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

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 Larson must pay a civil penalty of $112,500 to the county under the stipulated judgment filed in Clark County Superior Court. Emerald Enterprises had already paid a $205,000 penalty in 2017 in compliance with a series of judicial rulings that found the company in violation of the county’s prohibition. The agreement filed March 1 now calls for $112,500 of that to be paid to the county and $92,500 to be returned to Larson. Larson did not respond by press time to an email seeking comment. The agreement comes as the county may be reconsidering its ban. Sticky’s, 9411 N.E. Highway 99, closed last July. Emerald Enterprises, which owns Sticky’s, first tried to operate a marijuana shop in Hazel Dell in 2014. Washington voters legalized the sale of recrea..

Higher education: Colleges add cannabis to the curriculum

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 four-year degree program in medicinal plant chemistry at Northern Michigan University. “I say, ‘No, it’s a serious degree, a chemistry degree first and foremost. It’s hard work. Organic chemistry is a bear.’” As a green gold rush in legal marijuana and its non-drug cousin hemp spreads across North America, a growing number of colleges are adding cannabis to the curriculum to prepare graduates for careers cultivating, researching, analyzing and marketing the herb. Research shows there are high times ahead for all kinds of careers in cannabis , ranging from greenhouse and dispensary operators to edible product developers, marketing specialists, quality assurance lab directors and pharmaceutical researchers. Arcview Market Research, which focuses on cannabis industry trends, projects ..

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

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. The state has committed to the Paris climate agreement that President Donald Trump rejected and was the first state to people to be 21 to buy cigarettes. The tourist haven even banned certain types of sunscreen because they can harm coral reefs. But when it comes to legalizing recreational marijuana for adult use, the islands are out of step with liberal stalwarts such as California and Vermont that have already done so, and other left-leaning states such as New York and New Jersey that are racing toward joining them. It’s not for lack of trying. Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English has introduced marijuana legalization bills for the past 15 years. However, Hawaii has a track record of moving slowly on social issues. For ..

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

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. Clark, 45, was shot multiple times after getting into a fight with another man at The Tipsy Pine, a bar at 8166 N. Government Way where he was a regular, according to court records. Scott M. White, 33, of Coeur d’Alene, was arrested in connection with the shooting. He remained in the Kootenai County Jail on a murder charge Monday with bond set at $1 million. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the bar at about 1:40 a.m. Sunday and found Clark and other patrons in the parking lot, according to court records. White was being held at gunpoint by one of Clark’s friends. Clark was unresponsive, and deputies attempted CPR before he was loaded into an ambulance and taken to a hospital. After he was pronounced dead, a detective noted gunshot wounds on his che..

State restrictions on cannabis packaging worry producers

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 of state regulations, the packaging for the company’s infused tinctures, topicals, capsules and other products contains no information claiming any therapeutic effects. The couple are also cautious in how they describe their products. The products made in Fairwinds’ east Vancouver headquarters have names such as “Deep Sleep,” “Digestify” and “AM Relief” that hint at the possible effects of each product. “That’s the only place we’re allowed to explain the intent of the product,” Wendy Hull said. Fairwinds employs more than 20 people, and Hull pointed to sales data showing their products were among the top sellers in Washington’s legal cannabis market last quarter, with over $4 million in retail sales. Hull also said that Fairwinds is one of the few compa..

Measure before Legislature could wipe out pot convictions for 200,000 people

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 for anyone over 21 convicted of marijuana possession after Jan. 1, 1998, the year voters legalized the drug for medicinal use. A person with multiple misdemeanor marijuana possession charges would be eligible for having their record wiped clean, but a person with any other crime on their record would not. “Things that are legal now should be vacated from previous convictions,” said Sen. Joe Nguyen, D-West Seattle. “This is really a matter of equity and justice.” Sen. Jeff Holy, R-Cheney, a former law enforcement officer, said he generally agrees with “getting rid of obstacles that don’t serve any purpose.” Although wiping a person’s record clean would have been a simple thing 50 years ago, he said, today that information could remain available on social media an..

In new book, WSU Vancouver professor sees benefits of legalized marijuana

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 believes the apprehension has been proven to be unwarranted. “We’re only four years out, but I don’t think you’re going to see a lot of negative outcomes,” Mosher said. “We’ve done a really good job in our state, I think.” Mosher, who has studied marijuana policy for roughly 30 years, recently released his new book “In the Weeds,” which he co-wrote with Scott Akins, an associate sociology professor at Oregon State University. The book traces the evolution of society’s views on the drug and how it has affected policy. The book tackles the effects, medical applications and possible harms of marijuana. While legalization across the U.S. won’t happen in the foreseeable future, and the rollout of some states’s new marijuana laws have been clun..

Oregon eyes allowing home delivery of liquor

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 without leaving the house and you’re probably out of luck. Under the state’s highly regulated liquor distribution system, home deliveries are out of the question. State Rep. Margaret Doherty says that’s an outmoded policy. “Here in Oregon it is legal to deliver marijuana to your home, but you can’t deliver hard liquor,” said Doherty, a Democrat from Tigard. This session, she’s pushing a bill that would change that. Under House Bill 2523, the state would have the ability to license for-hire delivery services to spirit spirits from the liquor store to your doorstep. These cognac couriers would be required to confirm purchasers are at least 21 and not intoxicated before handing over the goods, and to allow the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to inspect records of deliveries. Doherty sees the move as a way for liquor stor..

Going green: States would get free hand under pot bill

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 burgeoning pot industry. The proposal, identical to a bill in the House, aims to ease the long-standing conflict between states where cannabis is legal in some form and the U.S. government, which categorizes marijuana as a dangerous illegal drug, similar to LSD or heroin. “The federal prohibition of marijuana is wrong, plain and simple,” Wyden, a Democrat, said in a statement. “Too many lives have been wasted, and too many economic opportunities have been missed.” It remains unclear if Wyden’s bill would have a chance of clearing the Republican-controlled Senate. The Democratic majority in the House appears more open to considering proposals to ease federal restrictions on marijuana. The chamber has set a hearing next week on a bill intended to make banking servic..

Bill: Protect transplant patients who use marijuana

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 stop medical providers from recommending that transplant candidates be removed from the organ waiting list managed by the nonprofit United Network for Organ Sharing because they tested positive for pot, the Statesman Journal reported. In Oregon, more than 850 transplant candidates are on the wait list for organs, according to the organ network. About 340 transplants were performed in Oregon last year. For some, symptoms before surgery are severe enough they turn to medical marijuana for relief. Responding to Nosse’s bill, the state’s major transplant centers disputed turning patients away based on marijuana use. “No transplant candidates are turned away from the OHSU Transplant Program because they use marijuana,” said Tamara Hargens-Bradley, a spoke..