Updated List Of Pesticides Allowed For Use In Marijuana Production

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has recently updated the list of pesticides that are allowed for use in marijuana production in Washington State, based on criteria previously established by WSDA. 

The WSDA has added 12 pesticides to the list of allowable products. Pesticides containing two new active ingredients (Cinnamaldehyde, Gliocladium catenulatum Strain J1446) were added to the list. Most of the pesticides that were added to the list contain active ingredients that were already allowed for use in marijuana production.

Some pesticides are labeled for application to soil or to crop plants, while some pesticides are labeled for application to both soil and crop plants (e.g., insecticides, fungicides). Other pesticides include herbicides labeled for direct application to, and control of, unwanted plants (i.e., weeds). Remember to read, understand, and comply with all applicable label directions and precautions when using any pesticide.

Added

  1. AZERA PRO, EPA Reg. No. 1021-1872
  2. DEADZONE, EPA Reg. No. 73729-1
  3. DESECT AG DIATOMACEOUS EARTH INSECTICIDE, EPA Reg. No. 7655-1
  4. PRESTOP WG, EPA Reg. No. 64137-13
  5. PVENT, EPA Reg. No. 64137-13-70299
  6. SEICAN, EPA Reg. No. 91473-2
  7. SLUGGO MAXX, EPA Reg. No. 67702-55
  8. CINNERATE, WA Reg. No. 998200-14001
  9. ELEMONATEM, WA Reg. No. 999860-16001
  10. HEDGE NATURAL DEFENSE PLANT PROTECTANT, WA Reg. No. 997420-18001
  11. PROCIDIC2, WA Reg. No. 999550-16002
  12. PURELY GREEN BIO-PESTICIDE SUPER CONCENTRATE, WA Reg. No. 84289-18001

You can find the complete list of pesticides that are allowed for use in marijuana production, the criteria WSDA used to establish the list, and information regarding statewide stop-sale orders in Washington on the WSDA web site. 

Seattle Hempfest & Fix Democracy First Team Up For Voter Registration Push

WASHINGTON: Nearly 10,000 Washingtonians have been registered to vote at Seattle Hempfest. This year the organization has teamed up with the non-profit Fix Democracy First! in an effort to increase voter registration at the event.

“Seattle Hempfest is the single biggest voter registration event in Washington State,” says Cindy Black, Fix Democracy First!’s executive Director.

Seattle Hempfest, a volunteer powered event, is asking for additional volunteers from the community to assist in the 3 day long voter registration drive.

“Voting remains one of your most significant forms of political speech, because it is an ultimate expression of your political opinion,” says Seattle Hempfest’s Vivian McPeak.  “It is as important today as it has ever been that Americans actively participate in elections. If you don’t vote you will have no voice in determining who your elected representatives are, and no say in how local issues and ballot initiatives will be decided,” McPeak continues.

Seattle Hempfest 2018 teams up with Fix Democracy First! for annual Hempfest voter registration push

Seattle Hempfest 2018 teams up with Fix Democracy First! for annual Hempfest voter registration push

As a U.S. citizen of any age over 18, you have a right to register and vote.  But in various parts of America barriers are set in the path of people trying to vote, including photo I.D. requirements, limits on early voting, voter registration restrictions, proof of citizenship requirements, voter roll purges, and engineering legislative district boundaries to favor candidates of a particular political party.  Add to that political campaigns filled with deceptions and propaganda, and it sometimes seems pointless to register and vote.

While there are some positive changes being made to Washington election laws, the outcome of the next several elections could dictate the direction our nation takes on a variety of critical issues.

“Voting remains one of your most significant forms of political speech, because it is an ultimate expression of your political opinion,” says Seattle Hempfest’s Vivian McPeak.  “It is as important today as it has ever been that Americans actively participate in elections. If you don’t vote you will have no voice in determining who your elected representatives are, and no say in how local issues and ballot initiatives will be decided,” McPeak continues.

