Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

 

Patients seek cure for medical pot dilemma

Patients seek cure for medical pot dilemma By Sue Vorenberg, Columbian features reporter Published: March 15, 2015 Vancouver woman among ailing people facing additional hardships due to drug’s federally illegal status Critics of medical marijuana often note that most of the people using the system aren’t actually sick — they’re just using it as a way to get cheap, untaxed pot. And the critics aren’t entirely wrong. Even those in the medical marijuana community admit that there are likely more people gaming the system than there are people using itRead More


Nosh Pit: Interest in cannabis cuisine reaches new high

Nosh Pit: Interest in cannabis cuisine reaches new high BY CHRIS MACIAS 03/14/2015 Marijuana. It’s what’s for dinner. It could come in the form of “pot” roast or a “rasta pasta” with cannabis-infused pesto. Or for those feeling a little too lazy to cook, a pre-made, pot-laced pizza can be baked in the time it takes to hear the first three songs on Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.” With marijuana legal for medicinal or recreational use in 23 states and Washington, D.C., interest in the herb and its culinaryRead More


In a first, senators plan to introduce federal medical marijuana bill

In a first, senators plan to introduce federal medical marijuana bill By Niraj Chokshi March 9, 2015 UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: This post was updated to provide more details on the provisions in the bill. In what advocates describe as an historic first, a trio of senators plan to unveil a federal medical marijuana bill Tuesday. The bill, to be introduced by Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), would end the federal ban on medical marijuana and implement a series of reforms long sought by advocates.Read More


Feds Say Pot is Illegal, but Using Pesticide on it is Not?

Feds Say Pot is Illegal, but Using Pesticide on it is Not? The 420 Times 3/13/2015 A new study raises concerns about state and federal laws regarding harmful pesticide use in the production of marijuana. The analysis by the nonprofit group Beyond Pesticides says that six medical- or recreational-legal states, including California, are “silent on pesticide use in cannabis production.” Those states also include Montana, Michigan, Rhode Island, Alaska and Hawaii. The group says in a statement that it’s an important topic as pot goes mainstream because pesticides can have “potentialRead More


Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson calls Washington’s pot rules ‘worst-case scenario’

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson calls Washington’s pot rules ‘worst-case scenario’ By Noelle Crombie | The Oregonian/OregonLive Gary Johnson, former two-term governor of New Mexico and CEO of a marijuana company, told an audience of cannabis industry representatives that voters, not politicians, are propelling the legalization movement and that dynamic is likely to shift if California says yes to legal pot in 2016. Johnson, an outspoken legalization advocate who plans to run again for president in 2016, gave the keynote speech Sunday at the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference.Read More


Hash Oil Explosions Related to Marijuana Pose Risk to Colorado Homes

Hash Oil Explosions Related to Marijuana Pose Risk to Colorado Homes BY GABE GUTIERREZ AND ELIZABETH CHUCK Ever since the recreational use of pot became legal in Colorado last year, authorities have been dealing with a different type of marijuana boom: hash oil explosions. A new, dangerous method of extracting hash oil from marijuana which involves blasting it with butane has been producing a more concentrated high for smokers — and more house explosions than ever. In 2013, Colorado had 12 such explosions. Last year, that number jumped to 32,Read More


Colorado teaching Jamaica about pot?

Colorado teaching Jamaica about pot? Meagan Fitzgerald, March 13, 2015 DENVER – You might think marijuana has been legal in Jamaica for many years. It’s certainly known for it. But Jamaica just legalized pot this January, which is why the mayor of Kingston is visiting Denver to learn Colorado’s best practices and how Jamaica can learn from us. Mayor Angela Brown Burke started her day on Friday by meeting with state and city officials. She learned about how the marijuana industry is tightly regulated and some of the challenges DenverRead More


Here Comes The Whole Foods-ification Of Marijuana

Here Comes The Whole Foods-ification Of Marijuana Artisinal weed in mason jars, delivered to your door. It’s already here. Laundry, package delivery, groceries, meals—these are all available on-demand for residents of major U.S. cities, where countless startups promise to let you live well without stepping outside of your house. The other day, I placed an order on my phone for yet another on-demand product. As usual, I received a text with a link to track my driver when she was close by. I popped outside my door when the driverRead More


Teen use of alcohol, tobacco continues to decrease, while interest grows in marijuana, e-cigarettes

Teen use of alcohol, tobacco continues to decrease, while interest grows in marijuana, e-cigarettes March 14, 2015 | By Rita R. Robison While more Washington teens consider alcohol use risky, fewer teens consider marijuana use to be risky, according to the state Healthy Youth Survey. e-Cigs ehp.122-A244.g0031“Teens who avoid substance use are less likely to use as adults, and that can lead to a longer, healthier life – one of the top goals of my Healthiest Next Generation initiative,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “It’s vital that every child in ourRead More


Survey Reveals What Washington State Students Think About Marijuana

Survey Reveals What Washington State Students Think About Marijuana Mar 13, 2015 SEATTLE (AP) – Washington high school students who participated in a statewide survey say marijuana is easy to get and they do not perceive any risk from smoking pot once or twice. State health officials say that while high school smoking of tobacco continues to go down, marijuana use has remained stable since the last healthy youth survey was conducted two years ago. http://www.nbcrightnow.com/story/28452921/survey-reveals-what-washington-state-students-think-about-marijuana