Why Marijuana Business Owners Are Storming Capitol Hill

Why Marijuana Business Owners Are Storming Capitol Hill Matt Laslo There’s a crowd of a few dozen people mingling about the Capitol grounds in dark suits, striped ties, power dresses and sunglasses on a summer-like spring day in the nation’s steamy capital. They look like they’re ready for a Republican fundraiser, but they’re actually marijuana business owners – everything from edible bakers to dispensary owners – from 20 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. There are no Birkenstocks or marijuana leaves in sight, well except one old hippyRead More

The Guy Who Invented the Bong Lives in White Center and Might Lose His House

The Guy Who Invented the Bong Lives in White Center and Might Lose His House Lester Black | May 17, 2017 Cameron Tower is one of the hundreds of glassblowers in Washington State making handblown glass pipes and bongs. His pieces are covered in waves of smoky color and handblown marbles containing celestial scenes. But there’s something other than his artistry that sets him apart from the rest of Seattle’s glassblowers. Tower invented the world’s first modern bong. The Guy Who Invented the Bong Lives in White Center and MightRead More

Lawmakers renew push to end federal ban on marijuana

Lawmakers renew push to end federal ban on marijuana Tim Devaney | 05/17/17 A small, bipartisan group of lawmakers is renewing a push at the federal level to legalize marijuana, calling it a criminal justice issue. The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Garrett (R-Va.), would lift the nation’s pot restrictions and allow states to decide how to regulate medical and recreational marijuana. Currently, states like Colorado that legalize marijuana do so in violation of federal law. This has created a confusing patchwork of pot laws aroundRead More

Over 3,000 pot plants seized from 14 illegal grow houses in Seattle, Renton, Federal Way, police say

Over 3,000 pot plants seized from 14 illegal grow houses in Seattle, Renton, Federal Way, police say May 17, 2017 | Q13 FOX News Staff, More than 3,000 marijuana plants, 60 pounds of processed pot, firearms and vehicles were seized Wednesday at 14 illegal grow houses in Seattle, Renton and Federal Way, the Seattle Police Department said. Fifteen people were arrested in connection with the grow operations, which detectives believe are linked, police said. The 15 who were arrested were being booked into the King County Jail for charges relatedRead More

What’s in the state’s updated marijuana law

What’s in the state’s updated marijuana law Zosha Millman | May 16, 2017 Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed into law a massive marijuana bill, which runs the gamut in terms of coverage. After the state Legislature passed Senate Bill 5131 last month, Gov. Inslee finally approved the measure, which brings tweaks large and small to the state’s marijuana policy. Among them: Increased accessibility for medical marijuana users, decreased accessibility for cannabis advertisements, and potentially a home-grow market for recreational users. But before you go looking for weed seeds, read throughRead More

Governor Legalizes Smoking Weed With Friends and Allows State To Certify “Organic” Cannabis

Governor Legalizes Smoking Weed With Friends and Allows State To Certify “Organic” Cannabis Lester Black | May 16, 2017 Earlier today, Governor Jay Inslee signed that big “omnibus bill” of pot laws that cleared the Washington legislature last month. The omnibus bill combined more than a dozen different legal changes to cannabis law in our state, including forward progress on legalizing growing pot at home and creating the country’s first state-run organic certification program for weed. The governor has also just legalized the right for adults to share a joint,Read More

Concentrates 101: What’s on the market, from kief and CO2 oil to BHO

Concentrates 101: What’s on the market, from kief and CO2 oil to BHO Jun 19, 2015 | Ry Prichard, Though cannabis in general has a learning curve, perhaps the most intimidating and mysterious aspect for new users is concentrates. When a customer walks into a medical dispensary or recreational shop looking to try something new, a query about concentrates — a.k.a. cannabis extracts — often results in a barrage of unfamiliar terms, and he or she has little to no frame of reference for quality, dosage, expected effects or waysRead More

Hall Monitor: From the Pot Shop to the Cop Shop

Hall Monitor: From the Pot Shop to the Cop Shop Dirk VanderHart | May 10, 2017 WHEN YOU TORE into this column with your typical voracity last week, reader, you got a pretty good preview of events to come. You’ll recall I wrote about looming squabbles of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s first budget, and settled on three—Wheeler’s proposed homelessness spending, his $600 million plan for infrastructure projects, and a new public elections program—that seemed particularly ripe. I was mostly right! In the last week, Wheeler has squared off with Multnomah CountyRead More

Marijuana May Boost, Rather Than Dull, the Elderly Brain

Marijuana May Boost, Rather Than Dull, the Elderly Brain Stephani Sutherland | May 10, 2017 Picture the stereotypical pot smoker: young, dazed and confused. Marijuana has long been known for its psychoactive effects, which can include cognitive impairment. But new research published this week in Nature Medicine suggests the drug might affect older users very differently than young ones—at least in mice. Instead of impairing learning and memory as it does in young people, the drug appears to reverse age-related declines in the cognitive performance of elderly mice. Researchers ledRead More

Potency – as it should be?

Potency – as it should be? Jim MacRae | May 10, 2017 This follow-up to my recent post “Facts and Alt-Facts: How 2 labs Report on Potency” serves primarily as a response to those readers and interested parties that took the time to comment either on how the two charts aligned with their expectations or how my methods were allegedly deceitful. I’ll put aside the “attack the messenger” tone uniting the latter group of posts, and focus today on the reported “Total Cannabinoid” trends reported by the top-volume Friendly labRead More