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Washington should be careful with pot tax money, Pew study warns

Washington and other states that have legalized recreational marijuana should be careful about how they spend the tax money it generates, according to a study released Monday by The Pew …


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 4:28 p.m.

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

Illinois’ new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation that makes the state the 11th to legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use and the …


Number, type of marijuana bills grow with the new industry

The Legislature saw a wide variety of bills addressing marijuana and the state’s growing industry this year.


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 11:28 p.m.

Home-grown recreational pot limits considered by Washington House

House panel considers letting recreational marijuana users “grow their own.”


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Washington promises battle with Sessions over legal pot

Washington officials promise fight with federal government on any new policy that leads to crackdown on state’s legalized marijuana operations.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

Liquor and Cannabis Board floats guidelines for home-grown recreational pot

The state Liquor and Cannabis Board says the state could either tightly control home-grown recreational marijuana or keep up the ban.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 3:25 p.m.

Inslee, Ferguson to Sessions: You’re wrong about Washington’s pot system

State leaders try to set U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions straight on Washington pot system.


UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 11:04 p.m.

Tourists, locals buy Nevada’s legal recreational marijuana

Cheers and long lines of tourists and locals alike greeted the first day of sales of recreational marijuana on Saturday as Nevada became the fifth state with stores selling pot …


UPDATED: Tue., May 16, 2017, 7:34 p.m.

Washington puts strict limits on pot billboards

New law puts tougher restrictions on marijuana advertising.


UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 1:28 p.m.

Marijuana making its way around circle from legal to illegal to legal

Once legal and unregulated, marijuana has gone from banned by the state and federal government to legal but regulated in Washington while still illegal under federal law.


Washington pot stores could give away lock boxes

Licensed marijuana stores in Washington would be able to give out free lock boxes to their customers in an effort to keep pot away from children.


Washington prepared for any federal action on legal pot, Ferguson says

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the state is preparing for any federal crackdown on legal marijuana.


Feds should refrain from marijuana crackdown

Sessions isn’t alone in believing marijuana to be especially pernicious, but scientific research and common sense don’t back him up


Pot harder for kids to buy than booze, even as prices fall

Washington’s licensed marijuana stores have a better record of rejecting underage buyers than stores that sell liquor or cigarettes.


Marijuana reform went 8 for 9 on the ballot this week. It could be the tipping point.

Reform of marijuana laws won in eight of the nine states where it was put on the ballot, the strongest signal to date that the public is ready to embrace …


California voters approve recreational marijuana

Voters in California and Massachusetts approved recreational marijuana initiatives today, and several other states passed medical marijuana provisions in what is turning out to be the biggest electoral victory for …


Recreational pot shops licensed in Oregon, now set to open

Oregonians can buy marijuana for recreational use at shops intended for that purpose starting on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.


Spin Control: Peaceable assemblies not necessarily sensible

The right to peaceably assemble does not guarantee a right to always have the clearest message.


Pot store employees in Washington can receive tips, board says

People who feel they’ve been well-served at a state marijuana store can now leave a tip.


Pot shop bans would need public vote under proposed legislation

Cities and counties couldn’t ban licensed marijuana stores without a public vote under a proposal approved Monday by a House committee.


State could get 222 more pot stores

OLYMPIA — Washington will likely increase the number of retail marijuana stores to 556, to handle the demand for medical marijuana licenses.


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., April 10, 2015, 7:40 p.m.

House passes marijuana revisions

OLYMPIA — Medical marijuana patients would have to register with the state and pay taxes on the pot they buy from state-licensed stores under major rewrites of the state pot …


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 …


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 …