10 Marijuana Myths Exposed

We have all probably talked to someone that has said at least one of the below statements… “Legal pot will target kids!” “Kids will think pot is OK!” “Teen use will skyrocket!” “Productivity will suffer!” “Roads full of stoned drivers!” “Today’s pot is seven-times stronger!” ”Marijuana addicts are filling rehabs!” “Legal pot will target minorities!” “What’s next, legalized meth?” “Legal pot will drive up social costs!”     Read more here in the High Times article:...

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...

Proposal In Washington To Shut Down Dispensaries, Legalize Cultivation

There is a new proposal for the Washington legal marijuana trade, Senator Kohl-Welles would like to see the laws in Washington be more like those of Oregon, Colorado and Alaska, where anyone 21 and over can legally grow up to 6 plants at home. According to a press release sent Tuesday by Senator Kohl-Welles, the proposal would “phase out collective gardens and unregulated dispensaries”, while directing the Liquor Control Board to increase the number of licensees under the recreational cannabis system. Qualified patients would be given the opportunity to apply for a waiver to receive cannabis tax-free, and the measure would establish a “medical marijuana endorsement to the marijuana retailer license to allow retailers to hold themselves out as knowledgeable in the medical use of marijuana.” In addition, the proposal would legalize the personal cultivation of up to six cannabis plants for everyone 21 and older. This move would simultaneously decrease the amount of plants a patient can cultivate from fifteen to six. “The main intent of my bill is to simplify and unify the two systems so that complex gray areas and dangerous illicit markets will eventually cease to exist”, says Senator Kohl-Welles. Read more here in the Weed Blog...

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...

Meet the Man Who Discovered Weed’s Secret Ingredient

Professor Raphael Mechoulam originally asked the National Institute of Health in the US for a grant to study cannabis he was turned down. “They told me, ‘Come back to us when you choose another subject—marijuana is not an American problem,’” the 84-year-old Israeli professor recalls. More than half a century later—after becoming the first scientist to isolate THC, having a long, successful career dedicated to discovering cannabis and its effects on the body, and now being referred to in Israel as the “Grandfather of Marijuana”—professor Mechoulam still sounds a little proud when he mentions how fast the NIH changed its mind. Read more here in the Vocativ.com...

Pot-smoking moms tired of being judged by wine drinkers

There is a huge stigma on moms who choose marijuana as their drug of choice to relax and stay focused on the myriad of tasks facing them on any given day.  Rather than reach for an alcoholic beverage, they choose to reach for a bong loaded with cannabis. “If I wanted to, I could sit with a glass of wine in one hand, a cup of coffee in the other, with a cigarette pressed between my lips, under the influence of prescription narcotics — all the while holding my child in my lap,” says Serra Frank, founding director of Moms for Marijuana and mother of two, ages 9 and 12. “Everywhere we look our families are bombarded with advertisements for these drugs. Our societies benefit from taxes placed on the manufacture and sale of these drugs. Yet, we can’t make the decision to choose one of the most commonly used drugs, one that has proven to be much safer than all the rest? That’s just not logical.” Read more here in the Today Parents...

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...

What Matters In a Day

Every day at work, I sit down at my desk and smile.  Never in my life did I ever think I would be doing the job I currently have.  I work for Viridian Sciences, a business management software company in the legal cannabis industry. Wow.  Legal cannabis industry.  Just had to repeat that again as I do in my head each day.  I am the company’s Administrative Assistant, the first person you will probably see if you come visit our office. (Come on by, we like company!) One reason I smile is because of one of the projects I get to work on nearly each day. Updating a local retail marijuana stores web menu.  I get to post what is currently for sale on their shelves. I have been doing this for some months now, typing up each new strain, adding to an ever-growing database of every kind of legal marijuana there is for sale.  I anticipate each new list arriving on my desk. I read over it greedily like a little kid at Christmas.  I can’t wait to see what has changed on the menu.  What new strains have been added? Reading each description to see what characteristics they have.  I get to see the prices change, some go up, but mostly the prices have been coming down or at least leveling out some.  How can a person not smile reading all the fun names like Jack Skellington, Chocolate Chunk & Blueberry Grape Ape.  Typing the names here makes me giggle a bit. For the first time since I joined the workforce, I smile when I go to work....