BELLINGHAM — Authorities say a man from Nanaimo, British Columbia, tried to bribe his way out of trouble at the U.S. border with Canada. Charges say the man was caught crossing the border with marijuana and shotgun shells.
Date: 05/20/2016 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Authorities in Seattle say eight people have been charged for illegally selling marijuana through delivery services.Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said in a news release the defendants were arrested in April and charged Tuesday.
Date: 05/17/2016 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — Motorists are being convicted of driving under the influence of marijuana based on arbitrary state standards that have no connection to whether the driver was actually impaired, says a study by the nation’s largest auto club.
Date: 05/10/2016 | Northwest
Two years ago, Washington state began an unprecedented policy experiment by allowing large-scale production and sale of recreational marijuana to the public. The effects on public health and safety and on the relationship of law enforcement to minority communities will take years to manifest fully,...
Date: 05/05/2016 | Northwest
JUNEAU, Alaska — Some activists have a vision for Alaska’s upstart marijuana industry that could have Anchorage looking more like Amsterdam in the years ahead.
Date: 04/28/2016 | Northwest
JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska could soon become the first state in the nation to allow on-site consumption of marijuana in some businesses that will sell pot.
Date: 04/27/2016 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — The Metropolitan King County Council has imposed an emergency moratorium on pot businesses in unincorporated areas.
Date: 04/26/2016 | Northwest
JUNEAU, Alaska — Marijuana regulators in Alaska plan to consider rules this week for consuming marijuana products at authorized retail pot stores — a first among states that have legalized the recreational use of pot.
Date: 04/26/2016 | Northwest
DENVER — Normally, when a company based in one state wants to sell products in another state, it starts calling truckers. For Strainz, a Las Vegas marijuana company, it was more complicated.By early 2015, Strainz's owners knew they wanted to expand to Colorado and...
Date: 04/25/2016 | Northwest
EVERETT — Sure, marijuana is legal now, for the most part.However, enough criminal cases still involve the drug that the Washington State Patrol has increased the number of scientists with special training needed to analyze its chemical compounds, from one to seven.
Date: 04/23/2016 | Local News
SALEM, Ore. — In a once-empty office in Oregon’s Department of Revenue headquarters, officials have created a mini-fortress.
Date: 04/20/2016 | Business Wire
In a stark policy shift, Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto told the United Nations that Mexico will move to legalize marijuana for medicinal use and raise the amount that would be de-criminalized for personal consumption.
Date: 04/19/2016 | Nation & World
TUMWATER — The city of Tumwater and its urban growth area could have a new slogan: Instead of "It's the water," once famously associated with the former brewery, it could be "It's the bud."That's because through the right combination of...
Date: 04/17/2016 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Washington state is starting a new campaign to educate 12- to 17-year-olds about the risks and consequences of marijuana use. The Washington State Health Department campaign uses “selfies” to demonstrate the health risks associated with using marijuana while brains are still...
Date: 04/15/2016 | Northwest
SEATTLE — A break-in at a children’s bookstore led Seattle police to an illegal marijuana growing operation in a commercial space next door.
Date: 04/13/2016 | Northwest
SPOKANE — A medical marijuana patient is suing the state after his daughter developed a medical condition while in state care. William Fisher fought for custody of his infant daughter because social workers wanted him to undergo drug treatment.
Date: 04/13/2016 | Northwest
BELLINGHAM — Officials say flights were delayed at Bellingham International Airport after a marijuana grinder designed to resemble a grenade was found in a man’s carry-on luggage.
Date: 04/12/2016 | Off the Wire
TACOMA — Legal marijuana sales totaled more than $709 million in 2015 in Washington state. A market research firm said that represents sales growth of more than 30 percent over the previous year.
Date: 04/01/2016 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Attention senior class-trip chaperones, cherry blossom lovers, and anyone else who may wander by the White House on Saturday: Brace yourself for a cloud of marijuana smoke — and, possibly, mass arrests.Organizers of the successful ballot measure that...
Date: 03/31/2016 | Nation & World
YAKIMA — A new report says the production of illegal marijuana has dropped dramatically in recent years in Washington state.
Date: 03/23/2016 | Northwest
KENT — Authorities say an explosion at a Kent home apparently was caused by efforts to make a potent marijuana extract.
Date: 03/22/2016 | Northwest
TRENTON, N.J. — A growing number of states are weighing whether to legalize marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. But for many veterans, the debate is already over.
