Portland Police Issue A Very Portland Guide Ahead Of Marijuana Legalization

OREGON:  Oregon is just days away from legalizing recreational marijuana, and the Portland Police Bureau is explaining just how much weed you can carry in the most Portland way possible — by comparing it to a Voodoo doughnut.

You can legally carry an ounce of marijuana in public, or about the size of a voodoo doll doughnut. You can have 8 ounces with you at home, and anything over that is illegal (that’s a lot of doughnuts).

On a more serious note, you can be arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants or get a citation for using in a public place. Along those lines, if you do see someone using marijuana in a public place, police urge you NOT to call 911, unless there is an immediate public safety risk.

Packages Of Marijuana Wash Up On Beaches In Alabama, North Carolina

ALABAMA:  An Alabama man stumbled upon a 10-pound package of marijuana that washed up on the beach.

Multiple news outlets report that Ron Smith was taking a morning walk near the Cotton Bayou Beach access in Orange Beach on Tuesday when he noticed what he thought was a seat cushion floating in the water.

Upon closer inspection, he realized the package was actually a bag full of compressed marijuana.

Smith called police, who picked up the package. Authorities say the bag weighed 10 pounds and was worth about $8,000.

 

Best Places To Celebrate 4/20 In America For Stoners, Occasional Smokers, And Everyone In Between

COLORADO:  Recreational weed smoking has been legalized in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Alaska, and Washington D.C., giving stoners something to celebrate this year as 4/20 quickly approaches on the calendar. Though the battle for legalization isn’t nearly over yet, listed below are the five best places to celebrate 4/20 in America. You may be surprised to find out that not all of them are necessarily located in the five aforementioned areas where marijuana has been legalized, with special shout outs to Florida and California (which, in actuality, shouldn’t be that surprising because the 4/20 movement was created in the lovely golden state to begin with).

If you want to participate in a worthwhile weed celebration this coming Monday, make your way to any one of these top five locations. 4/20 crowds tend to be peaceful, and probably the truest versions of “hippies” in today’s day and age. Even if you’re not a stoner, checking out any of these locales will be something you won’t forget. Don’t forget to bring your camera, because when the clock strikes 4:20, the white plumes will be breathtaking. And if you’re having trouble figuring out where exactly to go? Just follow that strong, green, sticky scent. Don’t worry, it will be impossible to ignore.

Quiz: How High Is Your Weed IQ?

COLORADO:  The legalization of marijuana in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. has moved pot from the realm of criminal arrest to customer service. But many of those now-legal customers are entering a new world of products, prices, and potency. It ain’t about a ten-dollar bag of weed anymore. During the two years I spent researching Weed the People, I acquired a new vocabulary of weights, measures, brand names, plant strains, and markers of quality.

With 4/20 upon us, test your own legal pot knowledge with the quiz below.

 

In Washington State, A 10-Person Team Toils For The Government — Selling Pot

WASHINGTON:  Deep in the Columbia River Gorge, a short drive from the Bridge of the Gods, the nation’s only government-run marijuana shop was running low on weed.

The store had been open for just a few days. Inside, manager Robyn Legun was frantically trying to restock. Outside, five customers stood waiting for the doors to open. Someone cracked a joke about this being a typical government operation, always running late.

But, of course, it’s not. This government store, bearing the cozy name Cannabis Corner, sells dozens of strains of marijuana and in several different forms, from pungent buds to infused cookies and coffee. It sells glass bongs and rolling papers. And it does it all at the direction of the North Bonneville Public Development Authority, making the local government uniquely dependent on this once-illicit drug.

Homegrown, Gourmet Pot On The Rise In Mexico

MEXICO:  Once upon a time, Mexican marijuana was the gold standard for U.S. pot smokers. But in the new world of legal markets and gourmet weed, aficionados here are looking to the United States and Europe for the good stuff.

Instead of Acapulco Gold, Mexican smokers want strains like Liberty Haze and Moby Dick — either importing high-potency boutique pot from the United States, or growing it here in secret gardens that use techniques perfected abroad.

It’s a small but growing market in a country where marijuana is largely illegal, unlike the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington that have legalized recreational use, and others where medicinal pot is available.

A text message will bring a Mexico City dealer to the customer’s doorstep with a menu of high-end buds for sale at the swipe of a credit card through a smartphone reader. Hydroponic shops have sprung up that supply equipment to those who want to cultivate potent strains in sophisticated home-grown operations. Some even are setting up pot cooperatives to share costs like high electrical bills and swap what they grow with each other.

Marijuana Grow Ops Wreck Properties

AUSTRALIA:  In addition to incurring unwanted complications involving law enforcement, the running of marijuana grow operations by tenants can pose a plethora of hazards to the condition of rental properties as well as the health of current and subsequent occupants.

One of the chief hazards to properties caused by marijuana grow operations is water damage, given that the illicit cultivation of cannabis involves running what are essentially indoor farms.

Water damage can in and of itself can severely compromise the material condition of a property, resulting in the rotting of timber structures and the rusting of steel, as well as the de-lamination of key materials such as plywood and the destruction of carpeting, wallpaper and paint.

The presence of water in tandem with other aspects of marijuana grow operations also provide the ideal conditions for the proliferation of mould.

Out Of Pot: With No Supply, Tacoma’s First Marijuana Retailer Closes Temporarily

WASHINGTON:  The sign posted in front of Tacoma marijuana retailer Rainier on Pine told much of the story.

“Sorry We Are Closed! Sold Out!! We will open again soon when more product becomes available.”

The rest of the story resembles the tale told by Seattle’s first pot retailer, Cannabis City, which opened in early July and closed a few days later.

Rainier on Pine sold the last of its first pot stock on Monday after selling at least 90 percent on Friday, the first day the store was open to the public.

 

Forget Colorado, New Survey Shows Rhode Islanders Use The Most Marijuana

RHODE ISLAND:  This may shock you, but Colorado and Washington residents don’t use the most weed (if you’re measuring by the percent of state residents who regularly use marijuana.) Rhode Islanders do.

Thirteen percent, or one in eight, of those over age 12 in The Ocean State said they had used marijuana in the past month, according to state-level statistics from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health. This is a big jump from the national average, which is about 7 percent. Kansas reported the lowest levels of regular marijuana users at 4.06 percent overall.

Though Rhode Island came in as a dark horse, the rest of the statistics are less surprising: According to The Washington Post, Western states generally have the highest rate of weed usage, at 9 percent, followed by the Northeast. The South has the lowest overall rate at 5.83 percent.

 

Blasts Blamed On Hash Oil Lead To Federal Charges

WASHINGTON:  The chemical process used to make hash oil — a method so fraught with volatility that police compare it to making methamphetamine — has come under attack by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan’s office filed criminal charges against eight people in connection with recent explosions attributed to the manufacture of hash oil in Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland and Puyallup. One case involved a massive explosion and fire at a Bellevue apartment complex in November that resulted in the death of former Bellevue Mayor Nan Campbell.

While possession and consumption of hash oil are legal in Washington. However, Durkan said its manufacture is not.

“Under state law, there is no legal way to make hash oil right now. Every one of these home systems is a violation of federal law and state law,” Durkan said during a news conference. “If you’re doing it you should stop.”