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Colorado toughens up on home grows, boosts funding for black market enforcement

Colorado toughens up on home grows, boosts funding for black market enforcement Jun 8, 2017 | Alicia Wallace Colorado may be the laboratory for testing adult-use marijuana regulations, but it doesn’t need to be the Wild West of cannabis legalization, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday. Hickenlooper signed two bills that aim to both clamp down on the black market and rein in regulations to close loopholes spurring “gray market” activity. “The whole point of legalizing marijuana is you don’t continue to have a black market,” Hickenlooper said. Colorado toughens upRead More


Moses Lake farm first in Washington to plant hemp

Moses Lake farm first in Washington to plant hemp Don Jenkins | June 6, 2017 A Grant County farmer has planted 75 irrigated acres of hemp, becoming the first Washington grower to try a crop that remains a federally controlled substance, but can be cultivated under state supervision. Shane Palmer, whose family farms about 3,000 acres near Moses Lake, put in 70 acres Friday. On Tuesday, he dropped seeds into the other 5 acres in front of about two dozen people, including prospective hemp farmers. “I like to get myRead More


After Legalizing Weed, Unemployment in Colorado Lower Than Rest of Country

After Legalizing Weed, Unemployment in Colorado Lower Than Rest of Country June 5, 2017 | Carey Wedler Three years after legalizing cannabis, Colorado has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. “While the national unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in May, the lowest since 2001, Colorado’s jobless rate is the nation’s lowest at 2.3 percent,” CNBC reported Monday. According to Governor John Hickenlooper, multiple factors have contributed to Colorado’s job growth, including the state’s business-friendly policies. He touts the state’s very low business tax rate, noting Colorado has “oneRead More


Beginner’s Guide To The Endocannabinoid System — The Reason Our Bodies So Easily Process Cannabis

Beginner’s Guide To The Endocannabinoid System — The Reason Our Bodies So Easily Process Cannabis Rick Pfrommer | April 14, 2015 In the future, perhaps 20 years from now, cannabis-based medicines will have a prominent place in the worldwide pharmacopeia again. Indeed, we might have even gotten there much faster if it hadn’t been for the draconian interference of the U.S. government. To this day, they are still blocking researchers from accessing cannabis to study. Countless thousands have died suffering and millions more continue to be denied access to plant-basedRead More


Hemp Advocates To Celebrate First Planting Of Newly Legalized Crop In Washington

Hemp Advocates To Celebrate First Planting Of Newly Legalized Crop In Washington Tom Banse | Jun 4, 2017 Now that it’s legal in Washington state, a handful of farmers and the Colville tribe have submitted applications to grow industrial hemp. On Tuesday, Moses Lake will be the scene of a “first planting” demonstration of the non-drug cousin of marijuana. In the inaugural growing season, seven entities have applied to the Washington State Department of Agriculture to grow and process industrial hemp or to be seed distributors. The agency has approvedRead More


Washington State Blocked a Black Woman From Selling Legal Pot Because Her Spouse Is in Prison

Washington State Blocked a Black Woman From Selling Legal Pot Because Her Spouse Is in Prison Steven Hsieh | Jun 1, 2017 Libby Haines-Marchel thought she had taken all the necessary steps to open a pot shop. Shortly after Washington voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing recreational cannabis in 2012, Haines-Marchel applied for a retailer’s license to service Rock Island, a scattering of gas stations and food marts in Douglas County (population: 788), not far from her in-laws’ home. Despite the name, the city is not an island, but aRead More


One Bremerton building will house marijuana store

 One Bremerton buildi Tad Sooter | May 29, 2017 Washingtonians like their craft beer and their legal marijuana. One retail center in Bremerton will offer both. A marijuana store called Emerald Coast is expected to open next week in the former Grainger building on Callow Avenue, across from Safeway. While launching the marijuana enterprise, owners Dave and Dawn Dodge are also building a brewery and tasting room in the lower level of the building. Bad Bulldogs Brewery should start serving up pints later this year. One Bremerton building will houseRead More


Washington Could Have the Safest Pot in the World If It Just Made This Simple Change

Washington Could Have the Safest Pot in the World If It Just Made This Simple Change May 31, 2017 | Lester Black Legal weed means safer weed. Government regulations protect the millions of Americans toking up from dangerous pesticides, molds, and other contaminants. At least that’s the promise. Washington’s pot-safety regulations have allowed a number of bad practices to slip through the cracks since the legal market opened in 2014. Regulators last year suspended one of the labs licensed by the state to test legal weed, Testing Technologies of Poulsbo, afterRead More


Why People Are ‘Microdosing’ Marijuana

Why People Are ‘Microdosing’ Marijuana May 26th 2017 | Kyle Jaeger One way that users can avoid the high and still reap the plant’s medical benefits is to take small doses throughout the day — an alternate consumption style known as “microdosing.” The psychedelic community has long endorsed microdosing LSD or psilocybin, the main ingredient in magic mushrooms, as a means of treating various psychological conditions and bolstering productivity. Research on microdosing marijuana is limited, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the process could be similarly effective. Why People Are ‘Microdosing’Read More


$100 million pot windfall

$100 million pot windfall Colorado’s weed boom will fund schools and fight opioid addiction Keegan Hamilton | May 30, 2017 The legal weed business is booming in Colorado, and the state has finalized plans to spend its pot tax windfall on health programs in public schools, housing for at-risk populations, and a new treatment program to combat the opioid crisis.Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday signed a budget bill that dictates how money from the state’s “Marijuana Tax Cash Fund” will be spent. Colorado netted more than $105 million from marijuana taxes forRead More