Cannabis Legalization News – Subscribe on YouTube https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com Reporting from the front lines of legalization Mon, 20 Sep 2021 19:53:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/cropped-NEW-LOGO-LOW-RES-32x32.png Cannabis Legalization News – Subscribe on YouTube https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com 32 32 whole plant cannabis now available in Virginia: Qualified patients line up at marijuana dispensary, https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/whole-plant-cannabis/ Mon, 20 Sep 2021 19:53:29 +0000 https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/?p=226502 Read More]]> Virginia has been in the highlights for marijuana-related news over the past month because of Virginia’s new cannabis law passed in July. The second reason is the availability of whole flower cannabis in Virginia, which is positive news for patients who are qualified to use marijuana.

Whole Plant Cannabis

Whole Plant Cannabis is a term used to denote the extract made from cannabis buds, some leaves, and possibly some stem. It has been shown scientifically that increasing the use of CBD (Cannabidiol) extracted, purified, and isolated, and ready for use when taken orally has a bell-shaped curve when it comes to efficacy, and a measurably decreased inflammation response in laboratory mice.

The benefits of whole plant medicine are largely based on a theory known as the entourage effect.CBD has been shown to curb the intensity of anxiety that THC can bring on.

Operators

great Medical in Richmond and Columbia Care, based in Portsmouth, is the two operators managing the distribution of this cannabis in Virginia. Starting September 10, those patients who have qualifying medical conditions can now purchase whole flower cannabis in Virginia.

History of legislation

Earlier this year, in Virginia, lawmakers passed legislation to allow smokeable marijuana sales. This law took effect on September 1. Before that, dispensaries have been selling products that have been made from the oil of the plant. The Virginia Board of Pharmacy reviewed the first cannabis batch at Colombia Care and gLeaf Medical, and the companies received full approval.

Demand among patients

Raymond Hernandez is the Columbia Care Virginia Pharmacist in Charge and Market Director. The whole flower cannabis has always been high in demand, and patients have been requesting it for years.

He further talked about how the products made by extracting oil from the plant lose the minor cannabinoids and terpenes.

Patients waiting outside pharmacies

There was a long line of patients who were waiting outside of gLeaf Medical in Richmond.

Samer Abiloma with gLeaf told 8news that whole flower cannabis is their most popular form of cannabis, and it is the least concentrated.

What does it mean for the patients?

Hernandez coins it as a “major milestone” because of the therapeutic reliefs that this cannabis can bring to the patients. It is a big day in the history of the marijuana legalization struggle in Virginia for the activists, legislatures, and most importantly, the patients.

Hernandez said, “This is a big day for all of us in the Commonwealth but most importantly for the medical patients who have been asking for this and seeking this form of medication.”

Sales protocol

Sales of whole flower cannabis are limited to patients with medical cardholders who have a doctor certification and a medical marijuana registration card from the Virginia Board of Pharmacy. The legal holding limit is the same as established by Virginia’s cannabis laws, i.e., 4 ounces per patient per month.

The operating companies are experiencing many buyers currently, and they are planning on adding eight more locations in Virginia.

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Marijuana arrests plummeted 90% in Richmond area since Va.’s new cannabis law went into effect July 1 https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/marijuana-arrests/ Sun, 19 Sep 2021 19:03:05 +0000 https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/?p=226499 Read More]]> As,The number of marijuana arrests has finally come down in Virginia. It is good news for the pro-legalization camp. The arrests have dropped down to an all-time low number decreased by 90%. The arrests have gone down most significantly in the Richmond region of Virginia.

Decreased marijuana arrests stats

After the new law passed in Virginia, there were only 25 marijuana-related arrests in Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico. Last year during the same week period in these areas, there were 257 marijuana arrests.

Virginia’s new cannabis law

Virginia’s new cannabis law has brought a lot of liberties for marijuana users. Hence, the law legalizes the possession of marijuana up to an ounce and the cultivation of four pot plants per household, among other decriminalization provisions. These laws have directly affected the number of marijuana arrests.

Jenn Michelle Pedini, who is development director for NORML and also serves as executive director of the Virginia chapter, said, “A 90% reduction in marijuana arrests indicates that the public policy is performing as intended and in a manner that is consistent with post-legalization observations from other states.”

The large number of people arrested recently are mostly because of their unfamiliarity with the new law.

