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The legal drug we should be worried about isn’t marijuana

The legal drug we should be worried about isn’t marijuana Gianmarco Raddi | July 18, 2018 Massachusetts recently issued its first recreational marijuana license, bringing pot more fully into the ranks of regulated substances. Bravo! Decriminalizing drugs is a tactic that has been demonstrated to reduce their harm, notably in Portugal. And legalizing pot in Colorado and other states has not led to a surge in usage and related crime — or indeed even that collective societal zombification predicted by legalization opponents. But regulation is not a panacea, as we’reRead More

Father pushes for Washington bill in honor of dying daughter with rare illness

Father pushes for Washington bill in honor of dying daughter with rare illness Matt Markovich | August 10th 2018 River Barclay does her best to sing along with her favorite movie Frozen, but it’s hard — it’s more like a cheerful groan. She can hear just fine, but just sees shapes on the iPad with the movie planning in front of her. She’s 95 percent blind, her dad John Barclay said, and she suffers from childhood dementia, a running playlist of memories that are quickly disappearing. “It’s horrific,” Barclay said.Read More

Study: CBD From Marijuana Plus Chemotherapy Tripled Cancer Survival Rates In Mice

Study: CBD From Marijuana Plus Chemotherapy Tripled Cancer Survival Rates In Mice David DiSalvo | Jul 31, 2018 Mice with pancreatic cancer treated with a combination of cannabidiol (CBD) and chemotherapy survived nearly three times longer than those treated with chemotherapy alone, according to a new study that spotlights the potential for human treatment. CBD, the non-psychoactive (non-intoxicating) compound in marijuana, has already been shown to improve side effects of chemotherapy like nausea and vomiting. The latest results provide more justification for testing in humans, building on prior animal research that uncovered possible anti-cancer propertiesRead More

OLCC Commission Approves Rules on Revoking Marijuana Worker Permits and Harvest Notification

OLCC Commission Approves Rules on Revoking Marijuana Worker Permits and Harvest Notification July 26, 2018 | MJ News Network The Oregon Liquor Control Commission today approved a rule permitting the agency to revoke the Marijuana Worker Permit of any permittee determined to be deliberately selling marijuana to a minor. The action adds to a series of steps taken by the Commission to prevent the sale of marijuana items to minors. The Commission also approved a rule requiring marijuana producers to provide the OLCC advance notice when harvesting their cannabis crop.Read More

Seattle judges may vacate 500 marijuana charges. Will those people find out?

Seattle judges may vacate 500 marijuana charges. Will those people find out? Amy Radil | Jul 20, 2018 Do people getting their marijuana convictions vacated by the City of Seattle need to be notified? Are they entitled to legal counsel, and to reimbursement for the fines and fees they paid? Those are some of the questions Seattle’s municipal court judges are wrestling with as they consider the city’s request to vacate more than 500 convictions for marijuana possession from 1996 to 2010. Those judges met Friday to consider the cityRead More

State Considers Amnesty Program for Pot Business Owners That Hide Ownership

State Considers Amnesty Program for Pot Business Owners That Hide Ownership Lester Black | Jul 23, 2018 If you want to own a legal pot farm or retail store in Washington you must tell the state every person that has invested money or shares revenue in your business. If you hide an investor, even accidentally, the state’s rules punish you by canceling your license. In theory, the strict disclosure requirements and harsh penalties will prevent criminal organizations from profiting from legal weed sales in the state. But Washington’s Liquor andRead More

NORML exec: The case for whole-plant cannabis

NORML exec: The case for whole-plant cannabis Paul Armentano | July 22, 2018 Emergency rules enacted by the Board of Health restricting patients from obtaining whole-plant herbal (inhalable) cannabis from licensed dispensaries violate the spirit of State Question 788. More importantly, the restriction undermines the health and safety of those patients the law is intended to protect. Whole-plant herbal cannabis contains more than 100 uniquely active components known as cannabinoids, many of which act in concert with one another. Moreover, the plant possesses a variety of naturally occurring oils andRead More

Does legal weed make police more effective?

Does legal weed make police more effective? Christopher Ingraham | July 18 Marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington state has “produced some demonstrable and persistent benefit” to police departments’ ability to solve other types of crime, according to researchers at Washington State University. “Our models show no negative effects of legalization and, instead, indicate that crime clearance rates for at least some types of crime are increasing faster in states that legalized than in those that did not,” the authors write in a study published in the journal Police Quarterly.Read More

Drive-through pot shop opens in Auburn; 1st in Washington

Drive-through pot shop opens in Auburn; 1st in Washington LaMonica Peters | July 18th 2018 There’s now a faster way to buy marijuana and you don’t even have to get out of your car. Joint River in Auburn is now the first in the state to offer drive-through service. The marijuana dispensary says it’s setting itself apart from the competition by allowing its customers to keep a lower profile. “Some cannabis consumers don’t share with everybody that they are, so this offers a whole other level of discretion,” said AudriaRead More

Emergency License Suspension Issued for Tacoma’s Refined Cannabinoids

Emergency License Suspension Issued for Tacoma’s Refined Cannabinoids The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) today issued an emergency marijuana producer license suspension for Refined Cannabinoids, located at 3303 South 35th street in Tacoma. The suspension is effective for 180 days beginning July 13, 2018 until January 9, 2019. During that time the WSLCB will seek permanent revocation of the license. This is the first time an emergency suspension has been served on a marijuana licensee. Acting on a complaint, WSLCB Enforcement conducted a premise check at the licensedRead More