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You’d have to look pretty hard at a Thursday news story to realize that it serves as a glaring example of the failure of the anemic brand of cannabis “legalization” represented by I-502 in Washington state.

But once you do take a look, the realization dawns: This is what failed “legalization” looks like.

Local and federal law enforcement officers in Seattle announced the arrests of “more than 90 suspects” in a roundup to discourage street-corner drug deals in the downtown corridor around Third Avenue and Pine Street, reports Kyle Stokes at KPLU.

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Medical cannabis patients and supporters crowd the Washington state capitol in Olympia with a simple message: Patients should not be taxed on their medicine, and the Washington State Liquor Control Board has no business regulating medicine. [Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com]

Medical cannabis patients and supporters crowd the Washington state capitol in Olympia with a simple message: Patients should not be taxed on their medicine, and the Washington State Liquor Control Board has no business regulating medicine.
[Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com]

So Why Hasn’t The Public Heard About It?

The bad news [Hemp News]

The bad news
[Hemp News]

With Washington Governor Jay Inslee looking increasingly likely to sign SB 5052 into law, it may end up being a waste of taxpayers’ money. Due to its violating federal and HIPPA laws, a federal injunction could be issued, ending SB 5052 before it can cause harm to patients. Showing that SB 5052 violates the state constitution will take longer in state court.

A dedicated and motivated sponsor is behind the citizens’ Initiative 1372. The reason you may not have heard about this initiative, which last year was I-1343, starts with our current initiative process.

This state allows the People the initiative/referendum process. This allows the People to do what the Legislature won’t if they no longer represent the will of the People. Read Full Article →

Gov. Jesse Ventura: "Quote" [Off The Grid]

Gov. Jesse Ventura:
“If people can get marijuana cheaper from the guy down the street where they’ve always gotten it, maybe that’s where they should go to get it”
[Off The Grid]

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura said in a Tuesday interview that the patients of Washington State should “stand up” to efforts to shut down the medical marijuana community, and called the taxation scheme of recreational legalization measure I-502 “unfair and unworkable.”

I-502’s heavy taxation, under which marijuana is taxed 25 percent at each stage of the process (growing, processing, and retail), plus regular sales taxes, particularly incensed the liberty-loving Ventura.

“It’s ridiculous to have a special marijuana tax,” said Ventura, in an exclusive interview with Toke Signals. “Marijuana should be taxed the same as anything else you buy.”

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by Michael “Buffalo” Mazzetti

I-502 author Alison Holcomb, left, and City Attorney Pete Holmes [KPLU]

I-502 author Alison Holcomb, left,
and City Attorney Pete Holmes

[KPLU]

Why does the Washington State Legislature want to undermine medical cannabis? New Approach Washington’s Alison Holcomb and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes with Initiative 502 clearly stated that if passed, it would have no effect on medical cannabis laws. Both repeatedly reassured voters that “I-502 won’t harm patients.”

Senate Bill 5052 is an effort by the Legislature that could doom our medical cannabis patient rights. This bill could bring harm and even death to many medical cannabis patients. Why would the lawmakers do this?

Immediately, three reasons grab my attention: knowledge deficit, power, and greed. Let’s examine this. Read Full Article →

[Car Crash]

A 2013 study by economists at the University of Colorado Denver and Montana State University revealed that so-called “per se” drugged driving laws have no discernible impact on traffic fatalities.

Per se laws set specific thresholds for controlled substances, above which drivers are automatically considered impaired. They are, in other words, based on a number rather than on actual impairment. Such limits are much harder to apply to a substance like marijuana than to alcohol, since individual responses and tolerances to cannabis vary so widely.

These laws criminalize some cannabis-using drivers hours, days, or even weeks after they’ve last used the herb, even if the person’s driving ability was never impaired in the least. THC is fat soluble, and since the endocannabinoids are naturally present anyway, the body loves it and holds onto it as long as it can. It may stay in regular, heavy users’ systems for weeks after they’ve last used pot; I once tested positive 49 days after my last use.

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Are you ready for some #ferretmadness?

A great new stoner comedy called Dude, Where’s My Ferret? will be released online this summer via various digital platforms, including iTunes. 

Dude, Where’s My Ferret? is almost completely funded by a private investor and its makers on April 6 launched an IndieGoGo​ campaign to help raise the rest of the money they need to make this the best stoner comedy ever.

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Is Legal Marijuana Safe In Washington State? Independent Study Says No

Recreational users and medical patients to picket recreational outlet store in Seattle 

Along with the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington came reassurances that the products offered to the public for consumption would be lab tested for safety and consistency.

A recent study by a Washington state physician that is documented by Seattle Times reporter Evan Bush* shows this is far from the case. The doctor says, “The public is being lied to about the state marijuana being properly tested for safety. It is not!”

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