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Washington Residents Smoke Way More Weed Than Officials Thought

Discussion in 'Cannabis News and Activism' started by green2brown, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. macbill

    macbill WA-WAHHH. WA, Oh WA-To-See

    What I'm looking forward to is the ability to buy concentrates like wax or oil. I've found as one grows older, unless you got great connections, its very hard to find. When I was in High School in the late 60's, it seemed like everyone's older brother was dealing something in the SF So. Bay Area. Nepalese this or that, Afghanistan whatever.

    Personally, I believe it will always be cheaper to buy weed on the Black Mkt: no tax. Its the exotics I'm interested in for special occasions, like Monday.
     
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  2. mrboote

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    The state’s new pot law unintentionally defined sellable marijuana in a way that excluded concentrates and extracts. It has been theorized that with a slight bit of additive concentrates may be sold as "infused food products". That does fill me with much confidence when it comes to recreational extracts. Seattle Times article
     
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  3. macbill

    macbill WA-WAHHH. WA, Oh WA-To-See

    Good article, mrboote. I must admit, I haven't intentionally sought out concentrates with the same intensity as I do for a steady stream of bodacious bud, mostly because it didn't occur to me. I hope my Stoner License won't be revoked for my lackadaisical attitude.
     
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    I think the lackadaisical 'tude is mandatory!

    But I posted what I did so you don't get your hopes up too high for something that looks so shaky.

    It may well be somewhat a factor of your age, but a big reason you can't find decent connections anymore is because the "black market" is a rapidly shrinking thing. The two guys I used to rely on both went medical, are much easier to connect with at their legit place of business, and are increasingly reluctant to meet up like the old days.

    At least keep your current connection going. When the recreational market does finally open their prices may become as ridiculous as what I'm seeing in Colorado.
     
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  5. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    Sean Green of Kouchlock Productions is the proud owner of the first legal cannabis grow license for recreational purpose in Washington. He will be growing 21,000 sq ft worth of cannabis plants in his warehouse. He has been growing cannabis for his legal medical marijuana business since 2011. With the new law growers can't be in the retail cannabis business too.

    He will start by supplying starter plants for new legal cannabis grow operations in the beginning. His grow operation is located in Spokane. They are still saying that recreational cannabis sales are expected to start in some areas this summer.

    The Liquor Control Board of Wa says that producers can begin to grow and transfer plants as soon as licenses are given out. They can start out with mature plants that have not started to flower.
     
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  6. grokit

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    So he's giving up his medical grow operation for a recreational one?
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  7. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    The WA law states that you can't be a producer of cannabis and also have a retail license to sell it in stores.

    I'm not sure what Sean Green is going to do? It says in the article that he is still operating his medical cannabis facility in Shoreline and Spokane. There are so many contradictions with these laws. He will probably do both until the state tells him he can't.:hmm:
     
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  8. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    Saw this driving by yesterday. Getting ready for 4-20, going for it on 4-19 it see.
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  9. ryan8

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    A cannabis farmer's market sounds like the most amazing thing.
     
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    When I visit I always make a point of reminding myself that it's way too sweet of a situation to last forever. I'm spoiled, and dealing with anything lesser is gonna sting. The social aspect alone makes it worth visiting for me, along with the liberal sampling.
     
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    Northwest!!!
     
  12. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    Drivers in Wa state can earn $60 with a roadside blood test and breath check. Survey teams will ask hundreds of Wa residents to voluntarily answer a survey. They will ask them for a blood test and a breath and saliva sample. This will give to authorities a clearer sense of how many drivers are impaired.

    They plan to survey about 150 drivers from six counties: Spokane, Yakima, Kitsap, Whatcom, King and Snohomish. Citizens would be stopped by people wearing orange vests and ask people to participate.

    Any biological samples will be destroyed when the findings are published. Sure they are.:evil:

    They will just assume if you refuse to take the survey and bodily fluid sample that you are impaired. This is insane.:horse:
     
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  13. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    Where will the first stores be?

    “We’ve kept in mind geography and population, and retail licenses will be spread around the state,” Smith of the LCB said.

    Once the licenses are out, the board will publish a list of its new licensees.

    Spokane Green Leaf — at 9107 N. Country Home Blvd, Suite 2 in Spokane — responded to our inquires via email. That business wrote:

    “On Friday, June 20th, we underwent the final inspection from the WSLCB Enforcement Officer. We passed all the required elements. We will be awarded our Retail License the week of June 30th. We were told that we will be among the first 20 licensed retail stores in the state-wide opening the week of July 7th.

    The retail pricing for top-shelf product could be in the $20-$25 range. Lowest prices expected in the $12-$15 per gram range.”

