Yes, Pot Should Be Legal. But It Shouldn’t Be Sold For A Profit.

Racial bias in industry leadership and ecologically wasteful farming methods foretell the future pitfalls of selling pot for a profit.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  This week, lobbyists and entrepreneurs from the emerging legal cannabis sector descended on the D.C. area to pitch marijuana as “the next great American industry” to policymakers and investors alike. Treating canna-businesses like other entrepreneurial pursuits is largely what Colorado and Washington State have done with their recreational cannabis programs, achieving safe and legal access for Read the full article…

Union Groups Say OK To Marijuana Legalization

The three largest state branches of the union representing nearly 70,000 retail workers, endorsed Wednesday an initiative to legalize marijuana.

OHIO:  The three largest Ohio branches of the union representing nearly 70,000 retail workers, endorsed Wednesday the ResponsibleOhio initiative to legalize marijuana. “The executive board of these locals, which are made up of rank-and-file members, made a decision to support this proposal because we want to make sure that we have good jobs in the Read the full article…

Marijuana Sales Top $12 Million; New Retailers Added … Still Just One In Seattle

n Washington, there are now 55 fully licensed retail outlets with another five approved and waiting on final licensing payments, said Mikhail Carpenter, a spokesman for the Washington State Liquor Control Board. (The stores licensed and published by the LCB are in the gallery above.)

WASHINGTON: Retail sales of state-licensed weed in Washington topped $12 million by Sept. 8 … and sales keep climbing. The improvement of sales in recreational marijuana here mirrors the steep growth in sales in Colorado, where the recreational market out-sold medical for the first time in July (the latest numbers from that state). The Cannabist Read the full article…

Utilities Struggle To Control Appetites In Energy-Hungry Marijuana Industry

"This has become a major issue with most of the regional utilities, now that we have legalized the recreational use of cannabis in this state. There is a huge new industry that's popping up, grow operations. They're getting as much as 200 watts per square foot of lighting power density, which is astronomical," he said. "How are they going to handle and manage this industry?"

WASHINGTON:  Kurt Nielsen is on a strange assignment, especially for a public employee. As the manager of the Lighting Design Lab, which is a spinoff of Seattle’s power company, he has been tasked with finding energy-efficient lights for the growing of marijuana. Most of the country’s legal cannabis farming, in Washington and Colorado, is happening Read the full article…

The Fast Rise Of Marijuana ‘Schools’

Many scientists in the United States would love to do experiments using pot, like the ones done in California, but it's been incredibly difficult to study because it is classified as a Schedule 1 drug.

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word: pot. Yes, it almost harks back to a classic scene in “The Graduate.” A growing number of schools offering courses in all things weed-related are trying to pull young people with the promise of newly created jobs in the booming medical marijuana field. Read the full article…

Still-Divided Washington Readies For Start Of Recreational Marijuana Sales

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WASHINGTON: John Larson, a recently retired high school science and math teacher, hopes to be in the first wave of legal recreational marijuana salespeople opening shop here in Washington State this week. Mr. Larson, 67, who was talked into the venture by his children, said he had never tried marijuana, and, in fact, voted against legalizing Read the full article…

Marijuana Shortage Seen Ahead Of Washington State retail pot rollout

The industry keeps on growing

WASHINGTON:  His glass pipes are on display and final regulatory hurdles nearly cleared, but the biggest concern for Cannabis City owner James Lathrop as he opens his Seattle pot shop this week is the possibility of running out of mind-altering bud in a matter of hours. “What do you do when your shelves are empty? Read the full article…

Guest: It’s Time To Start Child-Proofing Marijuana

These findings led the study’s authors to recommend warning labels and child-resistant packaging, especially for edible marijuana products that resemble candy

By David Sack In states where medical and recreational cannabis sales are allowed, disquieting new trends and statistics are proving its unique dangers for those most vulnerable to its effects: children. One such statistic is a spike in calls to poison-control centers. According to the National Poison Data System, calls about accidental ingestion of marijuana in children Read the full article…

Get Ready To Buy Legal Marijuana

Go to Bellingham and you’ll have a shot at buying a joint, blunt and a gram or three at 8 a.m., said Tom Beckley, owner of Top Shelf Cannabis, also expected to be among the first weed shops to open Tuesday.

WASHINGTON: Need joints, blunts or grams? Sales at marijuana stores in Washington could begin Tuesday as early as 8 a.m. in Bellingham and noon in Seattle, at prices that may be lower than anticipated. The first two-gram package of legal marijuana will be sold in Seattle at noon on Tuesday, says James Lathrop, owner of Cannabis Read the full article…

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson Named Pot Company CEO

Cannabis Sativa Inc hires former New Mexico Gov

NEW MEXICO: A Nevada-based startup that plans on selling medical and recreational marijuana products named former New Mexico governor and U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson as its CEO and president, the company announced Tuesday. The announcement came as Cannabis Sativa Inc. said it had acquired marijuana research business Kush while company officials work to navigate Read the full article…