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Seattle Times: How UW scientists are using DNA testing to disrupt international ivory smuggling networks

Seattle Times: How UW scientists are using DNA testing to disrupt international ivory smuggling networks

In recent years, DNA testing has been used to crack cold cases. What if it was used to shed light on international elephant poaching and ivory trafficking? University of Washington researchers are leading an effort to combat these crimes and dismantle the smuggling network. Their work found that genetic testing on elephant ivory tusks can be used to identify tusks from the same individual or its relatives, across dozens of different ivory seizures. “These methods are showing us that a handful of ...

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My Edmonds News: Senate bill aims to protect communities from unplanned development

My Edmonds News: Senate bill aims to protect communities from unplanned development

Permits issued to develop farmland could be withdrawn if a planned project would violate the state Growth Management Act (GMA), under legislation sponsored by 32nd District Sen. Jesse Salomon. The 32nd District includes portions of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. Senate Bill 5042 would protect communities from having to provide costly infrastructure for unplanned development by closing a loophole in permitting. “The way it works now, once a permit is vested a developer has a right to develop a proposed project even ...

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KOMO: State bill seeks to criminalize use or sale of fake COVID vaccine cards in Washington

KOMO: State bill seeks to criminalize use or sale of fake COVID vaccine cards in Washington

A lawmaker in Washington state wants to make it a crime to use or sell a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. The measure would make it a misdemeanor to use a forged or falsified COVID-19 vaccination document along with making it a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine to sell or transfer false COVID-19 vaccine cards. The state of New York has a similar law on the books. Using a fake COVID vaccination document ...

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Seattle Times: Research shows psychedelic mushrooms can help treat depression. Is legalization on the horizon for Washington?

Seattle Times: Research shows psychedelic mushrooms can help treat depression. Is legalization on the horizon for Washington?

If you’ve hiked or camped in the Pacific Northwest, you might have walked by a tiny, brown mushroom that some say has the capacity to change your life. Psilocybe azurescens and Psilocybe cyanescens are two psychedelic varieties that grow in damp, wooded areas in Washington and Oregon and produce visual hallucinations when ingested. These mushrooms — while freely growing and with a centuries long record of use among Indigenous people — are also Schedule I controlled substances: illegal drugs up there with heroin and ...

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KUOW: Showing or selling a fake COVID-19 vaccine card could become a crime in Washington

KUOW: Showing or selling a fake COVID-19 vaccine card could become a crime in Washington

It’s a crime for kids to use a fake ID to try to buy alcohol. Soon, it could also be a crime in Washington for anyone to show a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to get into a bar, restaurant or other venue that requires proof of vaccination. On Monday, the Senate Law and Justice Committee will take public testimony on a bill introduced by Democratic state Sen. Jesse Salomon of Shoreline that would make it a misdemeanor to use a forged ...

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AP: Bill seeks to criminalize use or sale of fake vaccine cards

AP: Bill seeks to criminalize use or sale of fake vaccine cards

A lawmaker in Washington state wants to make it a crime to use or sell a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. Northwest News Network reports that the measure, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Jesse Salomon of Shoreline, would make it a misdemeanor to use a forged or falsified COVID-19 vaccination document. It would also make it a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine to sell or transfer false COVID-19 vaccine cards. The state of ...

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Kent Reporter: Former Kent City Councilmember Higgins calls for Kammerzell’s resignation

Kent Reporter: Former Kent City Councilmember Higgins calls for Kammerzell’s resignation

Former Kent City Councilmember Dennis Higgins called for Kent Police Assistant Chief Derek Kammerzell to resign immediately. Higgins, who served 10 years on the council from 2010-2019, read a passionate statement about the Kammerzell matter during the public comment period at the Jan. 18 Kent City Council meeting. The assistant chief has yet to respond to a Jan. 4 request by Mayor Dana Ralph to the Kent Police union for him to resign from the force after a public outcry over ...

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Newsfile: Red Light Holland to Collaborate with Advocacy Group, Psychedelic Medicine Alliance Washington to Promote Proposed Psilocybin Legalization Bill in Washington State

Newsfile: Red Light Holland to Collaborate with Advocacy Group, Psychedelic Medicine Alliance Washington to Promote Proposed Psilocybin Legalization Bill in Washington State

Proposed Senate Bill 5660 would legalize the supported adult use of psilocybin by people 21 years of age and older. Originally sponsored by Senators Jesse Salomon and Liz Lovelett, the bill, known as the Washington Psilocybin Wellness and Opportunity Act, is based on the Oregon model and includes many innovative features including a Social Opportunity Program to help address harms caused by the war on drugs, a provision to support small businesses, and accommodations for people with certain medical conditions ...

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