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Budtender/cashier Robert Emmons, in blue mask, assists a customer as they pick up an online order inside Main Street Marijuana in Uptown Village on Tuesday morning. The store has put up new signs advising customers that all online orders must now be picked up at indoor counters following a change to state rules three weeks ago.

Clark County cannabis shops kicked away from the curb

Budtender/cashier Robert Emmons, in blue mask, assists a customer as they pick up an online order inside Main Street Marijuana in Uptown Village on Tuesday morning. The store has put up new signs advising customers that all online orders must now be picked up at indoor counters following a change to state rules three weeks ago.

August 26, 2021, 6:03am Business

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived last year, alcohol and cannabis retailers in Washington were able to mimic their restaurant and retail brethren by embracing carry-out and curbside service models, thanks to temporary exemptions to the state Liquor and Cannabis Board’s normal sales rules. Read story

Seattle-based online cannabis marketplace Leafly to go public

August 10, 2021, 8:21am Business

In a historic year for Washington companies going public, Seattle-based Leafly, an online cannabis marketplace, will push the 2021 total even higher. Read story

A mechanized harvester is deployed in a Sauvie Island hemp field to strip off plant foliage, a raw material for CBD products.

Washington clarifies ban on hemp-derived cannabis products

A mechanized harvester is deployed in a Sauvie Island hemp field to strip off plant foliage, a raw material for CBD products.

May 2, 2021, 6:00am Northwest

Lab-created cannabis products made from hemp that have been surging in popularity are banned in Washington, a policy statement issued Wednesday by the state’s regulatory body said. Read story

The THC percentages of recreational marijana are visible on the product packaging sitting on a countertop, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Mamaroneck, N.Y. A debate about whether to set marijuana policy based on potency is spreading as more states legalize cannabis. Under a law signed last month, New York will tax recreational marijuana based on its amount of THC, the main intoxicating chemical in cannabis.

Should states set pot policy by its potency? Some say yes

The THC percentages of recreational marijana are visible on the product packaging sitting on a countertop, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Mamaroneck, N.Y. A debate about whether to set marijuana policy based on potency is spreading as more states legalize cannabis. Under a law signed last month, New York will tax recreational marijuana based on its amount of THC, the main intoxicating chemical in cannabis.

April 20, 2021, 2:50pm Business

As marijuana legalization spreads across U.S. states, so does a debate over whether to set pot policy by potency. Read story

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

Centralia pot lab may be the first in Washington to lose its license

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

April 19, 2021, 6:00am Business

Data analyst Keegan Skeate agonized for more than a year about telling the state about some suspicious test results at a marijuana testing lab. Read story

A poster for Main Street Marijuana is seen here on the dispensaryis wall in Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2020.

Social equity in cannabis industry at stake in legislative bills, licensing

A poster for Main Street Marijuana is seen here on the dispensaryis wall in Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2020.

April 7, 2021, 7:58am Latest News

Nine years ago, Washington broke major ground as one of the first two states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. But left out of the conversation in 2012 was something that’s slowly gaining attention — racial equity in the cannabis industry. Read story

Cannabis addiction in teens fuels alarm

April 6, 2021, 6:02am Health

Teenagers’ addiction rates for cannabis are about the same as for prescription opioids, according to a new study of drugs and youth. Read story

A poster for Main Street Marijuana is seen here on the dispensaryis wall in Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2020.

How $1 billion in pot taxes get spent in Washington

A poster for Main Street Marijuana is seen here on the dispensaryis wall in Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2020.

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 to collect more than $1 billion in marijuana sales taxes and fees over the course of its next two-year budget… Read story

Al Graham, left, and Chris Smith of Backwoods Biochar load two-gallon buckets with Petey Green soil while working in Vancouver. The Vancouver-based company distributes biochar-infused cannabis soil.

Vancouver-based Backwoods Biochar getting to root of the challenge

Al Graham, left, and Chris Smith of Backwoods Biochar load two-gallon buckets with Petey Green soil while working in Vancouver. The Vancouver-based company distributes biochar-infused cannabis soil.

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