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OPINION: Liquor Cannabis Board Agents May be Operating Beyond Their Legal Authority

OPINION: Liquor Cannabis Board Agents May be Operating Beyond Their Legal Authority Luna Reyna | August 4, 2021 Washington State is grappling with police violence and accountability issues. Over the past year, we have witnessed citizens’ frustration spill into the streets, many demanding to defund the police entirely. Meanwhile, more than $24 million in cannabis taxes are going to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) whose Liquor Enforcement Officers (LEO) are issued uniforms with police patches and jackets with “POLICE” plastered in front and back despite not havingRead More


Surgeon general: No ‘value’ to locking people up over marijuana use

Surgeon general: No ‘value’ to locking people up over marijuana use Mychael Schnell | 7/18/2021 “When it comes to decriminalization, I don’t think that there is value to individuals or to society to lock people up for marijuana use. I don’t think that serves anybody well,” Murthy told host Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I do think that, in terms of our approach to marijuana, I worry when we don’t let science guide our process in policy-making,” he added. Surgeon general: No ‘value’ to locking people upRead More


‘Ridiculous’ price of medical marijuana leaves patients scrambling

‘Ridiculous’ price of medical marijuana leaves patients scrambling July 17, 2021 | Merritt Enright, Nigel Chiwaya and Robin Muccari Patrick McClellan was thrilled when he learned that his home state of Minnesota was legalizing medical marijuana in 2014. For McClellan, a former chef who had been on disability since he developed a rare form of muscular dystrophy, the drug provided the best relief for his painful muscle spasms. But six years after Minnesota rolled out its medical marijuana program, McClellan is still buying pot off the street. The reason isRead More


New Oregon law calls for more THC tests, regulations for delta-8

New Oregon law calls for more THC tests, regulations for delta-8 HempToday® | July 15, 2021 Oregon will ramp up THC testing in hemp fields as law enforcement officials worry that some growers are nurturing marijuana plants in their hemp operations. Increased testing is a key aspect of a new state law, which also calls for the establishment of rules for artificially derived cannabinoids such as delta-8 THC made from hemp. New Oregon law calls for more THC tests, regulations for delta-8


Legal Weed Is Gaining A Little Ground Among GOP Congressmen

Legal Weed Is Gaining A Little Ground Among GOP Congressmen Callum Borchers | July 14, 2021 Most congressional Democrats say it is time to end a federal prohibition on marijuana, and a growing number of Republicans agree. “In a town that moves at a glacial pace, this is one [issue] that’s picked up a lot of energy over time,” said Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Ohio. But that energy is not enough to change the law. Lawmakers don’t see eye to eye on how to legalize cannabis, and businesses are stuck inRead More


Stoned Driving Is Far Safer Than Operating a Vehicle on Prescription Drugs, Study Says

Stoned Driving Is Far Safer Than Operating a Vehicle on Prescription Drugs, Study Says June 17, 2021 | Chris Moore Driving while stoned is far safer than driving under the influence of prescription medications or other legal drugs, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy. A team of Australian researchers set out to test the validity of zero tolerance THC driving laws by studying how often Australians involved in traffic accidents tested positive for cannabis, opioids, or other drugs. An analysis of accident dataRead More


Clarence Thomas says federal laws against marijuana may no longer be necessary

Clarence Thomas says federal laws against marijuana may no longer be necessary June 28, 2021 | Pete Williams Clarence Thomas, one of the Supreme Court‘s most conservative justices, said Monday that because of the hodgepodge of federal policies on marijuana, federal laws against its use or cultivation may no longer make sense. “A prohibition on intrastate use or cultivation of marijuana may no longer be necessary or proper to support the federal government’s piecemeal approach,” he wrote. His views came as the court declined to hear the appeal of aRead More


Review: Safety Profile of Oral THC Medications in Older Patients

Review: Safety Profile of Oral THC Medications in Older Patients NORML | February 4, 2021 The administration of oral preparations of synthetic THC is associated with increased incidents of dizziness or lightheadedness in patients over the age of 50, according to a review of randomized controlled trial data published in JAMA Network Open. A team of researchers affiliated with Kings College in London reviewed safety data from 30 randomized controlled trials involving over 1,400 total subjects. Participants in the trials all consumed oral preparations of THC, primarily synthetic THC (e.g., dronabinol,Read More


Washington State Brand Caught Selling Synthetic Cannabis Products In Legal Market

Washington State Brand Caught Selling Synthetic Cannabis Products In Legal Market Mitch Pfeifer | June 17, 2021 Regretfully we’re pondering a question that one should never have to ask—is the THC you’re consuming actually “real” THC? According to reports from The Cannabis Observer and a recent LCB Special Board Caucus, a Washington State cannabis company has been using unmarked synthetic THC inside their vape cartridges. These products have been for sale on shelves for months. They may have potentially been sold to numerous brands via wholesale transactions. Consumers have beenRead More


Washington state to allow ‘Joints for Jabs’ vaccination program at marijuana dispensaries

Washington state to allow ‘Joints for Jabs’ vaccination program at marijuana dispensaries Callie Craighead | June 8, 2021 Washington just added a new incentive for residents to get their COVID-19 vaccines: a free joint. The Liquor and Cannabis Board approved new guidelines on Monday allowing cannabis retailers in the state to give out one free pre-roll joint to customers who receive their COVID-19 vaccine — either first or second dose — at a participating in-store clinic. The “Joints for Jabs” promotion only applies to those 21 and over and willRead More