washington

  1. Ron Strider

    Illegal Marijuana Grows Continue Even In Era Of Legalization

    Marijuana may be legal in Washington and Oregon, but police continue to bust illegal marijuana operations that are not licensed by the state. The latest numbers from the Washington State Patrol show that 89 illegal marijuana growing operations were shut down in Washington over the past year...
  2. Ron Strider

    Feds Admit Their Prosecution Of Medical Marijuana Users In Washington Was Illegal

    Since 2012 federal prosecutors have been trying to imprison three medical marijuana users in Washington, arguing that they grew cannabis for profit rather than relief of their symptoms. In a startling shift this week, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Spokane finally conceded what the...
  3. Ron Strider

    Former NFL Champion And Pro Cannabis Activist Marvin Washington Joins BudTrader.com

    SAN DIEGO, October 11, 2017 (Newswire.com) - BudTrader.com, the world’s largest online medical marijuana marketplace, announced today that former NFL defensive end and champion Marvin Washington has become an investor in the company. In addition to his investment, Washington has joined...
  4. Ron Strider

    Should Washington Residents Be Allowed To Grow Marijuana

    Washington pot enthusiasts might dream of someday growing their own marijuana plants at home, but Mary Jane Smith, owner of MJ's Pot Shop in Pullman, wouldn't do it if she could. "It's not like a houseplant where you go buy water and life is good," Smith said. That is why Smith does not...
  5. Ron Strider

    Legal Marijuana Is Not Staying Where It's Supposed To In The US

    In 2012, voters in the US states of Colorado and Washington approved ballot measures that legalized the recreational sale of marijuana. The US federal government responded to this legalization in 2013 through the "Cole Memo." The memo, written by then deputy attorney General James Cole explained...
  6. Ron Strider

    What Jeff Sessions Got Wrong On Marijuana, According To Washington State Officials

    Officials in Washington state think U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has it all wrong when it comes to the state's legal marijuana market. Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, both Democrats, fired off a letter saying Sessions recently made "a number of...
  7. Ron Strider

    Governors Debate Marijuana Facts With Jeff Sessions Via Snail Mail

    The ongoing series of veiled threats and vague statements regarding the Trump Administration's potential policies on legalized marijuana has, in part, become an argument over facts. As in, what actually constitutes one? The latest example came in an exchange of letters in recent weeks...
  8. Ron Strider

    WA: Under Federal Glower, Tread Very Carefully On Marijuana

    Almost an entire continent separates the states of Washington and Alabama, and on some political subjects the philosophical gap may be even wider. For the most part, what happens in those states stays in those states, but that may change – emphasis on the "may" – on the issue of marijuana...
  9. Ron Strider

    Ex-Jet Wants To Market Pot-Derived Painkillers At Youth Games

    A former New York Jet is kicking up a cloud of controversy with a plan to market marijuana-derived products at Pop Warner youth football games. Marvin Washington, who played 11 seasons in the NFL — including eight years with the Jets — is the managing partner of Isodiol, a company that extracts...
  10. Ron Strider

    What Actually Happened To Violent Crime After Washington Legalized Marijuana

    An upcoming report from a U.S. Department of Justice task force is expected to link marijuana use to violent crime, which some fear might signal the start of a Trump administration crackdown on weed. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been quick to tie marijuana use to violent crime in...
  11. Ron Strider

    Ex-Jets Player Sues Jeff Sessions To Legalize Marijuana

    Former Jets defensive end Marvin Washington is now tackling Attorney General Jeff Sessions – suing the head of the Department of Justice to decriminalize marijuana. Washington is one of five plaintiffs in a new Manhattan federal lawsuit against Sessions, the DOJ and the Drug Enforcement...
  12. Ron Strider

    WA: Tacoma Mom Says Baby Accidentally Ate Marijuana Candy; Offers Warning To Others

    A Tacoma mother says her 14-month-old daughter got sick after eating candy with marijuana in it. And now, she wants to warn other parents. The woman, who does not want to be identified, said the toddler found the candy at a relative's home without anyone knowing. When she went to pick up her...
  13. Ron Strider

    Pot-Friendly Bitcoin Startup Raises $1.5 Million

    POSaBIT, a Seattle-based digital currency payments startup with a focus on serving legal cannabis outlets, has raised $1.5m in funding. The round included participation from a number of Seattle-based angel investors, whose identities were not disclosed, as well as New York-based investment...
  14. Ron Strider

    Washington Cautiously Joins Hemp Sweepstakes

    Moses Lake farmer Shane Palmer drove a seed drill across a Central Washington field earlier this month and planted hemp, marking the state's entry into the country's resurgent hemp era. Palmer said he wanted to diversify his crop line-up and try something new, and that he expects the hemp in...
  15. Ron Strider

    NY: Former Jets DE Marvin Washington, State Sen. Diane Savino On Crusade

    Manhattan's Jacob Javits Center's northernmost corner is a vast maze of booths teeming with cannabis advocates – all part of the fourth annual Cannabis World Congress Expo – and right smack in the center of the maw is state Sen. Diane Savino, getting a crash education course on the Isodiol...
  16. Ron Strider

    Hemp Advocates To Celebrate First Planting Of Newly Legalized Crop In Washington

    Now that it's legal in Washington state, a handful of farmers and the Colville tribe have submitted applications to grow industrial hemp. On Tuesday, Moses Lake will be the scene of a "first planting" demonstration of the non-drug cousin of marijuana. In the inaugural growing season, seven...
  17. Ron Strider

    WA: Researchers Need Volunteers To Smoke Marijuana For Study

    Researchers at Washington State University are looking for volunteers for a study to develop a breathalyzer that detects marijuana use. Under Washington state law, drivers with five nanograms of active tetrahydrocannabinol, also referred to as THC, in their bloodstream can be prosecuted for...
  18. Ron Strider

    State Of Washington Law Paves Way For Organic Marijuana Market

    Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed a bill that paves the way for the state to create what is believed to be the first system in the United States to certify marijuana as organic. The sponsor of the bill, Republican Senator Ann Rivers, said marijuana certified as organically...
  19. Ron Strider

    Hemp Decriminalized In Washington, But Opposition Remains Strong

    A bill recently signed by Washington Gov. Gov. Jay Inslee removed industrial hemp from the states controlled substance list, authorizing hemp production despite federal prohibition. But at least one state agency refuses to go down without a fight and essentially wants to help attorney general...
  20. Ron Strider

    10 Things To Know About Legal Pot

    Recreational marijuana -- the kind you smoke without a doctor's note -- wasn't legal anywhere in the United States five years ago. Since then, voters in eight states and Washington, D.C., have given it the green light. Sales of legal pot grew to $6.6 billion in 2016, according to New...