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American Legion Passes Resolution in Support of Medical Marijuana for Veterans

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 07:32
The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans organization, has passed a resolution calling for a change in federal law to allow medical marijuana for veterans.

The American Legion, which represents over 2.4 million veterans, approved the resolution yesterday at their national convention in Reno, Nevada. Legion member Rob Ryan of Ohio authored the resolution, which calls on the federal government to for allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana in states where it’s legal.

“Our state congressmen, when the American Legion says something, they listen”, says Ryan. “Hopefully, this will have the same impact at the federal level. People should not be afraid to go to their doctors and talk honestly.”

Last year the American Legion passed a resolution calls for the government to “amend legislation to remove marijuana from schedule I and reclassify it in a category that, at a minimum will recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value.”

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U.S. Marijuana Stock Index Cut in Half and then Some Since Trump Elected President

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 04:09
The U.S. Marijuana Index has dropped drastically since Donald Trump was elected president.

On November 7th, the day of the general election, the U.S. Marijuana Index was at 108.75; this was not too far from the market’s all-time high of 126.35 (which was on January 16th, 2015). Eight and a half months later, as of the end today’s market, the index has dropped over 50% to 51.79.

According to MarijuanaIndex.com: “The U.S. Marijuana Index tracks the leading cannabis stocks operating in the United States. Constituents must have a business strategy focused on the marijuana or hemp industry, and are required to meet our minimum trading criteria.” The Index is “equal-weighted and rebalanced quarterly.”

For more information you can click here.

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The First Public Building Made of Hemp in the United States Now Open in Idaho

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 02:52
The Borah Basin Building, the first public-use building made from hemp in the U.S., is now officially open in Ketchum, Idaho.

“I looked to natural materials to create more insulating, more efficient, and less energy intensive homes,” 26-year-old Mattie Mead told Komo News. “And through that study Hempcrete stood out to me as above and beyond one of the greatest options for creating a building that is not just energy efficient but is also healthy.”

Hempcrete, made from hemp, is an ideal building material as it’s fire resistant,  rot resistant, pest resistant, and mold resistant, all while being carbon-negative. “So in essence our building and our walls are carbon sinks – they take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Whereas most other building products are carbon positive – they put out more carbon dioxide than they absorb,” says Mead.

To build the house, Mead’s company, Hempitecture, partnered with BaseCamp, a nonprofit located in Idaho.

“There’s something that’s remarkably inspiring about being 45 minutes from the nearest town and being able to be sheltered, warm, comfortable, have facilities to use, and to have a space to connect with themselves and the natural environment around them,” says Mead, who says the building took three years to complete and was funded mostly through $27,000 garnered on Kickstarter.

“I cannot take sole credit for this building project because there were a lot of people who were so instrumental in the construction of this building. So to be a part of a community experience like that in Idaho was really special.”

To learn more about the Borah Basin Building, click here.

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Colorado Governor Responds to Jeff Sessions Criticizing his State’s Marijuana Law

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 01:28
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman have responded to a July 24th letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions who raised “serious questions” about Colorado’s marijuana laws.

“The State of Colorado has worked diligently to implement the will of our citizens and build a comprehensive regulatory and enforcement system that prioritizes public safety and public health,” Hickenlooper and Coffman wrote in the letter which was obtained by The Cannabist. “When abuses and unintended consequences materialize, the state has acted quickly to address any resulting harms.” They note that; “While our system has proven to be effective, we are constantly evaluating and seeking to strengthen our approach to regulation and enforcement.”

“Colorado’s system has become a model for other states and nations,” the letter states. “Our agencies have consulted with countless jurisdictions around the world as they work to construct a comprehensive and effective regulatory framework.”

They continue; “We stand ready to work with our federal partners to fortify what we have built. We are confident that if we work together, we can maintain a responsible regulatory and enforcement model that protects public safety, public health and other law enforcement interests.”

Sessions also sent letters to Alaska, Washington and Oregon, with governor’s in alll three states having  already responded in a manner similar to Hickenlooper.

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What to do with a Male Marijuana Plant: Four Options

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 01:02

By Trevor Hennings, Leafly

Have a male marijuana plant, but you’re not sure what to do with it? Here’s four possibilities .

Unlike most flowering plants, cannabis is unique in that it requires both a male  and female plant to reproduce. While hermaphroditic (self-pollinating) cannabis does exist, the plant most commonly expresses male- or female-specific sex organs.

