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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

Budtender Tabbie Tirey, left, chats with Brandon Nickell, head of security, while working at Orchards Cannabis Market.

Cannabis sales in Clark County dip slightly in 2022

Budtender Tabbie Tirey, left, chats with Brandon Nickell, head of security, while working at Orchards Cannabis Market.

April 4, 2023, 6:01am Business

Since legal marijuana first arrived on the scene in Clark County in 2014, sales have steadily risen, making it a prominent local industry. But not all news is great news for those in working in it. Read story

A cannabis plant greets job seekers as they sign in at CannaSearch, Colorado's first cannabis job fair, on March 13, 2014 in Denver.

States with legal pot consider how to protect cannabis workers

A cannabis plant greets job seekers as they sign in at CannaSearch, Colorado's first cannabis job fair, on March 13, 2014 in Denver.

April 3, 2023, 6:02am Business

Most cannabis dispensaries are cash-only businesses, constantly at risk of being robbed. Indoor growing facilities use harsh lighting, and plants get sprayed with pesticides. Read story

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4 accused of robbing Vancouver cannabis store, leading police on chase

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March 13, 2023, 6:09pm Business

Four people are accused of robbing a cannabis store at gunpoint Sunday night near Walnut Grove and leading police on a chase on Interstate 205. Read story

Washington State is preparing for federal legalization of marijuana so that they will be able to get a jump on interstate commerce.

How federal weed legalization would impact Washington

Washington State is preparing for federal legalization of marijuana so that they will be able to get a jump on interstate commerce.

March 6, 2023, 6:03am Latest News

The Washington Legislature is planning ahead to potentially make a lot more money on cannabis sales. A proposal gaining momentum would prepare the state to jump into interstate marijuana commerce — if and whenever Congress approves pot nationwide. Read story

Cannabis concentration bills fail to grow in Washington Legislature

March 2, 2023, 7:35am Northwest

Two bills that aimed to limit the potency of cannabis products look like they will not make the final cut this session. Read story

Lawmakers at the Washington Capitol in Olympia, above, are reconsidering their approach to their own public records, a Democratic leader told Crosscut last week.

Washington Senate passes bill to bar hiring discrimination for cannabis use

Lawmakers at the Washington Capitol in Olympia, above, are reconsidering their approach to their own public records, a Democratic leader told Crosscut last week.

February 23, 2023, 7:52am Business

Washington employers would be prohibited from refusing to hire a potential worker solely because of a drug test showing they had used cannabis under a bill that passed the state Senate on Wednesday. Read story

At left, two robbers are seen in this surveillance video captured at Sticky's Pot Shop in Hazel Dell in September. Armed robberies at cannabis retailers spiked statewide last year.

Cannabis shop robberies spiked in Clark County in 2022

At left, two robbers are seen in this surveillance video captured at Sticky's Pot Shop in Hazel Dell in September. Armed robberies at cannabis retailers spiked statewide last year.

January 19, 2023, 6:02am Business

It was almost 10 p.m. in late February 2022 when four armed robbers, all in their late teens and early twenties, stormed the Craft Cannabis Marijuana Dispensary on Andresen Road, holding two shop employees at gunpoint and stealing about $1,600 in cash plus cannabis-related products. Read story

Edible marijuana samples are set aside for evaluation at a cannabis testing laboratory in Santa Ana, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. The number of young kids, especially toddlers, who accidentally ate marijuana-laced treats rose sharply over five years as pot became legal in more places in the U.S., according to an analysis published Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2022, in the journal Pediatrics.

As legal pot grows, more kids sickened by edibles at home

Edible marijuana samples are set aside for evaluation at a cannabis testing laboratory in Santa Ana, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. The number of young kids, especially toddlers, who accidentally ate marijuana-laced treats rose sharply over five years as pot became legal in more places in the U.S., according to an analysis published Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2022, in the journal Pediatrics.

January 3, 2023, 8:05am Health

The number of young kids, especially toddlers, who accidentally ate marijuana-laced treats rose sharply over five years as pot became legal in more places in the U.S., according to a study published Tuesday. Read story

Herbtender Amy Johnson displays Dutch Treat, left, and Day Purps, two of their most popular products from Doc &amp; Yeti Urban Farms, at the newest location of The Herbery.

Washington pot sales decline for first time in the decade since legalization

Herbtender Amy Johnson displays Dutch Treat, left, and Day Purps, two of their most popular products from Doc &amp; Yeti Urban Farms, at the newest location of The Herbery.

December 19, 2022, 7:33am Business

This December marks a decade since Washington state became one of the first two states in the U.S. to legalize marijuana. Read story