The Chesterfield Case

On August 10, police arrested a man in Chesterfield who had 50 pot plants growing in his home. Hence, this exceeds the limit of the state’s limit of four plants. The suspect didn’t tag his plants with the grower’s name and driver’s license number either.

Moreover, the grower is facing two felonies: possession with the intent to distribute more than 5 pounds of marijuana and possession of between 50 and 100 marijuana plants.

Arrests among young people

Most of the number of arrests – 10 have been among young people between the ages of 18-21. The marijuana users between the age of 18-20 who were charged with simple possession of the drug while under the prescribed legal age of 21, which is a civil violation. The new law allows adults who are 21 and over to possess up to an ounce for recreational use, but it cannot be consumed or shared in public.

Most cases in a region

The largest number of marijuana arrests are in Chesterfield since the imposition of new Virginia cannabis laws. Police have charged or issued summonses to 20 people — seven of whom were juveniles ages 16 or 17 — through August 19. But overall, Chesterfield’s marijuana arrests have dropped 86% so far this year.

The Police chief of Chesterfield, Jeffery Katz, said, “In terms of our enforcement, we have not shied away from enforcing any laws that are on the books…We believe that arrests or prosecutions are advantageous for public safety. So that’s kind of the philosophy that we operate under. I mean, we’re not out actively looking for marijuana arrests. But if we see violations of the law, and we feel it appropriate, we make the charge.”

Readers should remember that Virginia’s move toward decriminalization has not yet altered. As, existing state laws governing possession with intent to distribute marijuana, which remains a felony offense. But overall, it is a commendable change and a step in the right decision.

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Marijuana delivery: Are you missing your UPS delivery of marijuana? Geneva police are holding it for you. https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/marijuana-delivery/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 17:17:39 +0000 https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/?p=226496 Read More]]> If you have not received your UPS marijuana delivery, yet the chances are that the police have captured the shipment.

On Wednesday, the Police Department posted a photo of three bags filled with marijuana discovered inside an undeliverable UPS package in an attempt (very much tongue-in-cheek) to find its rightful owner. AS it turns out, it was a marijuana delivery package of UPS.

Police’s statement

The police put a post on Facebook that got over 500 likes and around 800 shares within 24 hours”Town of Geneva Police are hoping to find the rightful owner of this parcel that got returned to UPS last week,” the post begins, before providing a phone number and the name of an officer to contact if you believe the marijuana delivery was intended for you.

According to the post, the package was initially delivered to the incorrect address, and the listed return address appeared to be incorrect. However, a distinct odoralerted UPS that the recipient might regard the package as important.

The police have opened an investigation and denied commenting any further on the package. The Facebook post says, “Luckily there was a very distinct odor coming from the package, and UPS knew that there was significant value to the contents inside.”

There has been an update made to the post, which is a little humoristic. “We understand that nobody will be claiming this package and that marijuana is becoming much more accepted in this country. For those of you that are struggling to find the humor in this post or believe that taxpayer’s money is being wasted, don’t worry, it’s almost the weekend, and for the one person that has tried to claim it, we appreciate your humor!”

Legal aspect

The legal aspect of this incident raises the question that if citizens can send marijuana delivery through UPS. The answer is a tricky yes. That is because their fourth amendment laws protect the citizen who sends UPS marijuana delivery.

The 4th amendment gives the people the right to seize and search situations by the authorities. It reads that;” The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated. No Warrants shall issue. But, upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

However, we would not suggest our readers mail marijuana because in certain situations, like what happened in Geneva could get you in trouble; there is a slim chance.

 Social aspect

Even though cannabis has been legalized in the majority of the states. But, people still view it as something wrong despite all the medical evidence around it. That is most likely the reason that the rightful owner of the package has not stepped up yet and claimed their marijuana delivery.

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California Cannabis Bill on Smokable Hemp, CBD Foods And Cannabis Use in Hospitals Head to Governor’s Desk https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/california-cannabis-bill/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 10:15:01 +0000 https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/?p=226492 Read More]]> This week we got some good news from California, where advocates scored a few victories in the state legislature. Also, activists have been trying for a long time to make these amendments in the legislature to help patients hospitalized and who need to use marijuana for medical reasons through the California cannabis bill.

Californian laws

State laws prevent the use of marijuana in hospitals. Still, this week lawmakers sent this bill to the governor’s office to set up a regulatory framework for hemp-derived CBD sales that also removes the ban on smokable hemp products. They also approved a measure to require hospitals to permit medical marijuana use by certain patients. Hence, in this article, we will review the California cannabis bill and what it means for the patients.