Date: 03/22/2016 | Nation & World
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon officials said they’ve collected about $3.5 million in taxes from recreational marijuana sales in January.The 25 percent-tax on recreational pot sales began at the start of 2016 and the state began collecting the taxes from dispensaries last month.
Date: 03/17/2016 | Business Wire
EVERETT — The Everett City Council has said "no more" to would-be marijuana retailers.On Wednesday the council imposed a cap on the number of shops operating in the city, limiting the number to the five shops already open. The cap will last a minimum of two...
Date: 03/17/2016 | Local News
EVERETT — The Everett City Council might impose a cap on the number of marijuana stores in the city at its March 16 meeting.Five pot shops already do business in Everett, and if the proposed ordinance passes, that will be all for the next two years.A public...
Date: 03/12/2016 | Local News
SEATTLE — One of a dozen state-certified marijuana testing labs is closed amid a dispute over testing results.
Date: 03/08/2016 | Northwest
HONOLULU — With less than five months to go before medical marijuana dispensaries can open in Hawaii, business owners could be facing unique obstacles in a state of islands separated by federal waters.
Date: 02/28/2016 | Nation & World
DENVER — Colorado's tourists aren't just buying weed now that it's legal — they're ending up in emergency rooms at rates far higher than residents, according to a new study.Doctors reviewed marijuana-related emergency-room admissions at a hospital near Denver...
Date: 02/24/2016 | Nation & World
JUNEAU, Alaska — A regulatory board in Alaska on Wednesday will begin accepting applications for marijuana business licenses — the next step in setting up the state’s legal pot industry.
Date: 02/24/2016 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Authorities have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with a fatal shooting in Federal Way that they said was motivated by a drug deal.
Date: 02/21/2016 | Northwest
EVERETT — The Everett City Council has reopened debate on its marijuana ordinance and is sending it back to the city’s planning commission for a second look.
Date: 02/20/2016 | Local News
SNOHOMISH — The City Council will ask voters to weigh in before deciding whether to lift its controversial ban on recreational marijuana sales, production and processing.
Date: 02/17/2016 | Local News
PORTLAND, Ore. — An 8-year-old Oregon boy was hospitalized after eating a marijuana-infused cookie that he found on the ground.
Date: 02/17/2016 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Despite fining two marijuana growers and suspending the licenses of two others for using unapproved pesticides, Washington state hasn’t recalled any products for pesticides during the 18 months that legal pot sales have been allowed.
Date: 02/14/2016 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — Jurors have convicted a former Internal Revenue Service agent of taking a $20,000 bribe from a medical marijuana dispensary owner.
Date: 02/13/2016 | Northwest
EVERETT — A moratorium on more marijuana retailers in Everett garnered support of a majority of City Council members Wednesday but fell one vote shy of the five needed to enact the emergency measure.
Date: 02/04/2016 | Local News
Americans spent $5.4 billion on legal recreational and medical marijuana last year, according to new estimates from ArcView Market Research and New Frontier Data, two marijuana industry market research groups.The total includes more than a half-billion dollars in sales in...
Date: 02/03/2016 | Nation & World
LYNDEN — A Washington city that has placed a temporary moratorium on pot businesses will soon vote on whether to make the ban permanent.
Date: 02/01/2016 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Medical marijuana dispensary owners are suing the state over a system that could be leaving long-standing operators outside the recreational pot industry.
Date: 01/30/2016 | Northwest
TACOMA — The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is opening a marijuana testing laboratory, marking its first foray into the Washington’s budding marijuana industry.
Date: 01/28/2016 | Northwest
EVERETT — An emergency ordinance that would put a moratorium on new marijuana businesses opening in Everett has been pulled from Wednesday's Everett City Council agenda. One or more council members will be absent that day, and the decision was made to postpone any...
Date: 01/27/2016 | Local News
EVERETT — Four recreational marijuana stores have opened in the city since legalization, and a fifth is in the permitting stages.That would be the maximum number of retail outlets permitted in Everett under state law.The state Liquor and Cannabis Board,...
Date: 01/25/2016 | Local News
SPOKANE — A teenager has been charged with driving under the influence after a Spokane police officer ran a red light and struck the teen’s car.
Date: 01/21/2016 | Northwest
PARIS — One man was brain dead and three others faced possible permanent brain damage after volunteering to take part in a trial for a painkiller and anxiety medication based on a natural brain compound similar to the active ingredient in marijuana, French authorities said Friday.
Date: 01/15/2016 | Business Wire
TACOMA — Tacoma officials have agreed to temporarily stop issuing permits and business licenses to marijuana shops, including those that have been licensed by the state.
