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1 US WA: Cannabutter, Too Many Skittles, and Amorphous Blobs ofWed, 30 Dec 2015
Source:Stranger, The (Seattle, WA)          Area:Washington Lines:125 Added:12/30/2015

Business Owners, Budtenders, and Marijuana Lovers Reflect on the Highs (and Lows) of 2015

"I regret dabs. When I do them, my heart starts to beat so fast that it goes supernova and the force of my social anxiety becomes so strong that my personality can't escape." -Kat Kranzler, cat lover and marijuana enthusiast

"I regret not keeping better track of the things I like. I think cannabis journals are gonna blow up. There should really be an Untappd-style app for weed." -Ananda Green, store manager at Ganja Goddess

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2 US WA: Column: Coming Out Of The Cannabis ClosetWed, 23 Dec 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:109 Added:12/23/2015

How can we remove the stigma of pot use? Maybe give it a spiritual spin?

I was recently asked to participate on a panel that was part of a charity auction for a local nonprofit.

The organizer was excited to have me involved, but wanted to make sure I didn't mention my work in the cannabis community as "it wouldn't go over well with our patrons." While I agreed to avoid any wild diatribes about legalization, I did think the request was a bit ironic, given that there was an open bar and they were auctioning a wine trip to Walla Walla as a grand prize.

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3 US WA: Additional 222 Medical-Marijuana Retail StoresThu, 17 Dec 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Young, Bob Area:Washington Lines:81 Added:12/17/2015

Liquor and Cannabis Board Would Double Number of Stores in Seattle

Trying to fold medical marijuana into the state's retail system, state Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) staff are recommending an additional 222 retail stores around Washington, including 21 in Seattle.

If adopted on Jan. 6 by the LCB's three board members, the Wednesday proposal could double the number of stores in Seattle and increase the statewide total from 334 to 556 stores.

In all, King County could see 53 additional stores. Bellevue could double its number of stores from four to eight. Ten other King County cities could see one or two more stores.

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4 US WA: Column: Fronting A MovementWed, 16 Dec 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:106 Added:12/17/2015

I have a few concerns.

I'm concerned that I may be fronting the largest drug operation since Scarface and meth labs ruled the night.

I'm concerned about kids and marijuana and making more of it available to their developing young flea-brains (which, if they're like mine, will remain half-baked until their late 20s).

I'm concerned about involving the government in oversight and taxation, as we know full well they fuck up everything they get their grubby hands on (and are already squabbling over and redirecting the massive tax revenue being collected).

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5 US WA: Column: Reefer Madness 2.0Wed, 09 Dec 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:119 Added:12/09/2015

The "Just Say No" campaign kept me off drugs.

NOT! Still, I appreciate Nancy Reagan for using ignorant scare tactics to at least try to keep kids like me away from the Devil's Lettuce. Drugs are for adults, and having a dialogue about that notion is important.

The conversation does not, however, require a sizzling egg to represent your brain on drugs.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education campaigns, aka DARE, were all the rage in the 1980s and '90s, sucking up hundreds of millions of tax dollars on TV spots, branded backpacks, stickers, and even cartoons featuring Daren the Lion. At its peak, the program was deployed in 75 percent of American schools, with police officers leading classroom discussions and assemblies that students absolutely loved-not because of the content, but because it got us out of math class.

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6 US WA: Column: Mr. ChronicWed, 02 Dec 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:108 Added:12/03/2015

Counterintuitive but true: Pot can make you more productive.

One of my favorite things to do is get stoned to the bejesus and clean house. And I'm not just talking about casual dusting, either; I'm talking about down on your belly, shoving the long extension vacuum tool deep under the bed and sucking up dust mites and fur balls, only to discover long-lost socks, exercise equipment, underwear (whose are those?!), and enough change to go out and buy MORE weed to smoke and then Shop-Vac the garage. In this way, stoned cleaning is a sustainable endeavor.

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7 US WA: Column: Turkeys Of The YearMon, 25 Nov 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:116 Added:11/25/2015

Time to reveal this year's cannabis turkeys-the fattest, most frivolous, flapping, dumb-ass ideas in need of being stuffed, baked, and smoked once and for all.

Let's start with a turkey large enough for the whole family, and by that I mean Gov. Chris Christie. He not only had the nerve to call cannabis a gateway drug, but said potheads lack restraint (ahem). "If I'm elected president I will go after marijuana smokers and the states that allow them to smoke," he said. "I'll shut them down big-time. I'm sick of these addicts, sick of these liberals with no self-control." Governor GobbleGobble got in one more zinger on the campaign trail: "If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it," Christie lectured a small crowd last month. "As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws." Don't hold your breath, Guv. Well, unless you inhaled, of course.

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8 US WA: Seattle Pot Businesses Bristle Over Mayor's LicensingMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Young, Bob Area:Washington Lines:132 Added:11/23/2015

Medical-Marijuana Merchants

Smaller Buffer Zones Would Rule Out Some Current Sites

Alex Cooley was a pioneer in legitimizing the pot industry in Seattle. But after seeing Mayor Ed Murray's plan for licensing more pot merchants, Cooley wonders why he bothered.

The mayor's proposal would not allow Cooley, the first medical marijuana grower to come out of the shadows and gain all appropriate city building permits, to continue farming at his Sodo location because it is too close to a childcare center.

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9 US WA: Column: The Lone ReeferWed, 18 Nov 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:128 Added:11/19/2015

Our King County Sheriff is outspoken in his support for legalization.

The sky has not fallen because we have legalized marijuana in Washington. Is it going to work long-term? I don't know; we'll have to wait and see. But clearly, what we were doing before-the War on Drugs-did not work, so it was time to try something new. The citizens suggested legalizing marijuana-and I support it."

It's a reasonable-enough statement, but somewhat surprising in that it comes from our own King County Sheriff, John Urquhart. "I still think it was a good decision for the citizens of Washington," Urquhart told me in an interview last week. "The initiative [I-502] passed statewide with 56 percent supporting it, and 63 percent in King County, so that's clearly what the citizens wanted."

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10 US WA: OPED: Align U.S. Cannabis Law With State LawsSun, 15 Nov 2015
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA) Author:DelBene, Suzan Area:Washington Lines:87 Added:11/15/2015

The U.S. Smart Act Would Protect Marijuana Users and Businesses in States Where It Has Been Legalized.

In 2012, voters in Washington state passed Initiative 502, which legalized the sale, consumption and taxation of marijuana products. Including Washington, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized some form of marijuana, and in 2016, several more states are expected to consider marijuana legalization ballot initiatives.

Yet, marijuana possession or use for any purpose is still prohibited under the federal Controlled Substances Act, leaving participants in all of the state markets - including cancer patients - at risk of arrest by federal authorities.

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11 US WA: Mayor Seeks To Expand Sites For Pot ShopsFri, 13 Nov 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Young, Bob Area:Washington Lines:112 Added:11/13/2015

Wants to Ease Buffer-Zone Rules

No Change in Distance of Shops From Schools

Seattle could see a significant increase, perhaps a tripling, in the number of retail-pot stores in city limits under a proposal by Mayor Ed Murray.

The mayor wants to loosen buffer zones that now require legal pot businesses to be 1,000 feet from child-care centers, libraries, recreation facilities, public parks and transit centers. Murray would decrease the required distance to 500 feet, roughly a city block or two.

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12 US WA: Column: Weed By The NumbersWed, 11 Nov 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:104 Added:11/11/2015

This week, just some cold, hard stats.

Clearly I am in support of the legalization of marijuana. And I'm passionate about the subject not only because I enjoy smoking weed, but I'd also prefer not to be arrested for buying it. Regardless, I try to be objective on the matter, understanding that not everyone likes to get high (on cannabis, anyway), and that countering decades of Reefer Madness may take time. So in an effort to be more neutral and journalistic, I'd like to let the plethora of statistics I've gathered speak for itself. Although numbers, of course, cannot speak.

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13 US WA: Column: Drug-abuse Response Could Have Been SoonerMon, 09 Nov 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Large, Jerry Area:Washington Lines:99 Added:11/10/2015

The Country Could Have Saved the Lives of a Lot of White People If We'd Adopted a Better Approach to Drug Abuse by People With Darker Skin.

While the country was focused on locking up black and brown people for drug-related offenses, an epidemic of drug use was building elsewhere, and ignoring it for years hasn't been a kindness to the people affected.

The Seattle Times recently ran a national story headlined, "Drug war shifts as heroin use soars among whites." A few days later that was followed by an article on a study that found death rates have been climbing for poorly educated, middle-aged white people.

