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Thursday, December 12, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

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Medical marijuana patient can get custody of daughter

Billy Fisher doesn’t have to choose between his 16-month-old daughter and the medical marijuana he takes to manage his chronic back pain. In a case that could have implications in …


Liberty Lake won’t allow marijuana sales at first

Liberty Lake has joined the list of cities imposing moratoriums on recreational marijuana, while Spokane Valley may explore ways to add its own set of restrictions on opening any state-licensed …


Pot bills concern access and safety

OLYMPIA – Efforts to bring the state’s two laws on marijuana together is generating several proposals in the Legislature and rifts among the medical marijuana community. Some patients on Tuesday …


Tougher DUI penalties proposed in Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – Drunken drivers could face prison on their fourth conviction if the Legislature can find a way to pay for the extra burden on state prisons and county jails. …


Marijuana businesses can be banned by cities, counties, official says

OLYMPIA – Cities and counties can say no to recreational marijuana businesses even though Washington voters have said yes, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday. In a formal response to …


Attorney General says Washington cities can block marijuana businesses from operating

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says cities and counties can block licensed marijuana businesses from operating.


Criminal history not necessarily a barrier to getting into the legal pot business

A Spokane businessman convicted in 1994 for selling cocaine in a widely reported federal case has complied with all legal requirements to apply for a license to run a marijuana …


Pot grower applications exceed supply of licenses

OLYMPIA – Washington is seeing a “green rush” of sorts in marijuana, with far more people wanting to grow and sell the drug legally than the state will allow. State …


Spokane-area business owners see potential in pot

Among more than 500 applications by people wanting to grow, process or sell legal pot in Spokane are those submitted by a former Republican state senator and a high-profile developer …


Pot, guns and paparazzi: New laws run gamut in US

The new year is bringing a host of new laws taking effect in January or thereabouts. A look at some state and local laws that are making news:


West Plains warehouse could host East Side’s first legal marijuana crops

With more than 1,100 applications to grow legal marijuana in Washington, the state has no shortage of would-be entrepreneurs eager to jump into the new industry created by voters last …


Liquor Control Board recommends new limits on medical marijuana

Washington should severely cut the amount of marijuana that medical patients can possess, require them to register with the state and have annual medical checkups, and pay most of the …


Spokane Valley underfunding street work

A recent street survey shows that Spokane Valley should be spending $7 million a year on street preservation and reconstruction projects. The city has been spending about $4 million a …


Drug agents bust Central Washington man for pot, cocaine

Moises J. Tello Quintana, 26, was arrested Monday in Royal City after he picked up a package containing three pounds of marijuana from the local Post Office.


Seattle party celebrates year of legalized marijuana

SEATTLE — Today marks the anniversary of the day Washington’s legal marijuana law took effect, and hundreds of people are expected to celebrate by lighting up beneath the Space Needle …


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 …


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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …