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How $1 billion in pot taxes get spent in Washington

March 1, 2021, 6:00am Business

This year marks a milestone for the state’s legal pot industry. For the first time since voters approved recreational pot use nine years ago, the state of Washington is expected… Read story

Vancouver-based Backwoods Biochar getting to root of the challenge

February 8, 2021, 6:05am Business

The Pacific Northwest’s cannabis industry has seen near-constant growth since Washington and Oregon legalized cannabis cultivation and sales, both in terms of new retail stores and cannabis-growing operations. Read story

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. The leading cannabis industry group in California announced Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, it had reached an agreement with a state credit union that will provide access to checking and other banking services for marijuana companies, ending what had been a longstanding obstacle for many businesses.

Growing pot at home could become legal in Washington

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. The leading cannabis industry group in California announced Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, it had reached an agreement with a state credit union that will provide access to checking and other banking services for marijuana companies, ending what had been a longstanding obstacle for many businesses.

February 1, 2021, 6:00am Latest News

Washington residents have long been able to brew their own beer in their basement, or ferment homemade wine in their living room. If they want to smoke a joint to unwind, though, their only legal option is to get dressed and buy one at a store. Read story

Cannabis flower at Botanica Seattle's headquarters and production facility in Seattle, Washington on Monday, March 12, 2017.

Black-owned pot shops are rare in Washington. Can a task force fix that?

Cannabis flower at Botanica Seattle's headquarters and production facility in Seattle, Washington on Monday, March 12, 2017.

January 4, 2021, 6:05am Business

Even before this year’s Black Lives Matter protests, Washington state’s legal cannabis industry had a well-known problem with race. Read story

Marijuana plants are pictured at the Baker's marijuana nursery at Baker Medical Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Oklahoma City. When voters in conservative Oklahoma approved medical marijuana in 2018, many thought the rollout would be ploddingly slow and burdened with bureaucracy. Instead, business is booming so much cannabis industry workers and entrepreneurs are moving to Oklahoma from states with more well-established pot cultures, like California, Colorado and Oregon.

As more red states legalize marijuana, some officials try to nip it in the bud

Marijuana plants are pictured at the Baker's marijuana nursery at Baker Medical Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Oklahoma City. When voters in conservative Oklahoma approved medical marijuana in 2018, many thought the rollout would be ploddingly slow and burdened with bureaucracy. Instead, business is booming so much cannabis industry workers and entrepreneurs are moving to Oklahoma from states with more well-established pot cultures, like California, Colorado and Oregon.

December 9, 2020, 12:23pm Nation & World

With his state reeling amid one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the nation, the last thing South Dakota Speaker of the House Steven Haugaard wants to be dealing with during the upcoming legislative session is marijuana. But the state’s voters haven’t left the Republican much choice. Read story

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. Top prosecutors in the vast majority of Arizona counties are dropping all existing possession of marijuana cases even before a new voter-approved law eliminating criminal penalties for having small amounts of the drug takes effect when results of the Nov. 3, 2020 election are certified. An Associated Press survey of county attorneys received responses from 13 of 15 elected county attorneys, all of whom said they were either immediately dropping existing cases or in one case pausing prosecutions and planning to drop them when Proposition 207 goes into effect.

U.S. House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. Top prosecutors in the vast majority of Arizona counties are dropping all existing possession of marijuana cases even before a new voter-approved law eliminating criminal penalties for having small amounts of the drug takes effect when results of the Nov. 3, 2020 election are certified. An Associated Press survey of county attorneys received responses from 13 of 15 elected county attorneys, all of whom said they were either immediately dropping existing cases or in one case pausing prosecutions and planning to drop them when Proposition 207 goes into effect.

December 4, 2020, 12:25pm Latest News

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House on Friday approved a bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, reversing what supporters call a failed policy of criminalizing pot use and taking steps to address racial disparities in enforcement of federal drug laws. Read story

Herbtender Amy Johnson, facing, assists a customer with an order while working at the new location of The Herbery on the opening day Wednesday afternoon. The new store is at 12001 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

The Herbery expands as new location opens on Fourth Plain in Orchards

Herbtender Amy Johnson, facing, assists a customer with an order while working at the new location of The Herbery on the opening day Wednesday afternoon. The new store is at 12001 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

October 15, 2020, 6:01am Business

It’s only been a few months since cannabis retailer The Herbery opened the doors of its Hazel Dell store, but the local chain is already debuting its next shop, this time in east Vancouver in the Orchards area. The new Herbery opened Wednesday at 12001 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., in… Read story

The city of Woodland is one of more than 3,400 cities throughout the United States that meets the criteria to be recognized as Tree City, USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Woodland City Council rejects allowing retail pot sales in city

The city of Woodland is one of more than 3,400 cities throughout the United States that meets the criteria to be recognized as Tree City, USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

September 8, 2020, 11:22pm Clark County News

The Woodland City Council has again rejected retail marijuana sales within city limits.  Read story

Jim Belushi showcases his Oregon cannabis farm and products on his new TV show, "Growing Belushi," which premiered Wednesday.

Belushi TV show set on farm in Oregon

Jim Belushi showcases his Oregon cannabis farm and products on his new TV show, "Growing Belushi," which premiered Wednesday.

August 21, 2020, 6:03am Entertainment

CHICAGO — On his new TV show “Growing Belushi,” Jim Belushi plays a variety of roles, including passionate cannabis farmer, demanding boss and perhaps most surprising, nude swimmer. Read story

Man accused of robbing Vancouver marijuana shop courier

August 14, 2020, 7:11pm Clark County News

A man accused of stealing more than $2,600 worth of marijuana products from a delivery driver appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court. Read story