Battle for Hemp Legalization Heating Up!

Hemp is the hot pot topic in WA DC these days. The bill, the “Industrial Hemp Farming act of 2015” is taking off and gaining a good following. The economic argument for industrial Hemp legalization is a strong one as well.  The U.S. hemp industry is already achieving $500 million in annual retail sales according to some estimates with huge potential for growth.  All of this economic activity has been due to imported hemp.  As Senator Rand Paul put it  we are importing our hemp and “…exporting our profit.” Read more here in the KWAYnews.com...

Everyone in Olympia Has a Pot Plan

Currently there are 2 new plans in Olympia WA to make changes to the medical and recreational marijuana laws.  One is good…the other not so much… The first plan: A confusing approach from Senator Ann Rivers (R-La Center) to keep the medical system separate from recreational sales. In general, the separate markets concept is supported by many medical marijuana activists. The problem: Rivers’s bill originally sought to ban all forms of smokable pot and still requires patients to join a registry (a hugely unpopular idea in some circles). The second plan: A reasoned approach from Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) that combines the medical and recreational markets, but also fixes some key pieces of the legalization law by allowing home grows for anyone 21 and older and simplifying the tax structure. It’s supported by Alison Holcomb, who authored the state’s legalization initiative, as well as Seattle city attorney Pete Holmes. But the Kohl-Welles bill has yet to get a hearing in the committee where it was sent: Commerce and Labor, chaired by Senator Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane). Read more here in the article from The...

Women and Cannabis

As the legalization of cannabis in more and more states takes hold, it is the women who are emerging as the industry leaders. Women are an integral part of the cannabis industry as growers, caregivers, users, entrepreneurs, scientists and executives. As canna-businesses continue to explode in the U.S., more women are emerging as industry leaders with strong economic and political influence. Yet, despite the power that women in the cannabis industry wield, its still often feels like a “boys club.” Read more here in the Culture...

Testing Flower Power

Legal marijuana is starting to roll out in Oregon with some bumps being found along the way.  Testing is a a big one that is being debated as the rules for measure 91 are hammered out. Marijuana consumption by adults 21 and over begins July 1, 2015. In the mean time, the way marijuana is tested for THC and CBD content as well as mold and other contaminants is in a hot debate over what actually constitutes a batch to be sent in to be tested. But THC and CBD levels vary. For example, the higher on a plant a bud sprouts (and the more light it gets while growing), the higher you’ll feel when you smoke it. Users who want to moderate their THC and CBD intake have only lab results to rely on. Read more here in the Willamette Week...

First-ever Legal Marijuana Store on US/Canada Border Open For Business

A new reason for our neighbors to the north, Canada to come visit the green of Washington State! A brand new retail marijuana store has opened on the Canada/US border in the town of Blaine WA.  Evergreen Cannabis The owner of Evergreen Cannabis says Canadians are already adding the pot store to their cross-border shopping list of gas, milk, clothing and other items that sell for less in Washington state. Read more here in the Cannabis Culture...

America’s Smartest Cities Love Pot

Not a coincidence at all that a recent survey shows that smart people love pot. 🙂 The survey ranked cities across the nation based on the percentage of residents aged 25 or older with a bachelor’s degree or greater level of education. The top three most educated cities are all college towns with thriving cannabis industries in states employing different models of marijuana regulation. Read more here in the High Times...

Medical Marijuana in Texas Gets Free Advertising During Super Bowl

During the super bowl February 1, 2015, a commercial aired in Texas and only Texas advertising the upcoming news for the evening. In that ad for the news was a free commercial for medical marijuana legalization featuring a 9 year old little girl with seizures. Texas legislators are already set to take up two cannabis-related bills which have already been filed, including a penalty reduction billfor small amounts of marijuana, and a CBD-only bill. A full medical marijuana bill is also on the way, and miss Bortell has been working hard, along with many others, to bring awareness of the need to pass legislation this session. Read more here in the Texas Cannabis Report...

Rethinking Marijuana Strains: Did we get it wrong?

Seems after more than 40 years we may have gotten the genetics of marijuana all wrong!  What you thought was one genetic…is really another… It seems Richard Evans Schultes, the man who created the original taxonomy for cannabis in the 1970s, misidentified a C. afghanica plant as a C. indica plant. That one mistake began 40 years of confusion which has only been dispelled by McPartland’s research this year. Read more here in the Leafonline.com...

Legal Marijuana Sales Grow 74% in 2014

It is pretty clear that the legalization of Marijuana is paying off big time.  Sales of recreational marijuana has grown 74% in 2014 according to the investment firm ArcView. The investment firm ArcView Group, which also performs cannabis research, claims in its State of Legal Marijuana Markets that the legal marijuana business skyrocketed 74 percent in 2014, from sales of $1.5 billion in 2013 to $2.7 billion in 2014. The report states that California, Colorado, Washington, Arizona and Michigan have all seen their markets grow to more than $100 million, and that Colorado, which led the way as the first active adult use market, sold $805 million worth of marijuana in retail and wholesale. Read more here in the Breitbart.com...