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Saturday, August 19th, 2017

 

Why the Marijuana Justice Act legalizes marijuana the right way

Why the Marijuana Justice Act legalizes marijuana the right way Jim Patterson | 08/16/17 Earlier this month, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the Marijuana Justice Act. To some, this bill may look like another liberal attempt to push for widespread legalization of marijuana across the country. But for those of us who work in this industry and understand the complexities and inequities of current marijuana policies, the bill is a bold step forward in transforming the industry as we know it. I recommend that anyone who questions why marijuana should no longer be illegal under federalRead More


Inslee, Ferguson to Sessions: You’re wrong about Washington’s pot system

Inslee, Ferguson to Sessions: You’re wrong about Washington’s pot system Aug. 15, 2017 In measured but firm text, two top Washington officials told the nation’s top law enforcement officer he doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to the state’s legal marijuana business. Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson responded Tuesday to last month’s letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that suggested the federal government could, if it chose, enforce federal laws against marijuana even though the state has made its regulated production, sale andRead More


National group takes on Seattle Hempfest, denounces ‘corporate pot’

National group takes on Seattle Hempfest, denounces ‘corporate pot’ Brian Calvert | August 16th 2017 A national organization is critical of this weekend’s Hempfest event in Seattle, and is paying for ads in at least one Seattle publication encouraging people to reconsider using marijuana. According to the group called SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), events like Hempfest are enabling the next “big tobacco.” “Well you know, Hempfest is thought of as the old festival of people who just like to smoke pot and use hemp, and ‘what’s the big deal?’”Read More


Marijuana helping local cities fund children’s programs, public safety

Marijuana helping local cities fund children’s programs, public safety Kaitlin Bain | Aug 9, 2017 With over half a million in marijuana tax revenue since 2014, Union Gap is closing out its second year of a First through Seventh grade summer camp, funded by a portion of the money. The Union Gap City Council decided the best way to spend the marijuana money was to give it to youth programs to help teach them positive decision-making skills, said City Manager Arlene Fisher-Maurer. “The council has taken a remarkable stand inRead More


A Bunch of Facts about the Legal Weed Industry We Didn’t Know Before Now

A Bunch of Facts about the Legal Weed Industry We Didn’t Know Before Now Lester Black | Aug 2, 2017 It turns out smoking trees is more profitable than cutting them down. The first government report on employment in our state’s legal weed economy found that more than twice as many people work in the legal pot industry than work in the lumber industry. The report, conducted by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP), found that more than 10,000 people were employed by legal weed businesses in 2016,Read More