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The Cannabis Industry Is Coming To Anchorage Alaska

The Cannabis Industry Is Coming To Anchorage Alaska JUNE 23, 2016 | TWICEBAKEDINWA Alaska is the next US state that will soon be selling recreational marijuana, and the cannabis industry is watching with keen anticipation. The Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office issued its first licenses for cannabis producers and testing facilities this month.   Retail licenses are to be given out in September. In anticipation of the opening of the market, the cannabis industry will assemble at The Last Frontier for CannaCon Alaska — the state’s first major trade show.   Billed asRead More


Starbuds Loses Grow License In An Unprecedented Decision

Starbuds Loses Grow License In An Unprecedented Decision JUNE 25, 2016 | CRAIG SAILOR The marijuana landscape in Washington changes Friday when provisions of theCannabis Patient Protection Act goes into effect. The new laws and rules align the unregulated medical market with the regulated, licensed market created by Initiative 502 in 2012. Medical dispensaries and their familiar green crosses will disappear as recreational stores take on the business of medical marijuana. Some products will change or be discontinued. Starbuds Loses Grow License In An Unprecedented Decision


Starbuds Loses Grow License In An Unprecedented Decision

Starbuds Loses Grow License In An Unprecedented Decision June 27, 2016 | Brandon Beaderstadt Some very bad news for Starbuds has come out of Denver last week. In a historic decision, the executive director of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses has denied the company what should have been a routine renewal for their cannabis cultivation license. This could be incredibly important to the whole industry, because it opens a door to the possibility of it happening to other companies as well. Stacie Loucks is the person that had theRead More


Marijuana growers, processors face complex rules, backlash

Marijuana growers, processors face complex rules, backlash Saul Hubbard | Jun 26, 2016 As recreational marijuana cultivation emerges from decades in the shadows in Oregon, residents face a vexing challenge: Where will new licensed farms, processing plants and retailers be allowed to locate? Banned outright in big chunks of the state, recreational marijuana facilities face a complicated patchwork of quickly drafted local land use laws in areas such as Lane County. Those local rules are, at times, viewed as too permissive by longtime residents suddenly confronted with the reality of a newRead More


Q & A | What the merger of recreational, medical pot means

Q & A | What the merger of recreational, medical pot means Bob Young | June 25, 2016 The day of reckoning has come for Washington’s medical marijuana system. It’s been a strange trip, starting with 1998’sInitiative 692, which opened the door to home growing for patients and morphed into “collective gardens” that sprouted more than 300 storefront dispensaries statewide. Once voters legalized recreational weed throughInitiative 502 in November 2012, medical marijuana’s future in Washington was pretty much written. I-502 treated all pot the same. In practical terms, that made the largelyRead More


Why Seattle Is Failing at Pot Tourism

Why Seattle Is Failing at Pot Tourism Tobias Coughlin-Bogue | JUN 22, 2016 By all accounts, Denver’s cannabis tourism economy is thriving. As highlighted by a recent New York Times article, potheads are gallivanting about the city, dabbing on minibuses, visiting cannabis concierges, and reclining poolside with joints at cannabis-friendly lodgings. PotGuide.com lists more than a dozen cannabis-friendly hotels in Denver alone, plus bed-and-breakfasts and Airbnbs, as well as more than a dozen “social lounges” in Colorado, but no such businesses in Washington State. Why? Why Seattle Is Failing at PotRead More


Snohomish County nips new pot shops in the bud — for now

Snohomish County nips new pot shops in the bud — for now JUNE 23, 2016 | TIM JOYCE, “We don’t want to be known as a place to get marijuana,” says Diane Symms. She stands outside Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar on the busy Bothell-Everett Highway. She’s owned the local chain for decades and has lived just as long in Snohomish County. Symms is spearheading efforts here to put more space between marijuana shops. She’s happy the Snohomish County Council has put an emergency six-month ban on new pot shops. “TheRead More


House Republicans Block Cannabanking Amendment, Proving They Give Zero Fucks About Human Life

House Republicans Block Cannabanking Amendment, Proving They Give Zero Fucks About Human Life Tobias Coughlin-Bogue  | Jun 23, 2016 Congress has been trying to soothe the cannabis industry’s banking woes for years now, and its latest attempt—in the form of an amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act—was just blocked by House Republicans. Introduced by Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA) and Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), the amendment would have protected banks that work with the cannabis industry from federal sanctions. (The Senate Appropriations Committee recently passed a similar amendment.)Read More


Feds paying for sewer analysis of pot usage in Washington

Feds paying for sewer analysis of pot usage in Washington KIRO 7 STAFF | Jun 22, 2015 The federal government has agreed to pay for an analysis of sewer samples to determine levels of marijuana use in Washington state. The University of Puget Sound said Monday the National Institutes of Health is chipping in $120,000 so Dan Burgard, an associate chemistry professor, can conduct a three-year study that will look at how per-capita pot use changed after legalization. The university says Burgard has adapted a method developed in Italy for retrieving andRead More


This Entrepreneur Packed Up And Moved To Seattle To Stake A Claim On Cannabis Education

This Entrepreneur Packed Up And Moved To Seattle To Stake A Claim On Cannabis Education Julie Weed | JUN 18, 2016 Trey Reckling and his fiancée packed up their car in Savannah, Georgia and moved out to Seattle to join the cannabis green rush eighteen months ago. With a background in highereducation (no pun intended), Reckling envisioned creating a class focused on the basics of cannabis science, handling, and law, targeted at the thousands of employees and owners in the burgeoning industry. His timing could not have been better. TheWashington Department ofRead More