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Powerful Senate Committee Ties Jeff Sessions’s Hands on Medical Marijuana

Powerful Senate Committee Ties Jeff Sessions’s Hands on Medical Marijuana Press Release  | 07/27/2017 Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted by voice vote to approve an amendment that would block the Department of Justice from spending any funds to undermine state medical marijuana laws. The amendment – led by Senator Leahy (D-VT) – is a striking rebuke of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had personally requested that Congress eliminate the amendment and allow him to prosecute medical marijuana providers and patients. The amendment passed with strong Republican support, a sign thatRead More


Washington’s Weed Industry Has a Million-Pound Waste Problem

Washington’s Weed Industry Has a Million-Pound Waste Problem Lester Black | Jul 26, 2017 People often summarize our state’s experiment with legal weed by citing the amount of money spent by consumers ($2 billion) or the amount of cannabis tax collected ($400 million). But there’s a third number that is equally impressive: 1.7 million pounds. That’s the amount of plant waste created by Washington State’s legal marijuana industry since pot farms were first licensed in 2014, and that waste has a dirty secret. While the tax man and the potRead More


Quiz: Which Cannabis Strain Should I Grow

Quiz: Which Cannabis Strain Should I Gro Stony Bear | May 2nd, 2017 With so many different strains out there, and each one best for specific reasons, it can be a headache to figure out which is best for you. We’ve put together a short quiz to see what your hopes, wants and dreams are for your perfect strain, which we’ll then match up in our state-of-the-art weed database to give you the perfect strain to grow. Quiz: Which Cannabis Strain Should I Grow


Hippie liberals leave a mark along Highway 2

Hippie liberals leave a mark along Highway 2 Knute Berger Gold Bar — Highway 2 was a working highway. It was cobbled together from wagon roads, rail beds and horse trails. Westside towns in the Skykomish River Valley like Sultan and Gold Bar still resonate with that. There’s a prospector’s shop where you can buy gold-panning equipment in Gold Bar and the summer festival in Sultan features traditional logger competitions. Further into the foothills, the town park in Index features a giant circular saw blade that once cut Cascade graniteRead More


This Machine Will Tell You How Strong Your Weed Is In One Minute

This Machine Will Tell You How Strong Your Weed Is In One Minute Brendan Bures | Jul 24, 2017 You don’t have to look hard to notice a connection between the craft beer and the cannabis industries. As each business grows, a sophistication among creators and consumers has taken form. Craft beer enthusiasts don’t just want beer all day every day. They want a smooth, aromatic hefeweizen on a bright summer day or a full-bodied, tasty oatmeal stout on chilly snow night. What consumers began to grasp is twofold: underneathRead More


Trump to Crack Down on Marijuana Users, Campaigners Say

Trump to Crack Down on Marijuana Users, Campaigners Say Tom Porter | 7/24/17 A new Department of Justice report on violent crime and marijuana will pave the way for the Trump administration to crack down on the drug, campaigners and lawmakers say. The Trump administration’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is to release a report next week that critics fear will link marijuana use to violent crime and advocate tougher sentences for those producing, selling and using the drug. Democrat SenatorRead More


Oops! We Seem to Have Forgotten to Protect Patients in Washington

Oops! We Seem to Have Forgotten to Protect Patients in Washington Jim MacRae | July 17, 2017 The closet numerologist and gregarious creature hidden deep within compels me to wish you a happy 7/17/17! In one of the many numerical quirks of the Universe, if one takes 7-17-17 and decomposes it, the result is three lucky 7s and two decimal-centric 10s. If one then adds the three 7s, to get 21 and then the two 10s to get 20 and then takes the audacious and admittedly somewhat frivolous step ofRead More


This Rehab Clinic Lets Patients Smoke Marijuana

This Rehab Clinic Lets Patients Smoke Marijuana Al Olson A Los Angeles drug rehabilitation clinic is offering a radical approach for patients wanting to kick a dangerous addiction. It’s called Cannabis-Inclusive Treatment and the controversial program is making headlines across the country for allowing patients to smoke marijuana. High Sobriety provides a “a spectrum of treatment alternatives for individuals who have been previously unable to stop using alcohol and/or other drugs after attending traditional abstinence-based settings,” according to its website. This Rehab Clinic Lets Patients Smoke Marijuana


Colorado Has Brought in a Cool Half-Billion in Cannabis Taxes

Colorado Has Brought in a Cool Half-Billion in Cannabis Taxes Gage Peake | July 19, 2017 With legal, regulated markets in legal states continuing to grow, it can sometimes feel like sales records are broken every week. But the latest report out of Colorado marks a milestone, as the state has now made more than half a billion dollars in cannabis-related tax revenue since legal adult sales began in 2014. Colorado cannabis revenues come from a combination 15% excise tax on wholesale transfers, a 10% special tax on retail salesRead More


Firing somebody with a medical-marijuana prescription is illegal discrimination, court rules

Firing somebody with a medical-marijuana prescription is illegal discrimination, court rules adamg | 07/17/2017 The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that voter approval of medicinal marijuana means employers can no longer simply fire workers who test positive for THC on a drug test if they can prove they were using the drug with a doctor’s prescription. The ruling comes in the case of a woman who was consuming marijuana two to three times a week to help ease the pain of Crohn’s Disease and who tested positive for marijuana administeredRead More