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Samples of hemp sit on a table in the conference room at Andrew Ross' office in Denver on Friday, March 22, 2019. Ross, a Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, is facing 18 years to life in Oklahoma if he is convicted after he was arrested in January while providing security for a load of state-certified hemp from Kentucky. Federal legalization for hemp has created a quandary for police as authorities lack the technology to distinguish marijuana from agricultural hemp at a roadside stop. CREDIT: THOMAS PEIPERT/AP

Federal Legalization Of Hemp Creates Confusion For State And Local Police

Federal legalization of hemp arrived in the U.S. late last year and expanded an industry already booming because of the skyrocketing popularity of CBDs, a compound in hemp that many see as a health aid. But now, just a few months after Congress placed the marijuana look-alike squarely in safe legal territory, the hemp industry has been unsettled by an unexpected development. Continue Reading Federal Legalization Of Hemp Creates Confusion For State And Local Police

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has reported raising $112,000 for a federal PAC that will allow him to explore running for president. CREDIT: OFFICE OF GOV. JAY INSLEE

Jay Inslee On ‘Fox and Friends’ Announces Tax Return Release, Calls On President To Do The Same

Washington’s Gov. Jay Inslee is releasing 12 years of his tax returns and calling on President Donald Trump to do the same. Inslee, who’s running for president, made his announcement Friday morning on the TV show ‘Fox and Friends’ on the Fox News Network. Continue Reading Jay Inslee On ‘Fox and Friends’ Announces Tax Return Release, Calls On President To Do The Same

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Ed Schneider, 63, has grown french-fry-making spuds for 40 years outside of Pasco, Wash. He says in all his years of farming, he’s never seen planting be pushed this late. Most potato farmers have to dig on a contracted day to feed processors that run nearly year round. CREDIT: ANNA KING/N3

Northwest’s Late-Winter Snow Means Nation’s French Fries Could Be In Danger

The fertile fields in Washington and Oregon, are just now drying out from severe winter snows not seen for 100 years. And potato farmers like Schneider are a month behind in planting. A cool spring — along with this late start — could throw Schneider’s yields off 30 to 40 percent. Continue Reading Northwest’s Late-Winter Snow Means Nation’s French Fries Could Be In Danger

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File photo. Cigarette packs.

Washington Legislature Votes To Raise Smoking And Vaping Age To 21

A proposal to raise the smoking and vaping age to 21 in Washington has passed the Legislature, putting the state on the precipice of becoming the ninth state to make such a change. Having previously passed the House, the measure now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee, who has said he supports the bill and is expected to sign it. Continue Reading Washington Legislature Votes To Raise Smoking And Vaping Age To 21

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Tailpipe exhaust is the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state and nationwide. CREDIT: RICK BOWMER/AP

Fuel Producers, Consumers Take Sides On Washington’s Debate Over Lower-Carbon Transportation

Washington lawmakers are developing a low carbon fuels standard. If signed into law, new rules would limit the amount of carbon coming out of car and truck tailpipes. Backers say it’s necessary to combat climate change. Critics say it will increase the price at the pump. Continue Reading Fuel Producers, Consumers Take Sides On Washington’s Debate Over Lower-Carbon Transportation

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