BEND, Ore. — The excitement about recreational marijuana continued through the weekend, with central Oregon dispensaries reporting thousands of customers.Recreational marijuana became legal at midnight on Thursday and many stores reported long lines of customers.
Date: 10/05/2015 | Northwest
PASCO — A 16-year-old was shot while reportedly attempting to steal marijuana plants from a backyard in eastern Washington.Pasco police say the teen was shot in the wrist but did not say who fired the gun.
Date: 10/03/2015 | Northwest
SPOKANE — The three remaining defendants in the case of the so-called Kettle Falls Five were sentenced to federal prison on Friday for growing marijuana in a state where both the medical and recreational use of marijuana are legal under Washington laws.
Date: 10/02/2015 | Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. — Excited shoppers looking to score some of the first recreational marijuana sold legally in Oregon bought up baggies of bud early Thursday, taking advantage of door-buster prices and other deals.Some of the more than 250 dispensaries that already offer...
Date: 10/01/2015 | Business Wire
PORTLAND, Ore. — Discounts on pot, free food for folks with the munchies and live music will usher in a historic day for Oregon and for marijuana advocates across the country on Thursday, as recreational sales of the drug that is still illegal under federal law begin in the state.
Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s medical marijuana dispensaries are getting ready for a watershed moment this week: when recreational pot users will also be able to buy weed at their pot shops.
Date: 09/28/2015 | Northwest
Maya Donnelly awoke to what sounded like thunder in the early morning hours, but dismissed it as a typical monsoon storm and went back to sleep.
Date: 09/27/2015 | Nation & World
Here's a twofer for rec pot shoppers. Mari J's Highway Pot Shop recently opened next to the Buzz Inn Steakhouse. The businesses are at 9504 and 9506 19th Ave. SE in the Eastmont neighborhood...
Date: 09/25/2015 | Whats Up With That?
ASOTIN — A prosecutor in Washington’s southeastern corner is reducing felony marijuana charges he filed against six juveniles because of a misinterpretation of state law.
Date: 09/22/2015 | Northwest
Confusion over language in the recent rewrite of the state's medical marijuana laws may have made possession of a small amount of marijuana by minors a felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.That's a heavy punishment, the significance of which...
Date: 09/22/2015 | Editorials
SEATTLE — An Internal Revenue Service agent has been arrested on charges related to soliciting a bribe and accepting payment from a Seattle marijuana business owner.
Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest
SUQUAMISH — North Kitsap may be getting the state’s first tribe-owned pot shop.
Date: 09/17/2015 | Business Wire
OLYMPIA — The Suquamish Tribe and Washington State Liquor Cannabis Board have signed what they say is the nation’s first state-tribal marijuana compact.
Date: 09/14/2015 | Northwest
BELLINGHAM — The county of Klickitat is first in the state for per-capita recreational pot sales.
Date: 09/08/2015 | Business Wire
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — One of Oregon’s first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get going.
Date: 08/29/2015 | Northwest
YAKIMA — Two men were badly burned in a house fire that Yakima officials say was sparked during the manufacture of hash oil.Yakima fire and police were called to a house fire early Tuesday.
Date: 08/25/2015 | Northwest
It's probably not a surprise that marijuana use is being found more often among drivers who are involved in fatal accidents.Following voters' legalization of recreational...
Date: 08/25/2015 | Editorials
PORTLAND, Ore. — It didn’t take long for an entrepreneur to combine two of Portland’s favorite things: marijuana and food carts.But state officials aren’t thrilled. The Oregon Health Authority on Monday said the Smoke Buddy, a mobile cart selling medical marijuana, is illegal.
Date: 08/24/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — Marijuana increasingly plays a role in fatal crashes on Washington's roadways, according to a recent state study.The number of drivers involved in deadly crashes who tested positive for marijuana increased 48 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the...
Date: 08/24/2015 | Local News
COLVILLE — A northeastern Washington man at the center of a nationally watched medical marijuana case has died of pancreatic cancer, six months after the federal government dropped charges against him.Larry Harvey was 71. He died Thursday in a hospital in Colville.
Date: 08/21/2015 | Northwest
KENNEWICK — The mayor of Kennewick says he will ask the City Council to revisit the city’s ban on marijuana-related businesses now that the Legislature has changed state law to send tax revenue from those businesses to municipal governments.
Date: 08/17/2015 | Northwest
SPOKANE — Spokane County’s busiest marijuana store has been robbed in what law enforcement officers are calling a “takeover-style” crime.
Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Authorities are warning Oregon marijuana growers to be very careful using pesticides.
Date: 08/05/2015 | Northwest
SPOKANE — The only member of the so-called “Kettle Falls Five” marijuana-growing family to plead guilty has received a 16-month sentence, but will remain out of custody pending an appeal.
