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What are the Different Methods of Smoking Using CBD?

What are the Different Methods of Smoking Using CBD?

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

CBD smoking methods

CBD has gained popularity because of its incredible medicinal value.  It has anti-inflammatory qualities, relieves pain and muscle spasms, and has even been known to reduce the effects of anxiety; all of this without the paranoia that is normally associated with marijuana.  It’s no wonder that this oil is gaining traction amongst the population.

Many strains of cannabis are now being bred to contain more CBD than THC (the hallucinogenic part of marijuana).  Regardless of the strain or type, the methods of ingesting remain the same.  Smoking is the easiest and most popular method of ingesting cannabis based products. Smoking remains a broad category however and can include several different approaches.

Vaporization

It’s as easy as loading the oil into your e-cigarette.  During this process, the CBD will enter your lungs and diffuse directly into your bloodstream.  This will bypass the stomach and liver, and allows for less CBD loss, which also means you get to use less oil and achieve greater results.

Since vaping doesn’t use smoke, there are less negative effects on your lungs as well.  Aside from entering straight into the bloodstream, perhaps the greatest advantage to this is the fact that it doesn’t smell.  This allows for you smoke discreetly without worry.

Water bong/pipes

This method is going to get you the highest concentration of CBD oil into your system.  The oil is filtered through water, and the smoke goes directly into your lungs.  Since there is no way to regulate the temperature (as there is with a vaporizer), using a bong or pipe might be irritating to the throat or lungs.

One great advantage to this is the ease of which you have control over the dose.  You determine exactly how much you put into the hit without having to fiddle with fancy buttons or controls.

Joint

By far the most popular method of cannabis inhalation is smoking a joint.  It’s quick, easy, and convenient.  Adding CBD oil to this process will add an extra jolt of intensity to your session.  This will also help your joint burn evenly and slow, as the oil is spread across the rolling paper reinforcing its strength.

Just make sure you’re careful when rolling an oil joint, as the paper is a little slippery and might push your weed out the sides.  This can easily be remedied by twisting the sides, it just takes a little extra concentration.

Hookah

If you’re not familiar with hookah, you aren’t alone.  This is a traditionally Eastern way of ingesting CBD.  Though more and more hookah bars are popping up around the country.  Much like a bong, the hookah will filter the smoke through water before being distributed through a long tube and into your lungs.  It’s also super fun to pretend you’re the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland while you’re partaking in this pastime.

There are tons of places online to find CBD oil and get it delivered directly to your door.  One of the many resources you can find it is at https://www.americanhempoil.net.

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Published at Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:02:53 +0000

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Breaking: BC makes first decisions on legal cannabis, will allow private and public retailers

Breaking: BC makes first decisions on legal cannabis, will allow private and public retailers

After hearing the feedback from almost 50,000 British Columbians, the provincial government released BC’s first decisions on cannabis regulation today, announcing a mix of public and private retailers of recreational cannabis once it is legalized in 2018, finally confirming what many believed BC was going to do.

Other details include:

  • Minimum age of 19, bringing cannabis in line with the minimum age for alcohol and tobacco
  • The BC Liquor Distribution Branch will be the wholesale supplier for all recreational cannabis in the province

The feedback, which was collected in a survey that was open to the public from Sept. 25 to Nov. 1, 2017, helped inform many of the decisions that the government made.

As Minister of Public Safety and BC’s Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said,

“Looking at the responses received, it’s clear that British Columbians support the priorities of protecting young people, health and safety, keeping the criminal element out of cannabis and keeping roads safe, which will guide the Province in developing B.C.’s regulatory framework for non-medical cannabis.”

Big questions remain

  • Who will be supplying the cannabis? Will it be Licensed Producer weed only, or will the province allow the growers that operate outside of the government regime into the legal market?
  • What will happen to the hundreds of dispensaries that Vancouver already has, and how will the ones without business licenses be treated compared to the few that managed to get one?

As the government said in the news release, “B.C. still has a number of key decisions to make as it prepares for the legalization of cannabis. These decisions will be informed by the feedback collected through the public and stakeholder engagement, and on-going consultation with local and Indigenous governments and other key stakeholders.”

