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Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

 

Oct. 1 deadlines for marijuana testing, packaging could face delay

Oct. 1 deadlines for marijuana testing, packaging could face delay Noelle Crombie | September 26, 2016 A marijuana industry group wants Oregon lawmakers to push back Oct. 1 deadlines for the state’s new cannabis testing, packaging and labeling rules by at least 30 days, calling them an insurmountable challenge. Many marijuana businesses simply aren’t ready to comply, said Amy Margolis, a Portland lawyer who represents the Oregon Cannabis Association. In the meantime, the state should allow dispensaries to continue taking in products tested and packaged under current standards. Oct. 1 deadlines forRead More


Too smelly for the bus? Marijuana smoker fuming over 6-month ban

Too smelly for the bus? Marijuana smoker fuming over 6-month ban Maria Guerrero | Sep 28, 2016 A Bremerton man is fuming after being kicked off and banned from riding Kitsap Transit for six months because of his smell. Not because of body odor, but rather, because of the overwhelming smell of marijuana. Matthew Little is even banned from standing at bus stops. According to Kitsap Transit, passengers can be banned for reeking of cat urine, human feces, bad body odor, among other bad smells. They are warned at least three times.Read More


Colorado is using $3 million from marijuana tax to provide food and housing for the homeless

Colorado is using $3 million from marijuana tax to provide food and housing for the homeless Since that decision was made nearly four years ago, the state of Colorado has seen an increase year on year in tax revenue gained from cannabis sales. In the most recent financial year, ending in June 2016, the state made nearly $70 million. Revenue gained through taxation was one of the key arguments for legalizing weed. Now that this argument has been clearly validated many taxpayers have been wondering what the state will doRead More


Reporter who quit on air to fight for pot legalization could face decades in prison

Reporter who quit on air to fight for pot legalization could face decades in prison Sam Levin | 28 September 2016 Charlo Greene did not plan to curse on live television, but on 22 September 2014, the words came pouring out. Then a reporter for KTVA, a station in Alaska, Greene ended her segment on marijuana by revealing that she was a proponent of legalization – and was the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, the subject of her news report. “Fuck it, I quit,” she said, before abruptly walking offRead More


When will marijuana stores open in Alaska?

When will marijuana stores open in Alaska? Laurel Andrews Now that Alaska’s first commercial cannabis harvest is underway, readers want to know: When will marijuana shops open? “We’re just weeks away,” said Cynthia Franklin, executive director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, on Tuesday. “This is happening.” In Fairbanks, Frozen Budz is nearly done building its retail store, co-owner Destiny Neade wrote Tuesday. Frozen Budz was the first retailer approved by the state and will likely have its final inspection next week. When will marijuana stores open in Alaska?


Why Marijuana Advocates Are Criticizing Chelsea Clinton

Why Marijuana Advocates Are Criticizing Chelsea Clinton SEPTEMBER 27TH 2016 | Kyle Jaeger Chelsea Clinton made a pretty bold assertion about the health risks of marijuana during a campaign event in Ohio on Saturday. The daughter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton implied that multiple deaths in Colorado, where the substance is legal for medical and recreational purposes, could be attributed to pot. After she acknowledged that, “anecdotally,” evidence supports the use of cannabis for treating certain medical conditions, Clinton said that “we also have anecdotal evidence now from Colorado where someRead More


Oregon Marijuana: A Bump in the Road for Rural Residential Grows

Oregon Marijuana: A Bump in the Road for Rural Residential Grows Vince Sliwoski | September 27, 2016 Last week, the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) ruled against a certain cross section of pot growers in the state. The Petitioners at issue wanted to grow medical marijuana on land covered by a “rural residential” zoning designation. When Jackson County adopted a zoning ordinance prohibiting such activity, the growers sued. Because LUBA sided with the County, medical marijuana grows in that jurisdiction will be limited to land zoned exclusively for farm (EFU),Read More


Straining to Care About Strains

Straining to Care About Strains David Schmader | SEP 26, 2016 Walk into any weed store in Seattle, and you’ll be bombarded with dozens of available strains, most boasting prog-rock names and each promising a specific experience. Chocolope, one of the 90-plus strains available at Cannabis City, promises a “dreamy cerebral effect” and “a strong mental shift that is great when coping with depression or stress.” PK Starship, one of the 100-plus strains at Uncle Ike’s, offers a “hard-hitting body high, delivering warm and relaxing waves over the body.” These are butRead More


Rigged game: inequality on the rise in legal pot industry

Rigged game: inequality on the rise in legal pot industry Tobias Coughlin-Bogue Bill Piper, Senior Director of National Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, believes the legal cannabis industry is hurtling toward racial stratification, noting that only about 1 percent of dispensaries nationwide are owned by people of color. “One of the things I worry about is that there’s essentially two markets,” Piper wrote in a recent article. “One market is the legal market which is really, really, really hard to get into, and then there’s the illicit market whichRead More


Pot shops sprouting in Pullman area

Pot shops sprouting in Pullman area SEPT. 24, 2016 | Chelsea Embree The marijuana market in Pullman and Whitman County may soon be saturated. In the span of about a week, one business owner has applied to set up a pot shop in Whitman County and two have applied for spots in Pullman. If the businesses get the green light, both the city and county will reach the maximum number of marijuana retailers allotted by the state. In Whitman County, Premium Roast LLC of Seattle has applied to set up aRead More