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The recreational marijuana law in Washington state may have gotten off to a very rocky start, but the first legal sales of recreational marijuana took place on July 8. With more and more states legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, it’s only a matter of time before not only marijuana, but also marijuana marketing becomes a booming business.

As more legal marijuana businesses open their doors, there is a growing opportunity for the marketing industry to help budding “ganjapreneurs” (all of the puns in the marijuana industry are seriously the best) get the word out about their brands. These opportunities of course include the promotional product industry. However, before we get to all of that, first let’s get all of the legal jargon out of the way. Read Full Article →

Chris Williams, co-owner of Montana Cannabis, speaks with a documentary crew as his medical marijuana business is raided in March 2011. [Eliza Wiley/Helena Independent Record]

Chris Williams, co-owner of Montana Cannabis, speaks with a documentary crew as his medical marijuana business is raided in March 2011.
[Eliza Wiley/Helena Independent Record]

Chris Williams in happier days [examiner.com]

Chris Williams in happier days
[examiner.com]

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I have been trying to avoid writing this letter for a long time, but feel I no longer have a choice.

While I do my best to keep positive and stick to doing my time, there are things out in the world that do affect me here. I have not felt this depressed and upset since first entering federal prison. I cannot describe what it is like to be in prison, you have to experience it for yourself to understand, but I hope you never have to experience it!

The reason I have been feeling so stressed is because a person I placed a great deal of trust in has let me down. I have mixed feelings because this person, Kari Boiter has shown me kindness in the past and has worked as my advocate for the past 22 months. And for those efforts I am extremely grateful.

However, I am now equally shocked and disappointed by her lack of integrity and lack of professionalism. I feel as though Kari has been manipulating me and undermining my efforts to apply for clemency/ commutation.

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My first reaction upon reading, with increasing sadness, today’s hype-filed medical marijuana scare story on local National Public Radio affiliate KPLU was, “Wow, I didn’t know KPLU had become part of the Fox News Network.” Yes, it was that bad.

Meanwhile, Seattle Public Schools officials say marijuana use by students is on the rise, and students say it is easier to get than alcohol. Where is the supply coming from? Parents and school officials suspect medical marijuana dispensaries. 

Mixing the volatile elements of kids and pot, and the loaded term “teen addicts,” the story seems to take the pollyanna-ish view that teens wouldn’t be so attracted to marijuana if it weren’t for those darned medical marijuana dispensaries providing pot to sick people.

Yes, it seems that the reason teens smoke pot isn’t that teens have smoked pot for as long as anyone remembers; no, teens are smoking hella pot in Washington because of medical marijuana dispensaries, the article seems to want us to believe.

Somehow, we expected more than this from KPLU.

Somehow, we expected more than this from KPLU.

KPLU reporter Jennifer Wing — clearly a monumentally clueless, unwitting tool of those who stand to profit from I-502, or perhaps someone just too damned lazy to do any real research — has done a disservice not just to journalism, but to all the medical marijuana patients in Washington state. Beyond the obviously inflammatory headline, Wing’s copy reads like a checklist of anti-medical marijuana myths promulgated by those who (oh just entirely coincidentally of course!) stand to profit from recreational pot sales.

Fortunately, the readers and listeners of KPLU aren’t that easily fooled. It’s almost as if the station forgot their own demographics; highly educated liberals won’t be so easily led down the primrose path of bogeymen and dark insinuations as the station apparently believed they would. The first five comments on Wing’s weak story took the station, the story and the reporter to task for their inaccuracy and sloppiness.

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Are marijuana-infused medibles -- like those sold from the Magical Butter food truck -- legal, or aren't they? [Upstart Business Journal]

Are marijuana-infused medibles — like those sold from the Magical Butter food truck — legal, or aren’t they?
[Upstart Business Journal]

It’s been almost two years since the voters of Washington state approved limited marijuana legalization measure Initiative 502. But apparently those two years weren’t long enough for Washington state bureaucrats to figure out exactly what constitutes a cannabis-infused edible product — or even if such products are legal.

Two issues, both of which were supposed to have been settled long ago, have come to the fore:

• Will sales of marijuana-infused edible products be allowed?

• Will infused food items be considered as marijuana, i.e., will 16 ounces of infused brownies be treated legally as a pound of marijuana?

You’d think such questions would have been answered already, in the protracted two-year run-up to implementation of I-502. Aren’t these state agencies — the Department of Health and the Liquor Control Board — even talking to each other about implementing the new law?

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“The number of children receiving treatment for addiction to cannabis has hit a record high, with one expert warning the age they try the drug for the first time has fallen which places them at great risk.” So begins the latest marijuana scare story in the U.K. edition of The Huffington PostSuch a bastion of liberal reportage wouldn’t lead us astray when it comes to accurate cannabis information, would it? Well, yes — it turns out that yes, they would. Read Full Article →

KNOW YOUR LIMIT:
KNOW YOUR LEVEL!

Authorized medical cannabis patients in the Seattle area are invited to a “nearly-free” health screening evaluation on Sunday, June 22, by Dr. Gil Mobley, M.D. The evaluation will include an active THC level and sobriety testing.

 

“With the passage of I-502 came onerous DUI provisions, especially for regular medical cannabis users whose residual active THC levels may linger well above the DUI cutoff of 5 nanograms for days into total abstinence,” Dr. Gil told Toke Signals Friday afternoon.

 

Recent government studies confirm what we have long suspected: active THC can linger in a patient’s blood at the 5 ng cutoff for days into total abstinence. (Desrosiers, Nathalie NIDA 2014). “Therefore, it is important for patients to know when it’s safe to drive based on their blood levels in reference to when they medicate,” Dr. Gil said. “A neurological exam will accompany sobriety testing to facilitate a patient’s awareness of any impairment as well.”

 

The lab results take a week to come back and be mailed, Dr. Mobley said.

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