So in other words, stay tuned, many more details are sure to come.

What do you think of the government’s decisions so far? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo credit: BC Place

Sources:

BC Gov News: B.C. releases first decisions on cannabis regulation after public engagement.

Vice News Canada: British Columbia just announced its plans for legal weed.


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Published at Tue, 05 Dec 2017 21:14:07 +0000

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AG Jeff Sessions May Be Just a Few Days From Declaring War on the Legal Marijuana Industry

AG Jeff Sessions May Be Just a Few Days From Declaring War on the Legal Marijuana Industry

By Sean Williams, Motley Fool

When it comes to the fastest-growing industries in the United States, legal marijuana is certainly in the discussion, if not at the top of the list. According to Marijuana Business Daily’s latest report, “Marijuana Business Factbook 2017,” U.S. legal weed sales are expected to increase 30% this year and 45% in 2018, and to quadruple between 2016 and 2021 to $17 billion. That type of growth is a big reason why marijuana stocks have doubled or tripled in value over the trailing year.

But it’s not just sales growth that’s been impressive — it’s the shift that underlies cannabis’s expansion. An October-released Gallup poll showed that an all-time record 64% of respondents now want to see pot legalized nationally. This is up from just 25% in 1995, the year before California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis for compassionate-use patients. Even stronger favorability is seen with medical cannabis. A survey conducted by the independent Quinnipiac University this April showed that an overwhelming 94% support legalizing medical pot, compared to just 5% who oppose the idea.

Sessions loathes the marijuana industry but has been kept at bay

But not everyone is on board with the expansion of cannabis in the United States. Attorney General Jeff Sessions just might be the most ardent opponent of marijuana in the country. Having previously said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana,” Sessions has argued on numerous occasions that marijuana use isn’t a viable substitute for opioids and that pot use correlates with increased crime rates. He has also leaned on the fact that marijuana is still a schedule I drug at the federal level, meaning that it has no recognized medical benefits and is wholly illegal, just like heroin and LSD.

However, medical and recreational pot businesses have taken solace in the fact that both the Cole Memo and Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment have thus far protected their right to operate in the 29 states that have legalized medical cannabis and eight states that voted to green-light recreational weed.

The Cole Memo, named after former Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who served under Barack Obama, outlines a series of “rules” that states have to follow in order for the federal government to maintain a hands-off approach. These rules include ensuring that minors don’t gain access to pot, that drivers under the influence of cannabis are dealt with harshly, and that cannabis grown within a state stays within that state.

Meanwhile, the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which was introduced in 2014 and has been included in every budget proposal since, disallows the Justice Department from using federal funds to prosecute marijuana businesses operating in the aforementioned 29 states.

But these protections may soon disappear, allowing Sessions to officially declare war on the U.S. pot industry.

Is this the end of the green rush in the U.S.?

In September, Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown by lifting the debt ceiling and passing a budget extension through Dec. 8, 2017. However, talks to formulate a new budget, or at least another extension, haven’t gone well in recent weeks. In just four days, the deadline could be hit without a new budget, leading to a government shutdown.

But there’s even more at stake for the marijuana industry.

Back in September, the House Rules Committee blocked a vote on the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment (this is the same as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment), which would provide protections for pot businesses against federal prosecution. Keeping this amendment out of the House GOP’s budget proposal is bad news, but it’s certainly not the end of the world for the industry. As long as the Senate includes the amendment in its budget proposal, the pot industry would still be protected. Yet, as noted, the Senate and House, as well as Democrats and Republicans, aren’t seeing eye to eye. If Dec. 8 passes without a deal, or if the Senate introduces a budget proposal that also excludes the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, Sessions would be free to wage war on the marijuana industry and begin prosecuting companies. In other words, he could use federal dollars to go after marijuana businesses.
Furthermore, Sessions recently announced that the Justice Department would halt the practice of guidance memos and is reviewing the Obama administration’s guidance memos, including the Cole Memo, to see if the administration overstepped its bounds.

