Police were called in to break up a group of nearly 200 people protesting outside a nearby fire station and the scene of a blaze that claimed the lives of four young children in Southwest Philadelphia.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment.
BOSTON (AP) — An FBI agent says a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) agreed with another friend to get rid of a backpack containing fireworks found in Tsarnaev's dorm room.
By Jimmy Lovaas SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state took the final step in legalizing recreational marijuana use on Monday when officials began issuing retail licenses to stores that could start selling cannabis 24 hours later. The Washington State Liquor Control Board has said many applicants failed final inspections, and some municipalities also have banned retail pot sales. Washington is the second state after Colorado to allow retail sales of recreational marijuana to adults under a heavily regulated and taxed system that voters approved in November 2012. Possession of marijuana is illegal under federal law, but the U.S. Justice Department has said it will not intervene in states with "strong and effective regulatory and enforcement systems." Once a retailer receives a marijuana license, the business is cleared to place an order with a licensed processor that must quarantine the product for 24 hours before delivering it to stores.