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14 US WA: Column: Cannabis CorrespondenceWed, 28 Oct 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:96 Added:10/29/2015

Tips and pointers for your Halloweed.

Time once again to answer Stoner Mail! Given the season, I'm going with a Halloween theme.

I'm worried about some idiot putting weed-laced candy in my kid's stash-bag on Halloween. I know a lot of the urban legends about razor blades in apples were bunk, but this genuinely scares me. Should it? - -Bryan, Bothell

There are plenty of things for parents to worry about, but having your child get his or her grubby hands on marijuana-laced candy should be low on your priority list. While I do despise cannabis edibles that look like kids' candy (there's no reason for ganja gummy bears or Reefer's Peanut Butter Cups), we've now had three years of trick-or-treating in legal weed states-and not one incident involving THC-laden candy disguised as store-bought. There are, of course, plenty of items that can kill yer kid, but pot's not one: Aspirin killed 7,500 Americans last year, peanuts another 100. Hell, since 2010, poison-control-center hotlines have seen a 400 percent increase in calls in which whippersnappers got drunk on hand sanitizer! Selfies killed four people this year, vending machines another three! And those colorful laundry-detergent pods that actually look like candy have poisoned 17,200 children under the age of 6 in the past year-so I'd definitely check the Halloween bag for those suckers!

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15 US WA: Column: America's Drug Problem Starts in the Doctor'sSun, 25 Oct 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:McFeatters, Ann Area:Washington Lines:99 Added:10/25/2015

You would have been hardpressed to find a police chief in his office in the last few days.

Dozens of them were in Washington, D.C., lobbying to get more people out of prison. They want to end the mandatory jail terms judges are forced to bestow for what are seen less as criminal acts than cries of desperation.

America's prisons are overflowing. The United States has more people in jail than any other country, including some of the harshest, most backward nations. Democratic and Republican presidential candidates may not agree on much, but they accept one statistic: With less than 5 percent of the world's population, the United States holds about 25 percent of the world's prisoners. For every 100,000 Americans, 716 are jailed - a far, far higher rate than anyplace else.

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16 US WA: Column: Wacky Weed WireWed, 21 Oct 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:124 Added:10/21/2015

News that's stranger than fiction.

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." That's a Hunter S. Thompson quote, and absolutely applies to the latest news related to marijuana and its legalization. Much of it is so weird, in fact, ya just can't make this shit up.

A group of Bigfoot hunters (seriously) were in search of their nonexistent furry friend in a Wildlife Management Area in Texas last month when they came across a giant crop of weeds in the woods. The hidden garden, northeast of Dallas, had almost 6,500 mature plants, worth around $6.5 million, on an acre of land. Turns out the Delta County Sheriff's department had been scoping the ganja farm to bust the guerrilla growers, but when the Bigfoot team accidentally stumbled onto the scene, they ruined the police operation-in-progress. (Probably the same reason these buffoons haven't nabbed Yeti yet.) Had the coppers been able to bust the black-market growers-who had set up generators, camouflaging tents, and watering systems-they would have faced felony charges with fines of up to $50,000 and 99 years in the slammer. Who knew Bigfoot has such a big green thumb!

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17 US WA: High ThoughtsWed, 21 Oct 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Young, Bob Area:Washington Lines:133 Added:10/21/2015

Salon Goes Deep into Pot's Role in Creativity

The subject of the lecture was infinity. The setting was the Cloud Room on Capitol Hill, where folks sat on couches and a thick white rug, nibbling on dried apricots dipped in chocolate. Jerry Zimmerman, a fixture at Canlis for decades, played a baby grand piano as the crowd of about 80 settled in.

Speaker Lesley Hazleton, an author and psychologist, then uncorked her tale of wonder and love for infinity at the event, which had sold out of $16 tickets in four hours.

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18 US WA: Column: Marijuana, The Potformance-Enhancing DrugWed, 14 Oct 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:123 Added:10/15/2015

Calling out cannabis testing in sports.

Mixed-martial-arts superstar Ronda Rousey is obviously, pound for pound, the most kick-ass fighter in the world, and not to be messed with. She has also ignited a firestorm with her articulate and accurate attack on the idiocy of marijuana testing in her sport. "Rowdy" Rousey made her argument when her friend and training partner, Nick Diaz, was suspended for five years by the Nevada Athletic Association after testing positive for pot.

"I'm sorry, but it's so not right for him to be suspended five years for marijuana," Rousey said at a UFC press conference in Melbourne last week. "If one person tests for steroids, that could actually hurt a person, and the other person smokes a plant that makes him happy, and he gets suspended for five years.

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19 US WA: OPED: The Medicated States of AmericaFri, 09 Oct 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Holland, Julie Area:Washington Lines:111 Added:10/11/2015

WE insist on all-natural products in our baby food and household cleaners; why don't we demand natural moods for ourselves?

Americans suffer from an overabundance of processed foods, synthetic hormones, virtual relationships, silicone breasts and, now, fake moods, brought about by an ever-increasing percentage of us taking psychiatric medications.

The patients I meet in my Manhattan psychiatric practice are stressed, sad and scared. Many lead lives with little movement, sunshine or human touch, spent staring into a computer screen, under fluorescent lights. Chronically sleep-deprived and eating poorly, they feel terrible. Women shuttling between work (where they earn less than men) and home, straddling child care and aging parents, are stretched to their limit. They escape by drinking, texting, shopping or eating. My patients want pills to make them feel better but, honestly, I'm afraid it's to make them feel less.

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20 US WA: New Pot Pesticide Rules Aim To Ease FearsWed, 07 Oct 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Young, Bob Area:Washington Lines:98 Added:10/08/2015

Not Mandatory

However Growers Who Comply Can Show 'Seal of Approval'

Washington state announced new rules for pesticide testing in pot as the first product liability lawsuit was filed against the pot industry in Colorado over pesticide use.

New emergency rules, which took effect this week in Washington, do not make testing for pesticides mandatory. Instead, they create a system that aims to give legal pot merchants and consumers who want it some assurance that their pot does not contain residue of unapproved pesticides.

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21 US WA: Column: The October 1 BuzzkillWed, 07 Oct 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:86 Added:10/07/2015

Legal pot was supposed to bring Oregon some joy.

October 1 was supposed to be a day of historic joy in Oregon, as legal sales of marijuana were finally allowed, ending decades of Prohibition in one of the states leading the charge on the issue. Instead, the celebration was interrupted by a shooting at Umpqua Community College, where (yet another) mentally disturbed young man went on a mass killing spree with a semi-automatic weapon. Hard to stand in line for an ounce of primo weed, high-fiving budtenders, and fellow stoners at a recreational store when friends and neighbors next door are unsure if their own children are among the dead.

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22 US WA: How Oregon's Pot Law Compares With Washington'sSat, 03 Oct 2015
Source:Columbian, The (WA) Author:Bush, Evan Area:Washington Lines:92 Added:10/04/2015

With Voodoo doughnuts in hand, some Portlanders got their first taste of legal, recreational, purchased-in-Oregon weed early Thursday morning.

With cheaper taxes, legal home grow and a regulated medical marijuana system, some in the Washington pot industry worry the state will struggle to compete once Oregon's market gets running at full speed.

Here's how Oregon's law compares:


In Washington, people 21 and older can possess up to an ounce of marijuana. An ounce is the equivalent of about 60 average-size joints.

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23 US WA: 'Kettle Falls Five' Members Get Prison Time in FederalFri, 02 Oct 2015
Source:Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) Author:Hill, Kip Area:Washington Lines:129 Added:10/03/2015

The marijuana grow that netted jail time for four members of a self-proclaimed medicinal farming family out of Stevens County may have started with good intentions, but ended as a "distribution center," said the federal judge who handed down their sentences Friday.

"Maybe that was a byproduct of being so successful," said U.S. District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice, ruling the members of the so-called Kettle Falls Five grew more than 150 pounds of marijuana in the hills of Stevens County between 2011 and 2012.

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24 US WA: Oregon Now A Competitor For State On Pot SalesFri, 02 Oct 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Bernton, Hal Area:Washington Lines:116 Added:10/02/2015

PORTLAND - At 10 a.m. Thursday, the doors of the Pure Green dispensary opened for the first time to recreational sales, with staff ushering in customers waiting outside who could choose from two dozens strains of pot, and receive a free joint along with their first purchase.

Pure Green is one of 119 medical dispensaries scattered across Portland that as of Oct. 1 can sell marijuana to anyone over the age of 21. These dispensaries turn the city into a recreational pot mecca, where such outlets outnumber those that sell hard liquor, according to state regulatory agencies.

