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A marijuana plant at the Oregon Cannabis Growers' Fair marijuana plant competition in August 2016 in Salem, Ore.

Clark County Council delves into marijuana

A marijuana plant at the Oregon Cannabis Growers' Fair marijuana plant competition in August 2016 in Salem, Ore.

April 3, 2019, 8:36pm Clark County News

Marijuana is a gateway drug that’s associated with violent crime. But kids in Washington aren’t using the drug at higher rates since it was legalized and it has no conclusive link to mental illness. Read story

Employees Dan Giroux, left, and Dustin Barrington ring up sales for customers at a marijuana shop in Seattle. When Washington and Colorado launched their pioneering marijuana industries in the face of U.S. government prohibition, they imposed strict rules in hopes of keeping the U.S. Justice Department at bay. Five years later, federal authorities have stayed away, but the industry says it has been stifled by over-regulation. Lawmakers in both states have heard the complaints and are moving to ease the rules.

Pioneering legal pot states aim to ease rules on industry

Employees Dan Giroux, left, and Dustin Barrington ring up sales for customers at a marijuana shop in Seattle. When Washington and Colorado launched their pioneering marijuana industries in the face of U.S. government prohibition, they imposed strict rules in hopes of keeping the U.S. Justice Department at bay. Five years later, federal authorities have stayed away, but the industry says it has been stifled by over-regulation. Lawmakers in both states have heard the complaints and are moving to ease the rules.

April 2, 2019, 1:45pm Northwest

SEATTLE — When Washington and Colorado launched their pioneering marijuana industries in the face of U.S. government prohibition, they imposed strict rules in hopes of keeping the U.S. Justice Department at bay. Read story

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 4, 2018 file photo, a worker adds CBD oil to a drink at a coffee shot in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cannabidiol is one of more than 100 compounds found in marijuana.

U.S. regulators plan hearing on growing use of CBD in products

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 4, 2018 file photo, a worker adds CBD oil to a drink at a coffee shot in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cannabidiol is one of more than 100 compounds found in marijuana.

April 2, 2019, 9:32am Nation & World

NEW YORK — U.S. regulators are planning a public hearing to collect more information on CBD in cosmetics, foods and other products as the cannabis compound spreads in popularity. Read story

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Survey: 1 in 4 in Washington get high at work

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April 1, 2019, 6:00am Business

It’s probably not a good idea — and it can’t be great for productivity — but that’s not stopping a lot of Washingtonians from doing it. Read story

Samples of hemp sit on a table in the conference room at Andrew Ross’ office in Denver on Friday, March 22, 2019. Ross, a Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, is facing 18 years to life in Oklahoma if he is convicted after he was arrested in January while providing security for a load of state-certified hemp from Kentucky. Federal legalization for hemp has created a quandary for police as authorities lack the technology to distinguish marijuana from agricultural hemp at a roadside stop.

Federal legalization of hemp creating a quandary for police

Samples of hemp sit on a table in the conference room at Andrew Ross’ office in Denver on Friday, March 22, 2019. Ross, a Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, is facing 18 years to life in Oklahoma if he is convicted after he was arrested in January while providing security for a load of state-certified hemp from Kentucky. Federal legalization for hemp has created a quandary for police as authorities lack the technology to distinguish marijuana from agricultural hemp at a roadside stop.

March 29, 2019, 8:44pm Northwest

PORTLAND — Federal legalization of hemp arrived in the U.S. late last year and expanded an industry already booming because of the skyrocketing popularity of CBD, a compound in hemp that many see as a health aid. Read story

Herb tender Marq Kernell hands an order to Brandi Morgan following her purchase at The Herbery. Legal marijuana was a $319 million industry in Washington in fiscal year 2017, but some pot businesses say they’re being treated like criminals.

Marijuana regulation sparks debate

Herb tender Marq Kernell hands an order to Brandi Morgan following her purchase at The Herbery. Legal marijuana was a $319 million industry in Washington in fiscal year 2017, but some pot businesses say they’re being treated like criminals.

March 26, 2019, 6:03am Business

When Washington voters passed a ballot initiative in 2012 legalizing recreational cannabis, they did so with the understanding it would be tightly regulated. But Ty Camp, who runs a Sifton-based cannabis farm, wonders if the scrutiny he’s facing from regulators is what the voters had in mind. Read story

Budtenders at Sticky’s Pot Shop wait for customers to arrive for a closing sale in July following a court decision that led to the store’s closing.

Sticky’s pot shop owner to pay county $112,500

Budtenders at Sticky’s Pot Shop wait for customers to arrive for a closing sale in July following a court decision that led to the store’s closing.

March 15, 2019, 5:53pm Business

Emerald Enterprises, the owner of now-closed Sticky’s Pot Shop, has reached an agreement to pay fines stemming from defying Clark County’s ban on recreational marijuana retailing in unincorporated parts of the county. Read story

In this Feb. 14, 2019 photo, Colton Welch, a junior at the State University of New York at Morrisville, N.Y., tends hydroponic tomato plants which will provide students with data applicable to cannabis cultivation. The college’s new minor in cannabis studies is among a handful of new university programs aimed at preparing students for careers in marijuana and hemp industries.

Higher education: Colleges add cannabis to the curriculum

In this Feb. 14, 2019 photo, Colton Welch, a junior at the State University of New York at Morrisville, N.Y., tends hydroponic tomato plants which will provide students with data applicable to cannabis cultivation. The college’s new minor in cannabis studies is among a handful of new university programs aimed at preparing students for careers in marijuana and hemp industries.

March 4, 2019, 4:30pm Nation & World

Grace DeNoya is used to getting snickers when people learn she’s majoring in marijuana. Read story

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2016 file photo shows marijuana plants at a home in Honolulu. Hawaii is among the bluest of states, but when it comes to legalizing marijuana, it is out of step with liberal stalwarts such as California and Vermont. A bill that would legalize marijuana in the islands faces significant obstacles from leaders worried about contradicting federal law and jeopardizing Hawaii’s existing medical marijuana program. It faces a Friday, March 1, 2019, deadline to pass committee.

Hawaii is very liberal, but in no rush to legalize marijuana

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2016 file photo shows marijuana plants at a home in Honolulu. Hawaii is among the bluest of states, but when it comes to legalizing marijuana, it is out of step with liberal stalwarts such as California and Vermont. A bill that would legalize marijuana in the islands faces significant obstacles from leaders worried about contradicting federal law and jeopardizing Hawaii’s existing medical marijuana program. It faces a Friday, March 1, 2019, deadline to pass committee.

March 1, 2019, 2:45pm Nation & World

HONOLULU — On the political spectrum, Hawaii is among the bluest of states. Democrats control all the levers of power at the state and federal levels, and voters back Democratic presidential candidates over Republicans by some of the widest margins in the U.S. Read story

Michael ‘Topher’ Clark, ex-pot smuggler who inspired movie ‘Kid Cannabis,’ killed in Hayden shooting

February 26, 2019, 8:49am Northwest

SPOKANE — Michael “Topher” Clark – who gained notoriety in the early 2000s for his role in a Canadian marijuana smuggling ring that inspired the film “Kid Cannabis” – has been identified as the victim of Sunday’s fatal shooting in Hayden. Read story