Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WEED WEDNESDAY: Spokane testing sewage for THC? Not so much

Posted By on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM


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Slowly but surely, Washington. The state has now licensed 235 growers (up just two from last week) and 61 stores (four more than last week). Seattle's second store has finally opened and you can find Spokane's stores on a map here. Statewide sales as of Monday totaled $18.75 million, generating almost $4.7 million in state taxes.

Here in Spokane, there's been talk about the city government testing sewage for THC levels to see if more people are getting high now that it's legal (see this SR story and this KXLY piece and this one from KREM). I know. It makes a great headline, right? But here's the thing: No one is actually talking about doing this in Spokane. In a city council committee meeting last week where city and state leaders talked about good ways to measure the effects of marijuana legalization, I-502 author Alison Holcomb mentioned the tactic as a way to test usage levels because there are university researchers doing it on the westside (we told you about this back in July). “What an awesome new use for our sewage,” Councilman Jon Snyder said in response, cracking a smile.

That was it.

There is no actual plan to pursue this tactic in Spokane, Snyder tells the Inlander. He says since the comments got media attention, he's checked into the project in Tacoma and found that the researchers "are getting a $100,000 grant, plus they have a quarter-million dollars worth of equipment to do this, which is not cheap." Combine that with the fact that there's other data that's easier to get, and that the city is dealing with much bigger wastewater issues. Since this non-issue hit the local news, Snyder has even done interviews with Reuters and The Guardian about it, and says he's gotten angry calls from people worried the city is trying to figure out who's smoking pot.

"You know, you work on issues for years and try to get publicity for them, and it's funny how one offhanded comment in a meeting gets attention," Snyder says. "Nothing fascinates people like sewage and drugs, I guess."

Don't light up in your car. That's the message from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, which wants the state to ban people from opening marijuana inside vehicles, reports the Tacoma News Tribune. When we talked to legal experts, including the chief author of I-502 this summer, we were told it's not legal to have marijuana open inside a vehicle because that's considered in view of the public, but the Traffic Safety Commission wants more explicit language inked into law.

Oregon's legalization campaign has launched its first TV ad, featuring a retired cop who says the time he and other officers spent on marijuana cases would be "better spent solving murders, rape cases [and] finding missing children." Watch the ad below.

Washington pot lawyer Hilary Bricken says "'pay to play' is going to be the new theme for Oregon’s recreational marijuana industry" as cities there start imposing taxes before the measure is even passed.

Biologists say water use in the Emerald Triangle — an area of Northern California and Southern Oregon where a ton of pot is grown for medical users and the black market — is threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, reports the AP.

It's a big week in Colorado. Back when the recreational industry started there in January, medical marijuana dispensary owners were given a head start to open recreational stores. Now, everyone else can get into the business, with 46 new stores licensed. And the Colorado State Supreme Court heard the case this week of a quadriplegic Dish Network employee who was fired from his job after he tested positive for pot, even though there's no evidence he was high on the job, reports the Denver Post. The decision could have big implications for states where medical marijuana is legal but employers continue to ban it.

ICYMI: Attorney General Eric Holder, who recently said Americans should consider rescheduling marijuana, resigned (via The Cannabist and Politico).

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WEED WEDNESDAY: Pot helps Peyton's pizza business; Maureen Dowd hangs out with Willie Nelson

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 1:02 PM


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Spokane County has a new pot store, bringing us to six licensed and five confirmed open. (Feel free to make the trip across the mountains, Seattleites.) Green Light opened on East Trent over the weekend and co-owner Brandon Olson tells us prices range from $18-$23 a gram and the store expects concentrates and edibles in coming weeks. Find all the stores open in the region on our map here. Statewide, 57 stores and 233 growers have been licensed, 35 infused products (from trail mix to soda) have been approved for sale and stores have sold more than $16 million worth of weed, generating about $4 million in state taxes.

After Seattle police determined one of their officers had gone on some sort of personal anti-pot crusade and issued 80 percent of the department's tickets for public consumption in the first half of the year, the city prosecutor will dismiss 100 tickets and give refunds to 22 people who'd already paid, reports the AP.

Also in Seattle, competition is alive and well: Staff at the city's only open I-502 store say a dealer has been parking his Buick in front of their store looking to poach their customers.

