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Morning Press: Cannabis testing; Daybreak suit tossed; Schofield restoration; Woodland growing pains

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the weekend:

Main Street Marijuana joins voluntary industry testing program

Recent customers at Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver’s Uptown Village neighborhood have likely noticed a new set of signs prominently displayed in some of the store’s display cases. They’re hard to miss: a giant red OK logo on a black background.

The signs come from an industry-led program called OK Cannabis, which offers testing services to detect pesticides and heavy metals in cannabis end products — the type of fully processed and packaged goods that consumers will find on store shelves.

Retailers say the program is intended in part to educate consumers about what they characterize as a gap in Washington’s regulatory framework: the state doesn’t require recreational marijuana products to be tested for pesticides.

The OK Cannabis program is still in its infancy, with only four merchants participating so far. Main Street is the first Southwest Washington retailer to enroll.

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Federal lawsuit filed by Daybreak against sheriff’s office dismissed

A federal lawsuit filed by Daybreak Youth Services against the Clark County Sheriff’s Office to prevent investigators from disclosing and using patient records seized during a search of the treatment facility was dismissed Wednesday. The case is continuing, however, in Clark County Superior Court.

After both parties agreed, the case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning Daybreak could refile the lawsuit at a later date. The complaint for injunctive relief was filed early last month in U.S. District Court in Tacoma and listed as defendants Sheriff Chuck Atkins, Undersheriff Mike Cooke, Sgt. Christopher Luque, Detective Adam Beck and Sgt. Brent Waddell.

In June 2018, the sheriff’s office began investigating alleged criminal conduct at Daybreak, which provides youth outpatient and inpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment at 11910 N.E. 154th St. Deputies investigated allegations of sexual assault, client and staff safety, and what investigators saw as a pattern of inadequate reporting as required by law. Investigators served a series of search warrants Sept. 11 at the facility.

Citing federal confidentiality laws, specifically 42 C.F.R. Part 2, which speaks to the disclosure of identities of patients seeking substance use disorder treatment and facilities’ patient records, Daybreak asked a federal judge to declare that material seized in September by investigators was done so illegally.

Read the full story: Federal lawsuit filed by Daybreak against sheriff’s office dismissed

Schofield restoration will embrace downtown Vancouver’s past

Nearly a year after the closure of the Cameo Main Street Loan and Pawn Shop, the central wing of the downtown Vancouver Schofield Building is showing new signs of life.

The front windows and doors have been covered with plywood, masking a large-scale and long-awaited renovation project taking place inside, intended to overhaul what is — at least in part — the oldest commercial building in downtown Vancouver.

But while the project aims to modernize the building’s structure and uses, it also seeks to emphasize the building’s legacy and preserve its historical value. When the restoration is completed, the goal is for the building’s exterior to look just like it did in the early 1900s.

Read the full story: Schofield restoration will embrace downtown Vancouver’s past

Woodland faces growing pains

WOODLAND — Woodland can sometimes seem like a fractured city.

Interstate 5 runs through it, splitting up neighbors who develop deep attachments about where they buy their morning coffee. The city also straddles Clark and Cowlitz counties, making planning for growth more difficult for city officials, who have to follow two sets of rules.

But on a recent Friday, Woodland was more harmonious, as residents gathered in Horseshoe Lake Park to enjoy a warm summer evening, listen to music and watch “Ralph Breaks the Internet” as part of the city’s Movies in the Park program. This is the second year the city has hosted the increasingly popular program, and one way Mayor Will Finn is hoping to bring the community together, as well as get some more interaction between city officials and residents.

While finding out what residents want from the city is a good first step toward planning for growth, actually planning for it is a bit more difficult in Woodland, a city that is stuck, staggered, or a bastion of country living. It all depends on whom you ask.

Read the full story: Woodland faces growing pains


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