Female cannabis plants produce the large, resinous buds that are dried, cured, and consumed. For this reason, females are typically the only plants you’ll find in someone’s cannabis garden.

Male plants are commonly regarded as useless and discarded. While pollination by males is essential for producing more cannabis plants (unless working from clones), it’s a process that is generally best left to breeders so growers can focus on producing consumable seedless buds called sinsemilla. 

Do male plants truly belong in a compost bin, or could they serve a more beneficial purpose to gardeners? Surprisingly, there are more uses for male plants than one might think.

1. Breeding

The obvious function of male cannabis plants is for breeding seeds. When pollinating females, males provide half of the genetic makeup inherited by seeds. Because of this, it’s important to look into the genetics of the male plants. Their shape, rate of growth, pest and mold resistance, and climate resilience can all be passed on to increase the quality of future generations.

2. Hemp Fiber 

When it comes to hemp fiber, the male cannabis plants produce a softer material while females are responsible for producing a coarse, stronger fiber. The soft fiber from the male plants make them more desirable for products like clothing, tablecloths, and other household items.

3. Concentrate Production

It may come as a surprise that male plants can be psychoactive in nature—though much less potent than females. The plants do not produce buds, but small amounts of THC can be found in the leaves, stems, and sacs, which can be extracted to produce hash or other oils. 

4. Garden Enhancement

Cannabis plants offer more benefits in the garden beyond bud production. Both male and female cannabis plants produce aromatic oils called terpenes, which are associated with pest and disease control. Since males also produce terpenes, you may consider including your males in a vegetable or flower garden (as long as they’re well separated from any female cannabis plants). Dried material from cannabis plants have also been used to produce terpene-rich oils that are applied to repel insects and pests as natural bug sprays.

Additionally, cannabis plants are deep rooting plants with long taproots. Taproots are known for their ability to dive deep into the ground and break apart low-quality soil, allowing for moisture and nutrients to infiltrate and improve the soil quality. These taproots also help keep the soil in place, thereby preventing nutrient runoff and loss of soil during heavy rains. 

Humans are largely focused on female cannabis plants, and rightly so. But it’s important to acknowledge and cherish the characteristics of the male cannabis plants as well. Females may produce the buds we know and love, but by limiting diversity of the males, we could be losing out on potential benefits we do not yet understand. Specific males could have compounds we are unaware of that might play significant roles in how females develop, or how cannabis as a whole develops in the future.

If attempting to capitalize on any of the above benefits without the intent to breed, keep in mind that cannabis pollen is extremely good at traveling long distances, determined to find a female. It helps to have a solid understanding of how pollen works and travels before you embark on any of these alternative uses so as not to accidentally pollinate your own plants or a neighbor’s.

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Study: Cannabis Appear Effective in Treating Vocal Tics in those with Tourette Syndrome

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 00:22
Regular administration of cannabis-based medicines is directly associated with improved  speech in patients with Tourette Syndrome, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

For the study, researchers from Hannover Medical School (Germany) “report the cases of two young German male patients with treatment-resistant Tourette syndrome (TS), who suffer from incapacitating stuttering-like speech disfluencies caused by vocal blocking tics and palilalia.” In case 1, a 19-year old patient received whole-plant cannabis at a dose of 1 × 0.1 g daily. In case 2, a “16-year old patient initially received dronabinol at a maximum dose of 22.4–33.6 mg daily.”

According to the study; “Both treatments provided significant symptom improvement of vocal blocking tics as well as of comorbid conditions and were well tolerated.” Researchers examined “significant improvement not only of simple and complex motor and vocal tics, but also in the overall symptomology including comorbid conditions and most importantly significantly improved patients’ quality of life including their social contacts and performance at school without side effects.”

Thus, the study concludes, “cannabis-based medicine appears to be effective in treatment-resistant TS patients with vocal blocking tics.

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Study: Topical Marijuana Effective for Managing Pain Associated With Wounds, Can Reduce Opioid Use

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 07:04
Topical marijuana has the potential to improve pain management associated with wounds, according to a study published in the Journal of Pain Management and e-published ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

“Pain associated with integumentary wounds is highly prevalent yet it remains an area of significant unmet need within healthcare”, states the study’s abstract. “Currently, systemically administered opioids are the mainstay of treatment. However, recent publications are casting opioids in a negative light given their high side effect profile, inhibition of wound healing, and association with accidental overdose, incidents that are frequently fatal.” Thus, “novel analgesic strategies for wound-related pain need to be investigated”.

