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Spokane man says he was stabbed while confronting neighbor over stolen marijuana

The victim of Thursday night’s stabbing in north Spokane said he was confronting his neighbor over stolen marijuana when he was attacked, according to court records.


CBD-infused food and beverages are still illegal under U.S. law. So why are they everywhere?

In 2017, no one knew what CBD oil was. In 2018, folks stumbled saying “cannabidiol” (that’s CBD oil) out loud. In 2019, it’s everywhere, and everyone wants in on it.


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019

Uprooting cannabis: Officials stepping up enforcement of ban on recreational marijuana businesses

Brian Lehman has been scrambling to find a new location for his state-licensed cannabis farm since receiving a cease-and-desist order from Yakima County officials. Now, the county is seeking an …


UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019

Federal legalization of hemp creates quandary for U.S. police

Police officers who encounter shipments of state-certified hemp on America’s highways are facing a quandary: They can’t tell if the plants they’re seeing are hemp or marijuana. Truckers are free …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Yakima County prepares to shut down marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas

YAKIMA – Yakima County is taking legal action to shut down more than 20 banned recreational marijuana businesses operating in unincorporated areas of the county. County officials gave the businesses …


State restrictions on cannabis packaging worry producers

Since starting Fairwinds, a Vancouver-based cannabis company, in 2014, James and Wendy Hull said they’ve heard from customers who’ve praised their products for helping them with pain, anxiety and other …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019

Cat Tales in Spokane has saved many bad-idea pets like the tiger found caged in Houston home

On Monday, the issue of exotic animals being kept as pets was raised when a tiger was discovered by pot smokers in an abandoned Houston house. “A tiger is a …


Police: Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house

Houston police say some people who went into an abandoned home to smoke marijuana found a caged tiger.


Pot deliveries OK’d into California communities that ban sales

California endorsed a rule Wednesday that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019

Canada legalized pot in October, but its black market is still going strong

The legal cannabis stores that opened in Montreal last fall still look pristine, but the shelves are often bare. A few blocks from one outlet, though, a longtime pot dealer …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018

Legal marijuana industry toasts year of global gains

The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018

Richland council considers marijuana advisory vote

The Richland City Council plans a workshop to discuss legalizing marijuana sales in Richland.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018

Richland marijuana initiative is not valid, says city attorney

A group trying to legalize marijuana sales in Richland says they may take their fight to court after the city’s attorney says their initiative is not valid.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018

Canada to pardon pot possession as it legalizes marijuana

Canada is now the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018

Canadian marijuana company Tilray has first U.S. pot IPO

A Canadian company is the first marijuana business to complete an initial public offering on a major U.S. stock exchange, raising $153 million to expand its operations as Canada prepares …


Oregon’s medical marijuana program admits to problems

The agency overseeing Oregon’s legal medical marijuana industry conceded in a report Thursday it has not provided effective oversight of growers and others in the industry, creating opportunities for weed …


Boating with your bud

There’s nothing like water to relax you.


Pot poisoning reports increase among young children

Washington officials say reports of pot poisoning among young children is on the rise across the state.


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018

Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country’s youth, Prime Minister Justin …


Trudeau presses for legal pot this summer as Senate wavers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pressing ahead with a goal of legalizing recreational marijuana in Canada within months, as senators push for changes and a delay of as much as …


Desperate to hire, more businesses open door to pot smokers

A low unemployment rate and the spreading legalization of marijuana have led many businesses to rethink their drug testing policies for the first time in decades. A small but increasing …


Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana

The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana’s informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot.


UPDATED: Wed., April 4, 2018

Marijuana dispute pits county against state of Oregon

Officials in an Oregon county who have tried to restrict commercial marijuana production sued the state in federal court, asserting state laws that made pot legal are pre-empted by federal …


Police say hundreds of illegal marijuana shops operate in LA

Los Angeles has issued licenses to nearly 100 marijuana retailers but police estimate there are at least two times that number operating illegally in the city and undercutting those who …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018

Seattle clears pot convictions, following San Francisco lead

More than five years after Washington state legalized marijuana, Seattle officials said Thursday they’re moving to automatically clear past misdemeanor convictions for pot possession – a step similarly announced by …


Yakima County launches legal fight to shut down pot businesses

Yakima County authorities on Wednesday took their first step in enforcing a ban on marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas of the county by filing a court action seeking to shut …


Cannabis capitalists exploit loopholes by ‘gifting’ the drug

The single bottle of juice delivered to your door will set you back at least $55. But the bag of marijuana that comes with it? On the house.


Shawn Vestal: Tokio Weigh Station’s cannabis shop a literal sign of the times

It looms above the freeway about 45 miles west of Spokane: a literal sign of the times.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017

California company has pot license, workers still arrested

The confusing rollout of marijuana regulations in California has been underscored in Mendocino County, where local authorities licensed a company to deliver pot only to have state police arrest two …


California preps for pot-infused fare, from wine to tacos

Move over, pot brownies. The world’s largest legal recreational marijuana market kicks off Monday in California, and the trendsetting state is set to ignite the cannabis culinary scene.