Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

 

Washington pot-tracking system, already dogged with problems, was hacked, state says

Washington pot-tracking system, already dogged with problems, was hacked, state says February 8, 2018 | Evan Bush The state’s new pot-tracking system was hacked last weekend, and an “intruder” stole route information associated with four days of marijuana deliveries, as well as other information. “It was a breach of the system and indications show they downloaded a copy of the traceability database,” said Brian Smith, a spokesman for the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB). “It did something in the system — I’m not at liberty to talk about — thatRead More


Tacoma’s first pot store closed for owing $1.4 million in back taxes

Tacoma’s first pot store closed for owing $1.4 million in back taxes Kenny Ocker | February 07, 2018 The Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board canceled the license of Tacoma’s first marijuana retailer at noon Wednesday because of a $1.4 million delinquent tax bill. With the help of Tacoma police officers, LCB officers seized all marijuana products at Rainier on Pine, also known as Xander’s Green Goods, after the retailer was given multiple administrative violation notices, board spokesman Mikhail Carpenter said. Tacoma’s first pot store closed for owing $1.4 millionRead More


Pot farmer says industry in state is unbalanced, with oversupply of marijuana

Pot farmer says industry in state is unbalanced, with oversupply of marijuana February 7, 2018 | Hana Kim For pot smokers, prices may be a reason to smile. Since legalization, prices have dipped every single month. Statewide a gram of pot is now about $7 on average compared to $20 in 2014 when the first pot stores opened. “My brother is visiting from Miami and we are doing some marijuana tourism,” said one consumer. The siblings stopped in Diego Pellicer in Seattle’s Sodo’s district. It’s an upscale pot store butRead More


Girl Scout troop spurs Colorado’s first city ban on smoking tobacco or weed in vehicles with minors

Girl Scout troop spurs Colorado’s first city ban on smoking tobacco or weed in vehicles with minors Feb 6, 2018 | John Aguilar What started off last spring as an effort by an Aurora Girl Scout troop to take on a social service project turned into passage Monday of Colorado’s first ban on smoking in a vehicle while children under 18 are inside. The Aurora City Council passed the measure on a razor-thin 6-5 vote, putting smokers and drivers in the city of 360,000 on notice that tobacco or marijuanaRead More


Washington AG: We’re ‘Prepared’ for Legal Fight With Jeff Sessions

Washington AG: We’re ‘Prepared’ for Legal Fight With Jeff Sessions Ben Adlin | February 2, 2018 Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson hasn’t been shy about the fact he’s willing to defend the state’s legal cannabis system from federal interference. He doubled down on that pledge this week, confirming in an interview that his office is prepared to take legal action if the Justice Department goes after Washington’s state-legal industry. “We are—and have been, really, for a long time—prepared if there needs to be a legal fight on the futureRead More


US prosecutor: Oregon has big pot overproduction problem

US prosecutor: Oregon has big pot overproduction problem February 1, 2018 | GILLIAN FLACCUS Oregon’s top federal prosecutor said Friday the state has a “formidable” problem with marijuana overproduction that winds up on the black market and that he wants to work with state and local leaders and the pot industry to do something about it. U.S. Attorney Billy Williams convened the unprecedented summit of influential federal law enforcement representatives, state officials and marijuana industry scions after Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew an Obama administration memo that had guided statesRead More


Effects of Marijuana on Mental Health

Effects of Marijuana on Mental Health Susan A. Stoner | June 2017 Marijuana is the most commonly used drug of abuse in the United States. As found in the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 22.2 million people aged 12 and older had used marijuana in the past month. Research suggests that marijuana use has increased over the past decade as perceptions of risk of harm from using marijuana among adults in the general population have steadily declined. As of June 2017, 26 states and the District ofRead More