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  • Q&A with Darren McCrea
  • Q&A with Darren McCrea

    The pot activist explains his new University of Spokamsterdam.
      For the past 10 years, Darren McCrea’s life has been medical marijuana. He launched Spocannabis, a patient support group and proto-dispensary before dispensaries existed. He manned a cannabis bo
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  • Self Defense
  • Self Defense

    Two men facing prison shed their public defenders in an attempt to test Washington’s marijuana law.
      Markwart didnâeuro;™t sell to him because the detective didnâeuro;™t have the proper documentation showing he could legally use medical marijuana. Still, the Quad Cities Drug Task Force had enough evidence through the use of a confidential informant to arrest Markwart, an outspoken advocate for medical marijuana who sold to 15 patients, mainly college students.
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  • Pot Petition
  • Pot Petition

    Braving the elements to legalize marijuana in Washington state.
      Christine Clark stood for two hours in the freezing air outside of River Park Square last Friday as the sun went down. Cold-looking people hurried in and out of the mall, passing by the 70-year-old
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  • Connecting the Dots
  • Connecting the Dots

    My first week on Ritalin
      Day 1, Dose 1: I told myself the first thing I needed to do today was take the little freckled seafoam pill as soon as I got to work. I set an alarm for myself. When I got to my desk, I set the pill
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  • Shorting Out
  • Shorting Out

    Why prescription drugs are getting harder to find, despite an act by the president.
      In Newport, itâeuro;™s methotrexate, used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. In Coeur dâeuro;™Alene, itâeuro;™s vitamin K, which stops people who take blood thinners from bleeding to death during surgery. And in Spokane, itâeuro;™s cytarabine, which fights cancerous blood cells..
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  • Shooting Up
  • Shooting Up

    Amid skyrocketing demand, Spokane's only needle exchange cuts back its services.
      When Gifford got to the oddly shaped room in the oddly shaped Spokane Regional Health District building, there was a line of people, all carrying their used syringes in coffee cans, brown purses and paper bags. Everson sat behind a table, helping them count out their wares.
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  • Country Behind Bars
  • Country Behind Bars

    Charles Shaw’s Exile Nation aims to be a complete, 40-year oral history of the War on Drugs.
      Armed with a creative writing degree from Boston University, Shaw has taken aim at what put him behind bars: the War on Drugs. His book (subtitled “Drugs, Prisons, Politics and Spirituality”) is available online at Reality Sandwich and in print next year through Counterpoint/ Soft Skull Press.
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  • Just Say Maybe
  • Just Say Maybe

    A serious effort to legalize marijuana kicks off.
      Earlier this month, the Global Commission on Drug Policy — a 19-member group that includes former presidents and prime ministers of five nations, a previous secretary general of the United Nations and a retired U.S. secretary of state — declared the war a failure.
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  • The Death of Dispensaries
  • The Death of Dispensaries

    How a month of memos, votes, raids and a veto killed Washington's — and maybe the nation's — medical marijuana industry.
      After almost two years of unregulated growth that led to an estimated 40 dispensaries in the county, it took a sweep of raids on Thursday and a swipe of the veto pen on Friday to completely dismantle the county’s booming marketplace for medical pot..
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  • Legalizing It
  • Legalizing It

    Three measures in Olympia could change the way Washington state looks at pot.
      Three measures working their way through Olympia right now aim to change the way the state deals with marijuana, including legalizing it, making it easier for sick people to procure it and taxing the hell out of it. The legislation could give Washington the loosest marijuana laws in the nation.
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  • Dropping Meth
  • Dropping Meth

    Across the country - and especially Idaho - meth use has fallen dramatically. But why?
      But today, those labs have, for the most part, disappeared. “We’ve seen the lab just fall of the table locally,” Major Ben Wolfinger of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office says. “Local dealers, they’re not cooking from their own meth. They’re bringing it from outside the area.
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  • In the Weeds

    Police raids, illegal drug deals and some very sick people: Washington's medical marijuana law marks 10 years.
      When David Van Scyoc smokes a joint, he cradles it in a hand with no fingers. He takes a hit through remade lips, below a nose that’s been rebuilt and on a face created out of destroyed flesh an
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