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Thursday, August 28th, 2014

 

Editorial: Feds drag feet on banking access for marijuana industry

Editorial: Feds drag feet on banking access for marijuana industry Originally published August 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM | Page modified August 26, 2014 at 2:57 PM Federal banking guidance for the growing marijuana industry hasn’t worked well enough. Lack of effective action on banking access puts merchants at risk. WASHINGTON’S legal-marijuana market is still in its infancy, but in the first month of stores being open for business, the state has collected about $750,000 in state excise taxes. That’s welcome news, because those sales represent a poke in theRead More


State issues licenses to three more pot growers in Whatcom County

State issues licenses to three more pot growers in Whatcom County BY KIE RELYEA THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 24, 2014   Three more businesses have received their state licenses to grow and process marijuana in Whatcom County. The state Liquor Control Board has issued grower-processor licenses to: — Salish Sativas, which will have a tier 2 operation at 5373 Guide Meridian, Suite D1, north of Bellingham and east of Ferndale. The owner is Wes Lemire. — SubX, which will have a tier 2 operation at 1419 Whitehorn St. in Ferndale. TheRead More


DEA Ratifies Spike in Marijuana for Research

DEA Ratifies Spike in Marijuana for Research Production is going from 46.3 pounds to 1,433 pounds – but it’s unclear where the extra pot is going. By Steven Nelson Aug. 26, 2014 | 2:56 p.m. EDT The federal government affirmed Tuesday a large increase in the amount of marijuana it plans to grow for research this year. The Drug Enforcement Administration offered the production bump – from 46.3 pounds to 1,433 pounds – for public comment on May 5. One person submitted a comment, which was supportive. “The DEA appreciatesRead More


Whoopi: With N.Y. embracing medical pot, let’s consider expanding its uses

Whoopi: With N.Y. embracing medical pot, let’s consider expanding its uses PUBLISHED: AUG 25, 2014, 9:00 AM By Whoopi Goldberg, The Cannabist Staff We did this, New York. With the recent passing of medical marijuana legislation in my home state, the empire state of mind will soon be more elevated and compassionate than ever before — with legal medical cannabis in Manhattan, Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca. http://www.thecannabist.co/2014/08/25/whoopi-goldberg-new-york-medical-marijuana-lets-consider-expanding-uses/18560/


Marijuana vaporization reduces pain, new Israeli study finds

Marijuana vaporization reduces pain, new Israeli study finds Posted on August 26, 2014 by David Downs   Yet another study confirms smoking pot relieves pain. Vaporized, whole-plant cannabis reduced chronic neuropathic pain by 45 percent, according to the results of a study published in ‘The Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy’ Aug. 13. Israeli physicians gave eight patients suffering from otherwise untreatable nerve pain whole plant cannabis via a Syke inhaler — which is essentially a vaporizer. It heats the mature, unfertilized female flowerbuds to release therapeutic vapor, without burningRead More


U.S. Government to Grow Over 1,400 Pounds of Cannabis in 2014

U.S. Government to Grow Over 1,400 Pounds of Cannabis in 2014 by TheJointBlog August 26, 2014 The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced Tuesday that it is drastically increasing the amount of cannabis the federal governmentbud plans to grow this year for research purposes; from 46.3 pounds, to 1,433 pounds. The DEA put this move up for public comment on May 5th after giving it initial approval; only one person submitted an official comment, and it was in favor of the increase. http://thejointblog.com/u-s-government-grow-1400-pounds-cannabis-2014/


Washington State Lauded For Cautious Approach To Marijuana Sales

Washington State Lauded For Cautious Approach To Marijuana Sales By Rob Hotakainen McClatchy Washington Bureau  Posted August 27, 2014 – 11:35am WASHINGTON — After voters in Washington state and Colorado made history by legalizing marijuana in November 2012, Colorado hit the finish line first, opening its pot stores to big fanfare on Jan. 1 of this year. By contrast, Washington state had a slow and messy rollout, waiting until July 8 to open its first retail outlets. But while Colorado created the sizzle for pot legalization by acting quickly, WashingtonRead More


Medical Marijuana Research Hits Wall of U.S. Law

Medical Marijuana Research Hits Wall of U.S. Law By SERGE F. KOVALESKIAUG. 9, 2014 Nearly four years ago, Dr. Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist at the University of Arizona, sought federal approval to study marijuana’s effectiveness in treating military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. She had no idea how difficult it would be. The proposal, which has the support of veterans groups, was hung up at several regulatory stages, requiring the research’s private sponsor to resubmit multiple times. After the proposed study received final approval in March from federal health officials,Read More


MARIJUANA EVENTS: LESSONS LEARNED FOR ORGANIZERS AND ATTENDEES

MARIJUANA EVENTS: LESSONS LEARNED FOR ORGANIZERS AND ATTENDEES AUG 22, 2014 ou’ve heard it. Marijuana is the new merlot. Green-tie is the new black tie. The modern pot party is here and if you live in Washington or Colorado, you’re invited. Wait … where are all those hip gatherings starring Mary Jane? If you’re a Washington or Colorado event organizer, you may have considered having a tasting, concert or theater event, appealing to the epotcurious. White linens. Dazzling chandeliers. Marijuana mashed potatoes served out of a martini glass. http://community.brownpapertickets.com/wp/category/event-tips/


WA Retail Stores Fight Price Gouging

WA Retail Stores Fight Price Gouging August 26, 2014 Washington State recreational marijuana shops have had it with the sky-high prices licensed growers are charging for cannabis. Six retail store owners in the state recently joined forces to form a “retail association” to battle what they say is price gouging by many cultivators. The store owners have announced a plan to essentially blacklist growers who engage in such tactics – putting them last in line for shelf space – while rewarding those who deal with them fairly. http://mmjbusinessdaily.com/wa-retail-stores-fight-to-price-gouging/