While it’s tough to tell exactly how Sessions would approach reinstituting federal law, the assumption is that he would first tackle the largest offenders (i.e., the largest marijuana grow farms). This would suggest that smaller grow farms and dispensaries would possibly be off the radar for some time, but it would be a crushing defeat for big business and investors who’ve taken a chance on marijuana stocks.

In other words, let the nail-biting begin for U.S.-based pot companies and marijuana-stock investors.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:20:45 +0000

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Michigan’s MMJ Facility Rules Delayed Until End of Week

Michigan’s MMJ Facility Rules Delayed Until End of Week

Michigan’s MMJ Facility Rules Delayed Until End of Week

by Hilary Vigil

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) announced today at the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board’s monthly meeting that the long-awaited emergency rules needed to implement the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) will not be released until the end of this week. Attendees and live-stream viewers of the Board meeting were disappointed by the announcement, as many had expected the rules to be unveiled during the meeting. Andrew Brisbo, director of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR), explained that the rules are still undergoing legal review at the Legislative Service Bureau and the Office of Regulatory Reinvention.

This slight delay comes after several months of furious work put into the rules by BMMR, which experienced staffing shortages during that time, according to statements made at today’s Board meeting. BMMR was established as a new division of LARA recently, in April 2017. Despite staffing shortages and the fact that the as-yet unreleased rules will dictate how applicants should apply for medical marihuana facility licenses from the State, BMMR stated that it will be ready to accept license applications on December 15, as planned. Board members also clarified that license application forms will be publicized early next week so that applicants can prepare the required materials in advance.

In addition to the delayed-rules announcement, the Board meeting featured a report by Kevin Sehlmeyer, Michigan’s State Fire Marshal, on fire safety requirements for medical marihuana facilities. Fire safety rules for facilities are forthcoming, as well.

As always, check back with Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000

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Arizer Extreme Q Review

Arizer Extreme Q Review

Friday, December 1st, 2017

arizer extrem q

The Extreme Q is the desktop model by Arizer that is as versatile as it is affordable. Arizer is a Canadian based manufacturer. Arizer is known for making vaporizers that focus on the flavor, implementing aromatherapy technology to get the most out of their herbs. The Arizer Extreme Q is not the only desktop vaporizer from Arizer, but it does have a lot more. The other is the V Tower and, despite being a bit cheaper, it wasn’t as well received than the Extreme Q.

Heating and Temperature

Of course it would be criminal if a desktop vaporizer wasn’t manufactured using nothing short of 100% convection heat. The Extreme Q comes with an incredibly accurate LCD display that it uses to help control the full spectrum of temperature that it allows. The performance is great whether the temperature is high or low and you get visible vapor every time. The fan built comes with three different speed settings which control how forceful the air is. For the bag, it’s usually better to just have is on the lower settings and to leave it to fill as higher settings may fan extra air into the vapor, thinning it out. For the whip mode however, the extra settings will help lessen the draw resistance while in use.

Design

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Image source – Arizer.com

The design of the Arizer Extreme Q is basic but effective. It won’t blow you away, but you can at least understand the reason behind many of the design elements they’ve chosen. The base is wide to greatly reduce the likelihood that the vaporizer will topple and the cylindrical body of the vape is standard across all of Arizer’s products and also makes sense since the vaporizer is convection heated and the hot air will be travelling up anyway.

Probably to keep the cost of the vape down, the exterior of the vape is constructed entirely out of food grade plastic, but you can tell there’s a lot of

quality to that plastic and that it’s non-toxic and won’t taint the vapor. The heating element in the centre of the vaporizer is made of ceramics but is also encased in a high-quality stainless steel to keep it safe. Not just safe, but the steel reflects the heat so even though the oven is reaching your desired temperature, the exterior of the vape will remain cool. Between the steel encasement, strong plastic body and the wide base, we’re sure this vaporizer will be lasting you a very long time.

Everything about this vape has been brought to the next level over the last few years. The circuitry inside the vape is in a Solid State which makes the vaporizer a lot faster and more responsive as well as greatly reducing the chance of it breaking. With a faster heating element and better circuitry, the vape can heat up much faster while also being one-fourth as

noisy.

