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1 year of legal marijuana sales, 115 years of Seattle Times coverage

1 year of legal marijuana sales, 115 years of Seattle Times coverage July 7, 2015 // Updated March 19, 2018 | Paige Cornwell Cannabis made one of its first appearances in The Seattle Daily Times in 1911, in a recipe to cure corns. An extract of cannabis, along with sodium and collodion, would form a paste. Readers were instructed to “paint over the corn once or twice a day and scrape away superficial growth in three or four days.” Later stories journeyed from a portrayal of marijuana as an illegal,Read More

Alaska Senate Passes Resolution Urging Feds to Respect State Marijuana Laws, Reconsider Marijuana as Schedule 1 Drug

Alaska Senate Passes Resolution Urging Feds to Respect State Marijuana Laws, Reconsider Marijuana as Schedule 1 Drug Anthony Martinelli | April 19, 2018 House Joint Resolution No. 21 urges the federal government” to respect the authority of the state to regulate marijuana use, production, and distribution and to honor previous federal guidance on marijuana policy”, and urges them “to reconsider its listing of marijuana as a schedule I controlled substance.” The House of representative has already approved the resolution in a unanimous vote last month. Alaska Senate Passes Resolution UrgingRead More

California and Colorado Are Getting Weed Cafes. Why Can’t Washington?

California and Colorado Are Getting Weed Cafes. Why Can’t Washington? Lester Black | Apr 11, 2018 In Seattle, you can legally buy weed, but there’s almost no- where you can legally smoke it. If you own your own house (praise be unto you, oh privileged and wealthy one), you obviously can light up a joint in your living room—and by the time you’re down to the roach, your house will have appreciated by another $1,000. But for the rest of us, including tourists who have come to visit expressly becauseRead More

Trump deal promises no pot crackdown despite Sessions’ threats

Trump deal promises no pot crackdown despite Sessions’ threats Joel Connelly | April 17, 2018 President Trump, doing a backroom political deal, has promised that states can enact their own marijuana laws and regulations, and that there will be no Justice Department crackdown on states where recreational pot is legal. The promise was made by Trump to Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, and behind the back of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump deal promises no pot crackdown despite Sessions’ threats

Alaska House Passes Bill Restricting Public Access to Some Cannabis Possession Criminal Records

Alaska House Passes Bill Restricting Public Access to Some Cannabis Possession Criminal Records TG Branfalt | 4/16/2018 Alaska’s House of Representatives has passed a bill that would restrict public access to some criminal records for simple cannabis possession, according to a KTVA report. The measure is intended to make it easier for those with possession convictions to get employed. Who would benefit? Individuals 21 or older at the time of the offense who were convicted of possessing 1 ounce of cannabis or less, according to the bill text. State Rep.Read More

AG Ferguson statement on Trump marijuana news

AG Ferguson statement on Trump marijuana news FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Apr 13 2018 OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered the following statement on the news of President Donald Trump’s statement on marijuana legalization: AG Ferguson statement on Trump marijuana news

Sen. Cory Gardner says Trump has reassured him Colorado’s legal marijuana programs are safe

Sen. Cory Gardner says Trump has reassured him Colorado’s legal marijuana programs are safe Blair Miller | Apr 13, 2018 U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said Friday he’d received assurances from President Trump this week that Colorado’s legal marijuana industries won’t be affected by Justice Department rule changes implemented earlier this year, and said the president backs a congressional fix. “Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice’s recission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry,” Gardner, a Colorado Republican andRead More

Trump administration abandons crackdown on legal marijuana

Trump administration abandons crackdown on legal marijuana Evan Halper | Apr 13, 2018 The Trump administration is abandoning a Justice Department threat to crack down on recreational marijuana in states where it is legal, a move that could enable cannabis businesses in California and other states that have legalized pot to operate without fear of federal raids and prosecution. President Trump personally directed the abrupt retreat, which came at the behest of Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado. White House officials confirmed the policy shift Friday. Trump did not informRead More

Renowned glassblowing artists will try to make 24-foot-high bong in Seattle

Renowned glassblowing artists will try to make 24-foot-high bong in Seattle April 12, 2018 | Christine Clarridge Dude, check it out. Jason Harris and a group of other renowned glassblowing artists will be meeting in Seattle over the “4/20” weekend to create the world’s largest bong. The final piece, which will be created in parts and then assembled at the Cannabition museum in the downtown Las Vegas Arts District, will tower 24-feet high and weigh 800 pounds when completed. Renowned glassblowing artists will try to make 24-foot-high bong in Seattle

Boehner joins cannabis company board to push for medical use

Boehner joins cannabis company board to push for medical use Morgan Gstalter | 04/11/18 Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has joined the board of a top cannabis corporation to promote the use of medical marijuana, a shift in his once-adamant opposition to legalization of the substance. Boehner released a statement Wednesday on Twitter saying that his “thinking on cannabis has evolved.” “I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities,” Boehner said. Boehner joins cannabis companyRead More