In Colorado, schools may be out millions of cannabis tax dollars because of a loophole that allows some pot transfers to be tax-free. (Denver Post)

In what has proven a highly effective way to get her story to go viral, an Alaskan TV news reporter quit on air by revealing she's the owner of a marijuana club and saying of her current job, "F—- it." She's since released another video (her dramatic TV reporter cadence in full force) explaining her reasons for supporting legalization.

Financial advice site NerdWallet has a new analysis of how much money each state could make per year from marijuana legalization, based on estimated demand and taxes. Nationwide, pot taxes could generate more than $3 billion, according to the study, and the estimates for Washington are in line with recent state forecasts. Read more about where all those taxes go and how businesses are reacting to them in this week's Inlander.

Addictions specialist and former VH1 Celebrity Rehab host Drew Pinsky told a group in Denver last week he believes marijuana "acts like an opiate and causes severe addiction," reports the Denver Post.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Peter King, Denver Broncos quarterback and Papa John's franchise owner Peyton Manning says the "pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes."

And here's what happens when New York Times columnist and how-not-to-do-edibles case study Maureen Dowd hangs out with Willie Nelson.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WEED WEDNESDAY: 'The world is catching up now'

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 1:48 PM


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The state has now licensed 218 producers, 178 processors and 57 stores, including five in Spokane County. Those are the same five I've been telling you about every week, so I'll just direct you to our map here. Prices seem to be holding steady, starting at around $16 a gram. Since sales began on July 8, stores statewide have sold a total of just over $14 million in product, raising $3.5 million in taxes.

Spokane Public Radio is hosting an on-air discussion Tuesday at noon called "The Budding Business of Marijuana." A look at the lineup promises a good listen: Alison Holcomb, who works at the state ACLU and was the primary author of Initiative 502; Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich; Chris Marr, a Washington State Liquor Control Board member and former state senator representing Spokane; and Kevin Oliver, a licensed producer and head of the state chapter of NORML.

The guy who bragged to TV news about being the first customer in line for legal weed in Spokane tells KREM he's struggling to find a job.

In Seattle, the new police chief is looking to get 66 tickets for public use of marijuana dismissed after determining they were part of an officer's personal anti-pot agenda, reports the Seattle Times.

A Washington state representative is pushing a "no welfare for weed" bill back in the other Washington. (NBC)

In Colorado, marijuana activists and industry members are fighting against stoner stereotypes, The Cannabist reports. That effort includes this new billboard mocking New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd's June column about her terrifying experience with edibles:

  • Marijuana Policy Project photo

Also, The Cannabist is hiring a columnist to write about sex and marijuana


The NFL players union has tentatively approved a new drug policy that increases the amount of THC allowed in the system before triggering a positive test. (ESPN)

The Alaska Conference of Mayors is coming out against a legalization initiative there. (KTVA)

A New York state senator wants to legalize marijuana in the state with a model based on Washington and Colorado. (WSJ)

The Washington Post editorializes against legalization.

Finally, Rastafarians in Jamaica say relaxations in pot laws around the globe could help their efforts to get the divine herb decriminalized. "The world is catching up now," reggae legend Bunny Wailer told the AP.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WEED WEDNESDAY: Did director Kevin Smith inspire the creepiest strain yet?

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Welcome back to Weed Wednesday, your weekly dose of pot news. Wondering what this is about? Click. Looking for our previous marijuana coverage? Click. Got a question or tip? Email me at [email protected]

First, let's look at the state of the state: Washington state has now licensed 209 growers, 172 processors (many processors are also growers) and 56 stores. Five stores have been licensed in Spokane County and one is operating in next-door Stevens County. Find all the open stores, their hours and links to more information on this map (scroll down to "Find a retail location").

Satori now has edibles and Green Star is temporarily sold out as of yesterday.

Statewide sales have totaled more than $12 million since they started in early July, generating about $3 million in taxes. August 15 — the first day of Seattle Hempfest — marked the most sales in a single day at $859,924.

A researcher at Washington State University says women may be more sensitive to the pain-relieving qualities of cannabis and quicker to develop a tolerance to THC. Men may be more likely to get the munchies. This is building on her previous work we told you about in May.

In Colorado in July, recreational marijuana outsold medical by about $1 million for the first time since the creation of the recreational market, reports The Cannabist.

