WASHINGTON, D.C. — A list of the “Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users” in the United States was released Wednesday by the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization. The Marijuana Policy Project’s annual list is topped by President Barack Obama, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, former President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and television show […]
COLUMBIA, SC – Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested on Tuesday in South Carolina and charged with possession of marijuana, two days before he was due in court on a drunk driving charge. Police stopped a truck in which Simmons was a passenger for making an improper lane change shortly before midnight, […]
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SEATTLE, WA — It was a beautiful, sunny day Friday as the world’s largest “protestival,” Seattle Hempfest, got underway with tens of thousands of people openly smoking marijuana along a 1.5 mile stretch of the Seattle waterfront. Only months after voters in Washington State legalized the possession of one ounce of marijuana for personal use, […]
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SEATTLE, WA – Spanning 1.5 miles, two public parks, six stages, over 400 vendors, and over 1,000 volunteers, Seattle’s 22nd annual Hempfest starts Friday at noon. Here is a behind the scenes look as volunteers worked Thursday to put the final touches on the world’s largest annual marijuana rally.
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As marijuana reform sweeps the United States, more users than ever are toking up in the comfort of their own homes. But even in places were there are no legal issues with using marijuana, such as the 19 states that allow the medical use of marijuana, or the two that have legalized adult recreational use, marijuana smokers still typically prefer to keep their sessions private, and, out of respect for neighbors, try to confine the smell of cannabis use to their homes or apartments.
But how is the best way to toke discretely in the privacy of your own home, without the sweet smell of sensimillia wafting to your neighbors nose? A new study commissioned by Airfilters.com tries to find the answer.
The study analyzed the particulates in the air after marijuana was consumed in a central location, using various methods to puff. The particulates were then analyzed using a Fluke 985 Particle Counter to determine which smoking methods were the worst for indoor air quality by measuring particles ranging from .3 microns to 1 micron in size.
Puffs were taken using the following standard methods of marijuana consumption: joint, bong, bowl, and vapor. . . . . READ MORE
SEATTLE, WA – Redhook Brewery, the Northwest’s original craft brew, announced today the release of “Joint Effort,” a new hemp beer brewed in collaboration with Seattle’s Hilliard’s Beer that celebrates the legalization of marijuana in Washington State.
The relationship between the two breweries began with a Ballard bar-hopping trip down memory lane for Redhook’s brewing team. The area where it all started for Redhook in 1981 has since become known as the “Redhook District” and is a haven for beer lovers with a number of notable breweries opening and thriving. Among those is Hilliard’s Beer, founded in October 2011 by Ryan Hilliard and Adam Merkl.
“We have a real appreciation for the brewing energy in Ballard right now. Thirty years ago Redhook was exactly where guys like Hilliard’s, Reuben’s Brews and Populuxe are today,” said Karmen Olson, Redhook Brand Manager. “We’re stoked to be working with our friends at Hilliard’s and to raise a pint to our Emerald City heritage.”
Joint Effort is a session ale brewed with hemp seeds. Dry-hopped with Zeus, Cascade,. . . . . READ MORE
OLYMPIA, WA – With Washington state about to embark on a first-of-its-kind legal market for recreational marijuana, the budding ranks of new cannabis growers face a quandary over what to do with the excess stems, roots and leaves from their plants.
Susannah Gross, who owns a five-acre farm north of Seattle, is part of a group experimenting with a solution that seems to make the most of marijuana’s appetite-enhancing properties – turning weed waste into pig food.
Four pigs whose feed was supplemented with potent plant leavings during the last four months of their lives ended up 20 to 30 pounds heavier than the half-dozen other pigs from the same litter when they were all sent to slaughter in March.
“They were eating more, as you can imagine,” Gross said.
Giving farm animals the munchies is the latest outcome of a ballot measure passed by Washington voters in November making their state one of the first to legalize the recreational use of pot. The other was Colorado. Both were among about 20 states with medical marijuana laws already on their books.
The federal government still classifies cannabis as an illegal narcotic, and the Obama administration has not yet said what actions, if any, it will take in answer to the newly passed recreational we. . . . . READ MORE
SEATTLE, WA — Eight months after voters approved the Initiative 502, legalizing the adult use of marijuana, officials in Washington have taken the first steps towards establishing rules for the state’s new recreational marijuana industry.
The 46 pages of draft regulations announced by the state Liquor Control Board Thursday include “seed to store” tracking of marijuana, limits on the number of retail outlets per county, bans of marijuana extracts, including hash, oils, and concentrates, and mandatory 24-hour video surveillance at all marijuana related businesses.
Labeling requirements for marijuana and infused edible products would be required to warn that consumption of marijuana “may be habit forming,” and are unlawful outside of Washington State. An official state-issued logo featuring Washington state with a marijuana. . . . . READ MORE
NEW YORK, NY — The Grammy Award-winning comedy duo Cheech and Chong based their 42-year career on counterculture humor with a particular emphasis on marijuana use. But these days Tommy Chong sees the recreational drug as something more than fodder for jokes about stoned hippies.
The 74-year-old comedian thinks legalizing marijuana on a federal level would offer numerous benefits, including a boost to the U.S. economy if it were taxed.
“Look at the situation we’re in now. Sequesters. Cuts. Everything cut across the board. Now, the government is tapped into the biggest cash crop in the world,” Chong said. “There’s little manufacturing cost. You don’t have to do anything except watch it grow and get a couple of hippies to cut it and then put it in a bag.”
His ambitions for marijuana may be outsized, but he notes the potential medical uses that have already inspired some states to legalize the drug. Nearly 20 states have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana, and two of them – Colorado and Washington – have totally legalized it. And at least 12 states have pending legislation to legalize for medical use.
“Hemp itself is going to save the world,” Chong said.
Chong’s comedy partner, Richard “Cheech” Marin, 66, thinks lega. . . . . READ MORE