Researchers state that the ideal methods of pain relief for wound patients are “modalities that are topical, lack systemic side effects, non-invasive, self-administered, and display rapid onset of analgesia”, and; “Extracts derived from the cannabis plant have been applied to wounds for thousands of years”. The discovery of the “human endocannabinoid system and its dominant presence throughout the integumentary system provides a valid and logical scientific platform to consider the use of topical cannabinoids for wounds.”

In this study researchers “are reporting a prospective case series of 3 patients with Pyoderma Gangrenosum (PG) that were treated with Topical Medical Cannabis (TMC) compounded in non-genetically modified organic sunflower oil.”

They conclude that; “Clinically significant analgesia that was associated with reduced opioid utilization was noted in all 3 cases. TMC has the potential to improve pain management in patients suffering from wounds of all classes.”

The full study can be found by clicking here.

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Connecticut Board of Physicians Recommends Two New Medical Marijuana Conditions

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 05:16
The Connecticut Board of Physicians has voted to add two new medical conditions that qualify someone to become a legal medical marijuana patient.

The Board of Physicians on Friday unanimously approved adding both  “intractable headache syndromes” and “neuropathic facial pain” to the list of medical marijuana conditions for those 18 and older.  The commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection now has the final say in whether the conditions are actually added to the state’s list of medical marijuana conditions.

If the commissioner does approve of the conditions, they will join 22 other conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Cachexia
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy
  • Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder

There are currently over 19,000 patients registered to legally use medical marijuana, and over 700 physicians making recommendations.

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Indiana Lawmaker to Introduce Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 06:17
A lawmaker in Indiana says he plans to introduce a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

Republican State Representative Jim Lucas (Seymour) says he has “every intention of introducing a bill that legalizes medical marijuana”, according to the Indy Star.

“I can’t comprehend how we can deny people something that provides them with relief that’s not addictive and is not killing anyone when we know for a fact that prescription opioids are killing people,” says Lucas, who has been seeking feedback from doctors, veterans organizations, cannabis advocacy groups like NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), and Facebook users.

According to Lucas, he still has “a lot to learn on this”, and that; “Right now, I’m drinking from a fire hose, reaching out to credible groups and individuals.”

Lucas would be the first Republican lawmaker to introduce a measure to legalize medical cannabis in at least five years.

“I understand this is going to be a minefield,” says Lucas. “My plan is to make this such an issue with the media and the people that the state will be forced to give it a proper hearing.”

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Study: CBD Blocks Opioid Reward, May Help Treat Addiction

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 00:10
According to a new study published in the journal Planta Medica, cannabidiol blocks the reward of opioids and as such may be useful in treating those addicted to them.

This study, conducted by researchers at the University of Mississippi and Oxford, “sought to determine whether the cannabis constituent cannabidiol attenuates the development of morphine reward in the conditioned place preference paradigm.” Separate groups of mice “received either saline or morphine in combination with one of four doses of cannabidiol using three sets of drug/no-drug conditioning trials.”

After drug-place conditioning, “morphine mice displayed robust place preference that was attenuated by 10 mg/kg cannabidiol.” Further, “when administered alone, this dose of cannabidiol was void of rewarding and aversive properties.”

Researchers conclude that; “The finding that cannabidiol blocks opioid reward suggests that this compound may be useful in addiction treatment settings.”

The full study – published online by the U.S.National Institute of Health – can be found by clicking here.

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Super Troopers 2 Releasing on 4/20

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:30
Super Troopers 2, the IndieGoGo funded follow-up the cult classic Super Troopers, will be releasing on April 20 (A.K.A. 4/20), the unofficial though much-celebrated cannabis holiday.

The original Super Troopers released in 2001, and although it received mixed reviews and had a far from impressive run at the box office (grossing less than $20 million in the U.S.), it quickly became a cult hit, and remains popular to this day. There’s no better indication of the film’s following than the fact that those behind it were able to raise over $4.6 million on IndieGoGo, a crowd-sourcing website, for a follow-up. This was over twice the original goal.

According to Steven Lemme, co-founder of Broken Lizard, the group behind Super Troopers, the sequel will be released in the “springtime and there’s a very obvious date, which happens to fall on a Friday this year.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that Lemme is talking about April 20, 2018, which falls on a Friday (the day new movies are typically released).

