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July 6, 2014

Here’s why pot smokers might have a problem getting a legal high in Washington

  • 2,600 the number of would-be marijuana growers that applied after Washington state legalized marijuana in 2012.
  • 80 the number of growers, out of that gigantic pool, that successfully received licenses to grow marijuana. Part of the problem is that the state’s Liquor Control Board faces a huge backlog of applicants.
  • 560k the size, in square footage, of the marijuana farms currently in production that have received state approval. That’s the size of just 10 football fields—and that’s leading to concerns about a shortage when legal marijuana sales begin this week. source
15:44 // 3 weeks ago
June 4, 2014
I strained to remember where I was or even what I was wearing, touching my green corduroy jeans and staring at the exposed-brick wall. As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me.
Maureen Dowd on eating a piece of cannabis-laced chocolate. She had way more than the recommended serving amount for novices.
14:24 // 1 month ago
thechicagotribune:

Tobacco industry once had high hopes for marijuana business
Richard Nixon was in the White House, his “war on drugs” was in full swing, yet Big Tobacco was secretly exploring the possibility of becoming Big Pot.
Newly discovered documents from tobacco company archives at UC San Francisco show that major companies in the cigarette industry investigated joining the marijuana business in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The companies were driven then by the same shift in public attitudes that is now pushing legalization around the country.

Could you imagine the Marlbolo Man pitching weed? By the way, cannabis fans, it’s Hemp History Week.

thechicagotribune:

Tobacco industry once had high hopes for marijuana business

Richard Nixon was in the White House, his “war on drugs” was in full swing, yet Big Tobacco was secretly exploring the possibility of becoming Big Pot.

Newly discovered documents from tobacco company archives at UC San Francisco show that major companies in the cigarette industry investigated joining the marijuana business in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The companies were driven then by the same shift in public attitudes that is now pushing legalization around the country.

Could you imagine the Marlbolo Man pitching weed? By the way, cannabis fans, it’s Hemp History Week.

(via cognitivedissonance)

14:14 // 1 month ago
February 28, 2014
10:21 // 5 months ago
February 27, 2014
We’re going to have to sell more weed.
Pueblo County Budget and Finance Director Cal Hamler • During a county finance meeting earlier this week, during which Hamler and his colleagues joked about the massive amount of revenue that recreational marijuana sales have already generated for Pueblo County. If the rest of the year’s sales match January’s pace, Pueblo will raise just over $11 million in tax revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana, about seven percent of the county’s total 2014 budget. (h/t The Smoking Section) source
14:43 // 5 months ago
February 21, 2014

Colorado is going to make bank for all that legal pot they’re selling

  • yeah! According to new statistics, the state of Colorado is likely to make major bank from the sale of marijuana. Based on the first budget report on the issue, the state will likely make $184 million in tax revenue from pot alone over the next 18 months, and the industry itself is projected to earn $610 million in revenue in that period.
  • but … Don’t get too excited, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said on Friday during a meeting with governors from other states. “When governors have asked me, and several have, I say that we don’t have the facts,” Hickenlooper explained. “We don’t know what the unintended consequences are going to be and we’re going to regulate it every way we can. What I do is urge caution.”
22:27 // 5 months ago
February 13, 2014
Marijuana prohibition has been a long-term failure. Forcing marijuana into the underground market ensures authorities have no control of the product. Regulating marijuana would allow the product to be sold safely and responsibly by legitimate businesses in appropriate locations.
Rhode Island State Sen. Joshua Miller • In a statement, released via the official Rhode Island State Senate website, after introducing a bill that would legalize the use of recreational marijuana for all adults aged 21 or older. The Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act was also introduced to the Rhode Island House of Representatives on Wednesday, by Rep. Edith Ajello, and would make Rhode Island the third state to legalize use of the plant. Medical marijuana was approved by voters back in 2006, and a recent Public Policy Polling study shows a slight majority of voters in the state support regulating cannabis like alcohol. source
16:34 // 5 months ago
January 20, 2014
22:24 // 6 months ago
January 18, 2014
It’s a business trip. Nobody is going to care about that. Bill told us about it. He basically told us, ‘Don’t go out there and be stupid.’ [That’s] really good advice.
New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount • Emphasizing that his teammates won’t be taking part in legal pot-smoking in Colorado ahead of their AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos—because, essentially, coach said no.
18:19 // 6 months ago
January 12, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 12, 2014

Know that massive Target hack? Bad news, guys. They weren’t the only ones. At least three other major retailers besides Target and Neiman Marcus suffered attacks, according to a Reuters report.

Colorado’s legal pot dealers can’t use the federal banking system to pay their employees or cover their bills. Here’s why.

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court gets to figure out whether Obama’s recess appointments are actually allowed by the Constitution.

The conjugal visit is about to become a thing of the past in Mississippi—the state where the phenomenon first began.

These seven Yelp reviewers are about to lose their anonymity thanks to a recent court case.

21:28 // 6 months ago