Morning Press: What’s next for marijuana; Taco House closes; High School football playoffs




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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the week:

What’s next for weed?

More than two years since legal recreational marijuana sales started, Washington pot businesses have seen more than $1.48 billion in total sales, raising more than $350 million in excise taxes, according to the state.

But while sales have almost only increased, questions about the future of the market linger.

Beyond the industry-unique issues of regulation and the fact that marijuana is still illegal federally, it’s not yet clear when the market, which saw volatile prices and supply issues during its early days, will start to balance out in terms of supply and demand.

Find out what is happening with legal marijuana.

The Original Taco House closes in Vancouver

The Vancouver location of The Original Taco House closed its doors for good Sunday. Owner Nate Waddle said the restaurant simply lacked business.

“As pretty a little place as that was, it just didn’t do the business we’d hoped,” Waddle said Monday. “I think it’s kind of a tough location. The previous owners ran into the same thing. … Comment cards and all that stuff were good, just not enough customers.”

Find out why the restaurant closed.

Vancouver couple’s plans derailed by a brain tumor diagnosis

After nearly five years of marriage, things were finally coming together for Tony and Jessica MacDougall.

The Vancouver couple, who grew up as friends in Ridgefield, spent the first year of their relationship and two and a half years of their marriage living apart — Tony in Fairbanks, Alaska, working as a cold-weather mountaineering instructor for the Army, Jessica in Vancouver, working as a certified nursing assistant and finishing her degree to become a respiratory therapist.

Finally, in May 2014, Tony, with two tours in Iraq behind him, completed his military service and returned to Clark County. With Jessica working full time, it was Tony’s turn to pursue his education. He spent the last two years attending classes at Oregon Health & Science University to become a registered paramedic.

Read about Tony’s tumor.

Mosier derailment’s costs adding up

Six months after a Union Pacific train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, state agencies in Washington and Oregon, residents of the tiny town of Mosier, Ore., and others affected by the fiery crash are in the midst of tabulating a bill to send to the railroad.

Painting a comprehensive picture of the economic and environment toll of the derailment is a daunting task, in part because Union Pacific is not required to disclose costs associated with its cleanup efforts or even how much its insurance policy will cover.

Find out about the costs of the cleanup efforts.

WIAA: Hit on Camas player should have led to ejection

A violent hit in Saturday’s state football semifinal game between Camas and Sumner should have resulted in an ejection, the WIAA’s executive director told The Columbian on Tuesday.

The officiating crew at McKenzie Stadium could not identify the offending player who made a hit on a defenseless player, sources have told The Columbian. Therefore, that player could not be ejected.

Learn more about the controversial play.