Lemme says Super Troopers 2 has been “testing better than any movie we’ve tested,” and “came out fantastic.”

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How to Get Rid of Pests and Parasites on Marijuana Plants

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:03

By Dianna Benjamin, WikiLeaf.com

Mother nature is beautiful.  Except she’s also kind of gross and at times, highly inconvenient.  And since cannabis is a plant, it is subject to pests and parasites.  Whether marijuana is grown indoors or outside, it cannot escape the circle of life, and apparently, humans aren’t the only ones interested in consuming cannabis.  Here is a list of the most common parasitic threats and what to do about them.

Cannabis Pests and Parasites Spider Mites

These guys are probably the most common of all pests and can cause the biggest headache.  Spider mites don’t play; they reproduce rapidly, reach full maturity in a matter of days, and binge on plant material until chlorophyll is depleted and the plant is dead.  It doesn’t take long for a spider mite spotting to turn into a full blow infestation and the demise of an entire cannabis harvest.

Aphids

Easy to miss, aphids are tiny, quick, and devastating.  Like spider mites, they reproduce quickly and feast on the cannabis plant matter. They are especially damaging to indoor gardens that lack the natural aphid predators outdoor gardens can harness for protection.

Grasshoppers and Crickets

Pot lovers by nature, these insects will make the cannabis plant their primary food source without quick and effective intervention.  Crickets and grasshoppers typically feast at night and leave behind a whole lot of damage for growers to discover in the morning.  While birds love to eat these bugs, they must dig through the soil to get to them, and that can cause damage to root systems.

Caterpillars

Like grasshoppers and crickets, caterpillars are very attracted to cannabis, and their insatiable appetites can destroy the crop.  Borer caterpillars go unnoticed because they burrow through the plant, hollowing it out and killing it before growers realize what’s happening.

Cutworms

They sound as lethal as they are.  Cutworms can destroy a harvest before it even has a chance to begin growing.  These night crawlers eviscerate cannabis seedlings and the tops of cannabis plants.

Leaf Miners

These insects are creepy and make me a little paranoid about eating anything leafy.  They burrow through the cannabis plant and mine the leaves of cells and nutrients.  In their wake, they leave behind brown or white streaks through the leaf tops.  The adults leave their larvae under the leaves, and those babies grow up to be just like their creepy, burrowing parents.  Unfortunately, the best remedy for these bugs are your hands since most pesticides that target leaf miners are more dangerous than they are beneficial.  Yep, that means you’ve got to find ‘em and squish ‘em.

Fungus Gnats

From their larval-hood to adulthood, these microscopic insects love to eat the cannabis plant.  They start by eating fungus near the plant’s base, but steadily eat through the roots.  This can be devastating for plant growth and soil drainage.

Slugs and Snails

Simultaneously cute and disgusting, these common garden pests eat cannabis plant matter and can eventually do a lot of damage.  They aren’t particularly discreet, though.  They leave streaks of shiny slime everywhere they go.  Like I said.  Cute and disgusting.

Whiteflies

These tiny, flying insects love to chow down on cannabis.  They live beneath cannabis leaves, and, because of their size, are not easy to see.  Whiteflies can be particularly dangerous because of their ability to spread disease.  As fliers, they are extremely mobile, and once they show up, they can take down an entire harvest.

Thrips

These tiny bugs thrive on the cannabis flower.  An infestation of them can ruin the crop’s ability to fully mature.  Like whiteflies, thrips are notorious for spreading diseases which can be even more detrimental to the plant than the thrips’ appetite.

Mealy Bugs

These insects are not a problem in small numbers, but an infestation could overrun a harvest.  Mealy bugs are small and live in the plant’s crevices.

They make their presence known by leaving behind gifts of cotton-like balls

These insect-hand-crafted gauze balls can cover a cannabis plant, and the presence of the mealy bugs can cause plant discoloration.

Ants

Rather than posing a direct threat to cannabis plants, ants are indicators of other problems since they are attracted to aphids or whiteflies.  Additionally, as burrowing insects, ants can damage the cannabis root systems.

Birds

Like ants, birds aren’t always bad.  In fact, they can be extremely helpful in eliminating other pests like caterpillars.  However, birds love seeds.  Birds are most hazardous to cannabis before the plant has even sprouted.

Cats and Dogs

We love our pets, but they aren’t the best for cannabis grows.  Although it isn’t likely that they will eat the cannabis, a cat’s ammonia-heavy urine and pet fecal matter are harmful for cannabis gardens.  The ammonia will wreak havoc on your plants and the feces attracts harmful pests.