Features

In terms of functionality, the first thing we have to mention is that the Arizer Extreme Q is compatible with both whip and bag styles of vaporizing, which is not something all desktop vapes are able to do. Hell, not even the Volcano is able to do it. Both of these forms are very convenient and either are great additions to a party. The bags are of a near Volcano quality and the whip itself has a great reach to it.

arizer extreme qAnother stand out extra offered by the Arizer Extreme Q is the fact that it comes with a remote control. No other vaporizer does that, probably because you’d have to stay close to the vape in order to use it to begin with so why wouldn’t you just reach over and turn it on / adjust the settings anyway. Well, with the addition of the remote control on the Arizer Extreme Q, you have the ability to easily turn the vape on and set the temperature, all from the comfortability of your couch. As a great safety feature, the Arizer Extreme Q also comes with a sleep timer to cause it to auto-shut off if it stops being used, which can be accessed from the remote for early activation.

Image source – Arizer.com

The Vapor

The Vapor production coming off of the Extreme Q is of a damn fine quality. Excellent flavor, no doubt delivered from the aromatherapy technology that Arizer has perfected over the years. Not just delicious, but it’s consistent and dense and smooth. There may be better vapor producers out there, and for this price I’m not surprised, but for how cheap it is you really can’t complain. With an Arizer Extreme Q, you’re going to have a good time.

The Price

For what you’re getting, it’s actually ridiculous that it comes in as cheap as it is. It’s well handled, convection heat that adapts to multiple types of vaporization and has a remote control. It’s not a perfect vape and it’s not the prettiest vape, but what it is is a fantastic budget vape that does everything you’d hope a desktop vape would do and more. If you’ve got a little more money to burn, sure, take a look at some other models, but if you’re worried about your wallet, trust me, you probably won’t find a better deal than the Arizer Extreme Q.

Conclusion

The Arizer Extreme Q has the makings of a perfect desktop companion. It’s got a fantastic flavor to it and it’s adaptable to whatever kind of vaping mode you prefer. Be it bag or whip,  you can even turn it on or change the temperature from across a room with the remote control. All this, and at a fantastic price range too. If this isn’t for you, fine, but if you’re worried about breaking your wallet, you really couldn’t do any better. The remote really sets this vape above the rest. I might sound lazy, but it’s great knowing that, if you wanted to, you could just laze in the couch with the vape and the whip, turn it on, set it to your session temp, have a vape, then turn it off, all without getting up.

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Published at Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:52:22 +0000

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Man who tended to large marijuana grow near Willamette River sent to federal prison

Man who tended to large marijuana grow near Willamette River sent to federal prison

The Columbian / Associated Press

Man who tended to large marijuana grow near Willamette River sent to federal prison

PORTLAND — The only person arrested in connection with an elaborate marijuana grow on a private farm along the Willamette River in Yamhill County was sentenced Tuesday to two years and three months in federal prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Ratcliffe described 44-year-old Manuel Madrigal as playing a limited role tending to the marijuana crop, compared to others who were never caught but set up and cultivated about 6,400 plants found on the property.

Federal prosecutors pursued the case because of the size of the grow operation, and public safety and environmental concerns, as the plants were adjacent to a public recreational area, the Willamette River.

According to the Yamhill County Sheriff’s’ Office, the operation was located in Dayton in June 2016 on wetlands near the Willamette River and was run by a Mexican drug trafficking organization.

The Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team, along with state police, seized over 6,500 plants worth more than $9 million. Oregon State Police SWAT was called on to provide protection for the agencies during the raid.

Authorities arrested Madrigal after officers found him camping out in the gardens in a makeshift living area – “complete with a kitchen” – hidden underneath a tarp, according to the sheriff’s office.

Madrigal pleaded guilty in June to possession with intent to distribute 50 or more marijuana plants.

Officers had placed hidden cameras in the fields, capturing men tending to the plants and squatting at the site. The private landowners were unaware of the marijuana growing but cooperated with the two-month investigation.

