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Oregon Cannabis Jobs Report

Oregon Cannabis Jobs Report JULY 3, 2016 | MJ NEWS NETWORK The goal of the Oregon Cannabis Jobs Report is simple: To establish a foundation for future research on how many jobs are being created within the cannabis industry to date. As new Cannabis economies come online across the United States and around the world, it is imperative that we track the growth of this industry as it creates jobs and economic opportunities for individuals, communities, and businesses alike. Oregon Cannabis Jobs Report


Marijuana’s biggest adversary on Capitol Hill is sponsoring a bill to research … marijuana

Marijuana’s biggest adversary on Capitol Hill is sponsoring a bill to research … marijuana Christopher Ingraham | June 20 Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) is Congress’s most vocal opponent of legal marijuana, having single-handedly spearheaded a provision blocking legal pot shops in the District of Columbia in 2014. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), on the other hand, was recently named Congress’s “top legal pot advocate” by Rolling Stone. The two lawmakers couldn’t be farther apart on marijuana policy, but they’re teaming up this week to introduce a significant overhaul of federal marijuana policy that would makeRead More


Little Drama, Lots of Doubts as Washington’s Medical Marijuana Industry Goes Dark

Little Drama, Lots of Doubts as Washington’s Medical Marijuana Industry Goes Dark CASEY JAYWORK | Jul 1st, 2016 Today is the first day on which authorities have vowed to crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries which lack government-issued cannabis licenses. Our cover story this week unpacks the history of that vow. By all appearances, the day has come and gone without any major drama. But patients are still upset about reduced access to their medince. Ryan Day, who uses cannabis to treat his son’s epilepsy, says that licensed stores lack the kindRead More


Minorities, punished most by war on drugs, underrepresented in legal pot

Minorities, punished most by war on drugs, underrepresented in legal pot Bob Young | July 1, 2016 Bainbridge Island author Bruce Barcott was set to vote against legal pot in 2012. A middle-aged dad, he worried about kids and wasn’t that fond of pot’s skunky smell. Then a friend poked him in the chest and said Initiative 502 was about more than whether the Malbec-sipping Barcott liked weed. This was about the injustice of the war on drugs; nearly four blacks arrested for every white for pot possession, although the two groupsRead More


Pot shop owner: Thieves used ladder to break in, steal marijuana

Pot shop owner: Thieves used ladder to break in, steal marijuana JULY 1, 2016 | ADAM MERTZ AND WASHINGTON’S MOST WANTED Security cameras captured video of thieves breaking into a pot shop in White Center early Friday morning. The owner of Nimbin Pot Shop said two people used a ladder to climb through a second-floor bathroom window behind the store. Once inside, the video shows the thieves packing the pot into garbage bags. Deputies responded to the store near the 10800 block of 1st Ave South at about 5 a.m. Friday, andRead More


State Launches Medical Marijuana Database in the Nick of Time, but Is Anyone Using It?

State Launches Medical Marijuana Database in the Nick of Time, but Is Anyone Using It? Tobias Coughlin-Bogue | Jul 1, 2016 So Washington state’s medical marijuana patient registry database is online, despite concerns that it would not be up and running on time. Still, the state is warning that “many stores may not be ready to begin to input data and create recognition cards” and recommends that people call stores ahead of time to check. Around noon at Dockside Sodo, general manager Gabe Fertman was struggling to get access to the patientRead More


Olympia medical marijuana business focused on veterans says goodbye

Olympia medical marijuana business focused on veterans says goodbye JUNE 30, 2016 | AMELIA DICKSON Without the help of medical marijuana, hundreds of veterans might not be around today, Cheryl White said Thursday. The self-described “Army mom and old hippie” nearly lost her son a few years ago when he returned from three overseas combat tours. For about eight years, she hardly saw or spoke to him. “He was just shelled up, he came back broken,” White said. “He couldn’t be around people.” Olympia medical marijuana business focused on veterans saysRead More


Hundreds of medical marijuana shops to shut down with new state rule kicking in Friday

Hundreds of medical marijuana shops to shut down with new state rule kicking in Friday JUNE 30, 2016 | HANA KIM There were empty shelves Thursday at Puget Sound Health Alternatives, which is among hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries forced to shut down by July 1 because they don’t have a recreational pot license. Some say they are pleased to see the dispensaries go away because they say there are too many unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries across the state. But Meagan Holt says the vanishing industry threatens the health of her 3-year-old daughter,Read More


Pierce County ban on pot businesses vetoed by county executive

Pierce County ban on pot businesses vetoed by county executive JUNE 30, 2016 | BRYNN GRIMLEY Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy vetoed the County Council’s latest attempt to ban marijuana businesses Thursday, the eve of the expiration of the county’s old ban. “I am vetoing this ordinance because my job as an elected official requires me to advance the will of the people who voted in 2012, in a comprehensive election, to legalize recreational marijuana,” McCarthy wrote in a June 30 letter to Council Chairman Doug Richardson. Pierce County ban onRead More


Police chief asks downtown marijuana dispensaries not to sell single joints

Police chief asks downtown marijuana dispensaries not to sell single joints JUNE 29, 2016 | KEVIN TORRES In an effort to curb violence and image issues on the 16th Street Mall, Denver police Chief Robert White proposed something that’s raising eyebrows for marijuana shop owners and employees along the popular strip. At a news conference Monday aimed at improving 16th Street, White proposed asking dispensaries on the mall to stop selling a certain product. “We’ll be reaching out to every last one of the dispensaries for the purpose of asking not toRead More