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Oregon Cannabis Industry Survey Predicts $10 Million Tax Revenue Decrease Due To Changes In Testing Protocol

Oregon Cannabis Industry Survey Predicts $10 Million Tax Revenue Decrease Due To Changes In Testing Protocol DECEMBER 1, 2016 | MJ NEWS NETWORK Cannabis industry economist Beau Whitney of Whitney Economics and the Oregon Cannabis Business Council today jointly released the results of a survey conducted this November that predicts a $10 million drop in fourth-quarter state tax revenue, a $187.5 million uptick in black-market sales, and layoffs and dispensary closures statewide due to Oregon Health Authority (OHA)’s new testing rules. “October was a defining, if not catastrophic, month for Oregon’sRead More


Commissioners approve temporary ban for outdoor marijuana grows

Commissioners approve temporary ban for outdoor marijuana grows Nov 30 2016 | Jack Ferris Since Initiative 502 passed four years ago, Spokane County has been a state-wide leader in the production of recreational marijuana – a status that might soon change. In what came as a surprise to many involved, the Spokane County Commissioners approved a six month moratorium on all new outdoor grows this week. The reasoning behind the temporary ban is relatively simple; neighbors to production sites can’t stand the odor. “When I’ve got property owners that are adjacentRead More


Obama says marijuana should be treated like ‘cigarettes or alcohol’

Obama says marijuana should be treated like ‘cigarettes or alcohol’ Christopher Ingraham | November 30 In an “exit interview” with Rolling Stone magazine, President Obama said that marijuana use should be treated as a public-health issue similar to tobacco or alcohol and called the current patchwork of state and federal laws regarding the drug “untenable.” “Look, I’ve been very clear about my belief that we should try to discourage substance abuse,” Obama said. “And I am not somebody who believes that legalization is a panacea. But I do believe that treating thisRead More


Reasons for Cannabis Advocates to Be Thankful This Year

Reasons for Cannabis Advocates to Be Thankful This Year 24 November, 2016 The cannabis industry has had plenty to celebrate this year. Marijuana legalization is proving it can work in states that have passed adult use or medical programs, research is demonstrating marijuana’s effectiveness and safety, and support for cannabis legalization has never been higher. This Thanksgiving, let’s take a moment to review all that the cannabis industry has to be grateful for this year. Reasons for Cannabis Advocates to Be Thankful This Year


Trailblazing Seattleites run a family farm on the pot frontier

Trailblazing Seattleites run a family farm on the pot frontier November 28, 2016 | Bob Young An evening squall has blown through rural Mason County, and the Hollingsworth family is still hard at work on their pot farm, long after the hired help has gone home. It’s harvest time, and Raft Hollingsworth III — or RT3 — inspects tubs of marijuana buds, checking for any trace of mold. His sister, Joy, scrubs pair after pair of trimming scissors with alcohol. Their father brooms pooling groundwater into a recycling system. We tendRead More


Former Seattle Police Chief: We Could Become a ‘Sanctuary City’ for Marijuana

Former Seattle Police Chief: We Could Become a ‘Sanctuary City’ for Marijuana CHETANYA ROBINSON | Nov 25th, 2016 With the reality of Donald Trump as president, we can probably all agree that there are much more important things at stake than marijuana. Still, Trump’s decision to appoint U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General hassome in the industry freaking out at the possibility of a federal crackdown on the fledgling industry. But if so, it’s possible that local law enforcement will defy the federal government if a new administration decides to takeRead More


Here’s What You Do If Your Dog Accidentally Gets High

Here’s What You Do If Your Dog Accidentally Gets High Brea Mosley | Nov 16, 2016 There are countless ways your dog accidentally gets high. From mistakenly eating an edible, to ingesting a few buds that you carelessly left on your nightstand, to having your curious canine drink the water from your bong. These things happen. So what do you do if your pup gets high? First, don’t freak out. Here’s why: this “my dog accidentally got high” anecdote is more common than you might think. Pups across America are getting highRead More


Another Failed Dispensary Robbery

Another Failed Dispensary Robbery Keith Mansur | Nov 25, 2016 Another group of foolish thieves failed in their attempt to rob one of the most conspicuous dispensaries in Portland, Oregon. 3 men were arrested within minutes of their robbery on November 24th – Thanksgiving morning. When Portland Police officers from the Central Precinct arrived at the Allied Patient Care Dispensary at 729 SE Powell Boulevard they witnessed all three suspects fleeing the scene. One suspect was immediately detained, but it took a K9 unit to assist in locating the other twoRead More


What’s next for marijuana legalization

What’s next for marijuana legalization November 25, 2016 | JUDY WOODRUFF Lost amid November’s election results was the large number of states that legalized the use of marijuana for either recreational or medical purposes. The results spell one of the biggest shifts in U.S. drug policy in decades, but significant questions remain. William Brangham has the story.   What’s next for marijuana legalization


Small cities reconsider the need for weed

Small cities reconsider the need for weed NOVEMBER 22, 2016 | EDITORIAL BOARD Principles are well and good but they don’t keep the lights on, and they don’t pay for recreation departments or police officers. So if you’re a small city feeling an economic pinch, it may be time to reexamine principles, specifically the ones that call for a ban on retail marijuana shops. Bonney Lake and University Place, two cities on opposite ends of Pierce County, seem to be getting that message loud and clear. Their original bans on retailRead More