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25 US WA: Lawyers Challenge City's Move On PotThu, 01 Oct 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA)          Area:Washington Lines:40 Added:10/01/2015

Several Seattle lawyers have joined in a lawsuit challenging the city's clampdown on medical-marijuana dispensaries.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in King County Superior Court contends the city's regulations aimed at shutting down dispensaries exceed its authority. Because marijuana remains federally illegal, the lawsuit claims the city lacks the power to regulate and tax the drug and shutter businesses who sell it.

The defendant in the case is Columbia City Holistic Health, a dispensary. Because of the federal ban on pot, turning over dispensary business records demanded by the city would amount to self-incrimination, the suit says.

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26 US WA: Column: Stoned Success, Aka The Eggplant TheoryWed, 30 Sep 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:99 Added:09/30/2015

How Weed Enhances Your Imagination. or Mine, at Least.

I'm clearly not as bright as Steve Jobs or Carl Sagan or Oprah, all of whom used weed at some point to energize their already wildly firing synapses. (As did President Obama, Stephen Jay Gould, Margaret Mead, Bill Gates, George Washington, Maya Angelou, Martha Stewart, et al.) But marijuana has helped spur my own creative process, or, if nothing else, helped me make connections I might otherwise have missed. I'll give ya some examples.

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27 US WA: Pot Citations A Low PrioritySun, 27 Sep 2015
Source:Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) Author:Alexander, Rachel Area:Washington Lines:96 Added:09/27/2015

SPD Officers Have Issued Six Since 2013

Riverfront Park might be the worst place to get high in Spokane.

Data from Spokane Municipal Court shows marijuana users are far more likely to be fined for consuming pot in public by a park security guard than by a Spokane police officer, though they're unlikely to get a ticket at all.

Citywide, law enforcement officers have written 28 tickets for public consumption of marijuana since March 2013, when an ordinance prohibiting public consumption was added to the city code. Only six of those tickets were written by Spokane police officers, who say they're usually too busy with other calls for service to deal with pot smokers.

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28 US WA: Column: CanAnswersWed, 23 Sep 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:117 Added:09/23/2015

Fears of fire and Frankenbud.

We asked you to send in your canna-questions, and now it's time to answer some reader mail! (The Higher Ground legal staff has asked me to remind readers that answers provided herein should be taken with a grain of hempseed; I am, after all, a marijuana columnist.)

With wildfires all over the state, I'm worried a nearby marijuana field may catch on fire and get me and my family stoned. Can burning weed farms get people high? Lance, Chelan

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29 US WA: Wash. Pot Sales Brisk Social Costs UnknownSun, 20 Sep 2015
Source:Dayton Daily News (OH) Author:Bischoff, Laura A. Area:Washington Lines:289 Added:09/20/2015

Business at SEATTLE, WASH.- Uncle Ike's Pot Shop is buzzing as nine "budtenders" help customers pick out weed, candies, bongs and more while another dozen people stand in line and flip through "menus."

"I can help the next guest down here," an employee shouts out.

Open for just under a year, Uncle Ike's already has 30 employees, a taco food truck in the parking lot, a glass and goods satellite shop and $1.5 million in monthly sales, according to Kenji Hobbs, the night manager.

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30 US WA: Column: Weed Weddings, Republicannabis, and Buddie theWed, 16 Sep 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:118 Added:09/16/2015

A roundup of pot news.

With legalization comes normalization, innovation, and marijuana bars at weddings. Ya heard that right. This summer, an Oregon couple had a "weed tent" at their nuptials, including a budtender to help answer questions (and moderate intake). The event, in West Linn, just south of Portland, was fully legal (Oregon Measure 91 passed with flying colors), as it was on a tree farm (private property) and did not also include a liquor license. (Heaven forbid we let budtenders and bartenders share a tent.) The CannaBar featured 13 hand-picked varietals and was fully enclosed so as not to offend guests not in the mood to partake. In case you're wondering, munchies served included french fries and chocolate beignets.

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31 US WA: Column: We're Going To Have A Weed PartyWed, 09 Sep 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:120 Added:09/09/2015

Washington legislators are doing everything they can to keep marijuana users from smoking together. It's time that stopped.

It's time for us to come together and smoke marijuana.

Over and over, legislators at all levels in Washington state have prevented us from doing just that by hampering public marijuana use-in fact, a recent law makes providing a place for public use a Class C felony. Lawmakers are making it impossible to promote and celebrate cannabis. Thus it's time for some civil disobedience.

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32 US WA: PUB LTE: Legislature Passed Marijuana Law That FailsSun, 06 Sep 2015
Source:Olympian, The (WA) Author:Wilson, Michael H. Area:Washington Lines:41 Added:09/06/2015

Medical marijuana patients were generally ignored when the Cannabis Patient Protection Act was up for debate this year. Instead legislators pushing this bill were more concerned with those who would benefit from restrictions on cannabis such as the pharmaceutical industry. The shortsightedness shown by those pushing this legislation may end up costing patients and others, including the state, in the long run.

In 1974, medical researchers in Virginia discovered that the compound THC in marijuana killed cancerous tumors in lab animals. That research was reportedly withheld from the American public on orders of the DEA. However change is happening. Recently the National Cancer Institute reported, "Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory." Just imagine the benefits to patients and society if that research from 1974 had not been withheld from the public.

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33 US WA: Column: The CannaquizWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:120 Added:09/02/2015

Will you be Queen Sativa-or a few grams short?

Marijuana has been legal in Washington for more than two years now, but, surprisingly, people know very little about the law. Take the Higher Ground CannaQuiz and see how you rate!

1. Each adult can grow up to four plants in their backyard.

2. I can walk around with an ounce of weed in my pocket and not get busted.

3. Because marijuana is legal in both Washington and Oregon, I can take Washington weed to a Portland pot party.

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34 US WA: Column: The Weed WireWed, 26 Aug 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:117 Added:08/26/2015

A pot ad ran on TV-almost.

The first-ever recreational-marijuana ad for television was supposed to air last month during Jimmy Kimmel Live on a Denver-based ABC affiliate. At the last minute, KMGH (Channel 7) got cold feet, pulling the plug after the station's lawyers freaked out.

The ad, for Neos, a vaporizer and cannabis-oil company, was hardly Cheech and Chong-in fact, it didn't show marijuana at all. Instead, the spot featured young people hiking up mountain trails and enjoying themselves-weed-free. "You lead an adventurous life, always finding new ways to relax," boomed the REI-looking advert. "Now enjoy the best effects and control with Neos portable vape pen and recreate discreetly this summer." Blasphemous!

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35 US WA: Is Marijuana Dragging Us Down?Sun, 23 Aug 2015
Source:Columbian, The (WA) Author:Hastings, Patty Area:Washington Lines:284 Added:08/23/2015

Here's A Look at Marijuana's Role in Traffic Fatalities, Quality-Of-Life Issues, Crime

When recreational marijuana was legalized, Washington entered the unknown, triggering questions - and predictions - about what might happen. Would drug dealers hang around the pot shops? Would it bring riffraff into the neighborhood and make shops easy crime targets? Would people abuse the drug? Or smoke and drive, putting others in harm's way?

As is evident by millions of dollars in sales each month at Vancouver's retail stores, people certainly use marijuana. And it has had some consequences on the community, but there's apparently no evidence of major behavioral shifts.

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36 US WA: Column: No Upswing Seen in Marijuana Use Among YouthsSun, 23 Aug 2015
Source:Columbian, The (WA) Author:Hastings, Patty Area:Washington Lines:190 Added:08/23/2015

It's Relatively Stable, From County Juvenile Court's Standpoint

Misdemeanor marijuana-related crimes have plummeted for adults following legalization, but for minors, marijuana is still very much illegal. Marijuana use among children is relatively flat, though children referred to court on suspicion of possessing marijuana went up slightly from 2013 to 2014.

"I wouldn't put a cause and effect there," said Eric Gilman, program manager at Clark County Juvenile Court.

The numbers are small to begin with - a couple hundred offenses - making it difficult to discern a trend. Over the past decade, there's been a decline in crimes such as minor in possession of marijuana or alcohol. Then again, referrals to juvenile court have been going down across the nation since 1999, Gilman said. In 2009, Clark County Juvenile Court received 3,089 referrals. Over the next five years, the number of referrals went down about 37 percent.

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37 US WA: Column: Doo-Bie or Not Doo-Bie . . . What Was theWed, 19 Aug 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:107 Added:08/20/2015

Evidence, textual and physical, about the Bard's indulgence.

Wanna know how William Shakespeare was so far ahead of his time in regard to wondrous wordplay and wildly imaginative scenes and sonnets? Well, it could be that the loquacious Bard was hitting the bong! According to a recent report in The Independent, forensic analysis of 400-year-old fragments found cannabis residue on pipes and stems scattered on Shakespeare's property.

