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This ‘Marijuana Poisoning’ is More Deadlier

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We thought the whole ‘reefer madness‘ thing would fly out the window, never to be seen again, once we became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana and national perception began to change. But no. ‘Reefer Madness’ still lingers its’ rotting soulless propaganda self, often showing up in different forms such as the headlines to scare the crap out of you so you will click on an article, or at least scare the click out of you.

Just last week we found an article posted on the Reuters website, written by Victoria Cavaliere, titled “Marijuana poisoning incidents spike in Washington state.” You got to be kidding. Really Victoria? Really Reuters? Marijuana ‘poisoning?’

First of all, we whole heartedly encourage everyone to be smart about marijuana consumption because it is possible to overdose on marijuana and have unpleasant symptoms, but to use the word ‘poison’ is over the top. A little Reefer Madness-ish, if you will.

For example, let’s just say there was an increase in the amount of candy parents began to feed their kids which led to an increase in the number of kids racing to the bathroom ill and tossing their heads into the toilet. Are you going to see headlines that read ‘Sugar poisoning incidents spike in Washington State?’ Probably not. Because sugar isn’t harmful, right? (of course we’re being a little sarcastic) The funny thing is, which isn’t really funny, but sugar has led to many health problems and illnesses. On the other hand, marijuana has been beneficial as a medicine. You don’t see a ‘medical sugar’ industry, do you?

Let’s take a look at a definition of ‘poison:’ a substance with an inherent property that tends to destroy life or impair health (by the way, there are many definitions of poison from many different dictionaries, but for arguments sake, we will take this one). Alcohol poisoning. This is a phrase that is used freely, and actually makes sense according to the dictionary definition we provided. People can get sick from consuming too much alcohol, inherit health problems and illnesses, and even die. According to the above definition, looks like we can also start using ‘sugar poisoning.’ How about ‘fat Poisoning’ or french fry poisoning? Whether it is alcohol, sugar, or fatty foods, they all seem to do way more harm that marijuana, but ‘alcohol poisoning’ is really the only phrase which is used commonly, or at all.

Another recent example is from the Halloween season. The police department out of Colorado issued a video making parents aware and showing them how to spot marijuana edibles in their kids candies. This was laughable and we wrote about it here. But it wasn’t just the police department, but marijuana affiliated media outlets – of all outlets (yes, you know who you are) – that jumped on the bandwagon and joined in on the reefer madness sponsored hysteria.

Again, and with more energy: you got to be kidding! Why didn’t you also include rat poison and razor blades warnings in that video and subsequent articles to follow? Why didn’t you throw the possibility of turpentine being used as a cooking ingredient in homemade cookie treats as well? Maybe even warn parents about those candies that have liquor in them? Oh, and what about the overconsumption of sugar?

Here’s the problem. When you start loosely using terms like ‘marijuana poisoning,’ especially when the general public is realizing that they have been duped all these years, and just beginning to learn that marijuana can be really beneficial, then you are spreading fear and misinformation. This is bad because it becomes a smoke screen for the things in our society that are actually harmful and are being ignored. That is why this type of ‘marijuana poisoning,’ in the form of fear and misinformation, is more deadlier.

3 Seattle Marijuana Business Ideas To Cash In On!

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Want to cash in on the latest gold rush (or Green Rush) but don’t have any ideas? Not to worry! We have brainstormed 3 fun money making marijuana business ideas for you. Now that the hard part is done,  you just need to secure some start-up cash or find some investors!

1. Munchies Snack Shop

There are currently 6 recreational marijuana shops in Seattle and not one of them sells any kind of food to snack on (that we are aware of). As you know, food and weed go hand in hand. They complete each other. Imagine a beach without a body of water. We didn’t think so.

So what you do is open up a snack shop next door to a pot shop and name it Munchies! Or Muncheez. Or Munchee-chee. You sell cookie dough ice cream, containers of Nutella, Doritos, Fritos, Twinkies, Oreos, Cheez Whiz, Rice Krispie Treats, every kind of chocolate bar imaginable, pop tarts, slurpees, and top ramen. You even have some healthy options for the new wave and breed of of health conscience stoners. Start with one snack shop next to a pot shop and then create a chain. Imagine 27 Munchies next to 27 Seattle recreational marijuana shops.

If you don’t have the capitol to open up a brick and mortar Munchies, then buy a truck, gut it out, and make a snack truck out of it. Pay the owner of the marijuana store a small fee to park the van next to the pot shop and presto! You now have a snack shop where your target audience is.

