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 heidig@inlander.com.

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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