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Alaska Marijuana Control Board passes on-site pot use amendment

Alaska Marijuana Control Board passes on-site pot use amendment Kevin Baird | Jul 8, 2016 The Alaska Marijuana Control Board passed a substantive amendment to the draft of regulations for on-site consumption at marijuana retail stores during a Thursday board meeting in Fairbanks. The amendment would allow a person to purchase marijuana at a licensed on-site marijuana consumption retailer and then leave with any leftover marijuana products as long as the products are in a resealed package. “My desire is to see a space where people can purchase products and consume a legal portion of themRead More


Medical pot going through bumpy transition

Medical pot going through bumpy transition JULY 16, 2016 | CRAIG SAILOR Two weeks after Washington forced the closure of what once were hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries, roughly 20 percent of the 341 stores meant to replace them are certified to serve patients. While that snag is slowly working itself out, another problem appears more intractable: There are no medically compliant products to sell. Producers don’t appear to be motivated to solve the shortage any time soon. Medical pot going through bumpy transition


Marijuana labs prepping for regulation and oversight; no lab licenses issued yet

Marijuana labs prepping for regulation and oversight; no lab licenses issued yet Noelle Crombie | July 15, 2016 Starting Oct. 1, new products headed to marijuana dispensary shelves will have to undergo a battery of tests that assess potency and look for biological contaminants such as E. coli, residual solvents from the extraction process used to make oil, and dozens of pesticides. The policy shift transforms Oregon’s marijuana labs from an unregulated cottage industry into a central part of the state’s regulated market. Yet while hundreds of prospective marijuana producers have flooded the Oregon Liquor Control CommissionRead More


PSA5 – Know Who Your Dollars Support

PSA5 – Know Who Your Dollars Support Jim MacRae | July 16, 2016 Reminder to Patients:  This is a FEE-based marketplace, not a Donation-based one.  Where you spend your dollars is, I’d imagine, a very personal decision.  It is also an important one.  It is one with consequence. As of late this past week (13 days into the unified MoM (Market of the Man), approximately 1,400 Washingtonians had signed up and registered in the Patient Database Registry Self-Incrimination System.  Let’s assume they hit 1,500 sick folk by weeks’ end … that implies that 0.028%Read More


Trump’s VP is Nightmare Pick For Marijuana Legalization

Trump’s VP is Nightmare Pick For Marijuana Legalization July 14, 2016 | Justin O’Connell Donald Trump has reportedly chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) to be his vice presidential running mate. And that’s bad news for the socially liberal. Who is Mike Pence? For one, he is the beleaguered Indiana Governor who, thanks to Trump’s choice, won’t have to endure a hard fought political battle this election year in the state where his popularity is waning. The congressman is so conservative, he votes against his own party, having opposed NoRead More


Despite deadline, unlicensed pot shop in Bellingham still open

Despite deadline, unlicensed pot shop in Bellingham still open JULY 13, 2016 | KIE RELYEA The owner of the last unlicensed medical marijuana dispensary in Bellingham said he’s staying open, despite being told by the city to close, because his patients asked him to. Grass Roots Collective, 2200 Pacific St., was among the 13 businesses notified by the city of Bellingham that they must close by July 1, if they don’t get approval from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board to sell medical marijuana. Despite deadline, unlicensed pot shop inRead More


Portland signs off on marijuana festival featuring free samples

Portland signs off on marijuana festival featuring free samples Noelle Crombie | July 14, 2016 It’s legal to possess, grow and buy marijuana in Oregon, but state clean air laws and local rules have put a damper on public festivals featuring giveaways and consumption. The Oregon Cannabis Association has found a way to host a summer fair where members of the public — as long as they’re 21 and older — can take home free samples. The Summer Fair, featuring dozens of Oregon producers and processors, will be held July 24 at the NorthRead More


Seattle’s Hempfest needs money to survive

Seattle’s Hempfest needs money to survive KOMO STAFF | JULY 13TH 2016 Seattle Hempfest, the iconic pot festival, is having money troubles. The festival is scheduled for Aug. 19 through Aug 21 at Myrtle Edwards Park. And money or not, the 25th version of Hempfest will take place, says Vivian McPeak, the festival’s executive director and a co-founder. There could be some cutbacks this year. But the 26th version in 2017 is in doubt. “If we can’t pay our bills, we may not go on next year,” he said. Hempfest hasRead More


A Cannabis Company Co-Founder Says the CEO Groped and Smelled Her

A Cannabis Company Co-Founder Says the CEO Groped and Smelled Her Jayce Wagner | July 13 A lawsuit filed against one of the largest cannabis distributors in Oregon includes incendiary allegations by a company co-founder, who says the CEO groped and smelled her. In a lawsuit filed in the Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday, Whitney Hobbs, one of the co-founders of Highly Distributed, alleges that she was the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, and that harassment eventually led to her dismissal. A Cannabis Company Co-Founder Says the CEORead More


New IRS Audits in Colorado Worry Cannabis Companies

New IRS Audits in Colorado Worry Cannabis Companies July 12, 2016 | John Schroyer The Internal Revenue Service has begun probing the large cash transactions of dozens of Colorado marijuana companies, sparking uncertainty and unease among cannabis entrepreneurs. The audits – focusing on Form 8300 – have raised the specter of money laundering charges. But legal experts are divided over whether such fears are overblown. “It’s not necessarily something that a marijuana business has to freak out about. All cash-intensive industries are subject to Form 8300 filing requirements,” Colorado attorney RachelRead More