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...

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...

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...

Seattle May Not Issue Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

Washington State is still sending mixed signals to the Medical Marijuana community on whether or not it will actually be issuing licenses for dispensaries to operate in the state. Washington reminds me a lot of how it was in Oregon before Oregon’s Legislature legalized medical marijuana dispensaries (officially legalized, no ‘grey area’). Dispensaries are all over the place in Washington. By not licensing and regulating them, it doesn’t mean that they don’t exist, and the State of Washington is losing out on revenue everyday in the process. It’s time that Washington put in place clear rules and regulations for dispensaries so that the industry can operate above reproach, and help the State with much needed tax and fee revenues, like Oregon is doing now. Read more here in The Weed Blog...

Reasons to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, a time filled with family and food, there are so many things to be thankful for. Good health, a good job, a new addition to the family, perhaps a new home or car and of course our friends and families are the most important. In 2014 we added something else to be thankful for, there were 8 grand victories for Cannabis legalization. Guam, Italy, Philadelphia, Maryland, Australia, Washington DC, Oregon & Alaska all joined with Washington State and Colorado to make legalization or at least decriminalization a reality. Read more in the article by...

Nevada reciprocity: Have an MMJ card? You can buy pot in Vegas in 2015

Thank you Nevada! If you have a Medical Marijuana card from any state it will be legal to buy medical marijuana from the dispensaries there in 2015. Supporters are already gearing up for the election in 2016 where they hope to get recreational marijuana laws past similar to other legal states. Medical marijuana cardholders throughout the U.S. will be able to purchase pot in Nevada starting in 2015. All they’ll have to do is show their medical marijuana license, show a government ID proving they’re 21 or older and sign an affidavit — and they’ll have access to that shop (but no others) for their stay in Nevada. Read more here in here in The Cannabist...

Misinformation: Marijuana vs. Your Brain

The University of Texas has published a new study on the effects of continual use of cannabis on the human brain. They found through MRI scans of frequent cannabis users that they have less grey matter in the orbital front cortex, but they also showed a greater connectivity in the brains of cannabis users. “Cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants,” according to the patent, held by the same federal government that continues to block medical marijuana research, “for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.” So, given all that, how do you think the Los Angeles Times, one of the nation’s prestige newspapers, chose to headline their story on the new study? How about: Regular Pot Smokers Have Shrunken Brains. “Experimental mice have been telling us this for years, but pot-smoking humans didn’t want to believe it could happen to them,” the article begins in apparent glee, as if a dire warning regarding the mental health of tens of millions of Americans calls for just the right, lighthearted opening. “[The study] compared 48 ‘chronic’ marijuana users (at least four times a week over the past six months) with 62 non-using control subjects who were matched for age and gender with the using group. Subjects were an average age of 28 to 30 years old.” Read more here in this High Times...

Cannabis Cup heading to Portland!

July 2015, the date that Marijuana becomes officially and legally for sale in Oregon brings the High Times Cannabis Cup to Portland Oregon! Dan Skye, editor in chief of High Times, called the Pacific Northwest a “hot bed for marijuana” Oregon follows Colorado and Washington in legalizing marijuana consumption for adults 21 and over. Read more here in the High Times...