A team from the Institute of Evolutionary Studies in South Africa conducted a chemical analysis of the 17th-century artifacts, excavated in 2001, from Stratford-on-Avon, and found marijuana on eight of 24 clay samples on the grounds, including four pot-positive pipes from his own garden.

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38 US WA: Fatal Crashes Involving Pot Rise in Washington, DataThu, 20 Aug 2015
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI)          Area:Washington Lines:48 Added:08/20/2015

SEATTLE - Marijuana use appears to have increased as a factor in deadly crashes last year in Washington.

New data from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission show the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes with THC in their bodies increased to 75 this past year from 38 in 2013. About half of those 75 drivers had active THC - the main psychoactive chemical in pot - above the level that legally determines intoxication.

"We have seen marijuana involvement in fatal crashes remain steady over the years and then it just spiked in 2014," said Dr. Staci Hoff, the commission's research director, in a statement.

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39 US WA: More Pot Use Found in Fatal Crashes in 2014, New DataThu, 20 Aug 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Young, Bob Area:Washington Lines:72 Added:08/20/2015

MARIJUANA Half the drivers with active THC in their blood also were under the influence of alcohol.

Marijuana use appears to have increased as a factor in deadly crashes last year in Washington.

New data from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission shows the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes with THC in their body increased from 38 in 2013 to 75 this past year. About half those 75 drivers had active THC - the main psychoactive chemical in pot - above the level that legally determines intoxication.

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40 US WA: Cannabis Tourism Industry Gets CreativeSun, 16 Aug 2015
Source:Columbian, The (WA) Author:Runquist, Justin Area:Washington Lines:147 Added:08/17/2015

Clark County Marijuana Growers, Retail Shops Turn to Tourism, Increasing Presence at Community Events to Attract Customers to Their Products and Facilities

With the sun rising and roosters crowing, Josh Miller rolls out of a bed tucked in a greenhouse full of lush marijuana plants and lights up a joint.

That's how the Seattle attorney starts his day every time he stays at Tom Lauerman's organic marijuana farm, named the Garden of the Green Sun, in Vancouver.

"It's wonderful," Miller said one day last week at the greenhouse. "I do my morning routine. Listen to music, and well, smoke a joint and whatever else comes to me."

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41 US WA: Column: Hempfest Still Matters, DudeWed, 12 Aug 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:127 Added:08/12/2015

After 24 Years, and Several Locations, It's Still Going Strong.

"Not so sure about hitting Hempfest this year, bro," said my biggest stoner pal TJ, loading yet another fat bowl of black market Blue Dream. "I mean, we legalized it. What's the point?"

"I'll tell you why," I replied, sucking down the tube. "As soon as I can remember what the question was!"

Amazingly, Hempfest is celebrating its 24th year this weekend. In addition to being the world's largest cannabis rally, Hempfest has always advertised itself as a "protestival," commemorating the advances of cannabis, and protesting the ongoing War on Drugs-and the fact marijuana is still very much illegal at the federal level.

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42 US WA: Lawmakers' Group Discusses Legalized PotThu, 06 Aug 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:O'Sullivan, Joseph Area:Washington Lines:110 Added:08/06/2015

U.S. Association of State Legislatures

Caution Urged on Tax-Revenue Hopes

Lawmakers and others from around the country attended a discussion Wednesday to learn from Washington and Colorado how best to think about legal marijuana and regulate it.

But even the experts in the pioneering states don't have all the answers yet, with questions still percolating on how much tax revenue marijuana can generate, and how best to regulate and enforce the use of the substance.

Speaking before several hundred people at a panel during a convention of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, cautioned that Washington state should be careful not to be too optimistic about marijuana-tax revenue.

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43US WA: Colo. Legislators Lead Pot Panel At ConferenceThu, 06 Aug 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Frank, John Area:Washington Lines:Excerpt Added:08/06/2015

Seattle - To start the discussion, the moderator asked a room full of lawmakers from across the country to raise green index cards if their state was considering a measure to legalize marijuana.

The hands shot into the air and the color said it all. "A lot of green in the room," the moderator observed. "A lot of green."

More than possibly any single forum, the Denver-based National Conference of State Legislatures' annual meeting this week in Seattle is showcasing the nation's robust discussion right now on legalizing marijuana.

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44 US WA: Column: Patient Protection Act, My AssWed, 05 Aug 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:136 Added:08/05/2015

How Recreational-Marijuana Legalization Is Screwing Medical-Marijuana Access.

Washington continues to take one step forward and seven steps back in our legalization experiment. With new laws rapidly eroding the voter-approved Medical Use of Marijuana Act of 1998, the cannabis community is deeply divided between the "haves" (recreational retailers, growers, and processors) and the "have-nots" (medical-marijuana patients and dispensaries). What does this grave new world look like?

No-Man's Land

Dispensaries and collective gardens are being shut down across Washington, leaving the state's estimated 175,000 medical patients to wonder how in the hell they're going to get their medicine. They aren't likely to find it at recreational stores, which have little incentive to sell medicinal items such as low-THC edibles, transdermal patches, topicals, or cannabis suppositories.

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45 US WA: Column: The Kids Hate The Weed!Wed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:97 Added:07/30/2015

Both use and approval are down.

Houston, we have a problem (with marijuana). No, it's not that youngsters are getting stoned on the wacky weed and crashing cars or dropping out of school.

It's that they're starting to dislike the stuff.

A report released last week in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse shows that not only has cannabis use decreased among teens, but disapproval of marijuana is up. (They could have said that approval was down, but the media is so opposed to putting a positive spin on drug use, even academic news is twisted.) Taking data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the survey is stunning for both its duration, from 2002 to 2013, and breadth, with 500,000 kids across the nation polled.

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46 US WA: Member of Kettle Falls Five Sentenced to 16 Months inSat, 25 Jul 2015
Source:Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) Author:Hill, Kip Area:Washington Lines:110 Added:07/26/2015

A federal judge rejected the medical marijuana defense of a member of the so-called "Kettle Falls Five" growing family and sentenced Jason Lee Zucker on Friday to 16 months in prison.

"There is no such thing as medical marijuana," U.S. District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice said. "There is no such thing in federal law."

Zucker is the first to be sentenced in the case. He pleaded guilty the day before trial began in March and testified for the federal government against Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, Rolland Gregg and Michelle Gregg, saying he twice brought more than 70 plants from his home in Seattle to the Harvey property in rural Stevens County in 2011 and 2012. Assistant U.S. Attorney Caitlin Baunsgard said Friday Zucker's testimony was "integral" to obtaining convictions against his co-defendants and urged the lighter sentence. He could have been sent to federal prison for five years.

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47 US WA: In Our View: Give Medical Pot Law TimeWed, 22 Jul 2015
Source:Columbian, The (WA)          Area:Washington Lines:79 Added:07/25/2015

Legislative action reconciling marijuana markets too new to appeal, modify

In addition to a slate of candidates for local offices, it's likely that Washington voters this fall will decide two citizen initiatives. One, sponsored by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, would ban trafficking of endangered species and their parts. The other, from initiative king Tim Eyman, deals with his favorite subject: taxes.

What voters won't see on the ballot is Referendum 76, which would have overturned Washington's new medical marijuana law. The proponents notified the secretary of state's office this week that they wouldn't be submitting signatures to get it on the ballot. That clears the way for the law to go into effect Friday.

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48 US WA: Column: Washington's Pot Experiment, Year OneWed, 22 Jul 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:103 Added:07/23/2015

Generating tax revenue and saving money on prosecutions-what's not to love?

The numbers for the first year of legal cannabis sales in Washington are in, and it's a bong-half-full situation. Headlines about the tax revenue from weed have ranged from "Rakes in Millions" to "predicted bonanza not materializing." The fact is, sales brought $70 million dollars to the state's coffers (off $260 million in sales, through June), which, while perhaps not what analysts had hoped for, isn't a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, either.

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49 US WA: Chief Asks: Stop Writing $27 Pot Tickets Or Not?Tue, 21 Jul 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Young, Bob Area:Washington Lines:63 Added:07/21/2015

Seeks Council Input

Citations Still Skew Toward Blacks in Latest Report That Made News

After another round of tickets for public pot use skewed disproportionately toward black people, a frustrated Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole asked City Council members if they want her cops to stop issuing the $27 fines.

With 72 such tickets generating national news, O'Toole said Monday she didn't want to report to the council every six months, as is the policy, about tickets written by officers responding to complaints from the public.

