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Friday, November 9th, 2018

 

Edible Rule Changes in Washington

Edible Rule Changes in Washington November 8, 2018 Last month on a Wednesday, the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Control Board released a rule change stating that any edible product “especially appealing to children” would be banned by April 3rd, 2019. There is a single defining problem that ensures this policy has failed. There is no proven way to define what products are especially appealing to children. This policy shift represents a devastating blow to the Cannabis industry and consumer rights without a single study or evidence of public safety issues.Read More


Seattle Company Gets Washington’s First Pot Research License

Seattle Company Gets Washington’s First Pot Research License Lester Black | Nov 9, 2018 The state of Washington is about to hand out its very first cannabis research license. This new license allows companies to grow and process cannabis purely for research purposes. Verda Bio, a Seattle-based pharmaceutical company, told me they successfully received their research license and will soon be growing cannabis in their SoDo facility. The LCB confirmed that after a fee was processed the research license would be issued. Jessica Tonani, Verda Bio’s CEO, said the company’sRead More


Which Cannabis Terpenes Reduce Anxiety & Where Can You Find Them?

Which Cannabis Terpenes Reduce Anxiety & Where Can You Find Them? Hannah Meadows | September 25, 2018 For quick relief of anxiety and stress, reaching for a bowl of cannabis is hardly out of the question. Many strains are loaded with a variety of fragrant terpenes that work through the entourage effect to take you to a state of cool, calm, and collected bliss. But how do you know which terpenes are best for relaxing the mind and crushing anxiety? Below, discover which terpenes are found in anxiety-busting strains asRead More


Seattle’s Leading Pot Shop Launches Random Product Testing

Seattle’s Leading Pot Shop Launches Random Product Testing Ben Adlin | November 2, 2018 Seattle’s busiest cannabis retailer is taking lab testing into its own hands, launching a program this month that tests random products on store shelves for heavy metals and pesticides—and then removes any products that fail. Each month, Uncle Ike’s, which operates three Seattle-area locations, will randomly select five products from its inventory and pay to have them tested. The project, dubbed “Ike’s OK,” is an effort to curb the number of contaminated products that make itRead More


First FDA-approved marijuana-based drug now available in US

First FDA-approved marijuana-based drug now available in US Lilly Price | November 2, 2018 Several months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a drug derived from marijuana for the first time, the drug became available in the U.S. on Thursday. Epidiolex will be legally used to treat two serious and rare kinds of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, with the compound cannabidiol, also known as CBD, found in hemp and marijuana. Epidiolex is the first approved treatment for Dravet syndrome, according to the FDA.Read More


Jury finds in favor of Colorado marijuana grow in closely watched federal lawsuit

Jury finds in favor of Colorado marijuana grow in closely watched federal lawsuit John Ingold | Oct 31, 2018 A southern Colorado marijuana grow facility did not hurt the property values of a neighboring couple, a jury in Denver decided Wednesday, ending a closely watched lawsuit that had hung like a dark cloud over the state’s cannabis industry. If the lawsuit had been successful, it could have created a blueprint for opponents of marijuana legalization to dismantle the industry through civil cases brought under federal anti-racketeering laws. The Racketeer InfluencedRead More


Mexico’s Supreme Court legalizes cannabis for recreational use

Mexico’s Supreme Court legalizes cannabis for recreational use Patrick Timmons | Oct. 31, 2018 Drug policy reformers claimed victory in Mexico City Wednesday after the country’s Supreme Court handed down two rulings legalizing cannabis for all forms of non-commercial adult use. “The rulings pave the way for adults to use marijuana in any way they see fit. We aren’t just talking about recreational use,” Froylán Enciso, a drug policy researcher at Mexico’s social sciences institute, the CIDE, told UPI. Mexico’s Supreme Court legalizes cannabis for recreational use


Adults can do better keeping pot edibles that look like treats from children

Adults can do better keeping pot edibles that look like treats from children October 30, 2018 | The Seattle Times editorial board An increase in accidental poisoning reports to the Washington Poison Control Center show adults need to work harder to keep marijuana products away from small children. Among children 5 and younger, the Poison Control Center saw a dramatic increase in accidental exposure from 52 in 2016 to 82 in 2017. The statewide numbers also have risen dramatically in the 6- to 12-year-old group, and most of the accidentalRead More


Pot Industry Asks for Transparent Candy Rules

Pot Industry Asks for Transparent Candy Rules Lester Black | Oct 30, 2018 When the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) announced earlier this month that they were suddenly banning pot companies from making pot-infused candies, the pushback was intense and immediate. A bipartisan group of state legislators asked the LCB to rescind their ban, the state’s three largest cannabis trade groups united for the first time to call the new candy policy “arbitrary and sudden,” and the entire staff of The Stranger immediately bought all the pot candy weRead More


WSDA Tests Show Frequent Illegal Pesticide Use on Cannabis

WSDA Tests Show Frequent Illegal Pesticide Use on Cannabis Lester Black | Oct 29, 2018 Over 40 percent of the pot the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) tested between March of 2017 and July of 2018 showed illegal levels of pesticides, according to a new report from a group of medical cannabis advocates. The state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) has used the WSDA’s labs to test legal pot for pesticides for over three years. Patients United, the medical marijuana group that released the pesticide information, found that 43Read More