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Category: Health
April 15, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Pot vending machines may be allowed in new stores

Pot vending machines may be coming to Washington’s pot stores. They’re apparently rolling into Colorado, or at least into one Colorado shop. The Denver Post reported that an “automated, age-verifying climate-controlled” vending machine is being installed inside a Colorado medical marijuana dispensary. Washington state is considering allowing such machines in its recreational pot shops, according to Randy…

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0 Comments | More in Government, Health | Topics: Initiative 502, liquor control board, marijuana

April 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM

More exposed to measles as Kitsap County records state’s 12th confirmed case

A Kitsap County man has been diagnosed with measles, bringing the total number of people in Washington with confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease up to 12, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The Kitsap County resident, a man in his 40s, traveled around Puget Sound last week while he was contagious, the…

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April 8, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Warning issued for measles exposure at Sea-Tac airport

A traveler from California with a confirmed case of measles was at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on March 31 and two other Seattle locations the previous day while he was contagious, according to Public Health – Seattle and King County. The traveler was likely exposed to measles while on the same flight as a person with an…

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0 Comments | More in Health | Topics: Public Health - Seattle & King County, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

April 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Measles exposure reported in Seattle, Tacoma, elsewhere

A Whatcom County woman with a confirmed diagnosis of measles may have exposed people in several Western Washington locations, including Seattle, while she was contagious in late March, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Measles is uncommon in Western Washington because most people have been vaccinated, however for those who are not immune,…

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March 31, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Officials warn of possible measles exposure in San Juan County

A San Juan Island adult has been diagnosed with measles and may have exposed others to the virus at three San Juan County sites, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Others at the following sites may have been exposed: Cask and Schooner: March 21 from 3:45 p.m. to midnight, March 22 from 3:45 p.m. to…

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March 13, 2014 at 7:19 AM

Legislature down to the wire on medical marijuana fixes

It’s unclear what will happen to medical marijuana as the state Legislature heads into Thursday, its last scheduled day of this session. The Senate passed Saturday sweeping new rules for the largely unregulated medical system to reconcile it with the state’s new recreational pot system. Sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center,  the bill passed with…

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0 Comments | More in Government, Health | Topics: Initiative 502, medical marijuana

February 25, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Mayors want cut of pot tax revenues

Almost 100 mayors from across the state are urging state lawmakers turn over a portion of legal marijuana tax revenues to cities to pay for local law enforcement and other costs arising from the new law. In a letter sent to Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders, the mayors — including Seattle’s Ed Murray —…

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0 Comments | More in Government, Health | Topics: Alison Holcomb, Initiative 502, marijuana

January 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

100 Seattle Children’s patients at risk from colonoscopy equipment

Seattle Children’s hospital this week notified about 100 patients they may be at risk for infection from colonoscopy equipment that had not been properly cleaned. “The risk of infection for patients is very low, but we don’t want to take any chances,” Dr. Danielle Zerr, the hospital’s medical director for infection prevention, said in a statement…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Health | Topics: colonoscopy, Seattle Children's

January 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Bill Gates voted for legal pot, likes rules so far

Though not a big surprise to those who closely follow Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder said today he voted for Washington’s legal weed law in 2012. In an interview with BuzzFeed, Gates said he’s been impressed so far with the implementation of Initiative 502. The voter-approved law is scheduled to go into full effect around…

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January 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Colorblind Yakima man says he sees colors after head knock

YAKIMA (AP) — Seventy-year-old Richard Riggs of Yakima says he has been colorblind since birth. But after hitting his head in a recent fall he says he now sees the “colors of the rainbow.” A doctor told KIMA-TV a fall could not change a genetic condition such as colorblindness, but a concussion could possibly change the way…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Health | Topics: color blind, fall, knock on head

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