If you are a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, currently not in prison/halfway house, or on parole/probation that requires you to report to a State of Washington parole/probation officer because of a felony conviction in a State of Washington Court, you have the right to vote. (What’s important here is, that you don’t have any reporting requirements.)  You are no longer required to have paid your State of Washington fines and other financial obligations in full, so long as a State of Washington Court hasn’t found that you are willfully refusing to pay them, and has barred you from voting.

If you meet those State of Washington requirements, you can now register and vote. If you were convicted of a felony in Federal Court, you have the right to vote when you are released from prison/halfway house, even if you have fines and other financial obligations (Federal Courts do not barr you from voting if you don’t pay your fines and other financial obligations), and are required to report to a Federal Probation Officer.

Washington: Felony Marijuana Convictions Fall Nearly 90 Percent

WASHINGTON:  The number of cannabis-related felony sentences in Washington fell an estimated 90 percent in the 18-months immediately following the opening of adult use marijuana retail stores, according to an analysis by the Washington Caseload Forecast Council.

Investigators identified only 147 marijuana-related crimes resulting in felony sentences in this period of time, compared to 1,312 felony offenses in the years prior to legalization.

Other jurisdictions have reported similar declines in marijuana-related arrests post-legalization. In California, felony-related marijuana arrests fell 74 percent between 2016 and 2017, following the enactment of adult use legalization.


For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.

Study: Adult Use Legalization Associated With Improved Crime Clearance Rates

WASHINGTON: The enactment of state laws regulating adult marijuana use is associated with an increase in crime clearance rates, according to data published in the journal Police QuarterlyClearance rates are calculated by dividing the number of crimes that are ‘cleared’ (charges are filed) by the total number of crimes reported.

Criminologists at Washington State University assessed crime clearance rates in Colorado and Washington in the years immediately prior to and immediately following the enactment of adult use legalization. They reported that clearance rates were either flat or decreasing prior to legalization, but then improved significantly following the change in law – particularly with respect to violent crimes and property crimes.

Authors concluded, “[T]he current evidence suggests that legalization produced some demonstrable and persistent benefit in clearance rates, benefits we believe are associated with the marijuana legalization proponents’ prediction that legalization would positively influence police performance.”

Separate studies have previously reported an association between legalization and decreased criminal activities, including a reduction in incidences of violent crime.


For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, “Marijuana legalization and crime clearance rates: Testing proponent assertions in Colorado and Washington,” appears in Police Quarterly. Additional information is available from the NORML fact-sheet ‘Marijuana and Crime Rates‘.

Mother of Terminally Ill Daughter Sues Governor to Invalidate Cannabis Advertising Laws

WASHINGTON: The mother of a terminally ill child is suing Washington Governor Inslee over the unconstitutional restrictions on cannabis advertising. Meagan Holt depends upon cannabis to save her daughter’s life. Her daughter, Maddie, is diagnosed with Zellweger syndrome and suffers from seizures that have left Maddie blind, deaf, and terminally ill. The suit alleges Washington’s advertising restrictions unconstitutionally prevent Meagan and Maddie’s right to freely hear communications about cannabis medicines for her daughter.

Mother of Terminally Ill Daughter Sues Governor to Invalidate Cannabis Advertising Laws

Mother of Terminally Ill Daughter Sues Governor to Invalidate Cannabis Advertising Laws

Last year, Washington placed new regulations on cannabis businesses for the third time since I502 passed; the new law originally listed as SB 5131, focused on advertisements. Meagan’s suit alleges that these laws, in combination with existing policy from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) have created a situation that makes it impossible for her to locate a reliable, legal source of medicine for her daughter, including preventing her from finding free product for her ailing daughter.

Meagan’s attorneys, Bonnie Fong and Sean Badgley of C3 Law Group PLLC, focus on challenging state overreach in the cannabis area and they believe Washington’s new rules regarding advertising restrictions are unconstitutional restrictions on free speech.

