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Medical marijuana shop owners want moratorium dropped

Spokane Valley medical marijuana store owners protest the city’s temporary moratorium on new marijuana businesses at city council meeting


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 18, 2015

After veto, Idaho moves to allow 25 sick kids access to cannabis-derived drug

Idaho is just weeks away from enrolling up to 25 children with severe epilepsy in a free program to provide them with an experimental, non-psychoactive drug extracted from marijuana, under …


City updating pot rules

Spokane Valley is updating its marijuana regulations following recent changes in state law. The city adopted an emergency moratorium Dec. 9, halting all new marijuana businesses except those regulated by …


Medical marijuana referendum won’t be on Washington ballot

OLYMPIA – Washington voters won’t be asked this fall if they want to keep changes made this spring to the state’s medical marijuana laws. Organizers of a petition drive to …


Senate passes pot tax bill

OLYMPIA – Changes to the state’s marijuana taxes and the way they will be spent received final approval from the Senate and were sent to Gov. Jay Inslee Saturday. After …


State House approves taxes on medical marijuana

OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana patients would pay many of the same taxes as recreational pot users under a bill approved Friday by the House. On a 59-38 vote, the House …


Study: Scant evidence that medical pot helps many illnesses

CHICAGO — Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its …


Kettle Falls Five sentencing hearing delayed to October

Members of a family who grew medical marijuana on their farm near Kettle Falls will wait until October to learn whether they will spend time in federal prison. U.S. District …


Police: $100,000 in product taken in Seattle pot heist

SEATTLE — Seattle police say two burglars grabbed more than $100,000 worth of marijuana products during an overnight heist at three medical marijuana businesses.


Washington Legislature wraps up – for now

OLYMPIA – A few hours before the gavel came down on the regular session, Gov. Jay Inslee signed one of the most-discussed laws, one that brings medical marijuana under much …


Washington Senate OKs marijuana regulation changes

OLYMPIA – A major revision to the state’s marijuana laws, blending the medical and recreational systems and setting up a voluntary registry for adult patients, overwhelmingly passed the Senate on …


Washington lawmakers study marijuana rules

OLYMPIA – Leading the way for legalized marijuana nationally doesn’t mean just anything goes in Washington when it comes to pot. Instead, it provides a springboard into new questions for …


Pot lounges among marijuana issues lawmakers asked to consider

OLYMPIA – As legislators worked this week to blend the state’s recreational and medical marijuana laws, Spokane Valley officials asked them to consider one more wrinkle in the rapidly changing …


Kettle Falls Five reduced to three

The Kettle Falls Five marijuana collective has been reduced to three this week after one of the defendants in the federal criminal case cut an eleventh-hour plea deal with prosecutors. …


In a twist, fight for medical pot goes to Florida Statehouse

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Republicans lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that …


Medical marijuana revisions proposed

OLYMPIA – Major changes to the state’s largely unregulated medical marijuana industry passed the Senate after sponsors beat back a challenge to requirements for a patient database and a plea …


Judge rejects ‘Kettle Falls Five’ marijuana defendants’ requests

A federal judge declined Thursday to throw out the criminal case against the marijuana farmers dubbed the “Kettle Falls Five,” setting up the likelihood of another trial delay two years …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 12, 2015

Judge denies dismissal of marijuana case against ‘Kettle Falls Five’

The trial for the quintet of marijuana farmers dubbed the “Kettle Falls Five” seems destined for another delay. And when it commences, it may be the trial of the Kettle …


House to address disparities in pot laws

OLYMPIA – A House panel rolled 18 different proposals to change Washington’s marijuana laws into a single wide-ranging bill Monday, hoping to address at least some problems with the state’s …


Spin Control: Hearing on marijuana laws takes on mainstream feel

OLYMPIA – If one lives long enough, things that once seemed impossible will become commonplace. Or so my grandfather used to say. He was living proof of that: Born before …


Medical pot growers have unfair advantages, say counterparts

OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana growers and sellers have a series of unfair business advantages, their recreational pot counterparts told legislators Thursday. Medical marijuana is unregulated in Washington state. It’s unlicensed. …


Washington Senate bill would license medical pot sales

OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana would come under some of the same licensing requirements as the recreational form of the drug but its buyers would pay fewer taxes under a plan …


Without notice, Spokane Valley council halts new marijuana businesses

Citing a public health crisis, the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday passed a moratorium on all marijuana businesses other than retail, production and processing operations already licensed by the …


Ballot measures: California next for pot activists

SEATTLE (AP) — Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America’s drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon and the nation’s capital approving recreational pot use. …


Marijuana could reduce deadly painkiller abuse, study suggests

Could medical marijuana be an antidote for the nation’s scourge of fatal overdoses caused by prescription pain medication? A new study suggests the answer is yes, and it’s set off …


Smell of pot can be basis for police search

Though marijuana is now legal in Washington for recreational and medical use, courts continue to grant law enforcement wide leeway in using the presence of pot to search property. A …


Club offers social pot spot

Eric Buchanan envisions a day when marijuana will be as common as vodka tonics or microbrews at lounges and nightclubs across Washington. Until then, he and his business partners are …


‘Kettle Falls 5’ case tests marijuana laws

Washington state’s permissive marijuana laws have been on a collision course with the federal government’s total ban for years. That collision could occur this summer in a Spokane courtroom as …


Eye on Boise: Rally decries veterans cemetery’s same-sex ban

“Add the Words” protesters returned to the Idaho state Capitol last week where roughly 180 were arrested during this year’s legislative session while pressing unsuccessfully for a hearing on legislation …


Washington state pursuing medical pot dispensaries’ taxes

OLYMPIA – The state Revenue Department is stepping up efforts to make medical marijuana dispensaries pay their taxes. After more than two years of “educational outreach” designed to teach medical …