Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WEED WEDNESDAY: Pot at the polls and Charlotte's Web in Colorado

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 4:36 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]

You guys. There was an election last night and we now have two more states joining in on this whole legalize it/regulate it thing — plus, possession is now legal in the nation's capital! Voters in Alaska and Oregon approved measures similar to Washington's and Colorado's and those states will now set about crafting the rules to govern the new industry. Washington, D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to allow adults 21 and older to possess pot and grow small amounts at home and the D.C. council is now expected to set rules for the legal sale of pot. But Congress could intervene and create a whole new showdown. Meanwhile, an effort to legalize medical marijuana in Florida won a majority of the votes, but not the 60 percent needed to become law.

Here in Washington, the Seattle Times reports that the Liquor Control Board broke the state's open-meetings law 17 times while it was writing pot rules, although it didn't actually make any decisions at those meetings that warrant throwing out the rules they ended up passing.

Speaking of the Liquor Board, board member Chris Marr wrote a letter to the editor to the Spokesman-Review about their coverage of City Councilwoman Karen Stratton's pot business, including Doug Clark's usual nonsense on the matter.

"If the intent was to encourage an uneducated reader to view this as a less-than-respectable enterprise, or worthy of the tiresome pot-related humor many of us have been forced to endure of late, they served their purpose," Marr wrote, continuing later, "While [licensees] should be judged in the marketplace on their ability to operate profitably under tight regulation, there is no need to subject them to mockery or suggestions that they are engaged in anything less than a legitimate business."

In Spokane, Cinder opened a new store at 7011 North Division, and edibles and concentrates are showing up at more stores in town.

A bunch of people in Colorado are getting access to Charlotte's Web, a highly sought after high-CBD strain, The Cannabist reports.

There's a portion of the Patriot Act that allows "sneak and peak" actions by law enforcement officers — doing searches without informing the target of the search. And guess what? It's not actually being used that often for terrorism cases. Instead, they're often used in drug cases. More from the Washington Post here and the Electronic Frontier Foundation here.

Uber for medical marijuana? Yep. It's called Eaze.

Synthetic marijuana strikes again.

Snoop ♥s his murse for carrying around "the goods." (Also, Alaska awaits the show he promised if they legalized weed.)

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Voters say "yes" to pot in Oregon, Alaska, D.C.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 10:24 PM

click image NORML urged voters in these states to legalize medical and recreational marijuana.
  • NORML urged voters in these states to legalize medical and recreational marijuana.

Despite the lore that only old, white, conservative people show up for midterm elections, and a very bad night for Democrats, marijuana advocates won a few fights tonight. (Get ready for even more in 2016.) There were various city-level measures and a winning medical effort in the U.S. territory of Guam, but here are the efforts that have had the national eye: Legalization measures are passing in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C, but a medical marijuana effort in Florida has failed.

Here's what that all means:


Oregon's Measure 91 — passing with about 54 percent of the vote after early results — will allow adults to possess eight ounces of marijuana and grow up to four plants at home. (Here in Washington, we can have up to an ounce and home grows aren't allowed.) Tax revenue — levied only at the producer stage — will go toward schools, drug treatment and police. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be tasked with rule-making and, unlike Washington, pot entrepreneurs can get in at all levels of the game by holding producer, processor and retail licenses. Voters there were split until the last minute, with a late October poll showing 44 percent for, 46 percent against and 7 percent undecided.

Alaska also voted on a full legalize-and-regulate measure that had the lead with 54 percent of the vote after the first returns. (Because of the time difference, these returns are more preliminary than the others.) There, Ballot Measure 2 will allow residents to have up to an ounce of usable pot and six plants. Taxes will be charged to growers when they sell to stores or processors; where the revenue will go is not specified in the measure. Rule-making will be done by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, but the state legislature could create a special marijuana regulatory board. Polls were close right up until the end in this Republican stronghold, and the pro camp was counting on a libertarian bent to tip things in their favor.


