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What’s next for weed?; State’s marijuana industry takes stock two years after legalization

More than two years since legal recreational marijuana sales started, Washington pot businesses have seen more than $1.48 billion in total sales, raising more than $350 million in excise taxes, according to the state. But while sales have almost only … Continue reading

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Marijuana’s role in fatal crashes unclear; Limitations in state’s study make it difficult to draw conclusions

Of the roughly 3,000 Washington drivers involved in fatal crashes from 2010-2014, almost two-thirds of them tested positive for drugs or alcohol, but a large portion of those crashes seemed to have involved some combination of alcohol, marijuana or other … Continue reading

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Marijuana market takes root

Mike Graham moved from row to row of his roughly 20,000 marijuana plants Wednesday afternoon, describing how his production and processing business is looking forward to the harvest. Graham is the proprietor at Natural Mystic Farms on Naneum Road, a state-licensed recreational cannabis producer-processor. The plants grow in rows above ground, under hoops workers can tarp over to limit sunlight and stimulate flowering and create a greenhouse-like environment. Last year, after the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board — formerly the Washington State Liquor Control Board — started granting business licenses, Graham said it took too long to get all the local permitting he needed together, limiting how much the company could produce. Continue reading

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Marijuana store open on University Way in Ellensburg

Ellensburg Apothecary is the first store of its kind in Kittitas County — a legal recreational marijuana shop — but it doesn’t look like a head shop. Or most other kinds of shops. That’s the point, owner Rob Hendrix said. With … Continue reading

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Opening date unclear for Kittitas County marijuana stores

Twenty-four marijuana retail shops opened earlier this month across the state to much fanfare, some closing soon after demand outstripped the legal supply. None of those were in Kittitas County. When and if a legal pot store pops up locally … Continue reading

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Pot farm proposed along Yakima River; Fencing, greenhouses going up for planned business on SR 10

A flurry of construction activity for a potential new marijuana growing and processing facility off state Route 10 caught the attention of neighbors during the past few weeks. Richard Langager, who lives next to the proposed facility — on Rocky … Continue reading

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Pesticide options for legal marijuana limited

Illicit marijuana grows found on wilderness lands in Kittitas County have yielded dangerous chemical pest-control agents, massive erosion problems and mounds of trash. In California, studies of animal carcasses in Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties found rat poison in marijuana-growing … Continue reading

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