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Canadian at U.S. border tried to bribe his way out of trouble

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

8 charged with illegally selling pot by delivery in Seattle

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

Scientific basis for laws on marijuana, driving questioned

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

The price of legal marijuana in Washington is collapsing

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

Alaska weighing rules to allow use of pot at licensed stores

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

Alaska could allow use of pot at licensed stores

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

King County Council imposes 4-month moratorium on pot shops

SEATTLE — The Metropolitan King County Council has imposed an emergency moratorium on pot businesses in unincorporated areas.

Date: 04/26/2016 | Northwest

Alaska board to weigh rules for pot consumption at stores

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

Scattered laws bring together partners in pot

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

New law for testing authenticity of pot is more complicated

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

Banking woes easing for some legal pot businesses

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

Pena Nieto says Mexico to move to legalize medical marijuana

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, once known for beer, now home to marijuana firms

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

Washington launches youth marijuana prevention campaign

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

Illegal pot operation found after break-in at bookstore

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

Marijuana patient sues state after daughter gets sick

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

Marijuana grinder resembling grenade halts Bellingham airport flights

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

Washington marijuana sales top $709 million in 2015

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

D.C. pot activists plan White House smoke-in

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

Production of illegal marijuana drops in Washington

YAKIMA — A new report says the production of illegal marijuana has dropped dramatically in recent years in Washington state.

Date: 03/23/2016 | Northwest

Explosion at Kent home linked to hash oil operation

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

Veterans are using pot to ease PTSD, despite scant research

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

Oregon gets $3.5 million in taxes for January pot sales

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 imposes cap on pot shops

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 City Council might cap number of pot stores at 5

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

Disputed results close marijuana testing lab

SEATTLE — One of a dozen state-certified marijuana testing labs is closed amid a dispute over testing results.

Date: 03/08/2016 | Northwest

As a state of islands marijuana sales tricky for Hawaii

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

Tourist pot complaints jump at Colorado ERs

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

Alaska regulators to take applications for pot businesses

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

Police arrest teen suspected in Federal Way fatal shooting

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 pot rules getting a second look

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 plans advisory vote in 2017 on marijuana ban

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

Oregon boy sickened by marijuana-infused cookie

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

Pot products recalled in Colo. for pesticides, but not in Washington

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

Ex-Seattle IRS agent faces 15 yrs. for taking pot shop bribes

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

Not enough council support for Everett marijuana moratorium

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 spend more on legal pot than on Cheetos, Funyuns

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 City Council to vote on permanent marijuana ban

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

Medical pot operators sue over state licensing priority

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

Puyallup Tribe to open marijuana testing laboratory

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 postpones decision on marijuana shop moratorium

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

As regulators take on medical pot, Everett eyes a moratorium

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

Teen charged with DUI after being hit by Spokane police officer

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

Botched French drug trial leaves 1 brain dead, 5 in hospital

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 City Council approves moratorium for new pot stores

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

Bill would exempt some legal-pot info from public disclosure

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 City Council approves rules to allow more pot shops

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

Pot shop near Vancouver, Wash., opens despite moratorium

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

New rules for pot businesses to allow out-of-state financing

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

Retailers say Washington’s legal, illegal pot prices are equal

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 home raided; 300 illegal marijuana plants seized

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

Firm offers first kosher medical marijuana

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

Banks shy away from Oregon’s legal marijuana businesses

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

Pot-growing operations tax U.S. energy grids

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

State’s Liquor and Cannabis Board to boost number of pot stores

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

Oregon Warm Springs tribe approves marijuana sales project

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 council votes in favor of pot store moratorium

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

Canada’s Liberals may act quickly to legalize marijuana

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

Board changes residency rules for legal pot businesses in Alaska

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

GOP contenders talk about drug abuse; racial, partisan rifts persist

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

Whatcom County businesses apply to sell medical marijuana

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

Alaska pot regulators OK on-site consumption

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

Final hearing on state medical marijuana rules

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

AMA: Warnings needed for pot use during pregnancy

CHICAGO — The American Medical Association is pushing for warning signs about marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Date: 11/16/2015 | Northwest

German prison stint changed Oregon pot activist’s life

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

Align U.S. cannabis law with state laws

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

Pot stores in Yakima, Tri-Cities busted for selling to minors

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 mayor looks to expand potential sites for pot shops

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 to allow removal of marijuana records

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 weighs temporary pot moratorium

PULLMAN — Pullman officials are considering whether to impose a temporary ban on new marijuana operations.

Date: 11/09/2015 | Northwest

Entrepreneurial spirit is flourishing in Oregon’s sin industries: Booze and pot

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

Lawmakers say Oregon agency, university resisting hemp

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

Some Southern Oregon pot growers wary of new market

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

Marijuana is least of drug worries, police say

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

Key U.S. races, issues: Pot loses in Ohio

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

6-year sentence in connection with hash oil explosion

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

WSU researchers working to launch breath test for pot use

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

Marijuana use has doubled in recent years

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

Major drug tunnel found on U.S.-Mexico border

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

Feds block marijuana industry banking

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

Two teen suspects held in Everett pot shop robbery

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

Oregon dispensary fined for handing out product in parking lot

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

British man sentenced to 3 years in prison in hash oil case

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.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Northwest

Marijuana seized at rental house owned by Olympia councilman

OLYMPIA — Thurston County authorities have seized more than 165 marijuana plants from a rental property owned by a member of Olympia’s City Council.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Northwest

Police bust illegal marijuana grow operation in Seattle, Renton

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.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Northwest

A fifth of small-business owners say pot at work is OK

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

State Patrol warning drivers about new pot-in-cars law

BREMERTON — The Washington State Patrol says it’s warning drivers about the state’s new marijuana open-container law.

Date: 10/13/2015 | Northwest

UW law school to study marijuana markets and regulation

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

Oregon sells $11 million in marijuana in 5 days

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

Southwest Washington pot shops remain optimistic about sales

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

Oregon pot stores see thousands of customers over weekend

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 Police: Teen shot while trying to steal pot plants

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

Kettle Falls Marijuana growers sentenced to federal prison

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

Oregon begins recreational marijuana sales

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

Parties, discounts to mark start of pot sales in Oregon

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

Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries gear up for rec sales

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

Marijuana bundle drops from sky, slams into family’s carport

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

Signs encourage braking for weed and munchies

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?

Felony pot charges for teens being reduced in Asotin County

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

Felony not appropriate for underage marijuana use

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

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