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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 …


Washington faces marijuana legalization roadblocks

When more than 1.7 million Washington residents voted to make marijuana legal for adults last November, most probably didn’t give much thought to how that would work. Some may have …


Liquor board sets tentative rules for marijuana

OLYMPIA – Washington will allow legal marijuana to be grown outside if it has adequate security, under new rules receiving preliminary approval Wednesday by a state board. The state might …


State announces marijuana surveys

OLYMPIA – Attention marijuana users and growers: The state would like a few minutes of your time to answer a few questions. Confidentially, of course.


Marijuana draft rules put product out of sight

OLYMPIA – Anyone planning to grow legal marijuana in Washington should expect to do so indoors, pass a tough background check and keep up with their paperwork. The state agency …


Legal pot-growing will be done indoors, agency declares

OLYMPIA — Anyone who wants to grow marijuana legally in Washington will have to do so indoors, get a license and not have a recent felony conviction, a state agency …


Smokejumpers parachute into illegal pot garden

A team of smokejumpers parachuting into a fire in the mountains of Southern Oregon landed in an illegal pot garden being prepared for growing season.


Spin Control: GOP rhetoric can’t derail Democrats’ tax loophole closer

OLYMPIA – There is an axiom in legislating, that when you have the votes to pass something, you shut up and cast them. When you don’t have the votes, you …


Lawmakers act quickly with marijuana law fix

OLYMPIA – The Legislature moved swiftly Friday to fix a problem with the state’s new marijuana law that threatened to derail state prosecutions for illegally growing, processing and selling the …


Pot, as it’s defined, stymies prosecutor

OLYMPIA – Prosecutions for growing and trafficking marijuana could grind to a halt in Washington, a result of a glitch in a new law, a lack of equipment at the …


Pot brownies allegedly sold to schoolchildren

Police investigating reports that middle school and high school students were buying marijuana from a Seattle house say they’ve arrested three people and seized eight trays of marijuana brownies.


UPDATED: Mon., April 22, 2013, 1:35 p.m.

Man found dead Sunday at marijuana-growing site committed suicide

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s office says a man found dead Sunday night committed suicide. The office identified the man as Warren C. Schrempp Jr., 62.


Two injured in shooting at Colorado pot celebration

DENVER — Gunfire erupted at a Denver pot celebration today, injuring two people and scattering a crowd of thousands who had gathered for the first 4/20 counterculture holiday since the …


Drunken driver bill facing challenges

OLYMPIA – Efforts to fast-track a crackdown on repeat drunken drivers, announced with bipartisan fanfare Tuesday, hit some go-slow warnings Thursday from prosecutors, judges and police. They’re raising so many …