Elsewhere, Illinois is taking marijuana business applications, Philadelphia will decriminalize possession, Michigan's Republicans are getting behind medical marijuana and Oregon (where recreational pot will be on this fall's ballot) has ordered nine medical dispensaries to shut down.

  • Photo from Buds and Roses Collective Facebook

In L.A., the dispensary Buds & Roses is selling two strains named after the very creepy Kevin Smith-helmed horror movie "Tusk", which comes out Sept. 19. The strains, "Mr. Tusk" and "White Walrus", are "surprisingly complex, in keeping with the spirit of the film,” a marketing strategist for the film company told the New York Times.

The NFL is getting closer to a new drug policy, which could include an increased amount of THC allowed in players' systems before triggered disciplinary actions. The issue has been an ongoing one in the league, where Mother Jones reports at least six players received harsher punishments for marijuana than the suspension given to Ray Rice after video footage showed him dragging his then-fiancée out of an elevator. (He's since been suspended indefinitely by the league and released by his team.)

New research from University of Michigan scientists shows the number of college students who've tried pot is at a three-decade high reports MLive, the website for a group of Michigan newspapers. And a new study in a British health journal shows teenagers who smoke marijuana are 60 percent less likely to finish high school and college than those who never use. See a full breakdown of the data from the Washington Post.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WEED WEDNESDAY: Happy Birthday, High Times!

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 2:44 PM

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The rundown: The Liquor Control Board has now licensed 196 producers, 159 processors (many processors are also producers) and 50 retailers. Five stores have been licensed in Spokane County — four are open — and one has been licensed in neighboring Stevens County. (The owner of that store, Savage THC, tells us businesses has been a little slow in his first week open, but he's still looking for more growers. The shop has a decent selection of glass and prices are about $24 a gram.) Find all the open stores on this map. Click on the name of a location to see its hours and website.

ICYMI: A Pierce County judge upheld the city of Fife's ban on marijuana businesses Friday, saying nothing in Initiative 502 prevented cities from passing such bans. The man who'd hoped to open a pot store there says he'll appeal.

Evergreen, the documentary following legalization in Washington that played at SpIFF this year, is now available on iTunes. Find it here.

The Seattle City Council has approved an extension for medical marijuana businesses there. Previously, medical businesses would have had to have a state license and comply with city code by the first of next year, but since the legislature failed to pass reform to the medical marijuana system this year, Seattle's dispensaries will now have until either July 2015 or January 2016 (depending on state lawmakers) to come into compliance, reports the Seattle Times.

click image HIGH TIMES PHOTO
  • High Times photo

It's the 40th anniversary of High Times magazine and the special issue celebrating its history is on stands this week. “There’s a feeling like now is our time in the sun,” Editor in Chief Chris Simunek told the Washington Post. Word is there'll even be a return of the Dope Rider. Speaking of High Times: We told you last week about Washington's new FAQ on pot advertising, meant to clarify what businesses are and aren't allowed to do. High Times is part of an ongoing case in Colorado over similar advertising restrictions. Read more about that from Forbes here.

In Oregon, where a legalization measure similar to I-502 will be on the November ballot, controversy is swirling around a drug summit and "marijuana education tour" scheduled for the month before the election. The Oregonian reports that legalization opponent Kevin Sabet is scheduled to appear at the events, which are paid for in part by federal grants. While Sabet has said he won't discuss the state's ballot measure, some who support legalization say it's an effort to drum up "no" votes. Since the initial reports, some locations set to host the tour have backed out.

In Colorado, law enforcement used a Black Hawk helicopter to airlift bundles of marijuana plants off an illegal grow, some producers are fighting new growing limits they say unfairly target new and smaller growers, and a retired police chief is selling pot-free brownies as a joke. (All via The Cannabist)

The Texas 19-year-old facing a life sentence for making pot brownies is off the hook, sort of. He's still facing charges, but no longer a life sentence, reports KXAN.

In Florida, a lawyer behind the effort to legalize medical marijuana there was caught at his less than flattering in this video from a rally on Friday. "Y'all are a lazy bunch of pieces of you-know-what. If you mother ———s don't get out and vote, —— it all, we can't win," he tells a crowd of rowdy young people (some of whom, after yelling about "the reefer" can't stop yelling something about cocaine) around the 2:30 mark. The campaign to defeat the measure has used the footage to argue the effort isn't really about marijuana for patients, but for everyone. (NSFW)

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Judge upholds city of Fife's marijuana ban

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 3:27 PM

A Pierce County judge ruled this afternoon that nothing in state law — including Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana — prevents a city from enacting a local ban on pot businesses, report the Associated Press and Seattle Times.

