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Green Lady Marijuana scores fresh supply for grand opening in Olympia

Green Lady Marijuana scores fresh supply for grand opening in Olympia BY ANDY HOBBS Staff writerAugust 29, 2014 Olympia’s first legal recreational marijuana outlet has apparently solved its supply problem. Green Lady Marijuana hosted its grand opening celebration Friday at 3044 Pacific Ave. E. Like other new pot shops in the state, Green Lady has encountered a bumps while getting started. Although the Olympia store opened nearly two weeks ago, a reliable supply of marijuana finally became available this week, co-owner Mike Redman said. “We were just kind of holdingRead More


Cannabis In Oregon. The Video.

Cannabis In Oregon. The Video. By Canna Law Blog on August 24, 2014 hursday night, one of our cannabis business lawyers, Hilary Bricken, spoke in Portland, Oregon, regarding Oregon’s upcoming initiative 91 to legalize recreational marijuana and the future of marijuana in Oregon, generally.The event was put on by Portland’s main newspaper, The Oregonian, and expertly moderated by its cracker-jack cannabis reporter, Noelle Crombie. The event actually sold out, and for good reason. But you can watch it from the comfort of your own home by going here for partRead More


Washington judge upholds local pot business bans

Washington judge upholds local pot business bans Gene Johnson, Associated Press 7:23 p.m. PDT August 29, 2014 ACOMA, Wash. – A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington’s experiment in legal pot. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling after extensive arguments over whether Initiative 502, the voter-approved state law that legalizes adults’ recreational use of marijuana, left any room for such local bans. The case concerned a ban in theRead More


Of Pot and Percocet

Of Pot and Percocet AUG. 29, 2014 Gray Matter By MARCUS BACHHUBER and COLLEEN BARRY PRESCRIPTION opioid painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin have come under intense scrutiny in recent years because of the drastic rise in overdose deaths associated with their prolonged use. Meanwhile, access to medical marijuana has been expanding — 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its broad medical use — and chronic or severe pain is by far the most common condition reported among people using it. Could the availability of medical marijuanaRead More


WA State Judge: Small City Can Continue to Ban Licensed Marijuana Businesses

WA State Judge: Small City Can Continue to Ban Licensed Marijuana Businesses Posted: Aug 29, 2014 3:15 PM PDT Updated: Aug 29, 2014 3:34 PM PDT NBCRightNow.com (AP) – A Washington state judge says a small city can continue to ban licensed marijuana businesses, even if they’re allowed under state law. Pierce County Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling Friday after extensive arguments in a case with big implications for Washington’s experiment allowing recreational marijuana. A man who wanted to open a pot shop in the city of Fife suedRead More


DEA Finally Admits Marijuana is Medicine

DEA Finally Admits Marijuana is Medicine by Scott Morgan, March 01, 2011, 03:04am If you thought they were going to issue a formal apology after decades of flagrant dishonesty, you would be mistaken. But the DEA is at long last conceding marijuana’s incredible medical value…by giving pharmaceutical companies exclusive permission to make pills out of it. “[M]arijuana has no scientifically proven medical value.” So stated the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on page six of a July 2010 agency white paper, titled “DEA Position on Marijuana.” Yet only fourRead More


How Oregon cops know if you’re stoned behind the wheel

How Oregon cops know if you’re stoned behind the wheel By Ian K. Kullgren August 29, 2014 With Oregonians set to decide Nov. 4 whether to legalize recreational marijuana, The Oregonian is examining how authorities deal with stoned drivers. We talked by phone with Oregon State Police Sgt. Michael Iwai, the state coordinator for Oregon’s Drug Recognition Expert program. His answers are paraphrased unless in direct quotes. Q: What is the Drug Recognition Expert program? http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/08/how_oregon_cops_know_if_youre.html  


Harsh Toke? Attorney General Wins Fight to Let WA Cities Ban Pot Stores

Harsh Toke? Attorney General Wins Fight to Let WA Cities Ban Pot Stores posted by DOMINIC HOLDEN on FRI, AUG 29, 2014 at 3:50 PM A small city in Washington State is legally justified in banning pot stores, even though pot stores are legally allowed under state law, according to a Pierce County judge’s decision this afternoon. The Associated Press reports that a would-be store owner, who was banned from opening a shop by the city of Fife and filed the lawsuit, says he plans to appeal the decision. However,Read More


The Anti-Marijuana Lobby Is Enlisting Scientific Mercenaries

The Anti-Marijuana Lobby Is Enlisting Scientific Mercenaries Sam Becker August 30, 2014 It’s an age-old play that has been used in several different industries over the past several decades, and now marijuana is the new target. One incredibly popular method for garnering support against a cause is to attack the science and facts supporting it, even if it is a virtual certainty that you’d be fighting a losing battle. According to a new report from Vice, that’s precisely what’s happening to the cannabis industry, despite the fact that marijuana hasRead More


Justice Department Announces Update to Marijuana Enforcement Policy, The Cole Memo

Justice Department Announces Update to Marijuana Enforcement Policy Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs  Thursday, August 29, 2013 Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced an update to its federal marijuana enforcement policy in light of recent state ballot initiatives that legalize, under state law, the possession of small amounts of marijuana and provide for the regulation of marijuana production, processing, and sale. In a new memorandum outlining the policy, the Department makes clear that marijuana remains an illegal drug under the Controlled Substances Act and that federal prosecutors willRead More