Deer

Rudolph and Bambi love plants, and that includes young cannabis.  Deer will eat an entire plant, destroying a harvest well before maturity.  Fortunately, a mature cannabis plant’s pungent aroma is a natural repellant for scent-sensitive deer.  Before maturity, however, cannabis plants must be vigilantly guarded against these large herbivores.   

Mice and Rats

While mice and rats are not particularly inclined to seek out cannabis, they will eat it if it’s there and nothing else seems better.  They are also the mammalian versions of roaches—they’re everywhere.  Even when you don’t see them, they see you, the insidious vermin.

Gophers

Another rodent, gophers tunnel underground.  While burrowing alone isn’t always a bad thing—moles do it, too, but they aerate the soil and eat pesky insects for you—gophers also eat the cannabis roots, sometimes even pulling the entire plant down into their subterranean dwellings.

Natural Solutions to Pests and Parasites

Despite her inconvenience, mother nature is also a force of balance.  Ecosystems work to create and sustain life because each part of that system contributes to its overall wellbeing.  So here is a list of critters to welcome to a cannabis friendly ecosystem.  Keep in mind that these are pretty much exclusive to outdoor grows.

Amphibians are natural predators for snails and slugs.

Aphid midges are great natural predators for over 60 types of aphids.

Damsel bugs eat lots of pests including caterpillars, leafhoppers, thrips, and aphids.

Ground beetles binge eat on slugs, snails, and cutworms.

Lacewing larvae and adults thrive on caterpillars, mealybugs, thrips, whiteflies, and aphids.

Lady bug larvae and adults feast on mites, mealybugs, and aphids.

Birds of prey are natural predators for mice, rats, and gophers.

Sunflowers are pretty, covering, and natural repellants to cutworms.

Wasps and praying mantises are natural predators for caterpillars.

Environmentally Friendly Pest Control and Pesticides

Sometimes introducing natural predators to a cannabis grow isn’t an option or enough.  Here are safe ways to deter pests from your cannabis:

Neem oil has been regarded as an incredibly potent and versatile pesticide for centuries.  A spray containing this oil, organic soap, and warm water can ward off all kinds of insects.

Salt spray is an effective repellant for spider mites and other insects because it dehydrates the bugs and their larvae.

Citrus oil can be used in combination with cayenne pepper, soap, and/or water to create a natural pesticide for slugs and ants.

Onion and Garlic sprays are a natural repellant for most insects.

Scarecrows or reflective objects are good, reversible deterrents for birds.  Once the seeds have sprouted, you can remove these items so birds can help you get rid of other pests.

Fences are the best deterrent for large mammals including dogs, cats, deer, and humans.

Diluted dish liquid is a good way to get rid of grasshoppers and crickets.

Cornmeal is a safe way to deter ants from your plants. While ants are natural predators for whiteflies and aphids, they also threaten cannabis root systems, so apply cornmeal to the soil to keep them away.
References

Bergman, Robert.  “Marijuana Pests & Bugs—Control and Identification.”  I Love Growing Marijuana.

Group, Edward.  “10 Homemade Organic Pesticides.” Global Healing Center.  28 April 2010.

ROL Staff.  “10 Insects You Should Actually Want Around Your Plants.”  Rodales Organic Life. 11 May 2016.

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Marijuana Stores Near the Space Needle

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:37
Here’s a look at some of the marijuana stores near Seattle’s Space Needle.

It’s hard to visit Seattle without stopping by the Space Needle – it’s the proverbial tourist attraction that’s difficult to pass up when you’re seeing the sights of the city. An icon of the Pacific Northwest, it draws over 20,000 visitors a day….maybe even you.

“The point of the Space Needle is to serve as an observation deck”

from the structure, you can see downtown Seattle, the Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges, Elliot Bay and the islands, Mount Ranier, and Mount Baker. Of course, the Space Needle is also the star of Seattle’s skyline: it’s the centerfold in many of the postcards mailed by vistitors to Washington State.

Dispensaries Nearest the Space Needle

But, what about cannabis? Until there’s a pot dispensary at the very top of the Space Needle (how about it, investors?), you’ll have to settle for one nearby. And some of these include:

Queen Anne Cannabis: Queen Anne Cannabis is located at 312 W. Republican St., Seattle, 98119 – according to their website, they “offer the best service, value, quality, and selection to our community and educate with compassion and integrity.” Once called “Green Anne,” Queen Anne serves the lower Queen Anne neighborhood. They’re within walking distance to the Space Needle and they’re always looking for ways to help the community. They even encourage your ideas via their contact page.