Efforts

State senator Ben Hueso (D) has been trying for very long to get this bill approved to help terminally ill hospitalized patients. Hence, they need to use marijuana for medical purposes.

Concerns

He sent a letter to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to seek clarification on whether this policy change would affect the federal funding of those facilities.

Federal laws do not allow the use of marijuana in medical facilities such as hospitals. Senator Hueso is concerned that even if the California cannabis bill changes that in Californian facilities for patients surpassing the federal laws, would it affect or cut off the federal funding for those facilities and whether facilities would be left in a paradox.

Approval of bill

The Senator’s bill has cleared the voting in the assembly in a convincing fashion taking 57-1 votes. This Californian cannabis bill codifies that hospitals can allow selected patients to use marijuana. Then on Friday, the Senate signed off on the other chamber’s recent amendments in a 36-1 vote.

Importance

Eddie Franco, who is a legislative and regulatory affairs manager at CCIA, gave his thoughts about the California cannabis bill. He said that “For many Californians, particularly terminally-ill patients, medicinal cannabis is a preferred alternative to other drugs. Providing therapeutic relief without the caveats that may come with other medicines.” Moreover, this is factually right because patients under severe pain usually choose to use marijuana for pain relief rather than a drug like morphine.

Also, ‘’The bill marks an opportunity for California to continue to lead the way in cannabis regulation and reform” – E. Franco.

The story behind the approval and effort

The Senator said that his efforts to legalize marijuana usage in hospitals for terminally ill patients started after he came to know of an experience of a father, Jim Bartell, who lost his son to cancer.

The Senator was moved by the story of his son’s suffering. He has been trying ever since to get the California cannabis bill approved. The father told the Senator that his son had cancer and was in a lot of pain.

But the hospital won’t allow the use of marijuana.  Jim eventually found a facility that agreed to allow the treatment, and he has said his son’s quality of life improved dramatically in those last days.

Good news

This bill is good news for the patients in California, and we hope that other states will also allow these changes for the sake of terminally ill patients.

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Cannabis Event Disclaimer https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/cannabis-event-disclaimer/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 23:51:51 +0000 https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/?p=226488 Read More]]> Cannabis events are much ado about nothing. I mean, they’re fun, and all, just that the danger are things like binge eating and napping. Cannabis is safer than alcohol because it’s nontoxic. Its aftermath does not result in date rapes and fights.

I write this to get the record straight; cannabis events are safer than any other with alcohol.

As the YouTube channel, podcast, and site continue to grow, I will be covering cannabis events. I write this because I don’t want anyone to get the impression that this is one big party, but there needs to be a time when one can let their hair down, enjoy the company, and not fear judgment or law enforcement.

Prohibition gives shade to cannabis events; it’s not the actual results of consumption of a plant and its byproducts that are wrong but the long-winded propaganda campaign against a plant.

I write this piece to post as an intro to all events I will cover in the future. There is no shame in having fun.

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Psychedelic Drug having healing effects Discovery by Yale researchers https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/psychedelic-drug/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 11:24:38 +0000 https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/?p=226482 Read More]]> didA

Yale researchers have found that a single dose of the naturally occurring psychedelic drug/compound; Psilocybin can cause structural changes in the brain that counteract symptoms of depression. Moreover, Researchers find that one dose of psilocybin results in roughly a 10 percent increase in neuron size and density in mouse brains.

History

Psilocybin and other classic psychedelic drugs have long been recognized for their potential as therapeutic drugs to treat disorders like depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

There was a time a few decades ago when psychedelic research was not very popular. Although research into Psilocybin and other comparable drugs began in the 1950s and 1960s, psychedelic drugs were vilified and illegal during the federal government’s drug war in the 1970s. The federal government has classified them as Schedule I substances, which means they have a high potential for misuse and are not acknowledged for medicinal purposes.

The research

The Yale researchers found that a single dose of the naturally occurring psychedelic drug psilocybin can cause structural changes in the brain that counteract symptoms of depression and subsequently other mental problems.

The team, led by postdoctoral associate Lingxiao Shao and associate professor of psychiatry and neuroscience Alex Kwan, discovered that this “structural remodeling” occurred within 24 hours of drug administration and lasted for one month, indicating that Psilocybin caused long-term changes in the brain.

