

Police and judges are starting to use email to fast-track search warrants, a speedy way to enforce driving-while-intoxicated laws and slash onerous wait times that can hinder investigations. Spokane County …