    The Fresh Greens store in Winthrop also expects to be among the first, said owner Austin Lott.

    “I’ve had my final review and passed and now I just need to finish my front, get fingerprinted, and pass my inspection, which is supposed to happen in about a week,” Lott wrote us last week. “I’ve contacted a few processors through email and received no response yet. And that means I don’t have much info on prices – it’s all just speculation at this point, but I expect them to be higher than black market, certainly. They’ll come way down next year come November/December when the big outdoor crops come in.”


    Issued: APSU, grower/producer license. Located in North Bend, King County.

    What they said: We are a "Boutique" grow operation consisting of my wife and myself. We have collected an assortment of Amsterdam genetics that we will be starting off with. Our goal is to have product available by September.

    Who will be able to buy it?

    Anyone who can prove they are 21 or older – and you don’t have to be a resident of Washington. So, expect pot tourists to be a part of the new scene.
     
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  14. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    Sonshine, at 3211 Yelm Highway SE in Olympia, also hosts the Washington Farmer's Market, which gets growers, medibles vendors and patients together in a very community-oriented atmosphere. While lots of people on the medical marijuana scene use the word "community," some of them actually work to build one, and that's definitely what's going on here.
    The Washington Farmer's Market, held from 10:30 to 5:30 he first and third Saturday of the month, features a friendly group of vendors and regular patients I see almost every time I go. Far from being insular and exclusive, though, the folks at the Market warmly welcome newcomers; from the very first time I visited last year, I felt at home.
    The Market usually includes about 20 vendor tables, offering a variety of cannabis flowers, concentrates, topicals and medibles. That variety is extremely empowering to patients; good old-fashioned competition helps keep prices low and quality high, and many vendors offer on-the-spot sampling.
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    Steve Elliott ~alapoet~
    Not to be missed were the potent medicated treats at The Magik Chef's table
    On my latest visit to the Market on July 7, I was quick to donate for some excellent Gold Jack (Colombian Gold x Jack Herer), a comely and energetic sativa, on the Blue Moon table. I enjoyed a delicious medicated barbecue pork sandwich prepared by Bilbus Yeoldshire, a regular vendor at the market.
    The sweet, tangy flavor gave no hint of the barbecue's potency, but about an hour later a deep calm suffused me, and I realized that was one righteous sandwich. You'd have a hard time finding a better medicated value anywhere for five bucks.
    Also not to be missed were the potent medicated treats, including white chocolates, caramel cups, and peanut butter cups, at The Magik Chef's table. While lots of medibles out there are severely lacking in potency -- especially for those of us who have quite a tolerance for cannabis -- Magik Chef treats pack a real punch, and many patients are reporting they're great for pain relief, which has been my experience as well.
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    Washington Farmer's Market's Sarena Haskins with Toke of the Town editor Steve Elliott in Hoodsport
    There's much more to the Washington Farmer's Market than the vendors. The Sonshine Organics crew (a courteous and helpful bunch of folks) makes sure patients are entertained while they're at the market. For all the world, this innovative approach reminds me of an old-time "flea market" back in Alabama, except with marijuana.
    Almost every market features live music in the smoking lounge by the likes of Kim Archer, an absolutely stunning entertainer who combines equal parts Joan Armatrading and Melissa Etheridge. (Yes, I said "smoking lounge." Patients can consume casnnabis on-site at the Market -- and hear live music while doing so.) Special events also often feature magicians, comedians, and even dancers; there's never a dull moment around this place.
    Markets will be held in beautifully scenic Hoodsport, Washington, at the waterfront, across the road from the Model T Tavern, on August 11 and September 8.
    "This is the way it should be everywhere, all the time," my friend and fellow patient Doc said dreamily as we left the Market. I agree.
    Tags: drive-through window, marijuana dispensary, washington state


    This article was from a year ago so the dates of the events have already passed.
     
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  15. Enchantre

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    That's where I do most of my mmj shopping, actually.
    Edit to include: It is a great place, though its usual home is the Olympia/Tumwater area, on the Yelm Hwy. We haven't been to the Hoodsport location yet.
     
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  16. macbill

    macbill WA-WAHHH. WA, Oh WA-To-See

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    from the fb page: Washington Farmer's Market is for all WMMP.

    Do you think they will include the recreational market this summer? Sounds like a good visit during a road trip.
     