Washington D.C.'s Initiative Measure #71 is a whole different (and very popular) beast than other states' efforts. It passed overwhelmingly, with nearly a 70-30 split. It will allow adults 21 and older to have up to two ounces of weed and grow up to six plants. Like the Washington Post details here, the nation's capital is a big symbolic win, but it's going to face potential congressional interference because that's how weird things get when you're a pseudo-state.


Florida had the chance to become the 24th state to allow medical marijuana — and the first in the South to allow widespread medical use — but even though the measure won a majority, it didn't get the 60 percent the state required. Amendment 2 would have legalized medical marijuana in the state and charged the Department of Health with overseeing dispensaries and issuing ID cards to patients and caregivers. But the fight was muddied with big spending from the "no" camp and controversy over who would be able to be a caregiver.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WEED WEDNESDAY: The Marijuana Midterms

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 3:46 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]

The un-weed-friendly Valley has its first store inside city limits. Cinder opened over the weekend and has a strain called "God's Gift" that is almost 32 PERCENT THC! Owner Justin Peterson tells us business has been good since they opened and "insane" since KREM did a story on God's Gift. Prices range from $18-22 a gram. Find all of the local stores here.

As I hope you've noticed, there's an election next week. And in a few places across the country, pot is on the ballot. Alaska and Oregon will vote on legalization measures similar to our I-502, Washington, D.C. is considering a measure to allow adults 21 or older to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana, and Florida will vote on medical cannabis. And bills for the next few years are being drafted in plenty of states — even Texas. All this is likely to set up 2016 as the most important election ever for marijuana reform, says the Brookings Institution.  The researchers who've been studying marijuana at Brookings also did a Reddit AMA today that has tons of interesting stuff in it. Read it here.

Hundreds of cashless ATMS, often used by marijuana businesses, were shut down in Washington and Colorado last week because of concerns about federal banking rules, the Denver Post reports. In a meeting in Spokane earlier this week, growers and store owners said they were among those who lost access to these machines.

In Idaho, a truck driver was pulled over and admitted to having an ounce of pot, KHQ reports. In fact, he had 150 pounds of pot.

Earlier this month, a judge ruled in favor of Wenatchee's ban on pot businesses. We wrote about that case earlier this year.

While raiding a medical grow last week, a member of the San Diego Narcotics Task Force wore a shirt (shown in video from a local TV station here) that said, "F—- the growers. Marijuana's still illegal."

Wonder if anything has changed for black market growers since I-502 took effect? The Stranger asked some.

Old, but still interesting: The NCAA released a report this summer about alcohol and drug use among student athletes. Looking for the biggest stoners? Join lacrosse or women's ice hockey.

Finally, our cover story this week is about medical marijuana growers facing federal prosecution for their business. Check it out online right here, and on stands tomorrow.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WEED WEDNESDAY: Why a city councilmember told a newspaper she's growing pot, and other news

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 2:35 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]

Washington state continues to hand out licenses and rake in tax dollars from marijuana growers and sellers across the state. Here in Spokane, we had our own big grower news over the weekend.
Spokane City Councilmember Karen Stratton
  • Spokane City Councilmember Karen Stratton

The Spokesman reported that the newest member of the Spokane City Council , Karen Stratton, is operating a 502-licensed pot grow with her husband. Unlike a lot of things in politics, this wasn’t something Stratton was trying to hide. She volunteered it to the newspaper. While public opinion continues to swing toward favoring marijuana legalization, that's still a bold move in Eastern Washington. So we asked Stratton about the decision to take her second job to the public and how growing weed is going so far.

"I saw [Spokesman reporter and former Inlander staffer Nicholas Deshais] and we were talking and I thought, you know, I would rather have this story come out and me be in front of it than to have somebody else bring it up and turn it into something that it isn’t,” Stratton says.

