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Marijuana Cultivation Center In Nevada Ramps Up Production As State Legalizes Recreation Use Of Weed
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Yakima to Vote Again on Marijuana Ban This November

Yakima county is going to hold another public vote in November on whether to continue the ban. The public vote will not decide the ban but will serve as input for the council making the decision...

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Recent Adams county pot growing operation bust (Adams County Sheriff)
Recent Adams county pot growing operation bust (Adams County Sheriff)
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Officials Say Recent Area Pot Busts “Just The Tip of The Iceberg”

Although nearly two dozen people are behind bars and 41K lbs of pot seized, the recent drug busts in Grant, Adams and Franklin County are just a small portion of what's going on out there, say officials.

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Adams County pot bust near Ritzville in August (Adams County Sheriff)
Adams County pot bust near Ritzville in August (Adams County Sheriff)
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Huge Drug Sweeps in Grant, Adams, Franklin County Net 41K Pounds of Illegal Pot

One of the biggest was back in August near Ritzville, but there have been others. Now officials say a huge haul of illegal pot has been taken after breaking up dozens of pot grows.

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Some dope leaves dope by no-dope sign (West Richland Police)
Some dope leaves dope by no-dope sign (West Richland Police)
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Some Dope Leaves Dope by ‘No Dope’ Sign in West Richland

Judging from their condition, it's pretty obvious somebody put them there. But the question now becomes, where did THEY get them?

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New study links pot use to high blood pressure  (Getty Images)
New study links pot use to high blood pressure (Getty Images)
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Pot Use Linked to High Blood Pressure, Says New Study

Officials caution it's an exploratory study, and more research will be needed. But initial tests and information shows a substantial link.

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Tank used to help comb and enter the property (Adams county)
Tank used to help comb and enter the property (Adams county)
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Sheriff’s ‘Tanks’ Overrun Huge Illegal Pot Grow Near Ritzville

 

According to the Adams County Sheriff, search warrants were served earlier Thursday on a farm on Gering Road, not far from Ritzville, WA.  Quite the operation they discovered.

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Benton County officials now seeking official pot ban  (Getty Images)
Benton County officials now seeking official pot ban (Getty Images)
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Benton County Now Officially Seeking Pot Ban on New Business

It originally began as a moratorium on new pot shops and business, but now County Commissioners are taking a stronger stance.

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Altitude, one of three pot shops (in Prosser) that would stay in business despite moratorium (Google Maps)
Altitude, one of three pot shops (in Prosser) that would stay in business despite moratorium (Google Maps)
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Benton County Could Be ‘Done’ With Legal Pot, Considers Moratorium

Although officials have not confirmed this, it's likely the firestorm of resistance from West Richland citizens that's prompted Benton County Commissioners to put a plan in play that would eventually prevent any more pot business from opening in the county.

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Pot related accidents, claims, on the rise say officials (Newstalk870 file image-infoflashlert)
Pot related accidents, claims, on the rise say officials (Newstalk870 file image-infoflashlert)
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Study Says WA, Colorado Pot-Related Car Wreck Rates Rising

While stopping short of directly blaming legal weed for a noticeable increase in impaired driving car crashes, the study says there's enough of a correlation to cause them to believe pot is a factor. Before you go off disputing, consider this study came from the respected Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).

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Recent cases involving state pot officials-corruption trouble pot industry (Getty Images)
Recent cases involving state pot officials-corruption trouble pot industry (Getty Images)
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Government Fraud Cases Give WA, Colorado Pot Industry Black Eye

Just a few years into legalized marijuana in Colorado and Washington state have seen ongoing tension between the states and the Federal government, where pot is still illegal and classified as a narcotic.

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