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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 …


State delays issuing licenses for marijuana until Dec. 1

SEATTLE – Washington state is delaying its timeline for granting marijuana growing and processing licenses – and that means legal marijuana sales likely won’t begin before spring of next year. …


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 …