Like all recreational marijuana licensees in the state, Stratton, her husband and their other unnamed business partners passed background and financial checks to get their license. In the process, she says, she told her family, friends and coworkers at City Hall. Well, most of them. Stratton says she didn’t tell Councilman Mike Fagan or Mayor David Condon because she doesn’t have a “personal relationship” with either of them. The mayor said Monday that the Spokesman story was “the first I had heard of it.”

Stratton says she wasn’t intentionally trying to hide the business from anyone at City Hall, including the administration, and that part of her reason for going to the media was that she was “trying to give them a break from all the budget press." (The council and administration have been fighting publicly over pay raises and other budget issues.)

“I thought, ‘Well I’ll throw my story out there and take the heat off them for a little bit.”

Stratton says she hasn’t used marijuana since a trip to Hawaii when she was 19, but she’s had friends and family members who’ve used medical marijuana and her husband, attorney and Park Board member Chris Wright, had a client interested in starting a grow operation under I-502.

“We’re both 55 years old and we thought this would be a good investment. We have a son in college, so part of it, too, was a financial decision,” Stratton says. The pair says their experience with the Liquor Control Board has been complex, but generally positive.

“You do kind of feel like a pioneer getting started on this,” Stratton says.

The operation is just over 5,000 square feet in a marijuana grow park near Spangle with Cherry OG and Blue OG strains about a month out from harvest. Stratton and Wright don’t have a processor's license, so they’ll be selling to a processor, who will then package the pot for sale in stores. They couldn’t afford to hire staff to help tend the grow, so they’ve been doing most of it themselves. Stratton says she spends her weekends watering and trimming, playing Gonzaga’s classical music station for the plants.

“I was out there one morning watering and the farm next door was listening to this god awful rap music,” she says, “and I thought, ‘My plants can’t listen to this!’ so I went over and turned up the classical music.”

Elsewhere in Washington, Seattle is warning medical marijuana dispensary owners that they are running out of time to get state-issued licenses even though those licenses don't exist yet (Seattle PI) and King County's sheriff is endorsing Oregon's legalization initiative saying, "It's working here."

A new law in Liberty Lake allows cops to ticket minors for being high even if they don't have any pot on them (SR)

And the state's Liquor Control Board wants to increase how much pot can be produced (AP).

In Colorado, sales are up and edibles are still a unsolved problem, The Cannabist reports.

In New York, "despite campaign promises made in 2013, marijuana possession arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are on track to equal – or even surpass – the number of arrests under his predecessor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg," according to a new report from the Drug Policy Alliance. Read it here.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WEED WEDNESDAY: Local stores' sales and Neil Young's trick to avoid paranoia

Posted By on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM


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The state continues to license growers, processors and retailers — though still not as many as Colorado. The Liquor Control Board is also now releasing sales data by license number, so we can see how businesses around here are doing. Below is a breakdown of each of the five stores operating in Spokane County, with how much they've sold and, in parenthesis, how much they've paid or owe in excise taxes to the state. Unsurprisingly, the stores that opened first have done the best. (As a comparison, Seattle's first store has sold $1,321,427 of product so far, about $320,000 more than Spokane's first shop.)

Green Leaf: $1,001,855 ($250,463)

Satori: $392,528 ($98,132)

Sativa Sisters: $335,641 ($83,911)

Green Star: $165,222 ($41,305)

Greenlight: $27,537 ($6,884)

Statewide, marijuana stores have sold just under $24 million worth of pot, generating almost $6 million in excise taxes. More about where all that money will go here.

Find all the stores in our area on the map here.

A commenter last week suggested we do a story on responsible cannabis use, especially in hotels, where it's often not allowed and the smell can stick around a room. There's definitely more we could talk about here, but for now, check out our marijuana issue from this summer, where we gave some advice on how to get high without being a jerk. And remember, hotels have extra cleaning fees and they're not afraid to charge them. Know what's allowed and where. (If you're visiting Spokane or Seattle and looking for a cannabis-friendly place to stay, check out this site.)