Date: 01/13/2016 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Less information about Washington’s legal marijuana businesses would be available to the public under a new bill in the Legislature.
Date: 01/12/2016 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Seattle officials have approved a proposal brought by Mayor Ed Murray that would allow for more pot businesses to set up shop in the city.
Date: 01/12/2016 | Northwest
VANCOUVER, Wash. — A marijuana store has opened in Hazel Dell despite Clark County’s moratorium on recreational pot businesses in unincorporated areas.
Date: 01/08/2016 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board is revising its proposed new rules for the state’s marijuana industry to include measures that would allow investment from people in other states and require “Mr. Yuk” stickers on pot-infused foods.
Date: 01/06/2016 | Northwest
LONGVIEW — As the price of marijuana continues to drop, Washington pot businesses are struggling to keep up with the changes.
Date: 01/04/2016 | Northwest
EDMONDS — Police on Wednesday raided an Edmonds home where they allegedly found an illegal marijuana growing operation.The raid in the 18200 block of 80th Avenue W followed “numerous complaints from neighbors in the area,” Edmonds police Sgt. Shane Hawley said.
Date: 12/30/2015 | Local News
ALBANY, N.Y. — A New York company said it will soon offer the first certified kosher medical pot.Vireo Health said its non-smokable medical cannabis products have been certified as conforming to the Jewish dietary law by the Orthodox Union.
Date: 12/30/2015 | Off the Wire
SALEM, Ore. — Banks in Oregon are reluctant to deal with the state’s new legal marijuana businesses because many fear a federal backlash.
Date: 12/26/2015 | Northwest
DENVER — Pot’s not green.The $3.5 billion U.S. cannabis market is emerging as one of the nation’s most power-hungry industries, with the 24-hour demands of thousands of indoor growing sites taxing aging electricity grids and unraveling hard-earned gains in energy conservation.
Date: 12/26/2015 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA — Marijuana stores could multiply in Everett, Arlington, Edmonds and other cities in Snohomish County under a plan to allow more retailers statewide.Washington's Liquor and Cannabis Board has decided
Date: 12/21/2015 | Local News
PORTLAND, Ore. — Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs have approved a plan to build a facility to grow marijuana on their reservation in central Oregon and sell it at tribe-owned stores outside the reservation.
Date: 12/18/2015 | Northwest
FERNDALE — Ferndale officials have approved a temporary ban on new marijuana businesses.The Bellingham Herald reported that the Ferndale City Council voted to approve the emergency moratorium Monday. The moratorium will last for six months but can be renewed.
Date: 12/09/2015 | Northwest
MONTREAL — For police forces across Canada, the month of August is harvest time.Officers slip on their coveralls, grab thick gardening gloves, shoulder machetes and begin the annual ritual of chopping down marijuana plants hidden in cornfields, remote mountain valleys and forest clearings.
Date: 12/06/2015 | Nation & World
JUNEAU, Alaska — The board tasked with writing rules for Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry backtracked Tuesday and adopted stricter residency requirements for applicants for pot business licenses.
Date: 12/01/2015 | Northwest
More than 40 years after Republican president Richard M. Nixon coined the phrase “war on drugs,” many GOP presidential candidates are calling for an end to one of its central tenets - by agreeing with Democrats to treat low-level drug offenders rather than incarcerating them.
Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World
BELLINGHAM — The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is considering applications from 19 businesses that want to sell medical marijuana in Whatcom County.
Date: 11/23/2015 | Northwest
JUNEAU, Alaska — The board tasked with writing rules for Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry voted Friday to allow for people to use pot at certain stores that will sell it, a first among the four states that have legalized the drug.
Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is holding its final public hearing Thursday in Everett on its proposed medical marijuana rules for the state.
Date: 11/18/2015 | Local News
CHICAGO — The American Medical Association is pushing for warning signs about marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
Date: 11/16/2015 | Northwest
MEDFORD, Ore. — A German prison was the last place Alex Rogers expected to find himself shortly after marrying his Slovenian bride.
Date: 11/16/2015 | Northwest
In 2012, voters in Washington state passed Initiative 502, which legalized the sale, consumption and taxation of marijuana products. Including Washington, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized some form of marijuana, and in 2016, several more states are expected to...
Date: 11/15/2015 | Commentary
PROSSER — The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board says a Prosser marijuana store was busted for selling to a minor just over a month after it opened.
Date: 11/14/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — The number of marijuana dispensaries in Seattle could grow significantly under a new proposal by Mayor Ed Murray.