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50 US WA: Editorial: Overhaul America's Criminal-Justice SystemMon, 20 Jul 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA)          Area:Washington Lines:60 Added:07/20/2015

PRESIDENT Obama has seized on the righteous issue of mass incarceration for the final lap of his presidency. This one has a broad ideological and bipartisan coalition behind it, with Republican senators, governors and funders (including the Koch brothers) linked with the likes of the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP.

But Obama is not going far enough.

Since the start of the war on drugs decades ago, the population in state and federal prisons has exploded by more than 500 percent. This is ruinously expensive - states' prison budgets tripled since 1990 - and explicitly unfair. The lifetime likelihood for a white male to go to prison is 1 in 17; for black men it is 1 in 3. The U.S. rate of incarceration is six times greater than China's and nearly 10 times greater than Germany's.

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51 US WA: Seattle Pot Citations Continue to Skew Toward BlacksSat, 18 Jul 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Bush, Evan Area:Washington Lines:65 Added:07/18/2015

Second Study

More Than Half of the 85 Tickets Issued in Downtown Parks

The second study of marijuana-use tickets issued by Seattle police looks much like the first: Blacks are disproportionately cited for marijuana use, men received about 90 percent of the tickets and downtown parks are again popular places for officers to hand out tickets.

Results of the police department's study, which is required by city ordinance, will be discussed at 9:30 a.m. Monday during a City Council briefing.

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52 US WA: Column: The Good, The Bad, The Very UglyWed, 15 Jul 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:121 Added:07/15/2015

An Afghanistan/Iraq vet faces a life sentence for less than an ounce. Thanks, Oklahoma.

The Good

Oregon has joined Alaska, Colorado, D.C., and our own great state in the Brotherhood of Ganja, officially legalizing marijuana on July 1. In several ways, the Oregonians are doing it better than us, allowing home grows (four plants each), setting the tax at 17 percent (as compared to our newly lowered but still obnoxious 37 percent excise tax), expunging the records of those with cannabis convictions, and even letting citizens fly with weed within the state. Oregon also allows the most pot per person of any of the legal states: up to half a pound of Grade A herb (eight ounces) as compared to our paltry single-ounce (or 28-gram) limit. Adults 21 and over can carry up to an ounce of cannabis and have a pound of edibles in their homes, as well as 72 ounces of cannabis-infused liquids. To get a sense of how much weed you can possess, the Portland Police Bureau's handy reference guide compares chronic quantities to the city's famous Voodoo donuts.

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53 US WA: Legal Pot in Washington Brings in $65 Million in TaxesSun, 12 Jul 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC)          Area:Washington Lines:18 Added:07/12/2015

Washington state took in $65 million in tax revenue from the recreational marijuana market during the first 12 months since it became legal to produce and sell, according to data released by state regulators last week. The revenue was generated by cannabis sales of more than $260 million from June 2014 to June 2015, according to data released by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.


54US WA: Pot Plan Yields Hazy ResultsThu, 09 Jul 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:Washington Lines:Excerpt Added:07/10/2015

Wash. State: Still No Useful Data on Usage, Effects After Yearlong Legal Sales Initiative

Washington state's first year of legal pot sales has brought in millions in new tax revenue, but critics have raised concerns over how that money's been spent, and what effect legalization could have on public health.

The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs opposed the legalization initiative from the outset, and at the close of the first year of legal sales, executive director Mitch Barker still says it's "bad public policy."

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55US WA: First Year Of Legal Pot Yields Stash Of CashWed, 08 Jul 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:Washington Lines:Excerpt Added:07/10/2015

WASHINGTON STATE: Tax Revenue Hits a Whopping $65 Million on Sales of $259 Million, but Critics Have Concerns About the Public Health Toll

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - A year ago today, Zack Henifin packed more than 10 pounds of marijuana - about $28,000 worth - into a pickup truck and drove in the small hours of the morning from Bremerton to Whatcom County, a state trooper following him as he headed into his place of business.

When the cop, off-duty at the time and there for Henifin's security, and Henifin, manager of Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, arrived at their destination around 3 a.m., customers were already lined up outside the store.

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56 US WA: Column: The CuspWed, 08 Jul 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:115 Added:07/08/2015

"It's either understanding one another, or destruction!"

Ricardo, it turns out, is Honduran, but he looks black to me. We've known each other for several years in passing; he plays percussion in Faith Beattie's jazz trio at the Queen City Grill, where I frequently drink heavily. We've exchanged smiles and nods, and I've thrown a few quid into the tip jar on nights I feel flush.

Last week we sat outside at adjacent tables to beat the heat and smoke, Ricardo sucking on a cigar and me with my Firefly vaporizer (both illegal, as we were too close to the entrance). I noted Ricardo's swank Panama hat, and we started in on small talk. Eventually we got around to the issues of the day in a week that had some doozies: The Confederate battle flag had come down and same-sex marriage had been approved by a venomously divided Supreme Court, along with key rulings supporting national health care and fair housing. Marijuana, too, had had a major victory thanks to the White House, which lifted a longstanding restriction on research on medical marijuana by eliminating the Public Health Service review imposed in 1999 and allowing scientists to legally investigate the health benefits of cannabis.

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57 US WA: Legal Pot, Year 1: Neither Best nor Worst ForecastsSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Young, Bob Area:Washington Lines:201 Added:07/05/2015

WHAT HAPPENED? The revenue bonanza predicted by some for recreational marijuana hasn't materialized in the first year; nor have the horrors imagined by opponents.

Before Washington voters could decide on legal weed, finance whizzes in state government had to project its tax bounty.

The forecasters looked into their Excel tables and shrugged.

The state's take, they said, from pot taxes in the first year of sales could be nothing - or could be as much as $249 million. That was the uncertain future facing an untested state-regulated system operating in defiance of the federal ban on all marijuana.

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58 US WA: Legal Pot Sales Earn Wash. $70m In TaxesSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Johnson, Gene Area:Washington Lines:72 Added:07/05/2015

Two New Laws Aim to Give Some Relief to Farmers, Processors and Retailers

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day. And, who knows - the industry might even start making some money.

Washington pot farmers, processors and retailers have complained all year that heavy state and federal tax burdens, along with competition from an unregulated medical marijuana market, have made it difficult for them to do business.

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59 US WA: Everett Closer To A Permanent Pot OrdinanceWed, 01 Jul 2015
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA) Author:Winters, Chris Area:Washington Lines:51 Added:07/01/2015

EVERETT - For the first time since the legal marijuana shops opened a year ago, the city of Everett is moving toward a permanent ordinance regulating how and where the new businesses will operate.

Everett has been operating under six-month temporary ordinances since November 2013.

Since then, three retail stores have opened in the city, but no marijuana production or processing businesses have opened. Businesses and residents have been waiting and lobbying the city to adopt a permanent measure.

The current ordinance expires July 27.

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60 US WA: Column: Fare Thee WellWed, 01 Jul 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:111 Added:07/01/2015

Five shows commemorate a decade each for the Grateful Dead.

In this era of fly-by-night fame, one-hit wonders, and lame-ass reality "stars," any group of artists who can create a true following over half a century needs to be recognized and respected.

The Grateful Dead, the legendary improvisational stoner band, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a five-show "Fare Thee Well" tour, which started June 27 in Santa Clara, Calif., and will wrap up July 5 at Soldier's Field, Chicago. The long-sold-out shows (which will be streamed on YouTube) offer a chance to reflect on what makes this band so unique and beloved.

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61 US WA: Editorial: Using Medical Pot Is Not a Fireable OffenseThu, 25 Jun 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA)          Area:Washington Lines:67 Added:06/25/2015

NEARLY two-thirds of Americans now live in a state that allows medical marijuana in some form. Just this year, five Southern states, including Texas, allowed limited access to therapies based on cannabis. The revolt against the blanket federal marijuana prohibition has now spread to at least 29 states.

Yet using marijuana as medicine - and it clearly can be useful medicine - can get you fired in most of those states (and the District of Columbia), even if the use is off the clock. The Supreme Court of Colorado affirmed that last week, echoing similar cases in Washington, Oregon and California, where there are no mandatory workplace accommodations for therapeutic use of cannabis.

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62 US WA: Column: High Court Is In SessionWed, 24 Jun 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:115 Added:06/24/2015

The Launch of the the National Cannabis Bar Association, and More Good News.

Sooner or later, everything winds up in court. You spilled a scalding cup of java on your nads at the McDonald's drive-through; the insurance company refuses to pay for "water damage"; you're tired of arsenic in the drinking water; ya feel like suing Costco . . . just because. And now that cannabis is entering the mainstream, it's time to lawyer up, in this week's legal round-up.

