Legalizing marijuana: What Oregon Can Learn From Colorado About Regulating Edible Pot

COLORADO: For all the care Colorado took in launching its regulated marijuana industry last year, it turns out the state misjudged the willpower of the typical American when it comes to chocolate.

Colorado early on established a single serving of marijuana as 10 milligrams of THC, but left it to giddy and often novice consumers of edible pot to carefully break their tasty 100-milligram chocolate bar into 10 pieces. Consumers didn’t understand edible marijuana’s effects can be delayed and powerful, leading to a handful of high-profile experiences, including a 19-year-old who fell to his death last year after eating a cookie that contained 61/2 servings of pot.

“You’re telling these people, ‘Here is a Reese’s peanut butter (cup) look-alike. It’s got 100 milligrams of THC in it. Cut it into 10 pieces,'” said Meg Collins, an executive at Good Chemistry, a Denver-based chain of marijuana shops.

Marijuana-Legalization Supporters See Next Battleground In California

CALIFORNIA:  After victories in Oregon; Washington, D.C.; and Alaska, marijuana-legalization supporters are setting their sights on the next battleground: California.

The state is expected to play an anchor role in a push for pot legalization in the 2016 election, said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which backed this fall’s legalization campaigns. He said measures would likely be on the ballots in Maine and Nevada and somewhat likely in Massachusetts and Arizona then.

Tuesday’s results were “an extraordinary sweep of victories,” said Mr. Nadelmann.

With the Golden State’s population dwarfing those of the states where pot is now legal, a “yes” vote would be a “a real game-changer,” said Beau Kilmer, co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. A victory could expand the legal pot market down the entire West Coast.


Marijuana Farmers Markets Budding Trend On West Coast

WASHINGTON:  With farmers markets all the rage these days, especially in the summer, a new kind of farmers market is budding on the West Coast — medical marijuana farmers markets.

Marijuana use prescribed by a doctor is legal in 23 states, and farmers markets featuring locally grown cannabis and other marijuana products have begun to pop up in Washington, California, Oregon and Arizona.

These markets are strictly medicinal; patrons need to show a doctor’s recommendation or medical marijuana identification card to get in, depending on the state. Market vendors set up booths to advertise and sell their cannabis, pot-infused edible products, topical creams and all sorts of ganja goodies.

Michael Keysor founded the Northwest Cannabis Market in Seattle in 2011. Keysor, the market’s CEO, started with a smaller market and eventually expanded to two locations. Now he oversees 26 market employees and nearly 400 vendors. His markets are open seven days a week.