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How Colorado residents are coping with legal weed

How Colorado residents are coping with legal weed

From marijuana retail outlets to the Denver Police Department to businesses that are shifting their strategies to take advantage of pot tourism, Colorado's laws on recreational marijuana show what could happen in Washington later this year. But what do Colorado residents think of recreational marijuana?

We took to the streets to find out what people in Colorado are seeing in this land of legal weed, which is the fastest selling product since Denver Broncos gear.

But as look around not everyone is stoned and the air isn't filled with puffs of intoxicating smoke.

"I'd say before our neighbors would smoke sometimes in the yard and that's about the same," Erin Jaramillo said.

To get a better view of what these people say our lives might look like, there's no place in Denver to get a pulse of their concerns than to stop by the appropriately named Washington Park.

"A big change from before and then the medical marijuana so I have to say that was a difference," Jaramillo said.

Boy battling unknown disease becomes SWAT Kid for a day

Boy battling unknown disease becomes SWAT Kid for a day

A six-year-old boy originally from Spangle fighting a deadly disease got the chance to live out his dream of being a police officer when he was made a member of the Pima County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team for the day.

Moses Thompson is from Spangle but is living now in Tucson, Arizona with his mom. He's fighting an inoperable tumor that's affecting his digestive system. Doctors originally thought it was lymphoma but haven't been able to fully diagnose him. Several years back it was so bad he was even in hospice.

David Ladines, Moses' grandpa, is a pastor in Spangle and said his grandson always talks about how much he wants to be a police officer. So this week he got the opportunity to serve with the Pima County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team for a day. They picked him, got to check out the Black Hawk helicopter they used and helped them arrest some bad guys.

Ladines said that one day meant the world to Moses.

"Kids that have terminal cancers and diseases, they need a reason to fight. You know, they need hope. And you can just see that life and excitement in his eyes again, getting a chance to do something like that," he said.

Snow hits Inland Northwest Friday

Snow hits Inland Northwest Friday

Light snow is forecast through the weekend in the Inland Northwest where temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until next week.

Forecasters say this week's frigid temperatures in Washington should moderate slowly through the weekend and return to a normal weather pattern next week.

The National Weather Service says another inch or two of snow is likely Friday night and Saturday in southwest Washington, south of Tacoma, when weak systems run into lingering cold air.

In Western Washington, forecasters say rain will return next week with highs in the 40s.

Washington Legislature studying hemp issue

With recreational marijuana use now legal in Washington, state legislators are discussing whether the state should also launch an industrial hemp industry.

Hemp, like marijuana, comes from the cannabis plant. But it has much less THC, the active ingredient in marijuana that makes people high. The hemp plant also has thousands of industrial uses and could provide a new cash crop for farmers.

The state Senate is considering a bill that would authorize Washington State University to conduct a study of the feasibility and possible value of an industrial hemp industry in Washington.

State residents passed Initiative 502 in 2012, which legalized recreational marijuana and gave new life to the hemp movement.

House Ethics Committee looking at McMorris Rodgers

House Ethics Committee looking at McMorris Rodgers

The House Ethics Committee is considering an investigation of the No. 4 ranking member of the House Republican leadership, congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state.

Just last week McMorris Rodgers delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union address.

McMorris Rodgers serves as chair of the House GOP Conference and is the House GOP's highest-ranking woman. Her lawyer, Elliot Berke, says McMorris Rodgers is aware of the potential investigation and has cooperated with the Office of Congressional Ethics.

The OCE is an outside organization that can refer cases to the House Ethics Committee. The subject of the potential investigation isn't being disclosed.

The Ethics Committee chairman, Michael Conaway, and its ranking Democrat, Linda Sanchez, say they have received a referral from the OCE about McMorris Rodgers.

Mt. Spokane closing due to dangerous wind chill

Mt. Spokane will be closing at 4 p.m. Wednesday and remain closed through Thursday due to dangerous wind chill.

Wednesday's forecast is calling for highs between 11 and 14 degrees, but with a northeast wind blowing from 15 to 25 miles per hour, wind chill readings in Spokane are calling for 1 to 16 degrees below zero.

Thursday's temperatures are forecast for highs between 13 and 15 degrees with wind chill between 3 and 18 degrees below zero Thursday morning.

The Weather Service says temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below normal will persist into Saturday. Forecasters say snow will return this weekend as temperatures start to moderate.

Cold to continue into weekend in Washington

Below-normal, frigid temperatures are forecast to continue into the weekend in Washington and then begin to moderate next week.

The National Weather Service says lows in Western Washington will be around freezing or below. Lows in Eastern Washington will be in single digits.

Forecasters say there's a chance of light snow in places Thursday night and Friday night in Western Washington and through the weekend in Eastern Washington.

A warmer, wetter pattern is expected to move into Washington next week with temperatures returning to seasonal norms.