And if you don’t have the capitol for a snack truck, then buy one of those mini vending machines, fill it with snacks, and slap the name Munchies on it. Make a deal with the weed store by giving them a percentage of the sales so you can place the vending machine inside the shop, or just outside the front entrance.

2. The Marijuana Museum & Tourist Authority

Downtown Seattle, around Pike’s Place Market, where all of the tourists flock. They know that marijuana is legal in Seattle, they saw the news back home, they heard the stories, but they don’t see a damn thing. It’s because the closest marijuana shop is in another neighborhood miles away!

All you have to do is lease a space as close to Pike’s Place as possible, and open up the nations first Marijuana Museum & Tourist Authority. If you’re not allowed to use the name marijuana as part of a business name, then name it: The Hemp Museum & Tourist Authority or The Joint Museum & Tourist Authority. You get the idea.

Not only do you highlight local marijuana history in the interactive and informative museum, but you also include national and international cannabis history. And as history is made, you update the museum.

In addition, create a screening room and play the wonderfully engaging ‘Evergreen: The Road to Legalization’ documentary. Build a booth where tourists can purchase tickets, hop on a bus, and visit a couple cannabis retail shops and growers. And don’t forget a small shop where tourists can buy gifts and t-shirts as they exit the shop.

3. Marijuana Bed and Breakfast

The Seattle area gets around 18 million visitors per year and I’m willing to bet that a percentage of them, wouldn’t mind partaking in some fine Washington State grown cannabis. The problem is, there aren’t many places for a tourist to light up and all of the existing hotels are too corporate for their own good. So what do you do? You buy a house and open up a marijuana bed & breakfast and provide a place where tourists can rent a room, hang out on the patio or in their room, and have a toke!

So there you have it! 3 Fun Money Making Marijuana Business Ideas to get you started!

Lyons Carrying Cases: Stylish Engineered Protection For Your Glass Pipes or Vaporizer

Lyons Glass Pipe & Vaporizer Carry Cases by Paul Lyons

Although I understand why one would spend the extra money on a carrying case for a glass pipe or a vaporizer, I could never justify it when that money could be used to buy more of your favorite strains or brands of edibles. This way of thinking changed when I got my hands on a Lyons carry case.

Paul Lyons is the owner and engineer behind these stylish yet purposeful carrying cases. Lyons, a former REI engineer and product tester, has applied some of his cutting edge knowledge to his cases, such as using backpack straps inside the walls to protect the glass piper or vaporizer, and using magnetic snap buttons to easily open the case, or keep it firmly closed. In addition to his technical engineering, Lyons has added his own fashionable signature such as the unique shape of the overlapping flaps.

Lyons Carry Cases by Paul Lions For Glass Pipes and Vaporizers

Currently, Lyons offers several styles of pre-production models which are made for a variety of smoking devices, ranging from a standard glass pipe to the popular Magic Flight Launch Box that we have included in the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide For Marijuana Fans. You can find these pre-production models at the Hippy Raver, located in the University District of Seattle.

Lyons will be using crowd funding, starting on the 24th of November, to raise money to produce the entire line of carrying cases. Sign up to their newsletter for updates.

 

4 Ways You Can Get Into BIG TROUBLE Despite Legal Marijuana in Washington State

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Breaking and of these 4 Washington State weed laws and you can spend some time in jail.

 

We live in one of two States where recreational marijuana is currently legal on the State level, which gives us this sense of freedom to carry up to an ounce of dried cannabis and smoke in the privacy of our homes. Some people are even pushing the limits of our freedoms by neglecting the regulations and possible citations of smoking outside in public, and lighting up wherever they choose. But when City Attorney Pete Holmes dismisses 100 tickets issued by the Seattle Police Department for public consumption of marijuana, it might be easy to think that we don’t have many limits with our newfound freedoms of a Washington State citizen and we can pretty much do what we please.

But not so fast! There are limits, and they come with some pretty stiff penalties if you break them and are convicted. Here are 4 weed laws in Washington State that can land you a felony and some time in jail.

1. Possessing More than 40 Grams of Dried Cannabis

In Washington, under State law, adults over the age of 21 are allowed to privately possess and consume up to an ounce of dried cannabis. Now, if you possess between 1 ounce and 40 grams (which is close to 1.5 ounces) and are convicted, you must spend at least 24 hours incarcerated (up to 90 days). And here is the real kicker: If you have more than 40 grams of marijuana in your possession and are convicted, you could see up to 5 years behind bars and up to $10,000 in fines.