Maddie’s situation, “represents a stark example of the unintended consequences that come from regulating cannabis without a proper understanding of the market, the needs of patients, or any of the other legitimate concerns of people who aren’t directly employed by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board” Badgley says. Fong adds “The government has taken a highly paternalistic approach to cannabis advertising laws, and in doing so, has infringed upon the rights of our clients’ right to speak, and hear, freely.”

Governor Inslee signed the laws in question May of last year, which became effective in July of 2017. Since that time, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) has issued multiple advertising violations. The complaint alleges that the restrictions are unconstitutional and punish patients who need more detailed advertising to make important decisions regarding the patient’s medical needs.

 

 

Farmer Tom Joins TV Town Hall To Talk Legalization and Normalization In Washington

By Farmer Tom Lauerman

I’m always looking for opportunities to preach the good word about cannabis, as part of my #TodayWeFarm campaignSo of course I said yes when I was asked to be a panelist on KOMO News as they hosted ‘Cannabis Boom or Bust Townhall Meeting.’ 

Along with Seattle Hempfest’s Vivian McPeak, it was a major honor to stand up for patients and farmers. The discussion was led by KOMO’s Molly Shen and Matt Markovich, and included participation from law enforcement, addiction specialists and others. We talked about legalization, and how it has impacted the state of Washington in its first five years. 

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With legalization expanding across the country, KOMO parent Sinclair Broadcasting has plans to run the show across its network.  

You can watch the segment here:

Avitas Releases Unicorn Glitter For Pride

WASHINGTON: Avitas, a leading cannabis producer/processor located in the Pacific Northwest, has announced the release of  a new oil blend created just for Pride, Unicorn Glitter that is full of double rainbows, unicorn laughs, glitter hearts, and of course, love. All throughout June, Avitas is donating a percentage of Unicorn Glitter to Equal Rights Washington and Basic Rights Oregon, two organizations doing important work for the rights and well-being of the LGBTQ community in Washington and Oregon.

“Avitas is a company dedicated to making the world a better, happier place and part of that is ensuring equal rights for all,” said Adam Smith, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Avitas. He continues, “We’re thrilled to be able to support these great organizations with an oil blend that honors both the spirit of independence and joy that Pride embodies.”

Equal Rights Washington is an organization devoted to ensuring and promoting the dignity, safety, and equality for all LGBTQ Washingtonians. Their work began with the fight for LGBTQ non-discrimination protections in 2006, domestic partnerships in 2009, marriage equality in 2012, trans healthcare in 2015, and a statewide ban on conversion therapy for minors in 2018.

Through 22 years of dedicated work, Basic Rights Oregon has strengthened nondiscrimination laws, created safer schools, increased access to transgender-inclusive health care, banned so-called conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth and won the freedom to marry. Today, more than 150,000 volunteers and donors support Basic Rights’ LGBTQ pro-equality efforts.

Washington Stats From Leaf Data Systems For The Week Ending May 31, 2018

WASHINGTON: The below statistics cover activity in Leaf Data Systems for the time period between February 1, 2018 and May 31, 2018. 

Activity in Leaf Data Systems for the time period between February 1, 2018 and May 31, 2018.

Activity in Leaf Data Systems for the time period between February 1, 2018 and May 31, 2018.

Washington State Legal Cannabis By The Numbers: February 1, 2018 – May 17, 2018

WASHINGTON: The below statistics cover activity in Leaf Data Systems for the time period between February 1, 2018 and May 17, 2018.

Leaf Data Systems 5/17/18

Leaf Data Systems 5/17/18

 

 

Washington State Legal Cannabis By The Numbers: February 1, 2018 -May 10, 2018

WASHINGTON: The below statistics cover activity in Leaf Data Systems for the time period between February 1, 2018 and May 10, 2018:

Leaf Data Systems for the time period between February 1, 2018 and May 10, 2018.

Leaf Data Systems for the time period between February 1, 2018 and May 10, 2018.