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Leaders of a marijuana advocacy group launched in Idaho two weeks ago say they have already attracted more than 200 volunteers. New Approach Idaho wants to put a ballot measure before Idaho voters in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana. The group was formed, in part, by members of similar groups who have failed in their legalization efforts. New Approach Idaho co-founder Bill Esbensen says others have struggled with organization.

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A new law to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon doesn't begin to take effect until next year. That means state lawmakers have the chance to tweak the measure before it kicks in. A legislative panel discussed some options Wednesday at the state capitol.

Measure 91 allows adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation. Just what that state regulation looks like is still being determined. Democratic Senator Lee Beyer reminded his colleagues that there's nothing to stop them from putting their own stamp on the voter-approved measure.

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This week, Oregon voters chose to legalize marijuana and to direct the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to draw up rules to tax pot and to keep it out of the hands of people under 21. Now regulators in Oregon have to figure out how to take the pot economy that’s been operating under their noses and turn it into a regulated market.

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Initiative 594 - Passed. This initiative will require background checks for all gun sales, including private sales and gun shows.

Initiative 591 - Failed. It would have limited background checks in Washington.

Initiative 1351 - Still too close to call. If it passes it will limit class sizes in Washington.

Dan Newhouse leads Clint Didier in the 4th District Congressional Race.

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The Republican capture of the U.S. Senate was the big national news last night. But in the Northwest, the toughest fights weren’t over Senate seats but ballot initiatives – on guns, pot and genetically engineered foods.

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  The big bucks keep pouring into Oregon ballot measure campaigns. The campaign to pass a recreational marijuana law similar to Washington’s got a big financial boost over the weekend. Even the less flashy top-two primary measure is rolling in out-of-state money.

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Washington's law legalizing recreational marijuana made its way into Idaho's gubernatorial debate on Friday. Idaho has not legalized pot in any form, unlike most of its neighbors. The candidates were asked if they'd be willing to change that.

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Some Oregon cities are setting themselves up for a possible legal battle if Oregon voters approve a marijuana legalization initiative this fall. Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation. Several cities have approved or are discussing a local tax on legal weed if the measure passes. However, it's not clear whether those taxes will be valid.

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Oregonians will decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.

In 1973, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. But Oregon voters rejected a marijuana legalization measure two years ago.

Backers of this effort said the new measure is written to address concerns raised by opponents the first time around over regulation issues.

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Washington welfare cards were used twice in July to withdraw cash at newly opened recreational marijuana stores. That’s according to the Department of Social and Health Services. The agency says it has warned the card-holders and the stores and will continue to monitor for misuse.

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