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http://blog.seattlepi.com/marijuana...l-marijuana-in-seattle/#21198101=0&24345103=0




Why can’t you buy legal recreational marijuana in Seattle?


How did it come about that Seattle — you know, the mega-city of the region with, probably, more cannabis users than the size of many mid-western cities — has only one licensed retailer and they’ve run out of weed?

Cannabis City says on their website and in a phone message that they might not open again until July 21.

Heck, it’s like we’re in the middle of a dry county and you gotta drive across the line to get a beer. For Seattle, you can head to Bellingham for marijuana (or wherever you’ve been getting it). But man, what gives?

Well, apparently, the stores that might have opened in the first week of sales either couldn’t get their shops ready for final inspection by the Liquor Control Board, still needed local building or business permits … or didn’t want to.

“There’s lots that has to go on and we probably could have had five open that first day if people would have been ready,” said I-502 Project Manager Randy Simmons. And, “some didn’t want to open until end of August when they know there will be a steady supply chain coming through.”

Well then, where’s the supply?

Simmons says that supply chain — as everyone has been reporting — is ramping up. The state now has 100 licensed growers (and more coming online weekly) with 700,000 square feet of marijuana canopy currently under lights/sun. But that doesn’t mean the stores will have that much in dried flowers for sale.

Related story: Board reduces amount of marijuana each business can grow

“I watched a large harvest last week, and thought that’s going to be a lot of plant material out there,” Simmons said. But when that grower logged in the traceability system, where Simmons gets his info, what they were doing with the harvest, “very little of it went to plant that you would smoke.”

“It all looked like it was being shipped over to (a company) for extraction” into oil that can be used in edibles or for smoking and vaporizing. The state has licensed three kitchens to make edibles and oils, but Simmons wasn’t guessing when edibles and oils will hit retail outlets.

All proposed edibles and packaging for them have to be sent before the LCB for approval before they can be mass produced. The board made that rule in June.

Meanwhile, Top Shelf Cannabis and 2020 Solutions are still selling bud in Bellingham. Even in Vancouver, as the Columbian newspaper points out, you’re out of luck.

New Vansterdam completely sold out of product on Sunday night. That was a big surprise, said Brain Budz, one of the owners, because they had planned out a steady supply that they thought would keep them open through the week.

“We never had one down second,” Budz said. “From the minute we opened the door it was non-stop. It was just beyond our expectations.”

… and if you get some, here’s come ideas for what to do with your first legal high:
 

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/14/marijuana-policy-white-house-states-rights_n_5586188.html




White House Says Marijuana Policy Is States' Rights Issue


WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration believes marijuana policy is a states' rights issue, the White House said Monday in opposing Republican-led legislation that would prevent Washington, D.C., from using local funds to decriminalize marijuana possession.

The GOP-sponsored House amendment would prevent D.C. "from using its own local funds to carry out locally-passed marijuana policies, which again undermines the principles of States' rights and of District home rule," the White House said in a statement. The White House said the bill "poses legal challenges to the Metropolitan Police Department's enforcement of all marijuana laws currently in force in the District."

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) called Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) a "tyrant" for meddling in the District's governing process with the amendment, pointing out that Maryland just voted to decriminalize marijuana possession. The amendment is aimed at blocking a recent D.C. law that lowers the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana to a fine.

It's been less than a year since the Justice Department decided not to sue Washington state and Colorado for legalizing and regulating recreational marijuana. Attorney General Eric Holder told The Huffington Post earlier this year that he was "cautiously optimistic" about legalization in Colorado, which began recreational sales Jan. 1. Washington state sales began this month.

Holder didn't weigh in on decriminalization in his own city of D.C., but said it was not a good use of law enforcement resources to give young people a criminal record for drug possession.

“It is great to see the White House accepting that a majority of Americans want marijuana law reform and defending the right of D.C. and states to set their own marijuana policy,” Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, said about the White House statement on Monday. “The tide has clearly shifted against the failed war on drugs and it’s only a matter of time before federal law is changed."

Clarification: Language has been amended to reflect that the bill only affects local funds, and not federal funds as previously indicated in one sentence of this article.
 

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Signatures collected for marijuana vote in South Portland (Maine)


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The push to legalize marijuana in more Maine communities continues. Volunteers have collected more than enough signatures to put marijuana legalization on the November ballot in South Portland.

The group dropped off those signatures at City Hall on Monday.

The signatures are part of a petition that Citizens for a Safer Maine and the Marijuana Policy Project hope will get the city of South Portland talking once more about the legalization of marijuana.

Portland recently legalized marijuana in the city, now these two groups are hoping voters in York, South Portland, and Lewiston can decide on the issue in November. The amount of marijuana allowed in adult possession in these three votes would be 1 ounce, a smaller portion than is allowed currently in Portland.

In about a month, volunteers were able to collect 1,521 signatures for the petition, exceeding the required 959.

On Monday those volunteers stood with U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows and the Maine Political Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, David Boyer, to hand those signatures in.

The hope is that the council will take up the issue in an August 4th city council meeting and pass the vote on to the residents of South Portland.