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon television anchor has turned into a marijuana activist after being fired for testing positive for the drug.
OLYMPIA — Changes to Washington’s medical marijuana program take effect on Friday.The Columbian reported that the changes are part of an overhaul recently approved by lawmakers.
LYNNWOOD — A large marijuana-growing operation, set up inside cargo shipping containers parked near an elementary school, has again been raided after complaints from neighbors, Lynnwood police said Thursday.
Date: 07/23/2015 | Sirens
SEATTLE — A federal judge has sentenced two men to three years in prison for allowing another man to manufacture hash oil in their Bellevue apartment in 2013.
Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — The chief of the Seattle Police Department has asked the City Council members if they want her officers to stop issuing $27 fines for public pot use.
Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest
DENVER — Microscopic bugs and mildew can destroy a marijuana operation faster than any police raid. And because the crop has been illegal for so long, neither growers nor scientists have any reliable research to help fight the infestations.
Date: 07/21/2015 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA — A new state law bans open containers of marijuana in vehicles starting Sept. 26.The News Tribune said the new law means loose joints, open bags of bud or partially consumed packages of pot-infused edibles must be kept in a vehicle’s trunk or behind its rearmost row of seats.
Date: 07/20/2015 | Northwest
SALEM, Ore. — Amy Zimmerman’s left calf was covered in second-degree burns after a Memorial Day campfire accident. To help heal the burns, she applied a medicinal salve made with hash oil.The results were better than she had expected.
Date: 07/20/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — A second police study of marijuana-use tickets in Seattle has found men and blacks are most likely to be ticketed.
Date: 07/19/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Andrew Collins no longer has a cocktail of 17 prescriptions coursing through his body.The Army combat veteran stared death in the face while serving two tours of Iraq in the 2000s. He now battles post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his wartime experiences.
Date: 07/18/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Three men pulled off a plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are facing drug charges after police found five pounds of marijuana in the door of a vehicle outside a hotel.
Date: 07/17/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — An Everett marijuana store faces a 30-day suspension after reportedly selling twice to minors during state-run stings.On Thursday, staff at Purple Haze at 4218 Rucker Ave. referred questions to a lawyer, but said they weren’t sure of his name. They otherwise declined to comment.
Date: 07/17/2015 | Local News
LYNNWOOD — Edmonds Community College plans to offer in August a one-day, eight-hour class on marijuana business license and law.
Date: 07/16/2015 | Business
Only a week after setting its regulations and zoning for operation of marijuana businesses, the Everett City Council may be asked to reconsider one aspect of the rules: the rejection of a proposed 1,000-foot buffer...
Date: 07/15/2015 | Editorials
SPOKANE — A man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to a marijuana business in Spokane Valley last fall in what investigators are calling an insurance scam attempt.
Date: 07/14/2015 | Northwest
It’s been just over one year since the marijuana industry opened its first retail store in Washington state, generating more than $143 million, with sales now averaging more than $2 million a day in the state. Despite this success, many applicants are struggling to find state compliant properties...
Date: 07/11/2015 | Commentary
EVERETT — After a lengthy debate and comments from more than two dozen people, the Everett City Council on Wednesday adopted permanent rules governing recreational marijuana businesses in the city.The new ordinance hews close to what Mayor Ray Stephanson's...
Date: 07/09/2015 | Local News
The city of Everett has been cautious as it, Snohomish County and the rest of the state navigate how to turn a once-illegal substance into a legitimate industry.With the state adjusting its own rules,...
Date: 07/08/2015 | Editorials
OLYMPIA — A Seattle man is accused of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of marijuana in connection with a fatal crash in Tumwater.
Date: 07/07/2015 | Northwest
DENVER — Beer? Wine? Or weed?A campaign is under way to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21.Activists who campaigned for recreational pot legalization in Colorado have launched a...
Date: 07/04/2015 | Nation & World
INDIANAPOLIS — More than 100 people packed a pot-smoking Indianapolis church for a music-filled service without their illegal sacrament Wednesday, days after authorities threatened arrests if the congregation lit up during the rites.
Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World
EVERETT — For the first time since the legal marijuana shops opened a year ago, the city of Everett is moving toward a permanent ordinance regulating how and where the new businesses will operate.Everett has been
Date: 07/01/2015 | Local News
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state’s recreational marijuana law has a new tax structure under a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Date: 06/30/2015 | Northwest
KALISPELL — A Tacoma man faces drug charges after he reportedly claimed two bags containing 12 pounds of marijuana from the Amtrak station in Whitefish, Montana.
Date: 06/29/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — The Legislature on Saturday passed a measure that makes several changes to Washington state’s new recreational marijuana law, ranging from revising the market’s tax structure to zoning rules.
Date: 06/27/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — The House on Friday passed a measure that makes several changes to the state’s new recreational marijuana market, including eliminating the three-tier tax structure and replacing it with a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale.