As Washington has implemented its marijuana law, the debate over whether cities and counties should be able to pass local moratoriums on the businesses has been ongoing. The state attorney general has said he believes there's nothing in the law preventing such bans. Supporters of the law (like the hopeful entrepreneur looking to open a pot store in Fife) have argued local bans undermine the voters' will in approving I-502 and the goal of eradicating the black market. A similar case is ongoing in Wenatchee.

The other big argument in this case was about whether federal law preempts state law. If so, state-level legalization could be doomed. Yet, even while he upheld Fife's ban, the judge in this case reportedly said he saw no evidence that the federal Controlled Substances Act prevents states like Washington from making their own drug laws.

Read more from the Associated Press here.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WEED WEDNESDAY: A new Spokane store, pot tour buses and Sarah Silverman's vape pen

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 4:54 PM

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Check this out: We have a new map of all the open recreational pot stores in Spokane, which we'll be updating as more are licensed and ready to sell. Our map is here, and as always, Weedmaps has you covered for customer reviews and medical locations. This weekend, we'll add Sativa Sisters (10525 E. Trent), which is preparing to open Friday at 11 am. They sent us a press release announcing the event and saying "anyone interested in the revolution" is welcome to attend. So, consider that your invite. Here are a couple looks at the shop from Sativa Sisters' Facebook.



Let's also take a moment to appreciate this new art Satori shared over the weekend.


Spokane also now has a cannabis testing lab, KXLY reports.

The Spokesman has a story today about an Ephrata pot store owner who decided to name his business High Times Station. It turns out that major pot magazine, High Times, doesn't take the lightly. The store has since changed its name, but that's not stopping High Times' parent company from pursuing a trademark infringement case.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board has a new set of FAQs about how marijuana businesses can advertise, warning them to use a separate business to sell hats or t-shirts and to be careful with things like on-vehicle advertising. Read the whole thing here.

The state Utilities and Transportation Commission issued a notice Thursday telling charter and excursion vehicle operators they're not to allow pot consumption in their vehicles. That means no weed buses, like the one operating in Seattle. (Similar services have been popular in Colorado.)

The nonprofit Brookings Institute has a new report out praising Washington's legalization process. While Colorado won congratulations (and most of the international media love) for getting its system off the ground first, "there is a case to be made that Washington is undertaking the more radical and far-reaching reform," writes Brookings fellow Philip Wallach in the report. Specifically, Wallach writes about the state's efforts to gather detailed data as legalization unfolds in order to better understand what works and what doesn't.

Also in research news, a study out this month shows couples who smoke (or vape, eat, whatever) pot are less likely to engage in domestic violence. Another shows that medical marijuana legalization may help cut down on opioid overdose deaths.

Finally, a rapper did the ice bucket challenge with weed, and enjoy this video of comedian Sarah Silverman probably, definitely high and showing off her vape pen at the Emmys.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WEED WEDNESDAY: New stores and a pot/pizza/comedy empire

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 4:34 PM


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The rundown: The state has now approved 46 total recreational marijuana stores, with four licensed in Spokane. Spokane Green Leaf is keeping regular hours (check their Facebook) and says prices range from $18-27 a gram, though they've avoided answering specific price questions on their Facebook page. Satori is now open Sunday through Thursday 11-7 and Friday and Saturdays 11-9 and is charging $25 a gram. They're currently out of pre-rolled joints, but will be restocking soon. The owner of Green Star Cannabis (1403 N. Division) says he had a quiet soft opening earlier this month and will have a grand opening Saturday. Then, regular hours there will be 9 am-9 pm Monday through Saturday and 10-6 on Sunday. He wouldn't disclose prices, but says he'll be "competitive." A representative from Green Depot, the latest licensee, says that store is still looking for product and is unsure when it will be open. Sativa Sisters on East Trent is advertising an Aug. 29 opening, though they have yet to be licensed.

Over the weekend in Spokane, a man attempted to steal "several branches of cannabis plants" from Herb Nerds, a medical collective in the Valley, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. An officer patrolling nearby had seen the man acting suspiciously, watched him enter the building through a partially open roll-up door and arrested him as he attempted to flee. The suspect's mother, who'd given him a ride there and was waiting for him, was also arrested and deputies found meth in her car. The two were booked into jail.