Herban Legends: Herban Legends is located at 55 Bell St., Seattle, 98121 – it’s the first recreational weed shop in Belltown and a five-minute drive from the Space Needle (as well as a five-minute walk to Pike Place). They strive to provide the “coolest pot experience that anyone will ever have anywhere.”

They  have a special affinity for the local community and work to support artists and musicians in any manner they can

They embrace the idea that pot and art are intrinsically linked.

Pot Shop Seattle: Pot Shop Seattle is located at 1628 Dexter Ave N., Seattle, 98109. With a name like “Pot Shop,” there’s no confusion about what they sell (nope, not pots and pans). Their reputation is one of friendly, knowledgeable employees who are particularly good at working with novices. They offer affordable prices and a lot of variety. If you’re a seasoned smoker, they’ll work to help you find something new (if that’s your thing).

Have a Heart Belltown/Downtown Seattle: Have a Heart is located at 115 Blanchard Street, Seattle, 98121. They’re just a few blocks from the Space Needle (so a few minutes walk or fifteen minutes in the glorious, glorious Seattle traffic) and they’re surrounded by a slew of restaurants (something you’ll want when the good old munchies come roaring).

Have a Heart offers a wide selection of flower, pre-rolls, concentrates, edibles, and topicals

Hashtag: Hashtag is located at 3540 Stone Way N., Seattle, 98103. They’re family owned and operated and act as a recreational/medical dispensary as well as an educational resource. Whether you don’t know much about cannabis or know so much you’re planning to name your unborn son “Herb,” the staff goes out of their way to meet your needs.

Some Fun Facts About the Space Needle 

In case you’re not sure if you should visit the Space Needle (and hit up some of the pot shops nearby), consider some of these fun facts:

  • The top of the Space Needle is 605 feet high, not high enough to give you altitude sickness, but high enough to leave anyone afraid of heights wishing they had on a parachute.
  • The concrete foundation of the structure goes 30 feet into the ground.
  • The lot where the Space Needle sits was sold for 75,000 back in 1961.
  • The entire thing was built in just 400 days – it had to be in order to be part of the World’s Fair in 1962.
  • There are 848 steps from the basement’s floor to the top of the Observation Deck – see, you don’t need to join a gym!
  • The Space Needle, at the time it was built, had the distinction of being the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.
  • The structure is designed to withstand winds that reach 200 miles per hour. But this doesn’t mean it doesn’t move – for every 10 miles per hour of wind, it sways about an inch. Occasionally during high winds, parts of the building are closed down for safety reasons.
  • The Space Needle wasn’t always called the Space Needle – it was originally called the “Space Cage.”
  • Each elevator can carry 25 people – the elevators weigh 14,000 pounds (that’s more than an elephant).

Of course, you don’t have to be visiting the Space Needle to take advantage of the marijuana scene in Seattle. Washington was the second state to legalize (they legalized about thirty seconds after Colorado); thus, they have a head start on many of the other newly-legal states. Next time you’re in town, take a toke around and see if you find something that you like.

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Federal Report: “No Evidence-Based Methods to Detect Marijuana-Impaired Driving”

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:20
A federal report has determined that there is currently no evidence-based method of detecting marijuana-impaired driving, despite numerous states having laws in place that find someone guilty of a DUID if they test above a certain THC level.

“A number of states have set a THC limit in their laws indicating that if a suspect’s THC concentration is above that level (typically 5 ng/ml of blood), then the suspect is to be considered impaired,” states the report conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) . “This per se limit appears to have been based on something other than scientific evidence. Some recent studies demonstrate that such per se limits are not evidence-based.”

In addition the report also calls into question sweat, hair, saliva and urine testing, stating that “there are currently no evidence-based methods to detect marijuana-impaired driving”.

The report notes that “Subjects dosed on marijuana showed reduced mean speeds, increased time driving below the speed limit and increased following distance during a car following task”. Alcohol, in contrast, “was associated with higher mean speeds (over the speed limit), greater variability in speed, and spent a greater percent of time driving above the speed limit. Marijuana had no effect on variability of speed.”

The report released by the NHSTA was mandated by Congress last year. The full 44-page report can be found by clicking here.

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