The drug

Kwan said, “Psilocybin is fascinating because it has an incredibly short half-life, which means that it gets out of the body quickly and yet has long-lasting behavioral effects…We’ve seen that Psilocybin can be effective in treating depression and other neuropsychiatric disorders. In this study, we wanted to investigate this mystery by observing individual connections in the mouse brain.”

Psilocybin and other traditional psychedelic drugs have long been recognized for their therapeutic potential in treating disorders such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Side effects

Psilocybin side effects include visual hallucinations, reality distortions, euphoria, and what some refer to as “spiritual experiences.” Kwan and his colleagues, on the other hand, are more interested in how the human brain functions after the effects of the drug have worn off.

Risks

Albert Garcia-Romeu, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, said, “There are certain risks with a high dosage psychedelic experience, such as increased heart rate and the possibility of precipitating psychotic episodes, particularly in those predisposed to them. However, we take the necessary safety screenings and precautions.”

To reduce the risks of any harm done to humans, the researchers did an experiment on mice to understand the effect it would have on human brains.

The future of this drug

Kwan and his colleagues hope to investigate the precise mechanisms by which Psilocybin increases neuron size and density in the future.

Kwan also hopes that this research will aid in the discovery of new compounds that may be even more effective than Psilocybin in the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Moreover, Natalie Ginsberg, who is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, stated, “This is completely changing the approach to therapy for PTSD and other mental illnesses…

Psychedelics can also have a significant impact on people’s relationships with nature and with one another. We also hope that psychedelics will be decriminalized, making them safer and more accessible to those who can benefit from them.”

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Illegal marijuana operation revealed by garbage truck accident https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/illegal-marijuana-operation/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 11:00:07 +0000 https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/?p=226479 Read More]]>

There is footage of a garbage truck crashing into a building circulating on Instagram and other social media for a while. This bizarre crash revealed an illegal marijuana operation that has been going on for a while. Let’s review this event and what it means for the marijuana industry and law-enforcing authorities.

The event

On Wednesday morning, September 9, a garbage truck traveled southbound on Mound Road, approaching 15 Mile Road. The at-fault vehicle had a red light and turned onto southbound Mound Road just north of 15 Mile Road, which made the truck crash into a building.

The police came to the spot, and they said that the truck driver tried to avoid the at-fault vehicle, and it tried to swerve, but it still ended up hitting it, and then it continued through the median on Mound Road. The garbage truck went through the northbound lanes of Mound Road, where the driver avoided oncoming traffic and struck the building.

This incident revealed the illegal marijuana business going on for a while and all the illegal marijuana that the truck had stashed inside. We don’t know about the exact numbers yet.

The neighbor

Mike Palmieri, who owns the business next door to this illegal marijuana business, said that he always suspected something wrong was going on there. “We knew something was up next door, but we were neighbors that kept to ourselves. But when the whoppers were not cooking, you could smell them,” he said.

Mike further added that the smell coming from the building was pungent. “Any time after 10:30 am, it was gone. But if you were here in the evening time or morning time, it smelled like fresh skunk all morning long.”. He owns a concrete business named Palmieri Concrete.

The neighbors are also concerned for the safety of their lives and businesses. The neighbor Mile says, “If people want it and if they know it’s there. They are going to get it one way or another. Especially with the hard times we are having nowadays.”

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Investigation

The investigators on the scene told 7 action news about the initial investigation. There were about 60 marijuana plants inside. This is one of many illegal grow operations that the city has busted.

The authorities say that the building has been rented to two people. 7 action news tried to contact the owner but couldn’t.

Police say this illegal marijuana grow operation goes against state and local codes, causing real hazards for the building and businesses around it.

Sterling Heights police have opened a case, and they are investigating it actively. Police are determined to take apart this illegal marijuana business completely.

What does it mean?

The police have always been working on illegal marijuana-related cases. More and more states are allowing the approval of legal marijuana businesses and giving licenses to authorized dealers. However, the number of licensed dealers is still not that much, and they deal with pharmacies that require a prescription. Illegal marijuana businesses are still at large and pose a threat to the safety of people.

Some analysts say that these are some of the downsides of having an open regulation system in Michigan, a pro-legalization state.

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vaccine mandate by Biden expected to apply to the marijuana businesses https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/vaccine-mandate/ Tue, 14 Sep 2021 19:28:42 +0000 https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/?p=226472 Read More]]>

Coronavirus has affected every aspect of life over the last year. It took over half a million lives in the United States. With vaccines introduced by the pharmaceutical industries, there has been enough evidence that governments worldwide are implementing and encouraging their citizens to get vaccinated. For that purpose, the USA introduced a vaccine mandate.

