Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WW: Liquor board conducts sting; Christians, Morgan Freeman make case for weed

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Washington pot retailers, beware of young people coming into your stores.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board (soon to be the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board) has announced that it’ll be sending 18-to-21-year-old “investigative aides” into recreational pot shops to test to see that they are checking the IDs of potential customers before selling marijuana. According to a statement from the board, the investigative aides will tell whoever is working the counter that they forgot their ID or will present IDs that show they aren’t old enough to buy pot.

Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis plans on testing the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act by holding a service on June 1, the day the controversial law goes into effect, that will include public smoking of pot for religious reasons, reports U.S News.

Could Texas really be the next state to legalize pot? A Texas legislative panel has passed a measure that would legalize pot in the state, but the Houston Chronicle reports that it’s unlikely to make its way to the governor’s desk. The bill’s sponsor is state Rep. David Simpson, a Longview Republican, who makes his case for legalization from a Christian perspective.

“As a Christian, I recognize the innate goodness of everything God made and humanity’s charge to be stewards of the same,” he writes in an opinion piece. “In fact, it’s this reason that I’m especially cautious when it comes to laws banning plants. I don’t believe that when God made marijuana he made a mistake that government needs to fix.”

Lawmakers in Texas are also considering two other marijuana-related bills that would decriminalize the drug and allow cannabidiol oil to be used for medical purposes. A group called Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy is running this ad to support the bills.

Have you ever wondered what Morgan Freeman thinks about marijuana. The Daily Beast decided to ask him. He replied:
They used to say, ‘You smoke that stuff, boy, you get hooked!” says a chuckling Freeman. “My first wife got me into it many years ago. How do I take it? However it comes! I’ll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it! This movement is really a long time coming, and it’s getting legs—longer legs. Now, the thrust is understanding that alcohol has no real medicinal use.
Forbes has a ranking of the cheapest weed in the country. Washington state doesn’t have the cheapest, but it comes close.

Here is Alex Trebek telling Howard Stern a story about eating hash brownies.

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