Madrigal told authorities he arrived at the operation two weeks before his arrest.

The prosecutor sought a 2 1/2 -year sentence for Madrigal, while defense lawyer Fidel Cassino-DuCloux asked for two years.

Cassino-DuCloux cited Madrigal’s tough childhood, having watched his mother nearly die at the hands of his father, and being whisked away to Mexico by his father without his mother’s consent. The defense lawyer also referenced state law in Oregon, where recreational use of marijuana is legal, in his argument for a lesser sentence.

On July 1, 2015, Oregon became one of a handful of states where anyone 21 and older can possess pot and grow it in their backyard.

“There is a chasm between the state and the federal government,” Cassino-DuCloux argued. “The fight between the state and the federal law is an idiosyncrasy that’s lost on citizens.”

U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown didn’t buy that.

“He’s not being charged with a state crime,” Brown said, noting that Madrigal pleaded guilty to a federal offense. The differences between state and federal law don’t warrant leniency, the judge said.

Brown also pointed out that Madrigal had previously been convicted under state law in Illinois of manufacturing and delivery of marijuana, and served 2 1/2- years in prison for that offense. Madrigal’s lawyer countered that the conviction was more than a decade old.

“I apologize I wasn’t more careful to observe the law,” Madrigal told the judge. “I can’t say how sorry I am your honor.”

Madrigal said he’s had a rough time turning 44 behind bars and promised to be an upstanding citizen when he’s released from prison.

Brown fashioned what she called a compromise sentence of two years and three months in prison. She said she believes Madrigal, a college graduate who has taught English and Spanish and is now learning French while in custody, is repentant.

She told him he must not associate with marijuana. “It’s a violent crime to even possess marijuana,” Brown said. “You have to stay miles away from that kind of conduct.”

The judge assured Madrigal that he would hear if the U.S. Congress ever changed the federal law on marijuana, but added, “I don’t see it coming.”

“You simply have to change your approach, or you’re going to end up in your 50s in a federal prison,” the judge said.

Brown recommended Madrigal serve his sentence at a federal prison near San Antonio, Texas, where his family lives.

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Published at Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:18:52 +0000

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Indiana Governor Orders Stores to Stop Selling CBD Products Within 60 Days

Indiana Governor Orders Stores to Stop Selling CBD Products Within 60 Days

According to the Associated Press, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is directing state excise police to resume checking stores for marijuana-derived oils after the state’s attorney general declared them illegal with one limited exception.

Holcomb said in a statement Tuesday that excise police will “perform normal, periodic regulatory spot checks” of cannabidiol, or CBD, products, and says those checks will focus on products that contain THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. The Indianapolis Star reports stores have 60 days to pull the products from their shelves.

The recent opinion from Attorney General Curtis Hill states that substances containing CBD are illegal to possess, make and sell in Indiana under state and federal law.

The opinion said the exception is CBD products that can be used by people with epilepsy who are on a new state registry.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:09:16 +0000

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Cannabis-infused Cooking comes to Chicago with Windy City High

Cannabis-infused Cooking comes to Chicago with Windy City High

Cannabis-infused cuisine is coming to Chicago with Windy City High, described as a “communal dinner experience centered  around culinary exploration and genuine relationships, both new and old”.

The Dec. 4 event comes courtesy of Herbal Notes, a California-based company whose mission is “elevating the cannabis conversation around the dinner table”.

The fine dining pop-up has yet to find a location, but the 6-course cannabis-infused meal, which includes a cannabis cocktail, has garnered thousands of reservation inquiries and has already sold out- Chicagoans seem to have great interest in infusing cannabis with high cuisine.

As Manny Mendoza, the founder and chef of Herbal Notes, told CBS Chicago, “Let’s do more than just get together and smoke weed and get high”. Instead, he wants to reduce the stigma around cannabis use and show people the many medicinal properties of the plant. His cooking focuses on CBD, a non-pschoactive compound found in cannabis, which has been seen to have anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and anti-psychotic properties.