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What is the vaccine mandate?

As we mentioned, some governments are forcing their citizens to get vaccinated. However, in the USA, people have legal rights, which prevents the government from forcing them to get the vaccine.

A vaccine mandate means that if you are not vaccinated, businesses, schools, and others can legally stop you from entering the building or using their services if they choose to.

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced the proposed rules which OSHA (Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration) will implement via an emergency order.

Implementation of the marijuana industry

USA’s president Joe Biden has implemented this vaccine mandate. And it is likely to apply to the marijuana industry as well.

The marijuana industry is a highly regulated industry that is growing at a steady rate. So, this implantation is possible. The marijuana industry should expect to feel the same impacts. As other industries from imminent federal regulations requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to impose a coronavirus vaccine mandate or mandatory weekly testing for those who don’t vaccinate.

Jonathan Keselenko, who is a labor lawyer and partner in the Boston office of Foley Hoag, said, “The cannabis industry would be subject, I expect, to the same rules other employers are. It’s clear (from court rulings) that federal statutes and agencies generally have jurisdiction” over the cannabis industry.

As of now, we don’t know what marijuana businesses these rules will impact. Some of the businesses already have similar requirements set in place. Some marijuana businesses are under a hundred employees, and now it is up to OSHA and how it defines a business under these rules. There are almost half a million workers in the marijuana business.

How will it affect the marijuana industry?

It doesn’t mean anything bad for the industry. Like every other industry in the country, the government is implementing these rules to ensure the safety of the workers. Also, to control the spread of coronavirus among the citizens. In addition, these rules are unlikely to affect the way most marijuana businesses operate today. As they comprise less than a hundred workers.

Keselenko said it would depend on how OSHA defines a business. He said, “I think like a lot of things, the devil is in the details. We’ll have to see what comes out.”

For example, the federal Family Medical Leave Act applies to employers with at least 50 employees within a 75-mile radius. So, it’s also possible that OSHA, too, could come out with a site or geographic-specific requirement.

Related: How Do I Smoke Legal Weed In Washington?

A few legal precedents

There are a few examples that show that court rulings favor federal jurisdiction over state-legal marijuana companies.

  • In 2020, Standing Akimbo, a medical cannabis dispensary in Denver, lost a federal appellate court case to prevent the IRS from obtaining business records from state regulators.
  • In April 2021, a U.S. appeals court rejected California-based Harborside’s years-long effort to rebuff Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Code. That prevents state-legal marijuana businesses from taking ordinary business deductions.

That is all we know yet about the vaccine mandate’s effect on the marijuana businesses. Hence, it is up to OSHA to define a business that will have to follow the rules.

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New Mexico Starts Accepting Cannabis Grower Applications https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/new-mexico-starts-accepting-cannabis-grower-applications/ Wed, 08 Sep 2021 22:35:16 +0000 https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/?p=226463 Read More]]>

Nearly 900 New Mexicans are applying to grow cannabis

New Mexicans are applying to grow cannabis. New Mexico cannabis grower applications have been out for less than a month, but the state has already received almost 900 entries. The New Mexico Licensing and Regulation Department has received 897 initial applications as of last week.

Linda Trujillo, the department’s superintendent, told KOAT that the agency intends to approve as many applications as possible.

New Mexico Cannabis Program

The Cannabis Regulation Act was enacted by the New Mexico Legislature during a special session earlier this year, and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed it into law a few days later. The new law requires that legal sales begin no later than April 1, 2022, but there is still work to be done to lay the groundwork for the state’s newest business.

On May 25, 2021, New Mexico’s Cannabis Control Division (CCD) issued the draft rules for the licensing of cannabis producers.

Important Deadlines

Here are some important deadlines for adult-use cannabis in New Mexico:

  • January 1, 2022: The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department must start issuing cannabis business licenses no later than this date.
  • April 1, 2022: Sales of non-medical cannabis must start no later than this date.

