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A Pain In The Bud: The ‘Legality’ Of ‘Coffee Shops’ And Other Marijuana Consumer Venues And Events In The U.S.

WASHINGTON:  Those who have been to Amsterdam may know a thing or two about Dutch “coffee shops.” Though these shops operate in a legal gray area, they still attract droves of foreigners who come to buy and use marijuana in a pleasant coffeehouse setting. Think Starbucks, but with patrons rolling joints or consuming edibles instead of drinking lattes and eating bagels. No state with legal marijuana here in the United States has embraced the coffee shop model, though that may change soon since there are increasingly fewer places in which one can consume marijuana outside one’s own home and, sometimes, not even there.

Most states with robust marijuana regulations (in line with the Cole Memo) prohibit using cannabis inside any state-licensed marijuana business. Those states also usually require that cannabis only be consumed outside the view of the public. In both Colorado and Washington, using marijuana in most hotels, clubs, and bars is also forbidden under both public consumption and general smoking laws. Even cherished Cannabis Cups and competitions are feeling the heat from increased state marijuana regulations surrounding public consumption, prohibition on open containers, and operational licensing. Both Washington and Colorado essentially confine consumption to one’s actual residence. Since many rental apartments and HOA-controlled condos already forbid smoking or any federally illegal drug activity, many marijuana users are left without a lawful venue in which to indulge.

A number of private entrepreneurs are trying to solve this venue problem. For instance, in May, the Colorado Symphony hosted three nights of “Bring Your Own Green” (BYOG), with its “Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series.” Entrepreneurs in both Colorado and Washington have advertised for and sought to provide private marijuana clubs, “Bud and Breakfasts,” cannabis-friendly hotels, marijuana-focused travel agencies, and “canna crawls” for touring state-licensed marijuana businesses. Toke’n Brush even puts on a marijuana-friendly painting class. But are these sorts of events and offerings legal under state law?

Nip Dangerous Hash Oil Production In The Bud

WASHINGTON:  If you think you’re hearing more and more about hash oil explosions, it’s not your imagination.

Explosions typically happen when amateurs try to make hash oil — a concentrated form of marijuana that can be inhaled or used in edibles — by using a highly flammable solvent such as butane or propane gas or liquid. Without proper ventilation, gases can build up that require only a spark to explode. Some explosions have been so powerful they’ve lifted buildings off their foundations.

Although hash oil explosions have become common enough in the United States that FEMA has issued warnings about its dangers in apartments and hotel rooms, they’ve spiked in Washington and Colorado, where marijuana is now more easily obtained because it’s legal for recreational use.

In Colorado, there were 32 butane explosions involving hash oil in 2014 — three times the number reported in 2013, before marijuana was legalized.

Medical Marijuana Factories’ Tax Break Nipped In The Bud

CANADA:  A tax loophole that gave medical marijuana factories a massive tax break is being nipped in the bud by the B.C. government.

“The government has made the decision that medical marijuana as well as any other federally regulated narcotic will not be eligible for farm classification for property taxes,” Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development told the Times Colonist today.

Many local governments have been raising the alarm about the so-called “llama loophole” that enabled new medical marijuana grow-ops to claim farm status to avoid paying property taxes.

The term dates to 2012, when a Chilliwack business owner, who had placed llamas on his land, successfully argued that his commercial property was being used for agriculture. That saw his property tax bill in 2013 drop to about $1,400 from the previous year’s $156,800.

Gary ODD Edmund’s The Bud In: Hashnel & Greedal

New cannabis comic strip by MJNN featured artist Gary ODD Edmund, inspired by the buzz created around New York Times Journalist Maureen Dowd’s recent column.

New Comic Strip based on the story that's in the News today about that New York Times Journalist Maureen Dowd.

New Comic Strip based on the story that’s in the News today about that New York Times Journalist Maureen Dowd.