Although Illinois hasn’t legalized recreational cannabis yet, under 10 grams has been decriminalized, and Mendoza is doing everything he can to bring Windy City High to Chicago legally. The focus of the event is on cannabidiol (also known as CBD), which is non-psychoactive.

Guests can also look forward to goodie bags that will help them get started on some cannabis cooking of their own.

For more cannabis-infused cuisine, check out the first episode of Chronic Cooking with Craig Ex and Chef Cody!


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Published at Sun, 26 Nov 2017 01:03:42 +0000

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Seattle pot-shop mural: art or ad appealing to kids?

Seattle pot-shop mural: art or ad appealing to kids?

The Columbian / Associated Press

Seattle pot-shop mural: art or ad appealing to kids?

Hashtag, a Seattle pot store, has an outside wall brightly decorated by the muralist known as Henry, the city’s most prolific painter of playful, slightly psychedelic scenes.

A state Liquor and Cannabis Board officer slapped Hashtag with a violation notice in September, saying the mural and its orange walrus frolicking with a green narwhal were “appealing to children because it has cartoon characters.”

The mural itself has no images or references to marijuana or the store. So Hashtag owners appealed, saying it was allowable art, not a sign. The case has been awaiting a hearing with a judge, at which Hashtag’s lawyer would square off against an assistant attorney general.

This week the LCB reversed itself — after inquiries by The Seattle Times — and dropped its complaint. “After an inside review of the mural on Hashtag, our enforcement team concluded that the mural is not advertising, therefore allowed,” said agency spokesman Brian Smith in an email Tuesday.

That decision illustrates the challenges of LCB officers not only in discerning art from advertising, but in determining whether some art appeals to kids like a pied piper of pot.

Hashtag co-owner Logan Bowers said the state’s “might be appealing to kids” standard is “dangerously vague.”

Hashtag commissioned the mural, Bowers said, and Henry let him see a sketch before he painted it. “But we didn’t exert any creative control,” Bowers said. “It never occurred to us that it might run afoul of the rules because we never considered it advertising.”

State Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, pushed for tighter regulation of pot advertising after he got tired of seeing a “Got Weed?” billboard as he crossed the Ballard Bridge daily. Such signs, visible to school buses, are not what he envisioned under Washington’s strict legal-pot regulations.

After being asked about Hashtag’s mural this week, Carlyle said he drove by the store on Stone Way North near Lake Union.

“In the big picture it’s vital that LCB is vigilant and relatively strict about interpretation of advertising appealing to children,” Carlyle said in an email. “But I also freely admit I’m deeply uncomfortable with this one because Henry is culturally relevant art that goes to the soul of our community.”

Ballard artist Ryan Henry Ward has painted more than 180 murals, often with fantastical creatures, on building exteriors, school interiors, garages and even vehicles, primarily in Ballard, according to his website. He describes his “whimsical work” as “primitive images with a dreamlike, surreal quality.”

It wouldn’t be surprising if his Yellow Submarine-esque characters had some appeal to children. And the LCB’s Smith said Hashtag was hit with a violation after someone complained about the mural.

“I can absolutely see both sides” of the argument, Carlyle said. “I’ve got four kids. We all want to be responsible.”

But Carlyle noted that Hashtag’s “signage is small” and it’s hard to tell from the street that it’s even a pot store. “It’s like freedom of speech,” he said of its mural. “You have to err on the side of art.”

Bowers said the store purposefully avoided anything commercial in the mural, “as its purpose is beautification” of what he called a rundown building.

He noted that Henry painted a mural on the side of a bar that depicts two walruses holding beers and it has been uncontroversial. It’s flimsy logic, he said, to ban images that might appeal to kids. “Is a child going to walk by, see a fish on the side of a building and then conclude he’s going to smoke marijuana? Do children pound hard liquor if the grocery store looks too nice?”

The Hashtag violation follows stricter advertising regulations mandated by the state Legislature. The new rules took effect in July. They don’t allow stores to have sign-spinners, inflatable advertising, signs that depict marijuana or a store’s products, or signs with movie or cartoon images that appeal to children.