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63 US WA: Medical-Marijuana Edibles Often Mislabeled, NewWed, 24 Jun 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Young, Bob Area:Washington Lines:92 Added:06/24/2015

Seattle Dispensaries Included in Study

Items From Here Had Less THC Than Indicated

Yet another sampling of marijuana products has found inaccurate labeling of potency.

A new article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that all but one of the 23 edible products bought in Seattle medical-marijuana dispensaries last year were improperly labeled. Most of the baked goods, beverages and candy contained less THC than their labels said. THC is the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana.

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64 US WA: Feds Paying For Sewage Study Of Pot Use In 2 CitiesTue, 23 Jun 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Johnson, Gene Area:Washington Lines:40 Added:06/23/2015

SEATTLE (AP) - The federal government is chipping in money for a three-year pilot study using sewage samples to determine levels of marijuana use in two Washington cities - research that could help answer some key questions about pot legalization, the University of Puget Sound announced Monday.

The National Institutes of Health has agreed to pay $120,000 so that Dan Burgard, an associate chemistry professor, can conduct a study looking at how per capita pot use changed after Washington's first legal pot shops opened last July.

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65 US WA: Editorial: Recognize Medical CannabisFri, 19 Jun 2015
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA)          Area:Washington Lines:81 Added:06/19/2015

In 2014, Congress quietly ended the federal government's prohibition on medical cannabis with a provision buried in the 1,603-page federal spending bill, The Los Angeles Times reported at the time. The rule says that states where medical cannabis is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations and prohibits agents from doing so. The change was prompted by bipartisan supporters. The change, however, does nothing to protect patients who use medical cannabis because the scientifically flawed and old federal law, favored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, still considers all cannabis a dangerous, addictive drug, with no medical use.

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66 US WA: Column: Call Me CannabisWed, 17 Jun 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:115 Added:06/17/2015

Comparing Pot Use to Something Else That's None of the Government's Business.

Before I launch into this analogy, I would like to say that I understand how many will find it inappropriate, and that I came up with the notion while stoned out of my mind.

I'm starting to think about cannabis as having a similar journey and backstory to Olympic gold medalist and transgender reality star Caitlyn Jenner. Until recently, like Jenner, trailblazers on the weed front have organized in secret closets and basements, hoping one day to live safely, truthfully, and freely in the great wide open. And, like Jenner, marijuana-aka Mary Jane-has been an accomplished, harmless, and friendly sexpot all along . . . but has recently undergone a full makeover and is beginning to dress things up with PR campaigns, professional packaging, couture oils, and all-important accessories.

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67 US WA: Column: Out-Of-The-Box ThinkingWed, 10 Jun 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:108 Added:06/11/2015

Imaginative Approaches to Pot Laws.

It's no surprise that some of the people working to reform marijuana laws are a little out of the norm, shall we say. And with the era of Reefer Madness waning, it also makes sense that weed advocates and drug-policy reformers would begin to try new-some might even say wacky-approaches. Here are some personal favorites.

Hundreds of cities and municipalities in legal states have attempted to ban marijuana with various ordinances, but now there's one related to the smell itself. The city of Pendleton, Ore., recently banned the odor of weed within the city limits. To counter this ridiculous regulation, a man wrote the local paper, the East Oregonian, suggesting that if they are opposed to the aroma of ganja, they should also ban farts-as that dank cloud truly is offensive. "While farting may be legal in Oregon, many (including myself) are offended by the flatulent stench," wrote Peter Walters. "Too often, homeowners and businesses fail to contain farts to their property, forcing the rest of us to put up with the smell. Some habitual farters argue that they need to fart for medical reasons, but that doesn't mean my kids should have to smell their farts. The city council should stop looking the other way and pretending not to notice . . . I call on our city council to set aside all other work and address this problem."

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68 US WA: Column: Smoked Salmon, A Minor Setback, And HopeWed, 03 Jun 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:108 Added:06/04/2015

A roundup of reefer news.

Never thought I'd say this, but there's almost too much marijuana in the news as of late. With cover stories this month in both Time (by local journalist and former Seattle Weekly scribe Bruce Barcott) and National Geographic ("The New Science of Marijuana"), you can't walk by a newsstand or go online without getting a contact high. Of course it's great that mainstream publications are finally treating the subject of cannabis in a more mature manner, rather than continuing to deliver cliched jokes about smokescreens and . . . contact highs. Still, I wish Time and Nat. Geo had saved some for later. Like good ganja, ya gotta space the hits out.

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69 US WA: Editorial: State Can't Gamble With Money Not in the BankTue, 02 Jun 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA)          Area:Washington Lines:77 Added:06/02/2015

DON'T envy Steve Lerch.

He is the state official tasked with estimating how much tax revenue Washington's grand experiment with legal marijuana will yield. As Lerch says, decades of sales- and property-tax data inform his predictive algorithms, but when it comes to legal pot, he has only a few quarters of history.

Nonetheless, the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council's latest estimates predict the state will yield an eye-popping $1.1 billion - yes, billion - in marijuana tax revenue over the next four years.

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70 US WA: Editorial: Round Up Outlaws In Pot's Wild WestMon, 01 Jun 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA)          Area:Washington Lines:62 Added:06/01/2015

THE era of flagrantly illegal marijuana storefronts operating under the guise of green-cross dispensaries may finally be coming to an end.

Emboldened by the passage - finally - of statewide legislation regulating medical marijuana, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is proposing to rein in the local dispensary market. This is a step in the right direction for Seattle. City Council members should pass this legislation quickly so enforcement can begin.

As any resident knows, medical marijuana dispensaries with green-cross signs seem almost as common as Starbucks. The city estimates there are 99 dispensaries citywide. Many opened before voters authorized recreational marijuana sales in 2012 with Initiative 502, and the stores tried to operate as professional businesses before there were any clear rules governing their business practices.

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71 US WA: PUB LTE: Pot Shops Won't Hurt ChurchesThu, 28 May 2015
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA) Author:Peterson, Kathryn Area:Washington Lines:28 Added:05/28/2015

Regarding the letter, "Keep pot shops away from churches," where author invites his readers, "what say you." Well, here's what I say: I don't have a problem with the city of Everett Planning Commission allowing legal "pot shops" next to churches. Also, believe me, I-502 is not flawed. It has been scrutinized by lawyers inside and out. What is now the legal standard is what the voters voted in favor of.

By the way, although I am not the most religious person in the world, but last I checked, the Bible said we are all God's children ... that would include those who legally own and run "pot shops." You could, for instance, invite them to church. You just never know.

Kathryn Peterson

Mountlake Terrace


72 US WA: Column: Checking Your White PrivilegeWed, 27 May 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:113 Added:05/28/2015

How Drug Laws Don't Affect Everyone Equally.

It's good to be white.

For example, as a white guy, I'm statistically more likely to be selling drugs than an African-American man (I've always been too scared of going to jail to actually sell pot, but I'm using this to make my point.) If I were black, however, it would be three times more likely that I'd be arrested for dealing. It gets even better for whitey. Though five times as many of us use drugs, African-Americans are sent to prison 10 times as often for the same crimes. And once ya get to jail? On average, African-Americans serve as much time in prisons for drug offenses (58 months) as white folks do for violent ones (62 months).

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73 US WA: Mayor's Plan Would Give Seattle Power to Regulate PotWed, 27 May 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Bush, Evan Area:Washington Lines:188 Added:05/27/2015

As State Combines Medical, Recreational Systems

License Limits Could Shut More Than 50 Medical Operations

Mayor Ed Murray on Tuesday proposed legislation that could shut down more than 50 medical-marijuana dispensaries and give the city a tighter grip on the rest of Seattle's pot industry.

The plan would create a new business license specific to the marijuana industry and create priorities for enforcement against medical-marijuana businesses.

The mayor's plan follows state lawmakers' effort to fold medical marijuana into the state's recreational system. The new state law, approved last month, calls for the Liquor Control Board (which will be renamed the Liquor and Cannabis Board) to assess the merit of medical-marijuana businesses and license those that qualify by July 2016.

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74 US WA: State Liquor Board to Get New Name, More Pot ControlTue, 26 May 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA)          Area:Washington Lines:76 Added:05/27/2015

Medical-Marijuana Licenses for Shops, Growers

Lottery Unlikely

OLYMPIA (AP) - Big changes are coming to the state Liquor Control Board, including a name change.

The same law that will change the name July 24 to the "Liquor and Cannabis Board" also directed the agency to decide which unlicensed medical-marijuana shops and grow operations to legitimize by July 1, 2016.

The process will involve a merit system, The Olympian reported.

The agency assumes 825 unlicensed medical shops will apply for a license and that half will receive one.