Seattle now has its second recreational store. Also in Seattle, the officer who wrote 80 percent of the year's pot tickets and referred to I-502 as "silly" is back to work, the Seattle Times reports.

Tacoma also got its second recreational store and had a pot business expo last weekend (featuring just about everything except cannabis). We've heard from a local organizer who's planning a similar event in November at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, but some details are still being worked out. I'll update you as I hear more. There's a similar conference aimed at cannabis entrepreneurs in Portland September 13-14.

Washington state's attorney general has submitted a memo outlining his arguments in a case involving the city of Fife's ban on marijuana businesses. While Attorney General Bob Ferguson has said he doesn't believe the state's pot law stops cities from banning marijuana businesses, he and the ACLU of Washington have stepped into this case to argue that the state's law is not preempted by federal law. This is a big deal because if a court ruled in favor of federal preemption, the state's entire pot system could be at stake.

In Colorado, arguments continue over whether people were sickened by pot edibles allegedly offered at the Denver County Fair while edibles makers struggle to keep up with demand for their products, according to Westword and The Cannabist.

Elsewhere, the NFL is trying to figure out how to handle cannabis, New Hampshire's governor declared a state of emergency after 41 people experienced "serious medical reactions" to synthetic pot, medical marijuana is on its way to Nevada and maybe Oklahoma, and the Coast Guard seized 900 pounds of pot off the coast of Florida.

Also, much is being made of the fact that Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, had marijuana in his system, but remember that doesn't mean he was high and it doesn't mean he was violent.

In Canada, doctors are refusing to join an anti-marijuana campaign, CBC reports.

Finally: Weed. Pizza. Comedy. Meet the guy behind the empire that combines your three favorite things in this Denver Post profile.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WEED WEDNESDAY: Human-sized rat cages and facing life for pot brownies

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM


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The rundown: Spokane Green Leaf (9107 North Country Homes Boulevard) and Satori (9301 North Division) are now open. Two others in Spokane County have been licensed and still others are advertising August openings, meaning options should grow as fall approaches. Statewide, the liquor board has licensed 164 producers, 128 processors (some producers are also processors) and 43 retailers.

Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham sold the state's first edibles and vape pens last week, and they were popular.

Opposition is mounting against Oregon's legalization effort, reports Willamette Week.

A federal judge has dismissed a case brought by a Bellingham medical dispensary owner who said he couldn't pay his taxes without federally incriminating himself. The owner says he'll bring the case back to a state court.

The ACLU of Washington is stepping in to support a group of marijuana business owners who are challenging a ban on the businesses in the city of Fife. Unlike Wenatchee, which argues it's allowed under state law to ban pot businesses, Fife officials have relied on federal prohibition to make their case.

“State and federal laws do not have to be the same,” says Alison Holcomb, an ACLU attorney who helped write the state's pot law, in a statement. “I-502 is designed to protect the health and welfare of our state’s residents and maintains Washington’s traditional role as partner with the federal government. Our state’s law is consistent with federal enforcement priorities. It accounts for revenues, prohibits marijuana sales to children, and reduces the risk of violence by taking marijuana out of the hands of criminal enterprises.”

On the anti-pot front, Colorado's high-profile campaign against teen use of marijuana has launched, complete with controversial science and human-sized rat cages at bus stops. The plea: We may not know just how weed affects the developing brain, but Colorado's kids shouldn't be the testing grounds for figuring it out. Here's one of the TV spots:

One of the cages has already been vandalized, reports Denver's CBS affiliate.

Progress is happening, but it's oh so slow. Medical marijuana research continues to run into legal roadblocks. More than 100 banks are now doing business with marijuana entrepreneurs, according to one federal official, but nearly as many have ended relationships with cannabis businesses, reports the Denver Post.