“Several stores will need to revise their signs,” Smith said.

Advertising rules are the most commonly violated, according to Smith. The LCB has issued 178 such warnings or violation notices since 2015, with 32 of those coming since the new rules took effect in July.

An LCB official has contacted Hashtag’s owners to let them know “we would be rescinding the violation notice,” Smith said, and the attorney general’s office would follow up in writing.

“I’m pleased they dropped the violation,” Bowers said, “as I think it’s obvious that artwork should not be censored or regulated by the LCB or any state agency.”

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Published at Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:22:10 +0000

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Is Legalization Worth a Trudeau Government?

Is Legalization Worth a Trudeau Government?

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have finally made another inch toward cannabis legalization. Including room for “craft producers” by allowing “low-risk offenders” to participate in the industry.

Of course, this all depends on what they mean by “low-risk offenders.”

When I spoke to Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, he said “No one should be excluded from the legal market because of past cannabis use. There should be an expedited record suspension process for anyone with a record due to use/possession.”

He was silent on trafficking charges.

Meanwhile, Justin’s Liberals have given the provinces a bunch of responsibilities, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it means going back on their promise of helping out dispensaries by ensuring they won’t be prosecuted for victimless crimes.

And while Alberta’s NDP thinks legalization means more funding for law enforcement, Ontario and Quebec have established their intent to protect the LP-conglomerate and public sector unions by the continued criminalization of all dispensaries and activists who have openly disobeyed unjust laws.

That is, the civil disobedience that has led us to this point.

But pardon me, I’m supposed to neglect and ignore the hard work of all these activists and praise Trudeau for his forward, progressive thinking on cannabis.

As if it were anything but a campaign ploy to get elected.

And was it worth it?

While it’s nice not to have Harper the Drug Warrior in the PMO, you gotta take the bad with the good.

As I’ve written about before, Harper was such a staunch critic of cannabis that he made the civil disobedience of the cannabis culture look like a crusade on par with the civil rights movement.

And he had a masters degree in economics. One of his first acts as Prime Minister was to cut the GST.

Trudeau, on the other hand, believes you (not him or his cronies) should pay your “fair share” and that the economy grows “from the heart outwards.”

With Justin at the helm and promising legalization, anyone “jumping the gun” by growing or opening a dispensary is cast off as a profiteer and opportunist, a mere petty criminal that should wait and be patient for the federal government to give its okay.

And never-mind that a true liberal would have decriminalized right away. Only fascists believe that “might makes right” and that the state dictates morality.

As Mussolini said, “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”

So was it worth it? Was Justin’s big government legalization worth:

  1. a $10 million taxpayer-funded pay-out to Omar Khadr
  2. higher taxes on the middle and lower classes, while closing the “loopholes” that wouldn’t affect multimillionaires like Liberal Finance Minister Morneau.
  3. So-called “modest deficits” that have impoverished future generations (the same one Justin wants to protect from the “scourge” of cannabis) with no plans to balance the federal budget
  4. Approving pipelines when he said he wouldn’t
  5. Straight-up lying about electoral reform, which many people based their vote on
  6. Reducing his weekly parliamentary sittings from five days to four (wish I could take every Friday off) and only appearing one day a week to answer questions.
  7. Private use of jets for family vacations which has emitted as much C02 as ONE average Canadian per year
  8. Spending his vacation on Aga Khan’s private island. The federal government provides tens of millions of dollars in funding to the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada every year.
  9. Defending mass-murderer Fidel Castro, calling him a “remarkable leader.”
  10. Cash-for-access with Chinese billionaires 
  11. Or the icing on the cake — welcoming back Canadian members of ISIS and offering them a taxpayer-funded “reintegration program.”

Or as one MP put it, “Two Canadians leave for Iraq, one with the Canadian Armed Forces, the other to join ISIS. The Liberals cut support for the soldier and create a new program to welcome the terrorist.”

So was it worth it?

Has a crony-capitalist cannabis legalization been worth having a Trudeau government in power?

(Why?)

Published at Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:58:52 +0000

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