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Politics Washington, Colorado seek banking changes for marijuana Washington, Colorado seek banking changes for marijuana
The governors of Washington and Colorado are asking the federal government for changes in banking regulations to allow marijuana-related banking and the states continue implementing their voter-approved legal marijuana industries.
Politics State Supreme Court rules comfort dog in court was OK State Supreme Court rules comfort dog in court was OK
The state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the presence of a "comfort" dog during courtroom testimony from a developmentally disabled victim did not violate the defendant's right to a fair trial.
Politics State court: Medical necessity OK reason for pot State court: Medical necessity OK reason for pot
People busted for marijuana can argue they needed it for medical reasons, even if they failed to follow the requirements of the state's medical marijuana law, the Washington Supreme Court said Thursday.
Politics Should Oregon tax e-cigs? Should Oregon tax e-cigs?(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Electronic cigarettes aren't prohibited in bars and restaurants like traditional cigarettes. They aren't taxed. And in many states, buyers aren't legally required to be 18.
Politics Thousands cited for having pot on federal land Thousands cited for having pot on federal land
Karen Strand didn't think she'd get in trouble for having a small container of medical marijuana when she went hiking in Olympic National Park this summer.
Politics State to change rules on where marijuana outlets can locate State to change rules on where marijuana outlets can locate
Washington state is changing its plans for where marijuana businesses can be located, after the Justice Department reiterated that enforcing federal drug laws near schools and playgrounds remains a priority.
Politics Ore. lawmakers may write legal pot bill themselves Ore. lawmakers may write legal pot bill themselves
Leaders in the Oregon House say momentum is building to legalize marijuana in Oregon, so the Legislature itself should write a ballot measure in hopes of getting a law that's well thought out.
Politics Inslee to meet with US attorneys about legal pot Inslee to meet with US attorneys about legal pot
Gov. Jay Inslee is set to meet Tuesday with the two top federal prosecutors in Washington to discuss the Justice Department's concerns about the state's legal marijuana law.