Date: 06/26/2015 | Northwest
SALEM, Ore. — Retail sales of recreational marijuana would begin as soon as Oct. 1 in Oregon, far sooner than had been expected, under a bill approved Thursday by a state legislative committee.The measure would allow early sales through existing medical marijuana dispensaries.
Date: 06/25/2015 | Northwest
YAKIMA — Yakima police have shut down a retail marijuana shop after it opened despite the city’s rule banning pot sales.
Date: 06/23/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — The federal government is chipping in money for a three-year pilot study using sewage samples to determine levels of marijuana use in two Washington cities — research that could help answer some key questions about pot legalization, the University of Puget Sound announced Monday.
Date: 06/22/2015 | Northwest
In 2014, Congress quietly ended the federal government's prohibition on medical cannabis with a provision buried in the 1,603-page federal spending bill, The Los Angeles Times reported at the time. The...
Date: 06/19/2015 | Editorials
EVERETT — A lot of the rules surrounding marijuana have changed here in recent years.One hasn't. It's still illegal to drive while high.Statewide, marijuana was found in 28 percent of blood samples taken in impaired driving cases in 2014, according to data...
Date: 06/17/2015 | Local News
The Lynnwood City Council on Monday approved a ban on marijuana businesses.City leaders earlier had extended a moratorium several times. They recently learned they would not see any shared tax revenue from the state if a ban was lifted, city spokeswoman Julie Moore said Wednesday.
Date: 06/10/2015 | Local News
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Oregon Legislature is considering imposing up to a 20 percent sales tax on retail sales of marijuana once it becomes available to consumers.
Date: 06/09/2015 | Northwest
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — In less than a month, Oregonians over age 21 will be able to legally grow, own and consume their own small amounts of recreational marijuana.
Date: 06/08/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Federal prosecutors are seeking a 10-year, maximum sentence for a man who joined two tech workers in running a hash-oil operation that exploded in 2013, destroying a Bellevue apartment building and causing the death of a former mayor.
Date: 06/07/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Seattle police say two burglars grabbed more than $100,000 worth of marijuana products during an overnight heist at three medical marijuana businesses.
Date: 06/02/2015 | Northwest
The Senate Appropriations Committee did something last week the Senate has never done; it passed a marijuana reform measure. It was the narrowest of proposals, an amendment co-authored by Sens. Steve Daines, R-Montana, and Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, to a military spending bill that would...
Date: 05/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists
SEATTLE — With Washington state overhauling its medical marijuana law, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the city is planning to shutter dozens of dispensaries.
Date: 05/26/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Big changes are coming to the state Liquor Control Board, including a name change.
Date: 05/25/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — Two area marijuana shops are being cited for selling to underage buyers during a recent sting.They are Purple Haze, 4218 Rucker Ave., and Green City Collective, 13601 Highway 99, which is south of city limits.
Date: 05/20/2015 | Local News
On May 6, Snohomish County Councilmembers voted 4 to 1 to ban legal marijuana business owners from operating in the agriculturally compatible rural 5-acre zone (R5) of the county.The R5 zone is where urban sprawl meets rural protectionism, and has long been the battleground...
Date: 05/18/2015 | Commentary
The convention floor at Denver Airport's Crowne Plaza on a recent afternoon could have been the trade show for any well-established industry — gray-haired execs in conservative suits mingling with office park dads in polos and fresh-out-of-college types in brand-emblazoned...
Date: 05/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists
SEATTLE — Washington state marijuana enforcement officials say they’re beginning undercover sting operations to make sure legal pot stores aren’t selling to anyone under 21.
Date: 05/12/2015 | Northwest
Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission: trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana.Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge...
Date: 05/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists
EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday voted 4-1 to ban new pot businesses in certain rural areas.
Date: 05/06/2015 | Local News
DENVER — Colorado is cracking down on pesticide use in the marijuana industry, trying to end years of sloppy oversight of which chemicals are used on the nascent industry.
Date: 05/01/2015 | Nation & World
MONROE — The City Council has banned recreational marijuana growing, processing and retail operations here.
Date: 05/01/2015 | Local News
SALEM, Ore. — Legislators writing rules for recreational pot in Oregon propose to limit the size of medical marijuana growing operations.
Date: 04/29/2015 | Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. — Court documents show a man who police say shot three and killed two people in a Portland apartment was there to buy four pounds of marijuana.
Date: 04/29/2015 | Northwest
SAN FRANCISCO — Lawyers and pot dealers have long intersected in criminal court, but as marijuana goes mainstream, attorneys have been working to keep sellers and growers legit.
Date: 04/26/2015 | Nation & World
SPOKANE — Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.
