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Justice Department formally moves to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug in historic shift

May 16, 2024, 10:55am Latest News

The Justice Department on Thursday formally moved to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug in a historic shift in generations of U.S. drug policy. Read story

‘Overcoming reefer madness’: Feds appear poised to ease restrictions on weed. Here’s how the change could impact Washington.

May 2, 2024, 8:40am Business

The U.S. government is moving toward reclassifying marijuana as a less harmful drug, a federal spokesperson confirmed this week. Read story

FILE - In this Friday, March 22, 2019, file photo, a marijuana plant is visible at Compassionate Care Foundation&rsquo;s medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will move to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug, a historic shift to generations of American drug policy that could have wide ripple-effects across the country. The DEA&rsquo;s proposal still must be reviewed by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

DEA will move to reclassify marijuana in historic shift, AP sources say

FILE - In this Friday, March 22, 2019, file photo, a marijuana plant is visible at Compassionate Care Foundation&rsquo;s medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will move to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug, a historic shift to generations of American drug policy that could have wide ripple-effects across the country. The DEA&rsquo;s proposal still must be reviewed by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

April 30, 2024, 11:03am Business

 The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will move to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug, The Associated Press has learned, a historic shift to generations of American drug policy that could have wide ripple effects across the country. Read story

Washington lawmakers make another run at legalizing home-grown marijuana

January 30, 2024, 7:23pm Northwest

A dozen years after Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana sales, state lawmakers want to make it possible to grow cannabis plants at home without breaking the law. Read story

FILE - Marijuana plants are seen at a growing facility in Washington County, N.Y., May 12, 2023. The U.S. cannabis production industry&#039;s first reported occupational asthma death took the life of a 27-year-old worker in Massachusetts, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023.

Democrats urge feds to update banking ‘red flags’ on legal marijuana businesses

FILE - Marijuana plants are seen at a growing facility in Washington County, N.Y., May 12, 2023. The U.S. cannabis production industry&#039;s first reported occupational asthma death took the life of a 27-year-old worker in Massachusetts, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023.

November 17, 2023, 12:06pm Business

The federal government unfairly penalizes state-legal marijuana businesses whose owners have been convicted of marijuana-related crimes, restricting them from loans and other banking tools, a group of U.S. Senate and House Democrats wrote to the Treasury Department asking for a change in policy. Read story

Landscape fabric covers the ground at a legal cannabis farm near Brewster, in north-central Washington state, on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, in this photo provided by Terry Lee Taylor. Taylor, who operates the Okanogan Gold and Kibble Junction marijuana companies, recently installed the fabric in hopes of keeping dirt and dust contaminated with remnants of the long-banned pesticide DDT off his plants.

‘It’s not about advocacy, it’s about education’: Gonzaga offers marijuana education courses

Landscape fabric covers the ground at a legal cannabis farm near Brewster, in north-central Washington state, on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, in this photo provided by Terry Lee Taylor. Taylor, who operates the Okanogan Gold and Kibble Junction marijuana companies, recently installed the fabric in hopes of keeping dirt and dust contaminated with remnants of the long-banned pesticide DDT off his plants.

July 30, 2023, 6:00am Business

Spokane’s cannabis industry is getting a new level of accreditation this year. Read story

Joy Panyanouvong of Doc & Yeti Urban Farms, a licensed cannabis producer, trims marijuana plants in Tumwater, Wash., on March 15, 2023. Along the West Coast, which has dominated U.S. marijuana production from long before legalization, producers are struggling with what many call the failed economics of legal pot...a challenge inherent in regulating a product that remains illegal under federal law.

New law blocks Washington employers from testing for pot when hiring

Joy Panyanouvong of Doc & Yeti Urban Farms, a licensed cannabis producer, trims marijuana plants in Tumwater, Wash., on March 15, 2023. Along the West Coast, which has dominated U.S. marijuana production from long before legalization, producers are struggling with what many call the failed economics of legal pot...a challenge inherent in regulating a product that remains illegal under federal law.

May 15, 2023, 2:31pm Business

Many employers will be prohibited from discriminating against job applicants for using cannabis legally outside of the workplace, under a law Gov. Jay Inslee signed Tuesday. Read story

Co-founder Tanner Mariani looks over bags of marijuana buds that fill the showroom of the Portland Cannabis Market in Portland, Ore., on March 31, 2023. Oregon, which has huge stockpiles of marijuana, should prepare for the U.S. government eventually legalizing the drug and position the state as a national leader in the industry, state auditors said Friday, April 28, 2023.

Audit: Marijuana-rich Oregon must prep for US legalization

Co-founder Tanner Mariani looks over bags of marijuana buds that fill the showroom of the Portland Cannabis Market in Portland, Ore., on March 31, 2023. Oregon, which has huge stockpiles of marijuana, should prepare for the U.S. government eventually legalizing the drug and position the state as a national leader in the industry, state auditors said Friday, April 28, 2023.

April 28, 2023, 12:08pm Business

Oregon should prepare for the U.S. government eventually legalizing marijuana and position the state, with its huge stockpiles of the drug, as a national leader in the industry, state auditors said Friday. Read story

Workers assemble products and packaging in the manufacturing department at Hawthorne Gardening Co. in 2021. The company, which announced two layoffs at its Vancouver operation last year, recently reported a 31 percent loss in net sales.

Vancouver’s Hawthorne Gardening Co.: Net sales down 31%

Workers assemble products and packaging in the manufacturing department at Hawthorne Gardening Co. in 2021. The company, which announced two layoffs at its Vancouver operation last year, recently reported a 31 percent loss in net sales.

April 20, 2023, 6:03am Business

Amidst a struggling cannabis industry, Vancouver’s hydroponics and indoor gardening supplier Hawthorne Gardening Co. has reported a 31 percent loss in net sales. Read story

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board has halted operations at several outdoor pot farms and processing facilities on a stretch of former fruit orchards in north-central Washington after testing found high levels of chemicals related to a dangerous pesticide used decades ago.

Washington shutters pot businesses due to old pesticide

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board has halted operations at several outdoor pot farms and processing facilities on a stretch of former fruit orchards in north-central Washington after testing found high levels of chemicals related to a dangerous pesticide used decades ago.

April 7, 2023, 5:43pm Business

Cannabis regulators have halted operations at several outdoor pot farms and processing facilities on a stretch of former fruit orchards in north-central Washington after testing found high levels of chemicals related to a dangerous pesticide used decades ago. Read story