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Inslee wants to stop spread of bars allowing marijuana use

SEATTLE – Gov. Jay Inslee wants the state Liquor Control Board to figure out how to stop the spread of bars that allow patrons to consume marijuana on site. Voters …


States can pick their pot laws

It may be surprising, but no state is required to have a law making possession of marijuana, or any drug, a crime. Therefore, any state can legalize some or all …


Changes to I-502 rules considered

OLYMPIA – Sometime in the next year, Washington residents will be able to walk into a store and buy legal marijuana. Will that store be like Nordstrom, Wal-Mart or a …


Greenacres marijuana grow raided by U.S. Marshals; man arrested

Federal investigators seized about 90 marijuana plants in Greenacres on Wednesday after detectives found a Craigslist posting advertising “extra top quality” marijuana. DEA agents believe Paul E. Ellis continued to …


Idaho bill would ban any legal marijuana

BOISE – Idaho senators voted along party lines Monday to declare that their state should never legalize marijuana for any purpose, but rejected another measure calling for a federal crackdown …


Spokane pot businesses on hold

The number of businesses in Spokane specializing in medical marijuana will be frozen at about a dozen for at least the next six months. Fearing the proliferation of businesses that …


Idaho Senate rejects call for fed pot crackdown in Washington

Idaho senators voted along party lines Monday to declare that their state should never legalize marijuana for any purpose, but rejected another measure calling for a federal crackdown on states …


Bill plants the seed for hemp farming

OLYMPIA – The cannabis plant could provide Washington state with two new agricultural crops: one for smoking and one making rope and fabric. Different strains of the plant would be …


Anti-pot bills clear Idaho Senate panel

BOISE – Idaho should never legalize marijuana for any purpose and should call on the U.S. Justice Department to crack down on states that do, state lawmakers declared Wednesday. The …


Idaho Senate panel backs anti-pot measures

Two resolutions calling for Idaho to never legalize marijuana for any purpose, and for the U.S. Justice Department to crack down in states that do, cleared an Idaho Senate committee …


Doug Clark: A forum for dopey opinions

DOUG’S DOPE DIARY … Tuesday, 5:50 p.m. – On my way to tonight’s big pot forum at the Spokane Convention Center. I know I’m headed in the right direction because …


Huge turnout at Spokane forum on marijuana legalization

In one of the biggest turnouts in the state, more than 450 people packed the state Liquor Control Board’s public forum Tuesday night in Spokane to talk about Washington’s baby …


City draws map of pot areas

Spokane leaders on Tuesday got a glimpse of where the first pot for recreational use might be grown or sold legally within city limits. The map is heavily dominated by …


Big crowd expected at relocated marijuana forum

Anticipating a large crowd at today’s forum on legalized marijuana rules, a state agency made an 11th-hour decision to move to a bigger room – the Spokane Convention Center. The …


Second look questions findings of pot-use study

In late August, baby boomers (and others whose teen years were spent in a haze of marijuana smoke) seemed to get the comeuppance they had long feared: A study suggested …


I-502 enactment forums draw big crowds

OLYMPIA – Public forums on Washington’s new recreational marijuana law are proving so popular that the state agency sponsoring them is adding events and sometimes booking bigger venues to handle …


Medical pot dispensaries hope legalization opens new doors

Among the antique stores and other shops of Spokane’s historic Garland District is a door painted with a happy snowman. Inside, the merchant is peddling medical marijuana while harboring hopes …


Medical pot could soon be taxed

Some lawmakers in Olympia say Washington state needs to tax sales of medical marijuana, just as it will tax sales of recreational marijuana if and when legal sales begin in …


Master Gardeners won’t be advising marijuana growers

Master Gardeners in Spokane help people with questions about horticulture, pests and even environmental stewardship. Just don’t ask them for help growing marijuana.


State hiring for pot work

TACOMA – Wanted: A green thumb with extensive knowledge of the black, or at least gray, market. As Washington state tries to figure out how to regulate its newly legal …


Pot leaving Washington is federal concern

OLYMPIA – State officials are trying to convince the federal government they can keep legally grown pot from making its way over the border to Oregon, Idaho or other states …


Lawmakers get responses to questions on marijuana

OLYMPIA – In legalizing marijuana last fall, voters created more questions for the Legislature, not fewer. Some, including how the federal government is going to react, can’t be answered yet, …


Despite legalization, feds’ plans unclear

YAKIMA – Irrigation canals line Washington’s Yakima Valley east of the Cascade Range, transforming a desert landscape into one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world – including …


Spokane’s best slacker jobs

Worried about what you’re gonna do if those extended unemployment benefits ever run out? Options abound for the marginally skilled in Spokane. Some call them slacker jobs but you can …


Clark: State gets weeds of advice

Last November’s passage of High-502, the initiative legalizing marijuana for hacky sack and other recreational use, has motivated many Washington residents to give the state their cannabis crop suggestions. And …


State getting growing list of pot tips

OLYMPIA – Washington residents have suggestions for how the state should write new rules to grow legal marijuana. Hundreds of them. Some want the state Liquor Control Board, which is …


Spin Control: No decision yet on I-502 rally dust-up

OLYMPIA – Elections are designed to place a punctuation mark on political disputes. Sometimes it’s a period; other times, it’s more of comma, pausing to allow one to take a …


Interstate 90 a major route for traffickers heading east

The buds are potent and fresh, packed gingerly in heat-sealed bags to preserve their form and flavor – and throw off the drug dogs. These aren’t the dense bricks of …


Washington made news

SEATTLE – People in Washington decided that marijuana, long derided as a dangerous drug that could lead to more harmful addictions, wasn’t so bad after all. Initiative 502, legalizing pot …


Who will process state’s pot remains an open question

Will the Marlboro Man light up a joint soon? The states of Washington and Colorado legalized possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana in the November elections, but it is …