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Oregon to draw on pot revenue

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers have decided to tap the popular medical marijuana program for an estimated $7 million to fund other health programs and reject a pile of …


Feds raid more Spokane marijuana dispensaries

Federal agents, assisted by Spokane Police, are currently raiding marijuana dispensaries including one on Freya Street just north of the intersection with Sprague Avenue. Spokane Police Detective Tom Hendren said …


New bill targets medical pot

OLYMPIA – With a Senate panel considering a new rewrite of the state’s medical marijuana laws, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she’ll push to get the federal government to change …


Medical marijuana push advancing on two fronts in Idaho

BOISE – Conservative Idaho might not seem like the most fertile ground for a medical marijuana movement, but supporters have launched an initiative drive that could change the terms of …


Spokane group collecting signatures for city medical marijuana initiative

Spokane citizens could soon have their say on the controversy growing locally and statewide on the enforcement of marijuana laws. Citizens for a Sensible Spokane, a group that supports legalization …


Lawmakers turn to AG for advice on medical marijuana bill

OLYMPIA – A few days after a Democratic governor vetoed most of a new medical marijuana bill, House Democrats are asking her possible Republican replacement for a little help in …


Pot bill tamped down

OLYMPIA – State workers will not be licensing medical marijuana growers or dispensaries, and patients will not be able to sign on to a registry that could save them from …


Gregoire vetoes most of marijuana bill

OLYMPIA – State workers will not be licensing medical marijuana growers or dispensaries, and patients will not be able to sign onto a registry that could save them from arrest. …


State employees urge Gregoire to veto pot bill

OLYMPIA — The state employees union joined the fray over the medical marijuana bill, urging Gov. Chris Gregoire in a letter today to veto it.


Marijuana bill supported

OLYMPIA – Federal agents are unlikely to arrest state workers for regulating medical marijuana in Washington, despite warnings from two federal prosecutors, a constitutional law expert told Gov. Chris Gregoire …


Gregoire set to veto part of medical marijuana bill

OLYMPIA — The Senate gave final passage this morning to a bill that attempts to regulate medical marijuana production and sales, setting up a possible showdown with the governor, who …


Medical marijuana bill in limbo after letter from U.S. attorneys

OLYMPIA – The Legislature’s efforts to provide structure and regulations to Washington’s burgeoning medical marijuana operations could be snuffed out by a warning last week from the state’s federal prosecutors. …


Editorial: Obsolete view on marijuana holding back state efforts

As the Washington Legislature heads toward adoption of a bill that permits marijuana growing and distribution systems for medicinal use, federal prosecutors are loudly clearing their throats and reiterating that …


Montana governor vetoes repeal of medical marijuana law

Gov. Brian Schweitzer has vetoed a Republican bill that would have repealed the state’s voter-approved medical marijuana law.


Pot dispensary owner sentenced

Spokane medical marijuana dealer Scott Q. Shupe will avoid prison on drug-trafficking charges, at least for now. “In this case it was clear you didn’t intend to break the law, …


Medical marijuana dispenser avoids prison

Medical marijuana dealer Scott Q. Shupe will avoid prison on drug-trafficking charges, at least for now.


Oversight rules for medical marijuana head to Senate

OLYMPIA – Rules for growing, processing and selling medical marijuana passed the Washington state House of Representatives after heated debate Monday on whether the proposed law has enough safeguards to …


Spokane medical marijuana dispensaries on federal notice

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane face federal prosecution if they do not end their operations immediately, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Federal authorities hope for voluntary compliance but are …


Supplier’s conviction sparks concern among medical marijuana advocates

Marijuana advocates still reeling from last week’s conviction of a medicinal pot supplier in Spokane are stepping up the pressure. Nearly three dozen demonstrators gathered Thursday outside of the federal …


Amended pot bill heads to House

OLYMPIA – A new version of a plan to regulate the production and sale of medical marijuana in Washington is headed for a vote in the state House after narrowly …


Medical marijuana dispenser convicted

A Spokane jury rejected arguments Thursday that the state’s medical marijuana law allows for commercial dispensaries, convicting a supplier of multiple drug trafficking charges. Scott Q. Shupe, who co-owned one …


Medical marijuana supplier convicted

A Spokane jury rejected arguments Thursday that the state’s medical marijuana law should be interpreted broadly to allow for commercial dispensaries, convicting a supplier of multiple drug trafficking charges.


Editorial: Marijuana bill should reflect shift in culture

Because Congress refuses to update the absurd Controlled Substances Act, states are trying to figure out the best ways to implement the sane and popular wish that marijuana be made …


Owners, law agencies disagree on legality of pot dispensaries

Marijuana advocates say Spokane has quickly earned a new nickname: Spokansterdam, a nod to the Dutch city where the sale and use of marijuana is legal.


Washington Legislature considering two marijuana bills

OLYMPIA – Washington legislators are spending some of their time on pot this week, discussing it both as a potential revenue source through outright legalization, and as an administrative problem …


Medical marijuana dispensary owner on trial

A trial with statewide implications regarding the legal distribution of medical marijuana will go to a Spokane jury today after attorneys give closing arguments. Scott Q. Shupe, who co-owned one …


Feisty George Diana stood up to MS, pot laws

Life could be tough for a Catholic kid in the 1950s. So Sam Diana got tougher. George Diana remembers the taunts he and his brother would get walking home from …


Editorial: Federal marijuana laws don’t keep pace with reality

Several efforts are under way in Washington state to loosen marijuana laws, from fully legalizing it to making in readily accessible to patients who need it for medicinal purposes. A …


Most in Idaho back medical pot, poll finds

BOISE – A statewide poll that’s been conducted in Idaho for more than 20 years yielded a surprising result: 74 percent support for allowing “terminally and seriously ill patients to …


Idaho lawmaker backs medical marijuana

BOISE – An Idaho lawmaker has introduced a medical marijuana bill, saying Idaho needs to save money in its Medicaid program and that medical marijuana is a much cheaper way …