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New Mexico cannabis grower applications

License Requirements

According to the latest producer rules, other than the requirements established on HB002, these are the minimum requirements any applicant must include for licensure:

  • Consent to undergo a national criminal history background check, as well as a statewide background check
  • Water supply which is sufficient for the intended operation
  • Proof that the plumbing is of adequate size and design, as well as adequately installed and maintained
  • Proof that all weighting or measuring devices used in the wholesale of cannabis are appropriately documented as having undergone certified registration and calibration
  • Diagrams of the proposed premises
  • A plan to implement and maintain standard policies and procedures as established in the regulations
  • Cultivation plan
  • Measurement of the canopy
  • Lightning diagram
  • Pest management plan
  • Security plan
  • Recall of product plan
  • Chain of custody procedure
  • Cannabis waste procedures plan
  • General safety and health requirements

License applicants must also fulfill certain extra requirements, such as having access to water rights or a water municipality.

Unless the company is less than 300 feet from a day care or a school, most industrial zones will allow cannabis production zoning.

Applicants should find out the status of their permission within four or five days of submitting their papers.

Cultivators can begin cultivating up to 8,000 plants after licenses are issued, depending on the license type.

RELATED POST: Will CBN Replace Melatonin?

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How Do I Smoke Legal Weed In Washington? https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/how-do-i-smoke-legal-weed-in-washington/ Wed, 08 Sep 2021 20:09:18 +0000 https://www.cannabislegalizationnews.com/?p=226458 Read More]]> So you want to smoke some legal?

First off, welcome to the better Washington… Washington State. I think you’ll love the city and, more importantly, the state when you leave here. I love the city, and pending on your life experiences, your visit here to Seattle could be fantastic, or you could become a part of someone else’s hustle, like in all big cities. Seattle has excellent public transportation but also a shit ton of homeless, scammers, and other by-products of capitalism. Just something to be aware of if you don’t plan on leaving the city. If that’s the case, you don’t need an uber or rental, except to hit those destination spots.

Most likely, you’ll be landing at Sea-Tac Airport, a catchy name for a little city in-between the two large ones. Here you can catch the light rail, which you can take to various points in Seattle, and its’ proper. If you want to get weed as soon as you can, then there’s only one option without a vehicle, and that’s Cannabis City off the SODO stop. Cannabis City is the closest weed shop to any of the light rail stops. If you’re willing to wait, there are several options in the city.

Since you’re the rambunctious type and have to get weed right away, where are you going to smoke it with all that luggage? Well, hopefully, you’re carrying light because you will blend in. Whether you’re smoking a preroll or decided to buy some flower and a pipe, there are the city rules, and then there’s common courtesy because no one gives a fuck about your pot-smoking here.

The city ordinance states that public cannabis smoking is a nuisance, not tobacco, so fines come with the bad-boy reputation. If a cop wanted to be known as a rent-a-cop, they could give you a 20 dollar fine for being a rebel. It also provides discretionary power for hotels and BnBs. Surprisingly some do allow it; just not advertise it, ask before you book that room.

I meant it when I said no one gives a fuck about your weak ass marijuana here; let me tell you how I sometimes “treat yourself.” On my way home via public transportation, I’ll take the light rail from the University of Washington to the Capitol Hill stop. Once I get off the train it’s out of the station on the street where my multiple-choice adventure begins, do I? 1) grab some food first from Dick’s or something from the gyro place, the size of lines usually decides this for me or 2) immediately start walking down the hill to the Reef because they offer a great selection with a Veteran’s discount and an ATM fee-free machine.

After making my purchase at the Reef, if I didn’t initially grab food, I might grab a slice from the woodfire pizza place across the street. Pending on foot traffic, I could light one up on the sidewalk while making my way down to Westlake Center to catch the light rail; usually, there’s no heavy foot traffic cause of all the construction going on.

If not while walking, I try to find a park where I can sit away from other people. Always be considerate; keep in mind you’re about to smoke a combustible that you have no control over. If you got a vape pen, I would say, “Hell, do it anywhere. Just don’t blow in people’s faces.” A good rule of thumb is, if you see cigarettes, then that area is fine.

Now that you got your smoke on let me make a few suggestions. If you can stop at Biscuit Bitch, this is always one of my go-to’s on “treat yourself” day. For the evening, the nightlife varies, so I recommend checking out TheStranger.com for events and nightlife.

Before I sign off, let me set you on a Seattle delicacy scavenger hunt. I don’t want to promote one business over another here, but Seattle does have some unique flavors, look up Seattle Dog and Seattle Teriyaki Chicken; these two alone will send you down a rabbit hole of deliciousness.

Keep in mind; I’m a 5’11” almost 50-year-old dark-skinned brown man. Results may vary.

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