In Airway Heights, neighbors tell KXLY they're upset about a grow operation that may soon open in the area. (One note on the linked story: I-502 passed in 2012, not 2013, though implementation didn't really begin until this year.)

The Seattle Times has the story of a woman from Chicago who moved all the way to Washington to make marijuana-infused simple syrups with flavors like coffee, chicory and strawberry.

A 24-year-old in Missoula was arrested for causing an explosion in a University of Montana student apartment building, which police say was caused by a hash oil-making operation, reports KPAX. (Making hash oil, which gets you super high, involves the dangerous process of filtering butane through marijuana and then heating the resulting product to remove the butane.) Meanwhile, the Denver City Council is trying to regulate home hash operations (Denver Post).

President Obama's top pick to head the civil rights division of the Department of Justice has said she supports decriminalizing marijuana, reports the Washington Post. This could signal a big shift in how the department views marijuana.

Rolling Stone has a list of 12 things they learned from Neil Young's recent interview with Howard Stern, but there's really only one you need to know: Neil Young's trick to avoiding pot-induced paranoia. "Try black pepper balls if you get paranoid," he told Stern. "Just chew two or three pieces. I just found this out myself. Try it."

Snoop Dogg (Lion?) is getting more and more vocal about his support of legalization and pro-legalization candidates. The Cannabist asks, "Is Snoop Dogg hip-hop's retort to the Koch Brothers?"

The Italian army is going to start growing marijuana to keep prices down for it's medical marijuana program. (Reuters)

Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant was on the Colbert Report last week, where he handed Stephen Colbert a joint. “For the purposes of my lawyer and my network, this is a cigarette,” Colbert said with a surprised smile.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WEED WEDNESDAY: Pullman's new store and a cute animal threatened by pot farming

Posted By on Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 2:00 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]

The state has now issued licenses to 251 growers, 208 processors (many of whom are also growers) and 65 stores. Pullman's first store, MJ's Pot Shop, opened over the weekend and prices started around $36 a gram there. You can find all of the region's open stores on the map here.

Satori is hosting a "Meet the Growers" event Friday from 7-10 pm. Details here.

In Bellingham, marijuana soda is exploding, the AP reports. And in Seattle, a church is upset about the new pot shop nearby (via The Stranger). Throughout the state, growers hope the increasing harvests will drive down prices, reports the Yakima Herald Republic.

In Colorado, a Denver ad agency is feeling the blowback from telling the New York Times that in working to normalize marijuana use it was "weeding out the stoners." "I don’t understand why one group has to be insulted so the other can feel better about what they’re doing," a Colorado photographer focused on the marijuana industry told The Cannabist. "It’s one of the things that I’ve always enjoyed about cannabis culture: There doesn’t have to be a cultural divide.”

According to a newspaper in South Bend, Indiana, high-quality weed from Washington and Colorado is fetching $800 an ounce on the black market. According to the cops, "they call this stuff 'Loud.'"

Washington, D.C. residents with nonviolent marijuana convictions could get those records sealed under a bill that passed a first vote of the city council. (WaPo)

A Georgia man tells local TV that cops mistook the okra plant in his garden for marijuana, knocking on his door with a K9 unit and a helicopter overhead. Yes. A helicopter.

click image USFWS PHOTO
  • USFWS photo

Look at this adorable creature. It's called a fisher and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing listing it as a threatened species. Part of the reason: illegal pot farms' use of rat poisoning. The FWS says the poison is increasingly being found in fishers in California and Oregon, threatening their already eroding populations.

This year's campaigns for legalization are heating up. Rick Steves is in Oregon and the New York Times has endorsed measures in Oregon, Alaska and D.C. But some advocates are already looking to 2016, reports the Washington Post.

I'll leave you with this (mostly cheesy except for Fred Armisen's amazing dancing) Rock the Vote riff on "Turn Down for What," featuring Lil Jon saying he's turning out for marijuana legalization and taking a hit off an oversized joint. You're welcome.

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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


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]

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


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]

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


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]

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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