South Portland's City Hall has 20 days to validate the signatures. In the meantime, the Marijuana Policy Project is moving on to Lewiston to collect signatures and get the issue on the November ballot there.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana Maine sent a statement in response, saying: "SAM Maine stands with the citizens of South Portland who have serious concerns about legalizing marijuana. We stand with Chief Googins, Mayor Jalbert, and the South Portland City Council who unanimously are opposed to legalizing marijuana in South Portland. They know the serious risks it poses to youth, public health, and the economy. We still need to contend with the public health issues posed by alcohol and tobacco. Legal drugs that have many more youth users compared to illicit marijuana. Now is not the time to add to the problems."
 

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'World's first' recreational marijuana ad takes on prohibition policies (VIDEO)


Crop King Seeds, a breeder of marijuana in Canada, has released what the company calls "the world's first” recreational pot commercial. Cue the uncontrollable laughter.

The Vancouver company has posted the part advertisement, part pro-marijuana public service message on YouTube, but has yet to air the spot.

“We wanted something that not just advertise [sic] our company but also something that promotes a healthier alternative to alcohol and tobacco,” Crop King Seeds said in a statement. “We want to break the stigma that marijuana has earned from years of media brainwash and manipulation.”

The ad criticizes official discrimination against cannabis while mocking the protected position afforded to alcoholic beverages.

"We only stock the liquid alternative," says a store owner in the ad. "You know, the kind that leads to violence, social problems, the occasional gruesome death."

Though Crop King Seeds claims it has released the "world's first marijuana commercial," there were previous ads for medical marijuana.

The tone of Crop King Seeds' ad, though, is a far cry from some of the first marijuana advertisement for medical cannabis. A 2010 spot by CannaCare aimed to change public perceptions of marijuana users from the stoner stereotype to a more dignified consumer looking to ease physical pain or effects of an illness.

A similarly subdued tone was used in a 2009 medical marijuana ad aired in Illinois. "I am sick. Cannabis helps me to survive," says the subject of an ad from the Marijuana Policy Project.

Other early medical marijuana ads attempted to offer an alternative to the pharmaceutical industry for pain relief. Denver's Cannacopia, billed as a medical marijuana operation, aired its pitch in 2010.

In the US, only the states of Colorado and Washington have passed laws legalizing the cultivation, sale, and use of recreational marijuana even though federal officials still consider pot to be a Schedule 1 narcotic.

Colorado shops officially began selling on January 1, and marijuana dispensaries in Washington state opened last week, as reported previously by RT.

A ballot initiative to legalize pot in Oregon is likely to go before voters in November.

Meanwhile, many states are pushing efforts to decriminalize low-level marijuana offenses. Most recently, Maryland and Washington, DC passed measures to reduce punishment for marijuana possession, though the District of Columbia's bill is tied up in Congress given the city's operations must still receive final approval from federal lawmakers.

Nearly half of states in the US currently has provisions in place allowing for medicinal marijuana to be lawfully dispensed.

In Berkeley, California, the city council is on the eve of approving a plan to require dispensaries to offer some free medical marijuana to patients with low incomes, reminiscent of subsidized health care such as Medicaid.
 

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Missouri governor approves cannabis extract law


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missourians with epilepsy that cannot be effectively treated by conventional means will now be able to use a cannabis extract under legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The legislation was sponsored by St. Louis County Republican Eric Schmitt, a state senator whose 9-year-old son has the central nervous system disorder.

Patients wanting to use marijuana oil containing the chemical cannabidiol will be required to register with the state health department and also have a neurologist vouch that the patient's epilepsy hasn't responded to at least three other treatments. The extract known as CBD contains little of the related marijuana compounds favored by recreational users.

In a separate action, Nixon also signed legislation allowing terminally ill patients to use investigational drugs not yet approved by the federal government.

NewsChannel 5 asked the governor if families who moved to Colorado, where the oil is legal, would be prosecuted if they moved back to Missouri.

"It would be better to talk to attorney general's office about that. All I know is the measure I signed today will help us move forward to make sure Missouri can provide these therapies to families in need," said Nixon.
 

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(UK) Scratch-and-sniff cannabis card 'led to drugs raid'


A cannabis farm was found as a result of a campaign using scratch-and-sniff cards smelling of the drug, Nottinghamshire Police have said.

Officers raided a house in Stella Street, Mansfield, where 400 cannabis plants with an estimated street value £250,000 were found.

No arrests were made at what is believed to be a rented property.

The cards have been handed out over the past year so people know what cannabis smells like.

Police said the find followed a tip-off from a member of the public who had been given one of the cards.

The owner of the house has yet to be traced.

The drug-scented scratch cards were first posted to thousands of households across England last year in a bid to detect illegal cannabis farms.

Nottinghamshire Police sent out new cards in June in a bid to find cannabis farms which they said were linked to "serious and organised criminals".
 

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Lawsuit: DEA paid New Mexico informant with crack



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —A lawsuit says federal agents paid a struggling addict in crack for his help with an undercover investigation into a Las Vegas, New Mexico drug operation.

Court papers filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque say 38-year-old Aaron Romero was approached by DEA agents in 2011 to assist with drug deals in exchange for portions of the drugs obtained by authorities.

The lawsuit claims Romero's participation in "Operation Smack City" reignited a previous crack addiction and he became a victim of recklessness on behalf of DEA agents.

Romero's lawyer says the arraignment was in violation of DEA policy.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque declined to comment.

The lawsuit seeks $8.5 million in damages for the loss of "love, familial relationships, and companionship" related to Romero's ongoing crack addiction.
 

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