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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 …


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 …


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 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 …


Obama: feds shouldn’t pursue pot-users in Washington or Colorado

SEATTLE — Backers of new laws that legalized marijuana in Washington and Colorado were cautiously optimistic after President Barack Obama said Uncle Sam wouldn’t pursue pot users in those states.


City of Spokane mulling I-502 implementation

Spokane city leaders will meet today to begin planning for how to deal with businesses that want to sell state-sanctioned marijuana. City Council members will meet with the city of …


Large marijuana grow busted in Elk

Abnormal electrical use on an Elk property led to last week’s discovery of an elaborate marijuana grow operation from which authorities seized nearly 100 plants. Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives could …


Deputies bust large pot-growing operation in Elk, Wash.

Abnormal electrical use on an Elk, Wash., property led to last week’s discovery of an elaborate marijuana grow operation from which authorities seized nearly 100 plants.


Legal pot complicates companies’ policies

DENVER – Pot may be legal, but workers may want to check with their boss first before they grab the pipe or joint during off hours. Businesses in Washington state, …


New marijuana law could cause problems on the Palouse

The college towns of Pullman and Moscow may only be separated by an eight-mile stretch of highway. But the divide between their states’ marijuana policies is becoming much wider. Today …


Q&A: Marijuana law takes effect Thursday

When the clock ticks past midnight tonight, Washington will have the most permissive law in the nation regarding marijuana, thanks to voters who approved Initiative 502. But the new law …


Pot still outlawed on campus

Young voters helped pass laws legalizing marijuana in Washington and Colorado, but many still won’t be able to light up. Most universities have codes of conduct banning marijuana use, and …


Mother gives 7-year-old marijuana to fight chemo

PORTLAND – A seven-year-old girl suffering from leukemia is one of Oregon’s youngest medical marijuana patients. Her mother says she gives her daughter marijuana pills to combat the effects of …


Spokane County won’t take legal action on pot cases

Spokane County prosecutors are following colleagues from King, Pierce and Clark counties in saying they will no longer prosecute adults 21 and older for possession of less than an ounce …