Weekend Briefing | News for July 4 – 8

Last week, the Cannabis Patient Protection Act came into full effect, changing how the state regulates medical marijuana. Also, a WWII vet was once again able to fly in a B-17 bomber after a boy scout troop raised enough funds. Sumner High School's long-time FFA teacher Greg Pile retired, and don't forget to check out Buckley's new concert series in your Weekend Briefing!

Cannabis Patient Protection act closes marijuana dispensaries, but retail stores have no replacement products

The Cannabis Patient Protection Act came into full effect July 1, bringing with it the development of a medical marijuana patient database as well as the closing of medical marijuana dispensaries around the state. The only problem – the Liquor and Cannabis Board says no medical marijuana (or Department of Health-compliant marijuana) is available in retail stores at the moment. Read about how the Cannabis Patient Protection Act is working for recreational and medical marijuana users here.

World War II veteran takes to the skies once again

A local boy scout troop recently raised enough money to take Don Woods, a 92 year-old World War II veteran, back into the skies in a B-17 bomber – the same model plane he flew in the war. His son Bryant and scout Hunter, who came up with this idea, went up with Don. Read about the veteran’s latest flight here.

Loved Sumner FFA teacher retires after 38 years

Greg Pile taught students all about farming and animals for 38 years at Sumner High School. His goal was to teach for 40 years, but a stoke and bad fall in close succession made him think it was time to retire on a high note. Read about Greg’s long history teaching Spartan students here.

Buckley hosts first time ever concert series

Starting Thursday, July 21, Buckley will host its first ever summer music concert series, “Music in the Park.” Concerts start at 6 p.m. on the south side of the Buckley Youth Center. Check out more details about the concert series and the lineup here.

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