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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. …


Spokane Valley sets hearing on pot moratorium

The Spokane Valley City Council is hosting a public hearing on marijuana regulations during its meeting Tuesday. Citing a public health crisis, the City Council enacted an emergency moratorium on …


Legal marijuana sales in Spokane County top $1 million last month

Consumers spent $1 million last month on legal marijuana in Spokane County, the first time recreational sales eclipsed that mark since shops opened this summer. While market shares have tumbled …


Two years of legal marijuana mean revenue, but unexpected hurdles

Two years ago this weekend, pot became legal in Washington. Only for adults, only when consumed in private and only if it was grown, processed and sold by state-licensed stores. …


Two Washington liquor board members leaving

OLYMPIA – Two of the three members of the state board that oversees Washington’s liquor and marijuana laws will step down early next year. That includes Chris Marr, a former …


Pot-growing acreage could quadruple

OLYMPIA – Washington may soon more than quadruple the amount of land where legal marijuana can be grown. The state Liquor Control Board is considering changes to its recreational marijuana …


Spokane testing lab starting to certify marijuana

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An environmental and industrial testing laboratory in Spokane has been certified to test recreational marijuana.


Pot taxes top $1 million in first month

Despite supply shortages and slower-than-expected retail expansion, Washington’s fledgling marijuana market generated more than $1 million in sales and excise taxes in its first month.


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 …


Seattle police: Homeless arrested most for pot

SEATTLE — An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African American males are more likely to be ticketed …


Federal charges filed following hash oil blasts

SEATTLE — Seven people face federal charges following several explosions in the Puget Sound area due to hash oil. U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan announced the charges Tuesday. Durkan said the …


Recreational pot qualifies for Oregon ballot

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon voters will be deciding this year whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. State elections officials certified Tuesday that the petitioners submitted enough valid signatures to …


One Spokane marijuana store set to open today

Three stores in north Spokane are among the 25 applicants awarded Washington’s first licenses to sell recreational marijuana, but only one expects to open today, the first day such sales …


3 Spokane pot stores get licenses

Three stores in north Spokane are among 25 applicants who will get the first licenses to sell recreational marijuana as early as Tuesday.


Up to three marijuana stores could open in Spokane on July 8

Spokane will have, at most, three pot stores opening July 8 after the state’s first legal marijuana retailers get their licenses. But that would be three times as many as …


3 Spokane pot stores likely among first to open

OLYMPIA — Spokane will likely have three legal pot stores when Washington’s first retail marijuana outlets open in early July… which will be three times more than Seattle.


First pot stores to open July 8

OLYMPIA — Washington’s first recreational marijuana stores are expected to open on July 8, a day after the first licenses will be announced, state officials said today.


Uncertainty surrounds marijuana ‘Green Rush’

As Sam Calvert prepares to open one of the state’s first legal marijuana stores next month, he sometimes thinks of a historic parallel from a previous century. Washington may be …


Pot label rules could ease problems

OLYMPIA – When recreational marijuana stores open in Washington next month, state officials know many customers will be unfamiliar with the strength of the newly legal drug. They hope strict …


Christian Youth Theater to move locations for incoming marijuana shop

Christian Youth Theater needs a new home soon, thanks partly to the state’s new pot laws. The theater company must move out of the Spokane Valley building that contains its …


Washington state to name 334 who can try for pot store licenses

OLYMPIA – More than 300 businesses that get the first crack at opening the state’s recreational marijuana stores will be announced today. The state Liquor Control Board will publish a …


Numerica will only accept local marijuana businesses as clients

Numerica Credit Union is the first financial institution in the state willing to accept clients whose business is recreational marijuana, the Washington Liquor Control Board was told Wednesday. But only …


Washington likely to ban delivery of marijuana

OLYMPIA – Recreational marijuana purchases in Washington will be takeout but not delivery, proposed new rules say. The Liquor Control Board, which is overseeing the establishment of the state’s legal …


In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.


Marijuana growers in county will need 8 acres, for now

Spokane County commissioners may have thrown a wrench into the plans of some would-be marijuana growers hoping to set up in rural areas. An interim zoning ordinance approved Monday says …


Washington to award retail marijuana licenses in May

OLYMPIA – Washington will announce the winners of licenses for its first legal recreational marijuana stores at the beginning of May, after a complicated “double-blind” lottery is held at the …


First Washington pot stores will likely open in July

OLYMPIA – Washington will announce the winners of licenses for its first legal recreational marijuana stores at the beginning of May, after a complicated “double-blind” lottery is held at the …


Hemp could be noxious weed, some farmers worry

OLYMPIA – “Weed” is not an official weed, at least not in Washington. So says the state Noxious Weed Control Board, which recently discussed whether various forms of cannabis, from …