  19. GeekyGodiva

    GeekyGodiva Happy Hairy Herbal Faerie

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    According to the telly, Vansterdam will have a shop called Main Street Marijuana downtown, likely as soon as July 7. I am looking forward to seeing what's available. I hope they will do a discount mystery mix of the shake ends of random batches, as I hear some mmj dispensaries do. I could totally be fine with shake in my Buddha. Do you think it will be all packaged pre-measured? Do you think it will be more likely to cause health problems if it is? Some anecdotes say that wild grown tobacco rolled up and smoked is less dangerous than the processed tobacco in cigarettes. I have no idea regarding the veracity of the claim, but it makes me wonder...
     
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  20. macbill

    macbill WA-WAHHH. WA, Oh WA-To-See

  21. Enchantre

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    I really hate these media stories that make it sound like the MMJ world in WA is entirely unregulated. It isn't. There is a state law that governs it, and nearly every dispensary I know & shop at has a state business license, and is paying their appropriate taxes.

    It is just entirely too bad that recreational has to jump through so many hoops to get left alone by the feds. UNSCHEDULE ME! :)
    Oh, and we laughed. 190 lbs? dang, I think we see half that much at one market, on Saturday, near Olympia. Ain't gonna go far, that's for sure.
     
  22. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    Folks will continue to buy in the black market for awhile too much of a shortage the way the state went about things. Seems like they would have realized that they should have allowed the growers to start sooner. WA state has been so slow in implementing the rights of the voters.


    Here's a new twist to the food truck fad: A converted school bus featuring marijuana-infused sandwiches and other treats is set to open for business in Washington state this weekend.

    The Samich bus is the latest example of businesses that are sprouting to cash in on the growing pot industry. It is a promotion for Seattle-based Magical Butter, a company that sells a kitchen appliance that creates cannabis-infused cooking oils, herbs and spices at home.

    Related story: San Jose dispensaries offer free marijuana to card-carrying voters
    Veronica Rocha

    Washington and Colorado are currently the only two states with laws supporting recreational marijuana use. Next week, New York is expected to join 22 states, along with the District of Columbia, that have legalized medical marijuana usage in some form. Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996.

    But because recreational marijuana retailers can't legally sell edibles in Washington until July, only customers wielding medical marijuana cards can order Samish's weed-laced dishes such as truffle popcorn, peanut butter and jelly, and a Vietnamese pork banh mi.

    Garyn Angel, Magical Butter's chief executive and food truck operator, said his truck is serving medical marijuana and thus falls into a gray area when it comes to the state's weed regulation.
    He said the dishes contain up to 100 milligrams of THC, a relatively high amount. Colorado considers 10 milligrams of THC a substantial single dose.

    Licenses for the first 20 recreational-marijuana retail stores in Washington are to be issued July 7. The state's Liquor Control Board has not confirmed whether it will license food trucks and restaurants, but has made it clear that no food requiring heat or refrigeration will be allowed in recreational marijuana stores.

    Customers should expect to fork over more money if they dine at the Samich food truck.

    “This will be a high-end meal either way, but our infused entrees will cost around $10 more than a typical entree,” Angel told the Cannabist. “If you go to a restaurant where something would normally cost $15, you could expect to pay $25 at our place."


    After debuting in Denver on the unofficial weed holiday 4/20, the Samich food truck is to roll into the MMJ Universe Farmers Market in Black Diamond, Wash., this Saturday and Sunday. Magical Butter will also be selling its MB2 machine, which retails for about $170.

    And in case you were wondering, Samich stands for Savory Accessible Marijuana Infused Culinary Happiness.

    Follow @bri_sacks for food-business news

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  23. Chill Dude

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    Question for all you Seattle people. My wife and I are going to take a trip to Seattle on July 6th through July 12th. We'd like to enjoy the historic moment when recreational weed stores emerge. Does anyone know the names and addresses of the recreational shops set to open July 8th? It's really hard to find this information.

    Btw, we'll be staying downtown close to Pike's market. Does anyone have any information on this?
     
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  24. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    One retailer who expects to open a store in Seattle on July 8 is Michael Perkins. He’s planning to open in a former state-run liquor store location at 14343 15th Ave. NE. And then by the end of July, he hopes to have a second store open on Aurora Avenue.

    Perkins, who has extensive experience in the medical cannabis market and still runs several medical dispensaries, says he will have I-502 product to sell in his retail shop, though he isn’t exactly sure what they’ll charge per gram or how long it will last.

    There are suppose to be around 20 stores that open state wide July 8th if everything goes OK. I know there is a store in Spokane that will open but there's got to be other areas that will have rec. cannabis closer to where you will be.

    There will be more info in coming days.
     
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    Carolking, Thanks for the response. I'll check this thread over the next week or so for updated information. It's an exciting time for Washington. Very cool!

    While we're on vacation it would be cool to pop into a store and pick up an eighth just for the historical significance of weed legalisation. Fingers crossed!
     
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