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Friday, August 5th, 2016

 

President Obama Commutes Record-Setting Number of Drug Sentences

President Obama Commutes Record-Setting Number of Drug Sentences Duke London | August 4, 2016 Most of the inmates President Obama granted clemency were serving unreasonably long sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. A large portion of the group was affected by the wildly disproportionate sentencing practices for crack and powder cocaine. The substantial batch of commutations yesterday were part of a much larger effort by the President to correct what he, and many, believe to be decades of unbalanced drug policies and excessively harsh mandatory minimum sentencing. In a Facebook post onRead More


Marijuana possession charges dropped against Ore. teen

Marijuana possession charges dropped against Ore. teen KATU.com Staff and Associated Press | August 4th 2016 Charges have been dropped against a 19-year-old Oregon man accused of marijuana possession, despite the legalization of weed. Devontre Thomas was accused of possessing about a gram of marijuana at Chemawa Indian School, a boarding school in Salem, earlier this year. The school is operated by the Bureau of Indian Education, which is part of the federal government. According to KATU’s news partners at Willamette Week, feds hadn’t pursued a marijuana-related case in Oregon in atRead More


The FDA Approves Synthetic Liquid THC

The FDA Approves Synthetic Liquid THC Jason Sander | Aug 4, 2016 The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first synthetic liquid form of THC. Synthetic THC is called dronabinol, which is the generic name of the more familiar brand name Marinol. The Marinol pill was first approved way back in 1985, but is way less popular than real medical cannabis. The liquid dronabinol will have the brand name Syndros, and will probably fall under Schedule III of the federal government’s Controlled Substances Act. Schedule III drugs indicate accepted medical useRead More


Frustrated pot shop hopefuls caught in throes of City ban

Frustrated pot shop hopefuls caught in throes of City ban ROBERT WHALE | Aug 4, 201 Buoyed by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s 2015 announcement that it would issue two more marijuana retail licenses in addition to the two allowed at the time in cities, Kirk Edwards last October turned his attention to remodeling the long vacant store at 404 Auburn Way S. Working fast, Edwards said, because he’d been told the third and fourth licenses would go to whatever prospective store was ready to pass inspection first. FrustratedRead More


Inslee appoints Ollie Garrett to Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board

Inslee appoints Ollie Garrett to Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board August 4, 2016 Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Ollie A. Garrett of Kirkland to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. “Ollie will bring extensive experience in business, community and nonprofit leadership to the Liquor and Cannabis Board,” Inslee said. “Her strong relationships with communities across Washington will help inform her decisions and enrich the board’s public safety mission.” Garrett is president and CEO of PMT Solutions, a Bellevue-based collection company that provides comprehensive check collectionRead More


The cannabis industry and the golden rule

The cannabis industry and the golden rule Sarah Haas | August 4, 2016 Every week in the world of cannabis there are timely happenings — new legislation, new businesses, new dimensions of social justice implications — but there are also more lasting phenomenons, subtly evolving undercurrents to the headlines of the ongoing narrative. One of which is the way social media spaces both accommodate and deny cannabis consumers and businesses. Currently Google, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all have bans on cannabis-related advertising. The cannabis industry and the golden rule


State pot sales reach new high after medical shops’ closures

State pot sales reach new high after medical shops’ closures AUGUST 3, 2016 | CRAIG SAILOR Washington marijuana sales took a sharp jump in July — the first month after the state closed medical dispensaries. The state took in $23.5 million in excise taxes in July, a record. That was up from $20 million in June, according to marijuana data website502data.com. 2016 sales so far total $347 million. 2015 had only $322 million for the entire year. State pot sales reach new high after medical shops’ closures


I am worried about my NFL family. I am ready to talk cannabis. I am Eugene Monroe.

I am worried about my NFL family. I am ready to talk cannabis. I am Eugene Monroe. AUG 1, 2016 | Eugene Monroe As I make an exit from the world I’ve known for the past 18 years, I’m stepping into another that I had avoided for many more. This new world is full of fighters, and while they are very different in stature, their hearts are every bit as large. Many battles exist here: healthcare, social justice, freedom, choice, research and its barriers — and the dank stench of stigmatization. ThatRead More


Portland City Hall Is Poised to Admit It Wrapped Cannabis Businesses in Too Much Red Tape

Portland City Hall Is Poised to Admit It Wrapped Cannabis Businesses in Too Much Red Tape Beth Slovic | August 2 Last year, Paul Pedreira decided to walk away from a career as assistant director for the NBC television series Grimm and sink his savings into Oregon’s growing recreational cannabis industry. He planned to open a dispensary in St. Johns. But he soon found himself tangled in a bizarre thicket of city regulation. Portland nixed the location of his store in 2015, even though the state had approved it. When PedreiraRead More


Alaska Board Accused of Undermining Marijuana Program

Alaska Board Accused of Undermining Marijuana Program August 2, 2016 Members of Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board and some officials in the administration of Gov. Bill Walkerare trying to slow the rollout of the state’s new recreational MJ program, an outgoing board member charged. Bruce Schulte, who was removed from the five-member marijuana board last Friday by Gov. Walker, alleged that obstructionists on the board and in Walker’s administration were establishing unreasonably strict regulations that would hurt new cannabis businesses, according to Anchorage NBC affiliate KTUU. Alaska Board Accused of Undermining Marijuana Program