City of Castle Rock, WA Proposes Moratorium On Marijuana And Cannabis-Infused Products

WASHINGTON: Castle Rock, WA, which calls itself the “Gateway to Mt. St. Helens” has proposed a moratorium prohibiting the retail sale, growing, production, and processing of marijuana and cannabis-infused products intended for medical and/or recreational use within the Castle Rock city limits for a one-year period of time, during which the city will study regulatory options and may propose amendments.

A public hearing, in accordance with RCW 35A.63.220, has been scheduled for April 25th, 2016 at 7:30PM at the former Exhibit Hall Building, 147 Front Ave. SW, Castle Rock, WA.

Comments may be mailed in advance to Deborah Johnson, City Planner, c/o Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments, Administration Annex, 207 Fourth Ave N., Kelso, WA 98616-4195; or emailed to: Advance comments must be received by 5PM on April 25, 2016.  Written comments may also be submitted in person through the close of the hearing.



Canadian Commonsense Vs. American Reefer Madness

CANADA:  Canada has seen the light. In the game of who can move past marijuana propaganda the fastest, Canada just drew a “move 5 spaces card”, while the U.S. keeps picking “lose a turn”.

Last week, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that access to cannabis-infused products, including cookies and brownies, are a patient’s right. They further declared that these products are a necessary and less harmful alternative to smoking for many patients, especially children. The court stated that, “Inhaling marihuana can present health risks and is less effective for some conditions than administration of cannabis derivative.”

The message is simple: cannabis can be taken in many forms, different forms may work best for different people, and patients and their doctors should be the ones to make those decisions. It does not take a rocket scientist, or a cannabis scientist for that matter, to understand the need for medications to come in a variety of formulations. A quick glance at the pharmacy section of Walgreens reveals liquid, tablet, caplet, and chewable (sometimes food-based) forms for almost any over-the-counter medication, including sweetened, candy-like preparations for children so that they will be more amenable to consuming them. Nobody is questioning why vitamins have to be sold in the shape of Flinstones characters.