Law

Marijuana License
5:06 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Wash. State: Dozens Of Pot-Shop Applications In Jeopardy

A pamphlet titled "Marijuana Use in Washington State," is displayed Monday, July 7, 2014, at the Cannabis City recreational marijuana shop in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Washington state is warning dozens of people who applied to run legal marijuana shops that their chance of getting a license is in jeopardy.

The Liquor Control Board on Wednesday began sending letters to 56 businesses. The board says they scored lucky numbers in lotteries conducted in April, putting them in a good position to win a coveted marijuana retail license, but they haven't moved forward with their applications since then.

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Law
4:52 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Weighs New Trial For Lakewood Cop Killer's Accomplice

FILE - Darcus Allen, left, who is accused of driving Maurice Clemmons away from the coffee shop where Clemmons is suspected of killing four Lakewood, Wash., police officers, appears in Pierce County Superior Court, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The getaway driver in the murders of four Lakewood, Washington police officers is seeking a new trial. The case has made it to the Washington Supreme Court and on Tuesday, the justices heard arguments.

Darcus Allen, also known as Dorcus Allen, was convicted and sentenced to 420 years in prison as an accomplice to Maurice Clemmons, the Arkansas-parolee who murdered the four officers in a coffee shop in 2009. Clemmons was later shot and killed by a Seattle police officer. Prosecutors went after Allen who drove the getaway truck.

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Law
2:54 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

$58 Million Judgment Adds To Woes Of Cigarette Maker On Yakama Reservation

King Mountain Tobacco grows a portion of the tobacco it manufactures into cigarettes on the Yakama reservation.
King Mountain Tobacco

A federal judge in eastern Washington has ruled a cigarette maker on the Yakama Indian Reservation owes $58 million in unpaid taxes and penalties.

The privately-owned tobacco company has tried, so far unsuccessfully, to assert a treaty right to trade tax free.

The U.S. Treasury Department went after King Mountain Tobacco Company for federal cigarette taxes unpaid since 2009. The cigarette factory is owned by a Yakama tribal member. The company's lawyers and the tribal government insist the reservation-based business is not subject to federal or state taxes.

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Psychiatric Care
4:29 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Grants 120-Day Stay In Psychiatric Boarding Ruling

Flickr

The state of Washington now has until the end of the year to stop “boarding” mental health patients in non-psychiatric hospital beds. The Supreme Court on Friday granted a 120-day stay in a ruling that declared the practice of boarding illegal. 

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Education Funding
4:51 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Washington Justices Weigh Contempt, Sanctions Following McCleary Hearing

Following a contempt hearing, members of the McCleary family, who sued the state of Washington over school funding, answer questions from the media on the steps of the Washington Supreme Court.
Austin Jenkins

The Washington Supreme Court has heard the arguments, and it must now decide whether to hold the state in contempt for failing to submit a complete plan to fully fund schools.

The nine justices heard oral arguments Wednesday in a historic hearing that could result in sanctions against the state Legislature.

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Legal Marijuana
4:01 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Washington Welfare Cards Used At Two Pot Stores In July

FILE - This July 1, 2014, photo shows packets of a variety of recreational marijuana named "Space Needle" during packaging operations at Sea of Green Farms in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

In the first month of legal recreational marijuana sales in Washington, two welfare clients withdrew cash at pot stores using their electronic benefits transfer cards in violation of state law, according to the Office of Fraud and Accountability within the Department of Social and Health Services.

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Psychiatric Care
3:17 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Lawyer For Psychiatric Patients Says State Had Time To Prepare For Boarding Ruling

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Taber Andrew Bain Flickr

The state of Washington doesn’t deserve extra time to start following mental health laws, according to the lawyer representing psychiatric patients who successfully challenged a practice known as “boarding.”

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Pot Moratorium
2:01 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Citing State Law, Judge Upholds Fife's Pot Ban; No Comment On Federal Preemption

FILE - This July 1, 2014, photo shows marijuana plants in containers at Sea of Green Farms, a recreational pot grower in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The city of Fife’s ban on recreational marijuana will stand, following a ruling by a Pierce County judge Friday.

Judge Ronald Culpepper said local jurisdictions have the right to opt out of marijuana legalization under state law. He added the pot shop owners who brought the suit did not meet the burden of proof necessary to overturn the ban in Fife.

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Pot Moratorium
3:26 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Legal Spat Over Pot Shops In Tiny Fife Imperils Washington's Whole Marijuana Law

FILE - Clerk Havilah Nokes arranges packets of marijuana for sale at Cannabis City on the first day of legal recreational pot sales Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

A court case in Pierce County Friday will decide whether the city of Fife can ban marijuana businesses. But it could have a much larger side effect, putting Washington’s entire system for regulating legal pot in peril.

A handful of pot businesses are challenging Fife’s right to keep them out. The city is presenting two defenses. First, city officials say state law lets them opt out — a point on which they have backing from Washington’s attorney general. But if that fails, they have a second argument, which raises the stakes considerably: They say federal law trumps Initiative 502, and should strike most of it down.

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Sex Trafficking
5:05 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Buyers Of Underage Sex Get Little Jail Time, New Study Shows

Arizona State University/Shared Hope International

Men who are convicted of paying for sex with minors are unlikely to serve much time behind bars, says the finding of new research conducted by Arizona State University and released by Shared Hope International, an organization trying to stop sex trafficking.

The study examined 134 cases in Seattle, Phoenix, Portland and Baltimore-Washington, D.C.

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Psychiatric Care
4:44 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Puts Hospital Boarding Decision On Hold

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Taber Andrew Bain Flickr

The state of Washington will not have to start discharging severely mentally-ill patients starting this week. The Supreme Court on Monday put a hold on a recent ruling that says it’s illegal for the state to “board” psychiatric patients in non-psychiatric hospital beds.

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Voting Rights
1:32 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Federal Judge: Yakima Election System Disenfranchises Latino Voters

FILE - More than four in 10 residents in Yakima are Hispanic, but Sonia Rodriguez True still lost her race for city council in 2009.
Austin Jenkins

A federal judge has ruled that the way city council members are elected in Yakima, Washington disenfranchises Latino voters.

Last week’s surprising ruling comes exactly two years after the ACLU filed a federal Voting Rights Act lawsuit against the city.

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Legal Marijuana
10:59 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

In Oregon, Marijuana Dispensary Leads To Small Town Political Showdown

Brie Malarkey owns Breeze Botanicals in Gold Hill, Oregon.
Chris Lehman

The town of Gold Hill, Oregon is in turmoil. Two-thirds of its city council is the subject of a recall election come Monday.

What has some of the 1,200 residents of Gold Hill so riled up? The targeted city leaders had voted to approve a medical marijuana dispensary.

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Growing Marijuana
10:27 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Amid Legal Pot, Search Continues For Illegal Grows

This July 1, 2014, photo shows marijuana plants in containers at Sea of Green Farms, a recreational pot grower in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Legal marijuana grows are just getting started in Washington. But it’s the illegal ones that local, state and federal agents are searching out this month. It’s the annual summer marijuana eradication program.

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DNA Evidence
10:02 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Sets Standard For Post-Conviction DNA Testing

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Rogelio V. Solis AP Photo

Washington’s Supreme Court may have just made it easier for prison inmates to try to get their convictions overturned through DNA testing. In a 6-to-3 ruling Thursday, the high court said inmates don’t have to show they’re likely innocent in order to win a post-conviction DNA test.

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