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Yakima, WA Begins Accepting Recreational Retailer Applications

Yakima, WA Begins Accepting Recreational Retailer Applications TG BRANFALT JR. | AUGUST 8TH, 2016 Applications for retail dispensaries in Yakima, Washington open today, but residents remain divided on whether or not they want the shops in the city, according to a report from the local CBS station KIMA. Five shops total will be allowed to open within the city limits. “If you ask me if I think marijuana should be legal here in Yakima, I would say no, absolutely not,” resident Phyllis Anderson said in the report. Donald Kinney, a YakimaRead More


Wood chipper used to destroy 12,000 marijuana plants in Curry County

Wood chipper used to destroy 12,000 marijuana plants in Curry County KVAL | August 9th 2016 Law enforcement put nearly 12,000 mature marijuana plants through a wood chipper Monday while dismantling a grow operation found in a remote corner of Curry County near the California border, Sheriff John Ward said. A helicopter surveyed the area from the air, and an armed ground team entered the grow first to make sure the area was safe, Ward said. They found a camouflaged living structure and evidence of weapons and chemicals. No one was presentRead More


Cannabis Fights Cartilage Loss in Arthritis

Cannabis Fights Cartilage Loss in Arthritis Alex Bradley | August 5, 2016 A recent study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health shows that synthetic cannabinoid treatment reduces osteoarthritis-related cartilage breakdown. This isn’t exactly breaking news to us, or any avid cannabis aficionado, but it is fantastic that evidence like this is being shared with the rest of the world, in a competent and comprehensive way. There have been decades of anecdotal evidence showing us that this is true, but since the federal government refusesRead More


Serious researchers studied how sex is different when you’re high vs. when you’re drunk

Serious researchers studied how sex is different when you’re high vs. when you’re drunk Christopher Ingraham | August 6 Marijuana is going mainstream. Attitudes toward the drug are changing, rules governing its use are shifting and more and more states are voting to legalize it. With widespread acceptance will come, theoretically, more widespread use. And that raises a whole lot of interesting questions for public health researchers. How will legal marijuana affect our children? Our jobs? Our relationships? Or how about our sex lives? Serious researchers studied how sex is different whenRead More


Clinton, Trump both say they’ve never smoked pot

Clinton, Trump both say they’ve never smoked pot August 8, 2016 | Rob Hotakainen While President Obama has never hid his penchant for marijuana during his youth in Hawaii, Americans soon will elect a president who claims never to have touched it. Republican Donald Trump boasts that he has never smoked marijuana or a cigarette, or had a drop of alcohol. Democrat Hillary Clinton was adamant on CNN when asked whether she had ever smoked marijuana, replying that she never had and never would: “Absolutely not.” Clinton, Trump both say they’veRead More


Big alcohol is working to undermine marijuana legalization, Wikileaks confirms

Big alcohol is working to undermine marijuana legalization, Wikileaks confirms OSCAR PASCUAL | August 8, 2016 A deeper look into Wikileaks’ dump of Democratic National Committee emails may prove an agenda against both Bernie Sanders and marijuana legalization. While many major news outlets jumped on the obvious fact that DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and other officials were chained in an email questioning Bernie Sanders’ religion to undermine his support among voters, Marijuana.com’s Tom Angell dug deeper to find a daily e-newsletter sent to Capitol Hill insiders that included included a paidRead More


Esteemed doctor ends practice, shifts to medical marijuana

Esteemed doctor ends practice, shifts to medical marijuana MICAH DANNEY | July 13, 2016 Sitting behind the wood desk in his small office, his glasses perched on his nose as he speaks in a gentle, soothing tone, 82-year-old Gilbert Weinstein is the picture of the traditional American physician — except for the bright green marijuana leaf patch on his lab coat. Weinstein practiced medicine for decades at his office in Hewlett, just over the Valley Stream border. He served patients from all over the area, including many from Valley Stream. InRead More


What needs to change to maximize marijuana’s benefits to Washington residents?

What needs to change to maximize marijuana’s benefits to Washington residents? Brooks Johnson | August 7, 2016 One billion dollars. If current trends keep up, that will be the value of marijuana retail and producer/processor sales in Washington state on a yearly basis. With few exceptions, state marijuana sales have risen every month since the first recreational stores opened two years ago, bringing millions in state taxes and thousands of jobs. That’s the good news “The picture thus far is a curate’s egg — good in parts,” writes University of WashingtonRead More


Employees taken hostage, tied up during armed robbery of Seattle pot store

Employees taken hostage, tied up during armed robbery of Seattle pot store KOMO Staff | August 8th 2016 Police foiled an armed robbery at a North Seattle marijuana store overnight after an alert off-duty store employee spotted the robbery taking place via the store’s security camera system and called 911 from home. Several store employees were taken hostage and tied up during the ordeal. All eventually were able to get away unharmed – but shaken up by the experience. Two suspects were captured and placed under arrest. The drama unfolded at aboutRead 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