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75 US WA: Column: Veteran A Victim Of War On DrugsMon, 25 May 2015
Source:Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) Author:Pitts, Leonard Jr. Area:Washington Lines:88 Added:05/25/2015

Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide.

Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.

But he found that marijuana helped. It took the anger and depression away. It took the sleeplessness away. Most of all, it took the 11-year-old boy away.

Pfc. Jared Hunter never knew the boy's name. He was just some Iraqi kid who liked to hang around the Army base outside Baghdad. "He didn't really speak English or nothing. He would just kind of follow us around and would point things out or tell us if there was somebody there who shouldn't have been." The soldiers adopted him as a mascot. Hunter bought him a soccer ball.

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76 US WA: Column: Veteran's PTSD Led to Marijuana, Arrest and aSun, 24 May 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Pitts, Leonard Jr. Area:Washington Lines:88 Added:05/24/2015

Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide.

Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.

But he found that marijuana helped. It took the anger and depression away. It took the sleeplessness away. Most of all, it took the 11-year-old boy away.

PFC Jared Hunter never knew the boy's name. He was just some Iraqi kid who liked to hang around the U.S. Army base outside Baghdad. "He didn't really speak English or nothing. He would just kind of follow us around and would point things out or tell us if there was somebody there who shouldn't have been." The soldiers adopted him as a mascot. Hunter bought him a soccer ball.

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77 US WA: Column: What We Should Ban in Seattle Parks Instead ofWed, 20 May 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:100 Added:05/21/2015

Manspreaders? Screaming Kids? There Are Plenty of Options.

Anytime I go to a dive bar or pool hall or rock-'n'-roll show, in the back of my mind it feels like there's something missing. It's not the booze or long-lost jukeboxes, it's not the condom vending machines, filthy bathrooms, or obnoxious, aging, bandana-wearing Axl Rose doppelgaengers. So what exactly is it? Smoke! I'm missing the damn cigarette smoke that for so long provided a hazy backdrop of second-hand nostalgia.

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78 US WA: Column: Financial Side of Marijuana Starting to RollMon, 18 May 2015
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA) Author:Sirota, David Area:Washington Lines:89 Added:05/18/2015

In January, the SEC for the first time allowed a company that deals with marijuana cultivation to sell shares of stock.

The convention floor at Denver Airport's Crowne Plaza on a recent afternoon could have been the trade show for any well-established industry - gray-haired execs in conservative suits mingling with office park dads in polos and fresh-out-of-college types in brand emblazoned T-shirts. Only this is a new kind of business conference with a special Colorado theme: legal weed.

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79 US WA: OPED: Lifesaving Drug for Opioid Addicts Is Not Easy toMon, 18 May 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Carney, Molly Area:Washington Lines:100 Added:05/18/2015

MORE than 500 people die of opioid overdoses in Washington state each year. This death toll has skyrocketed over the past decade as opioid addiction rates have risen, fueled by expanded access to prescription opioids and more potent, inexpensive heroin.

Increasingly, public-health advocates and researchers have shone a light on an antidote to overdose death. Naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan, can be injected or administered intranasally after someone has overdosed. Naloxone quickly binds to opioid receptors in the brain, reversing the overdose, and frequently forces the person into a speedy, but often painfully intense, withdrawal. For many people, naloxone means the difference between life or death.

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80 US WA: Column: The People In Prison For PotWed, 13 May 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:124 Added:05/13/2015

As states open up to marijuana, let's not forget those still serving hard time for possessing a plant.

When I talk to my friends about the marijuana movement, most think it's a fun idea that's basically run its course.

I mean, everyone agrees pot will eventually be legal, right?

So what's left to talk about? While folks in four states can now get high as a kite without consequences, more than 600,000 citizens are arrested each year for marijuana-related offenses, and almost 100,000 men and women currently serve sentences for drug offenses.

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81 US WA: End War On Drugs By Letting States DecideSun, 10 May 2015
Source:Columbian, The (WA) Author:Harrop, Froma Area:Washington Lines:85 Added:05/12/2015

Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission - trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana.

Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge dwells on the grossly racist way the war on drugs has been prosecuted. "The war on drugs," he tells them, "has been the most immoral policy since slavery and Jim Crow."

Conservatives hear a different argument, but one that Wooldridge holds every bit as dear: "Give it back to the states."

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82 US WA: Activist Calls State Out on Safety of RecreationalSun, 10 May 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Bush, Evan Area:Washington Lines:235 Added:05/10/2015

Supporter of Medical Marijuana Doesn't Want Cannabis Patients in Same System

Seated at a desk inside his downtown Seattle hotel room, Dr. Gil Mobley pulled out a sterile field surgery kit, snapped on latex gloves and pulled a mask over his face.

He carefully arranged his medical instruments, grabbed tweezers and went to work.

Mobley, 60, wasn't performing hotel-room surgery. He and fellow medical-marijuana activist Brian Stone were carefully preparing two ounces of Blazin's Grapefruit purchased that morning from Uncle Ike's Pot Shop in Seattle's Central District. The pot cost more than $700.

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83 US WA: New Pot Banned In Some AreasThu, 07 May 2015
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA) Author:Nile, Amy Area:Washington Lines:106 Added:05/07/2015

Marijuana Businesses Already Operating and Those in the Permitting Process Before the Vote Are Mostly Unaffected.

EVERETT - The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday voted 4-1 to ban new pot businesses in certain rural areas.

The decision comes after nine months of public testimony from green-clad marijuana business supporters and neighbors opposed to their operations moving in nearby. The council essentially made permanent a moratorium that was first enacted last fall in response to resident concerns.

The ban applies to new recreational marijuana businesses in so-called R-5 zones, rural areas where the county typically allows only one house per five acres.

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84 US WA: Column: Making a Case for States' Rights on MarijuanaThu, 07 May 2015
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA) Author:Harrop, Froma Area:Washington Lines:90 Added:05/07/2015

Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission: trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana.

Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge dwells on the grossly racist way the war on drugs has been prosecuted.

"The war on drugs," he tells them, "has been the most immoral policy since slavery and Jim Crow."

Conservatives hear a different argument, but one that Wooldridge holds every bit as dear: "Give it back to the states."

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85 US WA: Column: Come Over To The Green SideWed, 06 May 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:123 Added:05/06/2015

When deciding what you think about marijuana legalization, it's important to ask, "What's in it for me?"

The most recent Pew Research Center poll shows that a majority of Americans nationwide, 53 percent, now support the legalization of cannabis. I'm actually surprised it's that low, but then again, I'm a marijuana columnist.

But here is the most interesting stat from that poll: Of those surveyed who now support legalization but changed their minds on the issue (40 percent of the 53 percent), the main reason for the shift was self-interest. "The more that people learn about marijuana and look at the benefits of legalization," noted Tom Angell, Chairman of the Marijuana Policy Project, "the more likely they are to support reform."

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86 US WA: PUB LTE: Pot Profiteers HarmfulMon, 04 May 2015
Source:Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) Author:Hawkins, Tom Area:Washington Lines:31 Added:05/05/2015

Unfortunately, I believe that Washington government has equated the "gangland attitude" of profiteering shown by so many so-called medical cannabis "stores" with all of us, i.e., legitimate medical patients and activists.

I know that most patients, me and others, care so much more about the value of cannabis as medicine rather than profits, but it appears that those who are not following the true spirit of medical cannabis laws have made so many waves, and so much money, that legitimate patients and activists are being ignored once again.

I know many legitimate patients are ignored by those so-called medical cannabis stores unless we can "show them the money." So sad, but true.

Tom Hawkins

Grand Coulee, Wash.


87 US WA: Column: Let The States Make Drug LawTue, 05 May 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Harrop, Froma Area:Washington Lines:90 Added:05/05/2015

Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission - trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana.

Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge dwells on the grossly racist way the war on drugs has been prosecuted.

"The war on drugs," he tells them, "has been the most immoral policy since slavery and Jim Crow."

Conservatives hear a different argument, but one that Wooldridge holds every bit as dear: "Give it back to the states."

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88 US WA: Column: Marijuana Is MedicineWed, 29 Apr 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:135 Added:04/29/2015

Last week, Gov. Inslee signed a bill that will essentially destroy Washington's medical-marijuana system.

You might not care, but you should.

When the team behind Initiative 502 wrote their marijuana law, they left the already well-established medical dispensaries and collective gardens out of the equation, assuming they'd be dealt with at a later date. Well, they were dealt with, all right-last week the Governor signed a bill to eliminate both entirely.

