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PUBLISHED: May 21st 2019

MOUNT VERNON — The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office and the state Liquor and Cannabis Board say they have shut down an unlicensed marijuana shop operating near Mount Vernon in Clear Lake. The Skagit Valley Herald

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: May 19th 2019

CHICAGO — Medical marijuana company Verano Holdings was out of room at its headquarters in Chicago’s River North. It was just that simple. Earlier this year, the company found a new home. At 9,500 square

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: May 19th 2019

If the Clark County Council moves forward and lifts its ban on recreational cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas, it’s expected to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional revenue from taxes on the drug.

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: May 8th 2019

LOS ANGELES — Attorneys general from 33 states on Wednesday urged Congress to approve a proposal intended to fully open the doors of the U.S. banking system to the legal marijuana industry. Most Americans live

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: May 1st 2019

As the Clark County Council continues to reconsider its ban on recreational cannabis businesses, it’s turned its attention to where such companies would be allowed to set up as well as other land-use questions. While

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: May 1st 2019

PORTLAND — Portland-based Cura Cannabis sold Wednesday for $949 million in an all-stock transaction, one of the biggest deals ever for a company operating in the legalized marijuana business. Cura sells its cannabis oils on

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: April 20th 2019

LOS ANGELES — Potheads have for decades celebrated their love of marijuana on April 20, but the once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: April 20th 2019

High End Market Place, a medical and recreational cannabis dispensary in Vancouver’s Uptown neighborhood, has become the first marijuana establishment in the county to be certified under Clark County’s Green Business program. The announcement comes

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: April 14th 2019

LAS VEGAS — Nevada faces complaints about secrecy in awarding licenses to sell marijuana in the state’s booming legal marketplace, boiling over into lawsuits and legislation that appear poised to pry open the process. Several

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: April 13th 2019

OLYMPIA — A proposal to allow parents to administer limited forms of marijuana to their children on school property has passed the state Senate, along with a proposal for new marijuana testing rules. Both Democratic

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: April 5th 2019

SALEM, Ore. — It may seem like a pipe dream now, but Oregon lawmakers are anticipating the federal government legalizing, or at least tolerating, the interstate transfer of marijuana. The Senate Judiciary Committee moved forward

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: April 5th 2019

LOS ANGELES — California has entered a potentially landmark legal fight against some of its own cities over one of the most basic questions in the nation’s largest legal marijuana market: Where can you buy

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: April 3rd 2019

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. Those

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: April 2nd 2019

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. Businesses would need

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PUBLISHED: April 2nd 2019

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. CBD comes from marijuana or hemp

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: April 1st 2019

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. I’m talking about getting high at work. One in

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: March 29th 2019

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

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: March 26th 2019

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

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: March 15th 2019

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. Sticky’s owner John

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: March 4th 2019

Grace DeNoya is used to getting snickers when people learn she’s majoring in marijuana. “My friends make good-natured jokes about getting a degree in weed,” said DeNoya, one of the first students in a new

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: March 1st 2019

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

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PUBLISHED: February 26th 2019

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

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: February 15th 2019

Since starting Fairwinds, a Vancouver-based cannabis company, in 2014, James and Wendy Hull said they’ve heard from customers who’ve praised their products for helping them with pain, anxiety and other ailments — even cancer. Because

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: February 14th 2019

OLYMPIA — Washington could wipe out as many as 200,000 convictions for misdemeanor marijuana possession for adults who don’t have anything else on their criminal records. A proposal in the Senate calls for automatic clemency

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: February 11th 2019

In the months after Washington voters approved legalized marijuana in 2012, Clayton Mosher, a sociology professor at Washington State University Vancouver, noticed what he believed to be unnecessary safety concerns. Years after sales began, Mosher

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: February 8th 2019

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden proposed legislation Friday that would give states a free hand to allow legal cannabis markets without the threat of federal criminal intervention, the latest push in Congress to bolster the nation’s

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: February 8th 2019

PORTLAND — In Oregon, having a pinot gris or a potent indica delivered to your door is as simple as a few taps on the iPhone. But try to get a bottle of Irish whiskey

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PUBLISHED: February 4th 2019

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers may tighten restrictions on the state’s organ transplant centers to ensure they don’t discriminate against patients based on marijuana use. House Bill 2687, sponsored by Rep. Rob Nosse, D-Portland, would

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: February 4th 2019

America’s cannabis companies are racing to build national brands and market their wares to mainstream consumers. There’s just one problem: It’s hard to advertise your product when the federal government considers you a drug dealer.