"I'm 19 years old, and I still have my whole life ahead of me. Take that into account, and I can do more good than evil." Those were the words from a 19-year-old in Texas who's facing between a few years and life in prison for making pot brownies.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WEED WEDNESDAY: Edibles come to Washington and a vaporizer that looks like an inhaler

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 2:42 PM


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The rundown: This week marks one month of legal recreational marijuana sales in Washington and the state Liquor Control Board says the new industry has done $3.4 million in sales, generating $850,000 in excise taxes. Around here, Spokane Green Leaf has been keeping more consistent hours and is open until 7 today. Prices range from $17-27 a gram and they now sometimes have rolled joints in stock. Keep up with their Facebook page for the latest info. Satori has pushed back their opening again, but is hoping for this Friday. Seattle still has just one licensed store and Tacoma is getting one soon. In total, the state has now licensed 39 stores (still just three in Spokane County) and 149 growers (33 in Spokane County).

The state has also approved infused products from three producers: DB3 (the first to be approved), Mirth Provisions (this is the company we told you about earlier that plans to sell cannabis-infused coffee) and Green Chiefs. That means edibles should be available in some stores soon. UPDATE: Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham had edibles for sale late Wednesday night and Thursday. Check it out.

Here's the full list of approved products from the Liquor Control Board:

Mirth Provisions

Legal Rainier Cherry Soda

Legal Pomegranate Soda

Legal Lemon Ginger Soda

Db3 Corporation

Zootblast Carpe Diem Premium Cannabis Infused Single Shots - Tart Cherry - 5mg

Zootblast Carpe Diem Premium Cannabis Infused Single Shots - Tart Cherry - 10mg

Zootblast Carpe Diem Premium Cannabis Infused Shots - Tart Cherry - 30 mg

Zootdrops Premium Cannabis Infused Concentrate - Kick Back

Zootdrops Premium Cannabis Infused Concentrate - Yippee Ki-Yay

Zoots Premium Cannabis Infused Lemongrass Nuggets

Zoots Premium Cannabis Infused Chili Cinnamon Fire Nuggets

Green Chiefs LLC

Baked Botanicals 420 Party Mix

Baked Botanicals Assorted Cookies

Baked Botamcals Blasted Brittle

Baked Botanicals Cookies & Cream Bar

Baked Botanicals Crazy Carnival Nuts

Baked Botanicals Dark Chocolate Bar

Baked Botanicals Green Chief Granola

Baked Botanicals Twisted Trail Mix

Seattle made news recently for a report showing that minorities and homeless people received a disproportionate number of pot tickets in the city. That story has since spiraled even further into embarrassment for Seattle Police after the revelation that one officer issued nearly 80 percent of all the city's marijuana citations this year, even referring to the law as "silly." But that fact wasn't included in the initial report about the citations, leading to questions of coverup. This week, The Stranger asks whether that undermines the department's major reform efforts.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Thursday that his office will defend Initiative 502 if any of the parties involved in two lawsuits in the state argue it should be overturned. Ferguson has said before that he believes cities and counties have the right to ban marijuana businesses under I-502. He won't be arguing against that opinion, but if those cities or counties with bans try to argue that the law itself shouldn't stand, he'll step in.

Growers on islands on the westside are wondering how they're going to get they're weed to mainland Washington when sea and air travel are controlled by the feds. The Seattle Times has the story.

Pot-friendly events are all over the place in Colorado and Seattle, of course, has Hempfest. Now, those types of events may be coming to Spokane too. The Members Lounge, a medical "bring your own cannabis club" on East Sprague is now advertising a pot/weed/DJ/open-until-5-am party on Friday nights.

The ACLU of Washington has a new quiz about pot law. How'd you do?

In Colorado, edibles rules continue to evolve, schools are receiving pot tax dollars, highway fatalities are nearing historic lows despite fears of drugged drivers, a guy wants to turn a prison into a pot grow and store and there's now a marijuana technology startup weekend. The state's Gunnison County is also home to two towns taking very different approaches to pot. The New York Times paid a visit:

click image The PUFFiT vaporizer from VaporNation - VAPORNATION.COM
  • The PUFFiT vaporizer from VaporNation

The Times also finished its editorial series on why they think weed should be federally legalized and you can find the whole thing here.

There is now, of course, a vaporizer that looks like an asthma inhaler. Ben Livingston, who writes for The Stranger and The Cannabist, didn't love it, but no one can argue that's not discreet.

Elsewhere, is the rising number of cannabis clubs in Barcelona turning Spain into the "Holland of the South?" Sure is, says The Guardian.

And The Cannabist's editor, Ricardo Baca, is in Uruguay reporting on the nation's marijuana system, which is facing serious implementation challenges. Follow him here.

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