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Saturday, August 27th, 2016

 

Marijuana regulations: DEA has misguided and harmful policies

Marijuana regulations: DEA has misguided and harmful policies August 25, 2016 | Letters editor The editorial “Reefer madness in the halls of the DEA” [Opinion, Aug. 14] perfectly explains the cognitive dissonance in the DEA’s insistence on continuing to classify marijuana as a Schedule I drug, while (minimally) easing restrictions on growing marijuana for research purposes. Another example is the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s patent issued in 2003 for “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants,” citing the efficacy of cannabinoids in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.Read More


Can Medical Marijuana Help End the Opioid Epidemic?

Can Medical Marijuana Help End the Opioid Epidemic? Alexandra Sifferlin | July 28, 2016 Like many people, economist W. David Bradford says he was under the impression that medical marijuana was something only young people would be interested in. At least, that’s what he thought until his own research began showing otherwise. In mid-July, he and Ashley C. Bradford, his co-researcher and daughter, published one of the more compelling studies about medical marijuana to date. Their report, which ran in the journalHealth Affairs, looked at data on prescriptions filled by Medicare enrolleesRead More


Cowboys owner displeased over Ezekiel Elliott’ photographed visit to Seattle pot shop

Cowboys owner displeased over Ezekiel Elliott’ photographed visit to Seattle pot shop Aug 26, 2016 ESPN writes that Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was not pleased to see a video on TMZ that appeared to show Ezekiel Elliott at a Seattle marijuana dispensary hours before the rookie running back was set to make his preseason debut. “Well, I think that in and of itself the reason we are talking about is in a way part of the learning process,” owner Jerry Jones told the Star-Telegram after the team lost to the Seahawks.Read More


WeedTraQR Seed-to-Sale Software Certified For Oregon

WeedTraQR Seed-to-Sale Software Certified For Oregon AUGUST 26, 2016 | MJ NEWS NETWORK The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has approved WeedTraQR cannabis seed-‐to‐sale tracking software as a validate software provider for Oregon’s recreational marijuana program. The Seattle-based company has developed a platform that is compatible for integration with Oregon’s Cannabis Tracking System (CTS) to meet the inventory traceability needs of the state’s producer, processor, wholesaler, and research. Operational for over two years in neighboring Washington, with a rapidly expanding roster of clients, WeedTraQR lends proven expertise and hard‐earned credibility to Oregon’s fledglingRead More


Jerry Jones: Ezekiel Elliott’s pot dispensary visit ‘just not good’

Jerry Jones: Ezekiel Elliott’s pot dispensary visit ‘just not good’ Todd Archer Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was not pleased to see a video on TMZ that appeared to show Ezekiel Elliott at a marijuana dispensary hours before the rookie running back was set to make his preseason debut. In the video, a man the website reported to be Elliott was seen in Herban Legends in Seattle, but he was not shown making any purchases. “Well, I think that in and of itself the reason we areRead More


Jack Splitt, the teenager who changed Colorado medical pot law, dies

Jack Splitt, the teenager who changed Colorado medical pot law, dies MONTE WHALEY | August 25, 2016 Jack Splitt was a charmer, a flirt and a fighter for the right to open Colorado school doors for medical marijuana treatments for eligible students. But most of all, the 15-year-old, who died Wednesday, was a good son and a role model for his younger brother, Cooper, their mother said Thursday. Stacey Linn also said Jack, who battled cerebral palsy and the brutal pain that accompanied it, came to Cooper in a dreamRead More


When hiring, this cannabis CEO and this pot-centric headhunter are looking for these qualities

When hiring, this cannabis CEO and this pot-centric headhunter are looking for these qualities AUG 24, 2016 | The Cannabist Staff The legal cannabis industry is booming and awash in job opportunities. But what does it take to land a position and build a career in marijuana? Andrew Schrot, founder and chief executive officer of cannabis edibles company BlueKudu, and Karson Humiston, a headhunter and founder of Vangst Talent Network, join Cannabist editor-in-chief Ricardo Baca on The Cannabist Show to share some advice for those seeking marijuana jobs. When hiring, this cannabisRead More


Best Hempfest Ever

Best Hempfest Ever MEAGAN ANGUS | Aug 24th, 2016 I’m going to go on record now and say this year’sHempfest will go down in the books as one of the best, if not the best. Some of that assessment is personal (and I’ll get to that), but Hempfest organizers also addressed key issues that hampered past festivals. First, the Hempfest site is a long, skinny strip of grass, trees, and pathways hugging Elliott Bay. In past years there were choke points where you could get stuck for several minutes just waitingRead More


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH HEMPFEST FOUNDER VIVIAN MCPEAK

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH HEMPFEST FOUNDER VIVIAN MCPEAK Elise McDonough | August 20, 2016 Revolutionary founder of Seattle Hempfest, Vivian McPeak is a veteran of a great many psychedelic rodeos. While growing the world’s largest gathering of cannaphiles from a modest happening down at Gas Works Park into a behemoth “protestival” that brings 150,000 people to the skinny, shore-hugging Myrtle Edwards park in the heart of the city for three days each August, McPeak and his crew of stalwart volunteers have transformed the good vibes of Hempfest into a year-round lifestyle, with a full-time office and retailRead More


Washington to Allow Private Companies to Apply for Cannabis Research Permits

Washington to Allow Private Companies to Apply for Cannabis Research Permits TG BRANFALT JR. | AUGUST 23RD, 2016 Despite the DEA’s failure to reclassify cannabis, Washington state is moving forward with plans to allow private companies to conduct scientific research on the plant, the News Tribune reports. Officials expect to begin accepting license applications for the program in January. Republican State Sen. Ann Rivers, who sponsored a bill to move the plan forward, said the information gleaned from the study could be used by legislators to create policy. Discoveries made in theRead More