2. Sale of Distribution of ANY Amount

If you sell or distribute any amount of cannabis with out a retail license, you can be incarcerated up to 5 years and fined up to $10,000. If this sale is to a minor at least 3 years younger than you, then the time of incarceration can be up to 10 years. And you can see double incarceration time and double the fines, if you are within 1000 ft of a school, school bus stop or in a public park, in a public housing project designated as a drug-free zone, or while riding public transportation.

3. Growing ANY Amount of Cannabis

Again, without the proper licensing, growing any amount of  cannabis can get you in trouble. A felony of up to 5 years in jail and fines of up to $10,000. Again, just like sale or distribution, jail times and fines can double if you are within 1000 ft of a school, school bus stop or in a public park, in a public housing project designated as a drug-free zone, in public transportation.

4. Possessing More than 40 Grams of Hash & Concentrates

While you can get a misdemeanor by possessing less than 40 grams of hash & concentrates, more than this amount – or manufacture, sale, delivery or possession with intent – can land you behind bars for up to 5 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

 

Better safe than sorry, right? For more information about these Washington State marijuana laws and penalties, and for other misdemeanors or felonies, check out NORML.

 

 

 

5 Washington State Marijuana Laws or Rules That NEED to Change NOW

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These 5 Marijuana Laws in Washington State Need to Change Sooner Than Later.

 

UPDATED: (This article has been updated based on some great feedback within the cannabis industry. Thank you Hillary Bricken for your ideas on 4 & 5)

Washington State marijuana legalization was SO two years ago but despite this, we still have a long way to go. And I’m not talking about the fact that Seattle still only has four legal marijuana retail shops – but you can throw that in there if you like as well.

In our opinions, there are 3 Washington State marijuana laws or regulations that need to change to not only exercise a bit more freedoms and stay relevant with the evolution of an industry, but because it just makes sense.

1. Allow Recreational Marijuana Delivery

What’s better than having a smoking hot cheesy pepperoni pizza delivered to your door? Marijuana. For a couple years now you can pick up the phone, dial a number, talk to some mysterious person on the other end, and before you know it – or hours later, depending on how busy they were, you could have a treat at your doorstep. Grey Area beauty at its’ finest.

Those days are not gone as there are some local Seattle weed delivery services that still operate despite regulations against it, such as cult favorites Club Raccoons. But we have to admit, it’s just not the same without local national hero Winterlife Cooperative, ever since they became legit and in the process of readying their product for legal retail shops.

First, and foremost, bring back the grey-area recreational marijuana industry but make it legit. Not only would it be convenient to have an industry of cannabis couriers delivering their fine product, but the tax dollars for the city will be off the hook! And residents of cannabis starved neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, University District and Downtown won’t have to go on expeditions searching for legal marijuana.

2. Allow Marijuana Bars, Safe Spaces, or Amsterdam Style Coffeeshops

This is a no brainer. As of now, there aren’t many places where one can legally consume marijuana. And because of this, more and more people are just saying fuck it, and lighting up on the streets. After all, the fine is petty.  And if your are so unlucky that you do get a ticket, there’s always a chance it could get thrown out.

Allow marijuana bars, safe spaces like they have in Vancouver, B.C., or Amsterdam style coffee shops, so adults would be able to have a place to go, enjoy themselves, and have a toke. Not only would this give adults in Washington State a place to go, but it would also help the city regulate public consumption of marijuana.

3. Allow Us to Grow Plants, Dammit!

In Colorado, you can legally grow plants in your home. In Washington State you can’t. We are going to be like that brat during the holidays that didn’t get the gift that their friend or sibling received, and demand we get it too.  Not only this would extend our freedoms, but adults to grow plants – and even gift it to their friends – could help eliminate some of the black market.

For more information, check out these rules or regulations set by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

4. Add More Storefronts

Once all 27 recreational marijuana shops open in Seattle, we will defiantly be better off than we are today with only four. But still, 27 legal marijuana shops serving the city of Seattle is such a small number, especially when you compare this number with the number of pot shops in Amsterdam, or even Denver, Colorado. If our #2 suggestion was implemented, maybe this would help out overall.

5. Lower Taxes

Ah yes, the high price of recreational marijuana. One complaint we have heard more than any other is how damn expensive legal marijuana is. Much more expensive than medical marijuana and the black market. One reason for that are the high retail taxes. Lower the taxes and the black market will have less leverage.

 

What do you think of these Washington State marijuana laws or regulations that need to change now? Would you take away add anything to the list?