Seattle could become the next city to erase marijuana convictions

The City of Seattle has filed a motion with the Seattle Municipal court that would remove marijuana convictions handed down between 1997 and 2010, writes Calvin Hughes.


Washington state cannabis pesticide tests worry small farms

Washington state marijuana business owners are urging regulators to require cultivators to test adult-use crops for pesticides, a move that has triggered alarm bells among smaller growers.

Some cultivators hope such a move — already adopted in other states — would inspire confidence among consumers and bolster recreational marijuana sales.

But smaller growers — already squeezed by falling prices — worry they wouldn't be able to afford mandatory pesticide testing, which is estimated to cost up to $300 per test. The move also could force small farmers to cultivate fewer strains to keep costs down, although regulators so far have not signaled they will require the testing.


Just one puff of cannabis ‘could ease depression, stress and anxiety’

After just two puffs patients felt less anxious and after ten puffs they were less stressed.

Washington State researchers assessed how varying levels of chemicals found in marijuana affected people's moods and feelings of wellbeing.

The team found that just a single puff of cannabis high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), was enough to reduce depression symptoms.

After just two puffs patients felt less anxious and after ten puffs they were less stressed.


WSU researchers assess use of cannabis in treating stress, anxiety and depression

In a first-of-a-kind study, Washington State University scientists examined how peoples’ self-reported levels of stress, anxiety and depression were affected by smoking different strains and quantities of cannabis at home.


Study shows cannabis legalization in Washington state led to significant decreases in crime

Conservatives resting on the idea that cannabis legalization will lead to an increase in crime rates might want to reconsider their stance: A new study conducted by a group of European researchers shows that cannabis legalization actually had the opposite effect in the state of Washington.

The study, published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, was written by a group of economists from the University of Bologna in Italy. It examines crime data from 2013 and 2014, the two-year time span when recreational cannabis was legal in the state of Washington, but illegal in its neighbouring state, Oregon.


Washington considers options for marijuana-delivery system

Medical marijuana patients in Washington could soon get their cannabis delivered to their door.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is studying how to best implement a delivery system.

State lawmakers are asking the board for policy recommendations by December 1.

Lawmakers want the agency to study how to develop and implement a system of delivering medical marijuana to qualified patients from properly licensed retailers.

Among issues the study must consider are how to verify those receiving the product are registered in the state's medical marijuana authorization database and what payment methods would be allowed.


Why micropropagation is the future of cannabis cultivation

The cannabis industry is projected to exceed $50 billion by 2026, according to Cowen & Co., driven by the legalization of medical and adult-use cannabis throughout the United States.

While most companies are focused on cultivation and retail sales, there are some companies focused on making the industry safer, better, and more efficient. The techniques pioneered by these companies are becoming increasingly necessary to help the industry scale to meet demand.


A cafe in this city will soon serve cannabis-infused lattes

Is the Space Needle about to get spacier? A cafe in this city will soon serve cannabis-infused lattes.

Every cannabis and caffeine lover’s dream is about to come true: A cafe in this city will soon serve cannabis-infused lattes.

An offshoot of downtown Seattle’s Cafe Hitchcock, Cafe Hitchcock Express will open its doors this spring.

What They’ll Be Serving

The newest item on the menu at this downtown Seattle coffee stand is the “wellness latte.” In addition to espresso and milk, this latte will be CBD oil-infused.


Canada: Conservative senators travel to Washington to talk marijuana with Jeff Sessions

Senators met with Trump officials to discuss how Canada/U.S. relations will be affected by legal pot

Three Conservative-appointed senators were in Washington D.C. this week for meetings with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other federal officials to discuss Canada's plan to legalize recreational cannabis use.

In a statement released to the media, Senators Claude Carignan, Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu and Denise Batters said they went to Washington after getting what they called unsatisfactory answers from Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale last week at a Senate committee about the the impact legalization will have on the Canada/U.S. relationship.


In the murky world of DC marijuana law, 'pop-up' markets thrive

At the XO Lounge in downtown Washington one January night, people who paid a $10 cover charge were greeted with samples of caramel popcorn, brownies and crisped-rice treats – all infused with marijuana.

Customers could browse three floors with tables featuring all manner of cannabis: edible candies, smokable flower, wax, oils and more. All were available only after a suitable “donation” was given for a sticker, or a football card, for which the cannabis was billed as simply an added “gift”. The top floor featured a full-service bar, and music thumped throughout as a steady flow of customers entered the restaurant and nightclub.


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