Washington governor reassures B.C. ahead of cannabis legalization but advises more regulation

As marijuana legalization looms Oct. 17, British Columbians can look south of the border to Washington for a model of success six years after its own legalization date, says that state’s governor. On Wednesday, Premier John Horgan and Gov. Jay Inslee held a bilateral meeting to collaborate on a host of cross-border issues, including climate change and a possible high-speed rail linking B.C., Oregon and Washington state. After the conference, the pair addressed the impending Canadian legalization of cannabis.


Washington State implemented a flawed tracking system that cost cannabis businesses a lot of money

Earlier this year, the state of Washington implemented a new system to track cannabis from seed-to-sale. But a new report says that tracking system is highly flawed and the state needs to fix it, writes Joseph Misulonas.


Washington to ban a variety of marijuana-infused treats this April

Officials in Washington have announced plans to ban particular cannabis candies they believe are too appealing to children, writes Calvin Hughes.


White House admits it has a secret anti-marijuana committee

The admission comes after BuzzFeed News uncovered the committee’s existence and reported on its requests for negative information on marijuana.

The Trump administration was evasive in August when BuzzFeed News reported on a secretive marijuana committee operated by the White House — detailing memos that indicated the committee’s agenda to propagate negative attitudes toward pot and portray the drug as a national threat.

But now the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has acknowledged the committee’s existence in a letter to a Democratic senator seeking information in light of BuzzFeed News’ report.


It's time for Washington to help veterans access cannabis

America’s veterans have given their all to protect this country — putting their bodies on the line regardless of the cost.

Too many are now dealing with the side effects of their service, problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain. But increasingly, they are struggling to gain access to medication that could help them effectively cope with those side effects.


Seattle throws out 15 years of marijuana convictions

Citing the war on drugs’ disproportionate impact on people of color, judges in Seattle have agreed to vacate the marijuana convictions of hundreds of people who were punished for pot possession before the state made weed legal.

According to the Seattle Times, in April, city attorney Pete Holmes filed a motion asking the city’s seven municipal court judges to vacate the convictions of anyone charged with misdemeanor possession between 1996 and 2010. Holmes, who was elected in 2010, decided to stop prosecuting minor weed offenses when he took office.


Washington DC's budding market for legal pot is rife with potential pitfalls — here's what you need to know

It's been nearly four years since Washington, D.C., citizens overwhelmingly passed Initiative 71, granting all citizens over the age of 21 permission to possess up to two ounces of marijuana. The law allows district residents to use and grow pot on private property, and to exchange weed as long as no money, goods or services are exchanged.


Washington, DC sees mass synthetic marijuana overdose

Even in cannabis-legal Washington, DC, people are still getting severely sick due to synthetic marijuana.

Synthetic marijuana has caused a string of overdoses in the Washington, D.C. area this week, according to a report in the Washington Post. In one 24-hour period from Wednesday through Thursday, emergency medical personnel took dozens of people to local hospitals for treatment. City officials say the victims had been using K2 or Spice before being stricken.


Doctor loses medical license for legally treating her menstrual cramps with cannabis

The state prohibits doctors from ever using cannabis, even if it’s for the medical purpose of managing the pain of menstrual cramps.

When Dr. Yolanda Ng was offered a job as a pediatric nephrologist at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Washington, she was thrilled. She’d already been working in the position for five months as a locum, the medical industry equivalent of a temp, and liked the work. Plus, they were happy to allow her to split time between Spokane and San Jose, where her family lives. Little did she know, accepting the job would effectively end her medical career.


Inside the Trump administration’s secret war on cannabis

The Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee wants to counteract positive marijuana messages and identify problems with state legalization initiatives, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.


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