Fife joins Washington towns banning bud
Recreational pot stores are now ready to sell in Washington state, but about a quarter of the state’s cities currently ban or have temporary moratoriums on the business, according to a Huffington Post article. Last night, in a 5-2 vote, Fife, Wash. became the ninth city to outright ban recreational marijuana businesses — a decision that includes pot retailers, producers and processors.
According to the Tacoma News Tribune, Fife resident Carol Sue Braaten told the City Council she is concerned about how recreational pot will affect youth. Tedd Wetherbee, who has secured two lottery slots for retail licenses and plans to open pot stores in Gig Harbor and Fife, has vowed to sue the city — despite the fact that Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued a January opinion saying that I-502 does not prevent counties, cities or towns from banning such businesses.
Even in cities that haven't banned weed, citizens should take heed. Spokane's first legal purchaser of marijuana lost his security job today after being featured on the nightly news. — J.B.
Some relief in Entiat fire
Evacuees of about two dozen homes threatened by the Mill Canyon Fire near the town of Entiat, Wash. were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday afternoon, according to an AP report run by the Seattle Times. The wildfire has consumed more than 5,000 acres, causing evacuation advisories for 200 homes in the area. Though the fire continues to grow, only one home has so far been lost (the site of the house fire that caused the wildfire) and no serious injuries have been reported. — B.A.
Are these your skulls?
The medical examiner is looking for the person who donated three human skulls to the Bellevue Goodwill last month. According to SeattlePI.com, Goodwill employees contacted the authorities when they realized the skulls were genuine. Two of the skulls appear to have been used in a medical clinic or for instructional purposes, but the third, which is very old, is the skull of a Native American child and must be returned to its tribe of origin by state law. — B.A.
Inslee proposes clean water solution: eat more fish
In an Olympia press conference today, Gov. Jay Inslee proposed setting a higher rate of fish consumption to force tighter clean water standards according to the Herald of Everett. Currently, the Department of Ecology uses the amount of fish eaten by the average person to determine safe levels of toxic chemicals in water supplies. Inslee's new proposed rate — 175 grams of fish per day — equates to about one serving a day, the highest in the nation. Currently Washington's fish consumption rate is 6.5 grams per day.
Boeing is worried that a higher rate would hurt jobs and damage economic growth because of expensive technologies to keep toxic chemicals out of the water. But not having a high enough fish consumption rate affects those who eat the most fish, especially Native Americans and Pacific Islanders. Russ Hepfer, vice-chairman of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, told Crosscut reporter John Stang that his people eat on average 800 grams of fish a day. Stang will have a full story on Inslee's proposal later tonight. — J.B.
Remote controls change channels, fire up contraception?
Almost anything can be activated by a remote control nowadays … drones, security systems and, now, birth control. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding trials for a birth control microchip that lasts for up to 16 years. The device, developed by Massachusetts-based company MicroCHIPS, can be implanted under the skin of the buttocks, upper arm or abdomen, according to a MIT Technology Review report, and may be activated or deactivated by a remote control if a woman decides she'd like to conceive. But nothing’s a simple fix: Researchers are still trying to figure out how to keep the chips’ wireless data flow from becoming the prey of hackers, who could be anyone from strangers to controlling partners. — E.W.
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