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PUBLISHED: July 19th 2019

Recent customers at Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver’s Uptown Village neighborhood have likely noticed a new set of signs prominently displayed in some of the store’s display cases. They’re hard to miss: a giant red

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: July 2nd 2019

The Clark County Council voted 3-2 to lift its ban on recreational cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas of the county at its Tuesday evening meeting. Recreational sales can begin in unincorporated areas of Clark County

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: July 1st 2019

Marijuana is having a moment. Experts recently dubbed cannabis the fastest-growing industry in the U.S. Legal weed generated $10.4 billion in the United States in 2018, and the number of “plant-touching” jobs is expected to

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: June 27th 2019

Sticky’s Pot Shop, which unsuccessfully defied the county’s ban on recreational cannabis, will reopen in its Hazel Dell location should the Clark County Council vote to reverse the prohibition. Jeremy Larson, the son of the

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: June 22nd 2019

DENVER — The first two states to legalize recreational marijuana are starting to grapple with teenagers’ growing use of highly potent pot, even as both boost the industry and reap huge tax windfalls from its

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: June 22nd 2019

PHILADELPHIA — On June 2, at a Philadelphia synagogue, Karen Michaels attended a conference about cannabis and various religions’ views on it. She knows she was there because she has the notes she wrote. But

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PUBLISHED: June 21st 2019

LOS ANGELES — Marijuana shoppers are going to be getting a message from California regulators: Go legal. Aiming to slow illegal pot sales that are undercutting the nation’s largest licensed market, California is kicking off

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: June 21st 2019

Nearly 15 million people report driving while high on pot, making them twice as likely to be involved in a crash, a new AAA study has found. The study also showed more drivers view texting

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PUBLISHED: June 20th 2019

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House has voted to block the Justice Department from interfering with states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. The bipartisan 267-165 vote represents a breakthrough for advocates of legalizing pot,

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: June 18th 2019

CHICAGO — Pot use in pregnancy has doubled among U.S. women and is most common during the first trimester, government research shows. Overall, 7 percent of pregnant women, or 1 in 14, said they used

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: June 6th 2019

EATONVILLE — Authorities say one person was shot in the leg after two people broke into a Washington state home containing an illegal marijuana growing operation. KOMO-TV reports two masked people barged into the Eatonville

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: June 4th 2019

Spokane — A Washington State University researcher and a Spokane budtender have at least one thing in common: They want more cannabis research. Mark Lange, WSU professor with the Institute of Biological Chemistry, published research

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: June 2nd 2019

Heading out of town? Now your cannabis can come along, too. In an update to its website’s “What Can I Bring?” section, the Travel Security Administration clarified that Food and Drug Administration-approved hemp products like

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The Columbian / Associated Press

PUBLISHED: May 31st 2019

SILVER SPRING, Md. — CBD products have surged in popularity despite confusion around their legal status . Now U.S. regulators are exploring ways to officially allow the hemp ingredient in food, drinks and dietary supplements.

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PUBLISHED: May 22nd 2019

SPOKANE — Researchers at Washington State University are teaming up with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians in an effort to chart the tribe’s outcomes prescribing medicinal marijuana to patients. The partnership between the land grant

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The Columbian / Associated Press

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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