Date: 04/20/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Marijuana prices have dropped dramatically since stores opened last summer.The Seattle Times reported that the average gram of marijuana in the state’s system sells for about $12. That’s down from a $30 average last year when prices peaked.
Date: 04/20/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — In 1990, Steven Hager saw a flier that had circulated at a Grateful Dead concert in Oakland, California, urging people to meet at Mount Tamalpais at 4:20 p.m. on April 20 for some “420”-ing, the number that had become code for smoking marijuana in California.
Date: 04/20/2015 | Nation & World
GRANGER, Wash. — The City Council in the central Washington community of Granger has approved a six-month moratorium on the growing, processing or selling of recreational marijuana.The council passed the rule at a meeting April 14.
Date: 04/19/2015 | Northwest
America has seen the future, and it is high.Fifty-eight percent of U.S. adults say recreational marijuana will be legal nationwide in the next 20 years, according to a new Bloomberg Politics poll. That includes 13 percent who say it will take 20 years, 26 percent who say it...
Date: 04/18/2015 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — A federal grand jury has indicted a south Seattle man and a Maple Valley couple in connection with two separate hash oil manufacturing operations.The U.S. Attorney's office in Seattle says all three put children at risk by exposing them to explosive solvents...
Date: 04/17/2015 | Northwest
It starts out clumsy and messy but exhilarating. And then, nine months later, you're sorting out how your life has changed.We're talking, of course, about Washington's bouncing baby marijuana business. Stores have been open for nine months, and the state is still a little...
Date: 04/17/2015 | Web Monkey
There's a good chance marijuana will be in front of voters again this fall.This time, though, the decision will be whether to keep the industry out, not whether to let it in.A bill passed by the...
Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News
After listening to more than two hours of public testimony about proposed amendments to the rules for marijuana enterprises, the Snohomish County Council on Wednesday decided again to...
Date: 04/15/2015 | Local News
OLYMPIA — The Legislature on Tuesday approved an overhaul of the state’s medical marijuana market, sending to Gov. Jay Inslee a bill that seeks to eliminate unregulated dispensary sales now that the state’s recreational market is in place.
SUNNYSIDE — Voters in Sunnyside may be asked what they want to do about marijuana businesses.The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that several City Council members have suggested putting an advisory vote about banning marijuana business on the Aug. 4 primary election ballot.
WASHINGTON — For owners of marijuana businesses, April 15 is one big downer.
MONROE — A hazy area of the law led to the cancellation of a hunt for Easter eggs full of marijuana.It all started when employees of Green Valley Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary on Highway 203 in unincorporated Snohomish County, publicized the Saturday event...
Date: 04/10/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — Seattle fire officials say they responded to an early morning fire at a legal marijuana grow operation in Seattle.Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore told Q13 news the fire was reported around 3:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Date: 04/08/2015 | Northwest
VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington’s marijuana business has created a legal occupation that offers career opportunities for bud trimmers.
Date: 04/05/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — The Senate has passed a bill that removes the excise tax on producers and processors of recreational marijuana and instead imposes the tax only on retail sales.
Date: 04/03/2015 | Northwest
DENVER — Alarmed by a rash of explosions and injuries caused when amateurs make hash, lawmakers in Colorado and Washington are considering spelling out what’s allowed when it comes to making the concentrated marijuana at home.
Date: 04/03/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — Looks like the marijuana lobby is in need of a fresh face to front its lobbying effort on the Hill.
Date: 04/01/2015 | Off the Wire
RUCH, Ore. — A YouTube video has transformed a laid-back deer named Sugar Bob that lives on the grounds of the Applegate River Lodge into a late-night television star.
Date: 03/28/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — Just in time for spring planting, hundreds of marijuana lovers in the nation’s capital marked passage of the city’s new pot legalization law Thursday night by getting free seeds at a neighborhood eatery only 10 minutes from the White House.
Date: 03/28/2015 | Nation & World
The top law enforcement officials in Washington and Colorado are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit from states that seek to strike down Colorado laws that legalize recreational marijuana use.
Date: 03/28/2015 | Nation & World
PORTLAND, Ore. — The official hired to lead Oregon’s preparations to regulate recreational marijuana said Thursday that he has been fired.
Date: 03/26/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday decided to collect more public input as it considers making permanent rules for marijuana businesses.
Date: 03/26/2015 | Local News
DENVER — Edible marijuana sold in Colorado must look different from regular foods, lawmakers from both parties said Wednesday in rejecting a bill to loosen requirements.The 0-5 vote was a dramatic loss for the state's new marijuana industry, where many producers of...
Date: 03/26/2015 | Nation & World
BEAVERTON, Ore. — An Oregon man has been accused of blowing pot smoke into the mouth of his year-old child.
Date: 03/24/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They're likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to...
Date: 03/21/2015 | Nation & World