Date: 11/13/2015 | Northwest
SPOKANE — People who have been convicted of misdemeanor possession of marijuana in Spokane will soon be able to have the conviction removed from their criminal record.The Spokane City Council voted 6-0 on Monday to allow those convictions to be vacated.
Date: 11/10/2015 | Northwest
PULLMAN — Pullman officials are considering whether to impose a temporary ban on new marijuana operations.
Date: 11/09/2015 | Northwest
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — At first, Jon Turner was just a software guy who really liked to brew beer. He cooked up two batches a week in his kitchen and kept his hard-drinking friends well supplied. He once brewed one pale ale over and over for a year to get it just right. In 2011, at a national...
Date: 11/07/2015 | Northwest
SALEM, Ore. — There’s a quiet battle playing out between Oregon State University, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation who say the school and agency have fumbled a chance to make Oregon a hemp leader.
Date: 11/06/2015 | Northwest
JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — For years, Jane Fossen's work has been based on a relatively simple arrangement: Medical marijuana patients ask her to grow for them, and she does.It allows Fossen to earn enough to support what she describes as a modest life in the Applegate...
Date: 11/06/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON - America's cops overwhelmingly do not see marijuana as a major threat to their communities, according to results of a survey released this week as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's "2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary."The DEA...
Date: 11/06/2015 | Nation & World
In most states, the big elections will come next year. But on Tuesday, voters in a few states elected governors and legislators, some cities selected mayors, and a variety of major issues were settled at the ballot box.The elections were expected to be low-turnout affairs,...
Date: 11/03/2015 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — A Federal Way man has been sentenced to six years in prison and three years of probation in connection with a 2014 hash oil explosion in Puyallup.
Date: 11/01/2015 | Northwest
TACOMA — Washington State University researchers say they’re close to having a portable breath test that police can use to detect if someone has recently consumed marijuana.
Date: 10/26/2015 | Northwest
The number of adults using marijuana more than doubled in recent years, according to research that culls data from two massive surveys.In 2001, just 4.1 percent of adults said they used marijuana. That increased to 9.5 percent by 2013. The findings were published Wednesday...
Date: 10/24/2015 | Life
SAN DIEGO — Authorities seized 12 tons of marijuana and arrested 22 people after finding one of the longest cross-border tunnels ever dug between the U.S. and Mexico, officials said Thursday.
Date: 10/23/2015 | Nation & World
DENVER — Colorado's attempt to create a bank to service its marijuana industry has suffered another setback by the federal government and could be facing an impossible dilemma.The Federal Reserve — the guardian of the U.S. banking system — said in a court...
Date: 10/22/2015 | Business Wire
EVERETT — Police think they've captured the young robbery crew that held up an Everett-area marijuana store at gunpoint last month.One suspect is Garrett M. Comer, 16,...
Date: 10/22/2015 | Local News
PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland dispensary is out $2,500 after the state fined the establishment for allowing a vendor to give away marijuana concentrates and pre-rolled joints in the parking lot on the opening day of recreational marijuana sales.
Date: 10/20/2015 | Northwest
TACOMA — A British man who pleaded guilty to operating illegal marijuana businesses and a potentially explosive hash oil manufacturing lab has been sentenced to three years in prison.
OLYMPIA — Thurston County authorities have seized more than 165 marijuana plants from a rental property owned by a member of Olympia’s City Council.
RENTON — Renton police say about 60 local and federal law enforcement officers raided eight homes in Seattle and Renton to bust an organized criminal marijuana growing operation.Thursday’s raid was the result of a two-month investigation.
A fifth of small-business owners say they would allow an employee with a medical marijuana prescription to use the drug while at work, according to a survey released Wednesday by insurance company Employers Holdings.
Date: 10/15/2015 | Business Wire
BREMERTON — The Washington State Patrol says it’s warning drivers about the state’s new marijuana open-container law.
Date: 10/13/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — A new group at the University of Washington law school will spend the next academic year studying existing and emerging markets for marijuana.The project will help inform the state as it prepares to combine the medical and recreational marijuana markets.
Date: 10/12/2015 | Northwest
SALEM, Ore. — Retailers sold more than $11 million of marijuana during Oregon’s first week of legal recreational sales, outpacing the early business done in other states that have legalized pot, according to the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association.
Date: 10/09/2015 | Business Wire
VANCOUVER, Wash. — Owners of marijuana dispensaries in southwest Washington are waiting to see the long-term impact that Oregon’s legalization of recreational marijuana sales has on business.
Date: 10/06/2015 | Northwest
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