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Friday, November 11th, 2016

 

Shoreline cops bust organized-crime ring, seize nearly $1M in cash

Shoreline cops bust organized-crime ring, seize nearly $1M in cash KOMO News | November 9th 2016 A 12-month investigation by the Shoreline Police Department into illegal marijuana growing and money laundering has culminated in the seizure of more than $980,000 in cash and the arrest of six people. Last week, undercover detectives served 11 search warrants on homes and commercials buildings in cities from Shoreline to Arlington. In addition to the cash, five homes and 10 vehicles bought with illegal drugs proceeds were also seized. Police found more than 2,000 marijuana plantsRead More


How the 2016 Election Became a Watershed for Weed

How the 2016 Election Became a Watershed for Weed Katy Steinmetz | Nov. 8, 2016 The year of 2016 may go down as a watershed for weed, the election when legalization shifted from being an experiment in the American West to something primed for the mainstream. Nine states voted on marijuana-related measures—four related to medical marijuana and five to recreational—and eight of them passed. The upshot is that more than half of the states in the U.S. now have comprehensive medical marijuana laws and roughly one fifth of the population lives inRead More


Florida Voters Approve Expansive Medical Marijuana Law

Florida Voters Approve Expansive Medical Marijuana Law Danielle Keane | November 8, 2016 According to the Associated Press, voters in Florida will approve Amendment 2, an expansive medical marijuana law. The AP has the measure leading by a vote of 71 percent to 29 percent, and has called the race. The Amendment required over 60 percent of the vote to become law. “The overwhelming majority of Floridians, like voters nationwide, believe that patients ought to have the legal option to choose marijuana therapy as an alternative to conventional, and often dangerous, pharmaceuticals,”Read More


Cannabis firm Privateer raises $40 million for legal pot business

Cannabis firm Privateer raises $40 million for legal pot business Daniel DeMay | November 4, 2016 Legal pot is fast becoming big business. Yet in a plainly decorated office in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood, there is little sign of the millions of dollars that Privateer Holdings has raised to invest in or buy cannabis industry companies. In fact, the biggest sign of anything agricultural is a large painting of a bunch of bananas in CEO Brendan Kennedy’s office. “I’m fascinated by bananas,” Kennedy said. The fruit was first imported to the U.S.Read More


BLUNT: Talking with Jeremy Plumb and Sam Heywood of Farma

BLUNT: Talking with Jeremy Plumb and Sam Heywood of Farma Courtney Eldridge | 11/06/2016 If you want to learn about cannabis, start by forgetting just about everything you’ve ever heard about indicas and sativas. While you’re at it, forget just about everything you’ve ever read in the likes of Leafly pamphlets, especially this myth that anyone can actually predict how weed will affect you based on the “strain” names. Basically, forget half of what you’ve ever learned about cannabis. That’s a good start. And thus begins my conversation with Jeremy Plumb, akaRead More


How Cannabis Works to Treat Seizures, ADD and IBS

How Cannabis Works to Treat Seizures, ADD and IBS 11/01/2016 | David Bearman All mammals, including humans, incorporate ontologically the old reptilian brain (the midbrain), which is responsible for most of our primitive emotions and is important to our survival. When the midbrain is over-stimulated it takes over some of the control, making humans inclined to act a lot more like reptiles and a bit less like people. The term “reptilian” refers to the primitive, instinctive brain function. These functions are shared by all reptiles and mammals, including humans, and provideRead More


Santa Claus speaks out against North Pole ban of marijuana sales

Santa Claus speaks out against North Pole ban of marijuana sales Nikki Carvajal |Nov 04, 2016 As communities across Alaska try to figure out how to handle the new legalized marijuana industry, many are opting out. In October, North Pole voters decided not to allow commercial marijuana businesses within city limits. That decision, however, has been met with disappointment from one of the city’s most famous residents: Santa Claus. Santa Claus, formerly known as Thomas O’Connor, legally changed his name to Santa in 2005. He says the moniker helps withRead More


Here are the 20 Anchorage marijuana shops closest to opening

Here are the 20 Anchorage marijuana shops closest to opening Annie Zak & Laurel Andrews Empty storefronts scattered here and there across Anchorage are about to be reincarnated as part of Alaska’s newest industry: marijuana. Several are hoping to open before the end of the year. Alaska Dispatch News compiled a list of 20 shops closest to opening in the Anchorage Bowl, along with photos of where they plan to be located. Many of the shops are clustered in the Spenard and Midtown areas, downtown, and the industrial/warehouse area south of Dowling Road.Read More


Advice from Washington State: Go ahead and vote Yes

Advice from Washington State: Go ahead and vote Yes Stacy Bloch | November 2, 2016 I am a native Washingtonian.  Even though we were the first and the worst I’m proud of what Washington and Colorado did in 2012 by passing I-502 and A-64 to legalize adult marijuana.  Our laws are deeply flawed. We kicked open a door that cannot now be closed.  Other states have followed and five more will vote in November to make Cannabis “legalize-ish.”  All the states have different laws and all of them kind of suck. That being said, I encourage CaliforniansRead More


Testing The Claim That Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol Or Tobacco

Testing The Claim That Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol Or Tobacco November 02, 2016 | Martha Bebinger “Marijuana is safer than alcohol or tobacco.” I came across that claim again last week while scrolling through Twitter. This time, the tweet was from Dr. Peter Grinspoon, who practices primary care at Mass General. Grinspoon supports ballot Question 4 in Massachusetts, which would make marijuana legal for recreational use. He has a lot of personal experience with drugs; he’s in recovery from an addiction to Vicodin and a few other opioid painkillers. But when askedRead More