Lawmakers in Olympia had been looking to overhaul the parallel medical- and recreational-marijuana systems, and agreed on a bill (from hell) that will close each and every medical-marijuana dispensary. I'm not going to get all policy-wonky on this and lose my audience in the third sentence. (Still with me?) So lemme just break this down with one simple point:

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89 US WA: Washington Gov. Signs Overhaul Of Medical Marijuana MarketFri, 24 Apr 2015
Source:Washington Times (DC) Author:Corte, Rachel La Area:Washington Lines:107 Added:04/28/2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday attempting to clean up that largely unregulated system and harmonize it with Washington's new market for recreational pot.

Among the law's many provisions, it creates a voluntary registry of patients and, beginning next year, eliminates what have become in some cases large, legally dubious "collective gardens" providing cannabis to thousands of people.

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90 US WA: Washington State Revisits Rules on Use of Marijuana AsSun, 26 Apr 2015
Source:New York Times (NY)          Area:Washington Lines:49 Added:04/27/2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left the police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill on Friday that attempts to clean up that largely unregulated system and to bring it in line with Washington's new recreational marijuana market.

Among the law's many provisions, it creates a voluntary registry of patients and, beginning next year, eliminates what have become in some cases large, legally dubious "collective gardens" providing cannabis to thousands of people. Instead, those patients will be able to buy medical-grade products at legal recreational marijuana stores that obtain an endorsement to sell medical marijuana, or they will be able to participate in cooperatives of up to four patients.

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91 US WA: Lax Medical-Pot Rules to Go As Inslee Signs OverhaulSat, 25 Apr 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Corte, Rachel La Area:Washington Lines:106 Added:04/27/2015

Recreational Shops to Sell Medical Products

Cooperative Grows Limited to No More Than 4 Patients

OLYMPIA (AP) - Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical-marijuana law that often left police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday attempting to clean up that largely unregulated system and harmonize it with Washington's new market for recreational pot.

Among the law's many provisions, it creates a voluntary registry of patients and, beginning next year, eliminates what have become in some cases large, legally dubious "collective gardens" providing cannabis to thousands of people.

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92 US WA: Column: Educating JaneWed, 22 Apr 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:126 Added:04/23/2015

Shooting Down a Few Anti-Legalization Arguments.

"They're talking about opening a weed stand, or whatever, right next to my kids' school," the woman began, reaching for a plastic cup of wine during ArtWalk. "I mean, they're already getting drunk. Now this will make a second thing we're allowing for!"

I gently reminded her that both of those things were illegal for minors, but she would have none of it.

"Seriously. The parties they go to are beyond," she said, gazing at an out-of-this-world painting on the gallery wall. "From eighth grade on, there is alcohol at most of their socials. That's already happening. So to add another drug that can mess up their minds . . . "

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93 US WA: PUB LTE: Letter: Share Revenue From Marijuana TaxWed, 15 Apr 2015
Source:Columbian, The (WA) Author:Leavitt, Timothy D. Area:Washington Lines:41 Added:04/16/2015

In November 2012, Washington state voters approved Initiative 502 legalizing recreational marijuana. Part of the appeal of legalization was the potential of a new revenue source for cities.

To date, Washington has brought in over $31 million in excise tax revenue from marijuana sales, expected to reach over $362 million by 2019. Yet none of the excise tax revenue is shared with cities, and only a small portion of retail sales tax is retained by cities.

Washington state relies on local cities to enforce marijuana laws. Cities need to receive a share of the excise tax revenue to help deal with the additional impacts created by the legalization and sale of marijuana, including enforcing regulations and increased demands on our police.

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94 US WA: Tackling The Turmoil Behind Thc TestingSat, 11 Apr 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Mason, Gary Area:Washington Lines:184 Added:04/13/2015

Although it's been two years since Washington State legalized marijuana, the process involved in creating a retail industry for it has not been without its growing pains. Gary Mason weeds through the problems facing strain-potency testing

In a fresh white lab coat, his name embroidered atop a chest pocket, Cameron Miller looks and sounds every bit the chemist that he is. When he begins talking about the wonders of terpenes - the organic compounds that give plants their distinct odour - he could be a sommelier discussing the power and influence that tannins have on wine.

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95 US WA: LTE: Marijuana Crop At Bottom Of PriorityFri, 10 Apr 2015
Source:Columbian, The (WA) Author:Gunther, Mary A. Area:Washington Lines:42 Added:04/11/2015

Looks like our neighbors in California are taking measures to conserve one of our most valuable resources - water.

What are we doing here in the "Pothead State" to conserve our water, I ask? Now that we have an official "Cannabis Chronicles" column in our newspaper I am hoping the leaders of this revolution will answer the problems of where and how the newly appointed czars of the dope agri-business will get their supply of our invaluable moisture.

As a taxpayer, I don't intend to share one drop with them nor do I want to pay one extra penny for water so that their businesses might share. The water problem could necessitate sharing on a "priority basis" with other farmers and legitimate growers but I will never consider marijuana a legitimate business since there are many medicines that alleviate pain prescribed by doctors. It's obvious that this horrendous business has no legitimate function except to make some greedy persons rich.

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96 US WA: Dueling State Budgets Are Split Over Which Pot Gets PotFri, 10 Apr 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Bush, Evan Area:Washington Lines:154 Added:04/11/2015


Under the 2012 Voter-Passed Initiative, Revenue From Marijuana Taxes Was to Go to Substance-Abuse Programs and Health Care. But That's Not Exactly What Lawmakers Have in Mind.

The initiative approved by voters to legalize recreational marijuana included a specific shopping list for spending the tax revenue, but the state Legislature looks poised to tweak those instructions, or even lose them entirely.

To the dismay of public-health officials, that could mean cutting millions in prevention and treatment funds intended to offset the costs to society of legalizing pot.

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97 US WA: Editorial: Rein In Pot DispensariesFri, 10 Apr 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA)          Area:Washington Lines:94 Added:04/10/2015

CUSTOMERS are getting smoked out of the Ding How Center in Seattle's Little Saigon neighborhood. While the city is looking into the matter, landlords must do more to protect their properties from bad disreputable medical-marijuana stores.

Businesses, employees and patrons should not be constantly overwhelmed by the smell of marijuana. Two dispensaries are now located at 1207 South Jackson Street. Store owners say The Green Door is a good neighbor. But the other, Seattle Caregivers, has become a nuisance.

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98 US WA: Washington State's Road To Legal Marijuana Strewn With PotholesTue, 07 Apr 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Mason, Gary Area:Washington Lines:242 Added:04/09/2015

Taxes are too high, competition from medical marijuana is too great, and the bureaucracy is overwhelmed by the volume of applications. As Gary Mason reports, the new regulated system is giving rise to a robust black market

Amber McGowan surveys the clutch of customers milling around the three counters in her tiny marijuana retail outlet and nods approvingly - pot is hot.

Men and women who appear to be mostly over 50 consider products with names such as Headband, Skunk, Banana Kush and THC Bomb. A five-pack of oatmeal cookies that are nothing like the ones your mother used to make go for $42 (U.S.). Behind a glass enclosure there are bongs of every colour and description. Psychedelic renderings grace the store's wood-panelled walls.

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99 US WA: Washington Is the Only State With Legal Marijuana ThatWed, 08 Apr 2015
Source:Stranger, The (Seattle, WA) Author:Kiley, Brendan Area:Washington Lines:260 Added:04/09/2015

But That Could Change-If You Care About This Issue, Contact These Representatives in Olympia Right Now

A few years ago, my friends Monica and Nate got ahold of a few marijuana cuttings, also known as "clones," and planted them in their backyards. Neither of their plants grew into the towering, gawky, bamboo-like stalks you see in stock news photos of professional marijuana grows. Monica pruned hers to grow smaller and bushier, less conspicuous, almost ornamental-the bonsai of marijuana. They were stupidly easy to grow, both said, no more difficult than tomatoes or basil. One year, the wind knocked over Monica's pot planters, breaking one and crunching lots of the stems-but they hurtled back to life.

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100 US WA: Column: Runner's HighWed, 08 Apr 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:109 Added:04/08/2015

Spring has sprung, and it's finally time to strap on the running shoes and get stoned out of your mind!

There's no doubt that marijuana is good for all kinds of things: stimulating the appetite, creative brainstorming, giggle-fests . . . but exercise?

Yes, apparently. According to an article in last month's Runner's World, athletes who use cannabis benefit from stress relief and reduced inflammation.

Now I'm no marathoner, but I do understand the pain and nausea that kind of grind might cause; hell, I "hit the wall" on walks from Starbucks to the car. And long-distance runners are now claiming that the pain relief associated with marijuana is also a huge benefit for their grueling efforts, helping athletes achieve an idealized state earlier in their run.

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