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PUBLISHED: January 30th 2019

The joint you smoked last night won’t give you schizophrenia. It also won’t make you assault your neighbor. You might not know that after reading a recent New Yorker article that draws connection between marijuana

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PUBLISHED: January 11th 2019

Pot for pets? It may be the next step in the ever-evolving legitimization of medicinal marijuana, and a trio of South Florida companies are competing to become the Blue Apron of cannabis oils for pets.

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PUBLISHED: January 9th 2019

LONGVIEW — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday he will offer pardons to people convicted of minor marijuana possession between 1998 and 2012. But those offenders may be better off under other alternatives available to

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PUBLISHED: January 8th 2019

SPOKANE — Nearly five years on, regulators of Washington state’s legal marijuana industry say there’s more work to be done on keeping pot out of the hands of children and assisting growers facing falling revenues

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PUBLISHED: January 4th 2019

SALEM, Ore — For the second year in a row, Oregon cannabis farmers have harvested more than a million pounds of usable marijuana. The huge harvest (more than 453,592 kilograms) is again driving down prices

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PUBLISHED: January 4th 2019

Downtown Vancouver’s Main Street Marijuana has consistently held an unbeatable lead as the state’s highest-selling recreational cannabis store, and it’s quickly approaching a major milestone: passing $100 million in total lifetime sales. The store’s owners

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PUBLISHED: January 2nd 2019

PORTLAND — The past year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream. Liberal California became

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PUBLISHED: December 31st 2018

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Marijuana could take the next step toward joining pinot noir and craft beer on Oregon’s list of famous exports, under a proposal likely to go before state lawmakers in the new

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PUBLISHED: December 26th 2018

SPOKANE — Cip Paulsen, a former federal inmate-turned marijuana businessman, is fighting for control of his firm in court against angry investors and new drug charges. Paulsen’s licensed marijuana business, Growstate, is in the hands

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PUBLISHED: December 24th 2018

NEW YORK — The maker of Budweiser is partnering with medical cannabis company Tilray in a $100 million deal to research cannabis-infused drinks for the Canadian market. The alliance announced Wednesday is the latest foray

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PUBLISHED: December 23rd 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY — The rollout of statewide medical and recreational marijuana programs typically is a grindingly slow process that can take years. Not so in Oklahoma, which moved with lightning speed once voters approved medical

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PUBLISHED: December 21st 2018

SEATTLE — The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil, as an ingredient in food or dietary supplements despite the big farm bill President Donald Trump

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PUBLISHED: December 18th 2018

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers will consider making it illegal for businesses to fire employees who flunk drug tests for using marijuana off the clock, reviving a workers’ rights campaign that failed in the

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PUBLISHED: December 17th 2018

SEATTLE — State regulators have walked back a plan to crack down on certain cannabis-infused candies, instead issuing specific color and shape guidelines they say will prevent candies from being overly enticing to children. The

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PUBLISHED: December 10th 2018

TACOMA — Members of the state Legislature, if you’re curious about what you can do for the local cannabis industry, the industry has some ideas. Vicki Christophersen, executive director and lobbyist for the Washington CannaBusiness

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PUBLISHED: December 7th 2018

MEDFORD, Ore. — Marijuana legalization ignited years of debate in Medford, and a windfall of up to $600,000 annually in pot tax revenues has fanned the flames of controversy once again. “It’s really personal for

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PUBLISHED: November 23rd 2018

PORTLAND — A group wants Oregon lawmakers to allow public places such as cafes where people can smoke legal pot. Current law says people can only smoke it in private. The New Revenue Coalition wants to

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PUBLISHED: November 20th 2018

LEICESTER, Mass. — People lined up in the rain Tuesday morning to be among the first customers at the first two legal pot shops on the U.S. East Coast, more than two years after Massachusetts

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PUBLISHED: November 19th 2018

OLYMPIA — The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board says it has issued the state’s first license to grow marijuana for research. Verda Bio Research in Seattle says it will be growing cannabis to conduct basic research

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PUBLISHED: November 19th 2018

PORTLAND — Rampant overproduction in Oregon’s market for legal, recreational marijuana has produced a 50 percent drop in prices, according to state economists. That widely documented collapse has been tough on farmers and retailers —

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PUBLISHED: November 16th 2018

Wholesale marijuana prices in Colorado have fallen by a third in just the past 12 months, continuing a price crash that began soon after the drug was legalized. Although this implies that some marijuana entrepreneurs

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