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Spokane County commissioners lift moratorium on outdoor pot grows

Spokane County commissioners lift moratorium on outdoor pot grows June 21, 2017 | Chad Sokol The Spokane County commissioners have lifted a moratorium on outdoor marijuana farms, but they replaced it with zoning rules that are significantly more restrictive to the pot industry. All new farms and expansions will require a conditional use permit, which can only be obtained after a public hearing process. New growing, processing and retail operations are now banned on rural 5-acre lots and urban reserve lands – sites where urban development may occur in theRead More


Spokane allows pot shop to move amid complaints that a sham arcade abused zoning laws

Spokane allows pot shop to move amid complaints that a sham arcade abused zoning laws June 19, 2017 | Kip Hill An east Spokane pot shop was handed a victory Monday night by the City Council over what some call a sham arcade that had prevented them from moving. City Council President Ben Stuckart appeared by phone to cast the deciding vote in a 5-to-1 tally shrinking Spokane’s buffer zone between an arcade and a marijuana business, from 1,000 feet to 500 feet, for six months. City Councilman Mike Fagan,Read More


7 Expert Marijuana Hacks You Need Now

7 Expert Marijuana Hacks You Need Now Terry Hacienda | Jun 20, 2017 Many of you have been enjoying cannabis for some time. And some of you may even consider yourself experts on all things weed, but how many of these expert marijuana hacks do you know? You know that ancient proverb: You can’t teach old dogs new tricks? Don’t believe it. No matter how long you’ve been toking, there are always new things to try. And modern technology keeps on inventing better methods for consumption. Here are a fewRead More


MJ Freeway experiences second security breach in 2017, calls it ‘a theft’

MJ Freeway experiences second security breach in 2017, calls it ‘a theft’ June 20, 2017 | John Schroyer Denver-based MJ Freeway, one of the more prominent software firms in the cannabis sector, has suffered a cybersecurity breach for the second time in six months. The company said some of its source code information was posted illegally online last week. MJ Freeway officials are calling it “a theft” but said the breach won’t impact customer or patient data. The breach follows a hacking incident in early January that resulted in a major crash ofRead More


What Is Marijuana’s THCA And What Does It Do?

What Is Marijuana’s THCA And What Does It Do? Adrian Devitt-Lee | Jun 19, 2017 Cannabis doesn’t actually produce THC or CBD. The plant produces all cannabinoids in an acid form. Instead of making THC and CBD directly, it synthesizes tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) from their cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) precursor. THCA is not psychoactive—it does not activate CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain. In order to make psychoactive THC from THCA, one needs to heat it. This can be done by smoking or vaporizing raw flower, bakingRead More


Pot shop vs. video arcade: City council members call ‘shenanigans’ after marijuana license is rejected

Pot shop vs. video arcade: City council members call ‘shenanigans’ after marijuana license is rejected June 16, 2017 | Kip Hill An alleged space invader is disrupting plans for a new pot shop in a Spokane industrial park, prompting calls of “shenanigans” from an unusual ally. Pot shop Smokane, located to the west of the East Town Shopping Center, received permits from the city in August 2016 to move to an East Spokane industrial park. Seven months later, its application for a license to begin selling marijuana – a licenseRead More


New marijuana growing rules taking hold in Colorado by start of next year: what you need to know

New marijuana growing rules taking hold in Colorado by start of next year: what you need to know Blair Miller | Jun 15, 2017 Colorado law enforcement and marijuana growers will have to make some adjustments regarding marijuana growing in the state over the next six months, as two new laws aimed at reducing illegal marijuana cultivation and dealing will take effect. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills last week aimed directly at cutting down on high plant limits and reducing the flow of Colorado pot to other states—something lawRead More


Not Telling Your Doctor About Marijuana Use Can Hurt You

Not Telling Your Doctor About Marijuana Use Can Hurt You Trey Reckling | Jun 16, 2017 Despite the majority of U.S. states having some form of legal marijuana, many patients don’t tell their physician about marijuana use. Withholding this important fact can be risky. We spoke with Dr. Sarah T. Melton, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Melton, a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, also serves the public as a pharmacist, has contributed to pharmacy textbooks,Read More


How one three-letter word in new Colorado law will make marijuana enforcement harder

How one three-letter word in new Colorado law will make marijuana enforcement harder Jun 15, 2017 | Alicia Wallace Coordinating conjunctions matter in how Colorado’s cannabis laws should function. An “and” instead of an “or” nearly killed a bid to bolster Colorado’s role in medical marijuana research. The language lapse did, however, manage to fling a monkey wrench in how the state enforces cannabis pesticide regulations. How one three-letter word in new Colorado law will make marijuana enforcement harder  


Science Calls Out Jeff Sessions on Medical Marijuana and the “Historic Drug Epidemic”

Science Calls Out Jeff Sessions on Medical Marijuana and the “Historic Drug Epidemic” Dina Fine Maron | June 14, 2017 Amid a drug crisis that kills 91 people in the U.S. each day, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked Congress to help roll back protections that have shielded medical marijuana dispensaries from federal prosecutors since 2014, according to a letter made public this week. Those legal controls—which bar Sessions’s Justice Department from funding crackdowns on the medical cannabis programs legalized by 29 states and Washington, D.C.—jeopardize the DoJ’s ability toRead More