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    Lawyer receives suspended sentence for having sex with inmate, ‘keistering’ drugs into jail

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A lawyer accused of having sex with an inmate and smuggling hash oil into the Pierce County Jail in his rectum has received a suspended sentence. The News Tribune reports ( ) 68-year-old William Mack Stoddard Jr. pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to introduce contraband and soliciting to deliver a controlled substance. He received a 364-day suspended sentence Thursday. Court documents say Stoddard visited a Pierce County Jail inmate 19 times between March 2015 and […]

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    Tacoma lawyer charged with ‘keistering’ hash oil into jail for inmate to sell

    TACOMA – A Tacoma attorney has been charged with smuggling hash oil in his rectum so that an inmate at Pierce County Jail could both use and sell it. William Stoddard Jr. is accused of bringing drugs to an inmate on Feb. 3. The inmate wasn’t his client. The News Tribune reports Stoddard  pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of introducing contraband, unlawfully delivering a controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. “It appears the suspects were ‘keistering’ the drugs […]

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    Explosion at SeaTac home linked to hash oil operation

    KENT, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say an explosion at a SeaTac home was apparently caused by efforts to make a potent marijuana extract. The Kent Regional Fire Authority says the explosion Monday night injured one of the four occupants, but that everyone managed to get outside. They say the explosion appears to have been linked to an effort to use butane to extract hash oil from marijuana. The incident happened in the 16800 block of 31st Place South. Kent Fire said one of […]

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    Hospital reports increased cases of psychotic episodes in people smoking hash oil

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — It’s a quick and powerful way to get high. ‘Dabbing’ — not the hip-hop dance or the celebratory move by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton — is also a term to describe the practice of smoking hash oil, a concentrated cannabis. And it is sending more and more people to the emergency room. “We are getting one to two a day,” Dr. George Chappell said Thursday. Two years ago, Providence St. Peter Hospital says they had zero […]

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    6-year sentence in connection with Puyallup hash oil explosion

    SEATTLE (AP) — A Federal Way man has been sentenced to six years in prison and three years of probation in connection with a 2014 hash oil explosion in Puyallup. The U.S. attorney’s office says 25-year-old Kevin Weeks directed others to use highly flammable butane gas to make hash oil. In May of 2014, one of Weeks’ workers was producing the hash oil in Puyallup when his makeshift lab exploded, sending butane canisters flying through the air, according to court […]

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    British man sentenced to 3 years in prison in hash oil case

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A British man who pleaded guilty to operating illegal marijuana businesses and a potentially explosive hash oil manufacturing lab has been sentenced to three years in prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Andre Lempriere’s sentence includes a firearms charge. Lempriere is a citizen of the United Kingdom who was in the U.S. illegally, which made it illegal for him to have guns. Officials say he’ll likely be deported after he has served his prison term. He […]

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    2 men burned in house fire sparked by hash oil operation

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Two men were badly burned in a house fire that Yakima officials say was sparked during the manufacture of hash oil. Yakima fire and police were called to a house fire early Tuesday. A preliminary investigation revealed the occupants of the home were illegally manufacturing hash oil using butane fuel canisters and acetone when a fire erupted resulting in a small explosion. Two male suspects, ages 21 and 37, arrived at Yakima Memorial Hospital about an […]

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    2 men involved in hash-oil blast sentenced to 3 years

    SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced two men to three years in prison for allowing another man to manufacture hash oil in their Bellevue apartment in 2013. U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says Jesse Kaplan of Redmond and Daniel Strycharske of Kirkland were sentence Monday. They must spend three years under supervision once they’re released. During the manufacturing process in 2013, the gas exploded and caused people at the apartment complex to sustain injuries while fleeing the fire. Among […]

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    Federal judge sentences man to 9 years for deadly Bellevue hash oil explosion

    SEATTLE — A federal judge sentenced David Richard Schultz II to nine years in prison Monday for his involvement in a deadly hash oil explosion. Police said Schultz and his roommates were extracting hash oil from marijuana when the explosion happened. The blast destroyed an apartment building and hospitalized seven neighbors, including Nan Campbell, Bellevue’s first female mayor, who later died from her injuries. Schultz repeatedly apologized for his involvement in the explosion, saying he needed the money to support […]

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    Activists turn out in Olympia as lawmakers weigh medical pot

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Medical marijuana activists are turning out in force in Olympia as lawmakers weigh a proposal for reining in the unregulated system. The Senate’s Health Care Committee is considering a bill from Republican Sen. Ann Rivers that would create stand-alone medical marijuana dispensaries that can’t sell dried marijuana — just edibles and concentrates, such as hash oil. It would require testing that’s at least as strict as that for recreational pot, create a patient registry, and seriously […]