The Wink In Weed: Why Seattle Hempfest Is Still Worth Supporting

“There’s nothing in I-502 that allows a community to opt out,” Washington state Liquor Control Board spokesman Brian Smith said. If a marijuana retailer meets the state’s requirement for a license then it will be granted.

By David Rheins It’s been five years since Washington opened its legal cannabis marketplace, and today adult consumers in the Evergreen state have an abundance of high-quality, legal weed available in an impressive array of product configurations at affordable prices. Seattle Hempfest, taking place this week along the gorgeous Puget Sound, is the nation’s oldest and largest Read the full article…

Big Business Starting To Look At Canada’s Newest Industry

Philip Morris is one of many big tobacco concerns eyeing legal weed

UNITED KINGDOM: Twenty years ago, it was vilified as a ‘gateway drug’. Now, cannabis has grown into a big business, with the potential to become even bigger as laws are scheduled to change to reflect shifting social attitudes towards marijuana and investment picks up to take advantage of increased demand. And make no mistake: the Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana 101: Doctors, Regulators Brace For ‘Big Marijuana’

"The drive to make a profitable market out of marijuana is at odds with protecting the public health because the way to make marijuana profitable is to sell more and more of it.”

MASSACHUSETTS:  The argument that marijuana is poised to become Big, as in Big Tobacco, begins more than a hundred years ago, argues Dr. Sharon Levy, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital. Changes in curing made tobacco easier to inhale, additives made it more addictive and machines began to churn out inexpensive, readily available cigarettes. With Read the full article…

Big Tobacco Planned Big Marijuana Sales In The 1970s

Public health researchers scanned 80 million pages of digitized company documents for keywords such as, “marijuana,” “cannabis,” “reefer,” “weed,” “spliffs,” and “blunts.” The results, published Tuesday in the Milbank Quarterly, reveal a long history of maneuvers toward marijuana-laced products.

Tobacco executives anticipated the legalization of marijuana as early as the 1970′s — and they wanted a piece of the action, according to newly discovered documents from tobacco company archives. Public health researchers scanned 80 million pages of digitized company documents for keywords such as, “marijuana,” “cannabis,” “reefer,” “weed,” “spliffs,” and “blunts.” The results, published Tuesday in the Milbank Quarterly, reveal Read the full article…

One Toke Over The Line Now On A High

The retail marijuana industry has brought in more than $15 million in tax revenue for the state

WASHINGTON: When Barack Obama said it was time for Americans to have a national “conversation” on marijuana laws – he was careful to say he did not support legalization – back in December, the President, who smoked pot with the “Choom Gang”, high school stoners, was trying to catch up with the nation’s rapidly shifting mood.

One Toke Over The Line Now On A High

"I believe we are on the brink of a huge opportunity," says ArcView head Troy Dayton.

WASHINGTON: When Barack Obama said it was time for Americans to have a national “conversation” on marijuana laws – he was careful to say he did not support legalization – back in December, the President, who smoked pot with the “Choom Gang”, high school stoners, was trying to catch up with the nation’s rapidly shifting mood.