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PUBLISHED: July 16th 2014

A new tier 3 grower called “Agrijuana” has been approved to set up shop in Battle Ground. The company was approved by the Washington State Liquor Control Board for both producer and processor licenses sometime

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PUBLISHED: July 15th 2014

Once again, the line of customers stretched around the block at the reopening of Main Street Marijuana today. The store had to shut down over the weekend because it ran out of stock, but it

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PUBLISHED: July 14th 2014

Maybe this is a little too inside baseball for the newspaper, but I find it fascinating. Brian Stroh, owner of CannaMan Farms, let me check out the lab reports from Analytical 360 for the three

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PUBLISHED: July 14th 2014

Over the first five days or so of marijuana sales in Vancouver, store hours and supply amounts have changed it seems almost hour by hour. Here’s a quick update of what’s going on. New Vansterdam

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PUBLISHED: July 11th 2014

The scene was a lot more mellow today at the grand opening of New Vansterdam, Vancouver’s second recreational pot store to open this week. About 35 people were lined up at 8 a.m. when the

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PUBLISHED: May 4th 2015

Farmer Tom Lauerman, an organic medical grower in Vancouver, has offered to do a series of pot strain reviews for us here at Cannabis Chronicles. I asked him to do his first review on Cinex,

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PUBLISHED: July 10th 2014

Main Street Marijuana once again had customers lined down the street for its Thursday opening. About 100 people waited for the doors to open at 11 a.m. The store was able to stay open until

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(Brian Budz behind one of New Vansterdam's table displays.)
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PUBLISHED: July 10th 2014

Brian Budz at New Vansterdam, which opens at 8 a.m. on Friday, was nice enough to send us his expected stock list for the day. Budz said opening day prices will be somewhere in the

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(Justin Dufour, Viridian Sciences, after becoming Main Street Marijuana's first customer)
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PUBLISHED: July 9th 2014

I’ve been Tweeting like a mad fiend all morning at @Col_Cannabis, taking pictures and filing stories, but I wanted to get at least a small post out to all you wonderful blog readers. Thanks so

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Visiting CannaMan Farms and watching their progress.
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PUBLISHED: July 9th 2014

Opening day is here folks! The first recreational marijuana store, Main Street Marijuana, 2314 Main St., will open its doors after an 11 a.m. ribbon cutting. I’ll be out live Tweeting the scene this morning

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PUBLISHED: July 8th 2014

This morning I got to chat with Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the national Drug Policy Alliance, who’s in Oregon working on that state’s legalization efforts. As a national expert, Nadelmann said he thinks Washington’s

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PUBLISHED: July 8th 2014

The folks at Main Street Marijuana have been busy getting ready for Wednesday’s grand opening. The store got its licenses from the state and city on Monday, and the first shipment of marijuana should arrive

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PUBLISHED: July 7th 2014

Two Vancouver marijuana stores received their licenses from the Washington State Liquor Control Board at 2:30 a.m. Monday as part of the first group of 24 stores to get them around the state. After approval,

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PUBLISHED: July 6th 2014

Adam Stites, owner of Mirth Provisions in Longview, sent us some of his thoughts as we approach the first week of legal marijuana sales in Washington state. What do you all think of this historic

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(Brian Budz, right, of New Vansterdam talks with Brian Stroh, of CannaMan Farms in early July)
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PUBLISHED: July 3rd 2014

The first week of legal marijuana sales is almost upon us – and Vancouver’s two stores have some details about when they’re opening and what they’ll have in stock. Main Street Marijuana, at 2314 Main

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PUBLISHED: July 3rd 2014

If you’re planning on buying marijuana legally next week, but are a little fuzzy on the rules, the Vancouver Police Department just came out with this handy sheet: Marijuana is legal but do you know

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(Anthony Johnson, chief petitioner, prepares to hand in signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State in late June.)
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PUBLISHED: July 2nd 2014

Peter Zuckerman of New Approach Oregon was nice enough to give us a guest post on what’s going on with legalization in Oregon. Here’s the scoop: By PETER ZUCKERMAN Press Secretary, New Approach Oregon As

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(Stroh, left, and Budz discuss opening day.)
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PUBLISHED: July 1st 2014

I finally got over to New Vansterdam this morning for a look at their setup. My impression? The interior looks great, streamlined and very well thought out. The storefront? Not so much, but that’s not

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PUBLISHED: June 30th 2014

Two stores in Vancouver have passed inspection from the Washington Liquor Control Board and could open as soon as July 8. Both Main Street Marijuana, at 2314 Main St. in uptown, and New Vansterdam, 6515

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PUBLISHED: June 27th 2014

The folks at Main Street Marijuana, 2314 Main St. in uptown, were nice enough to let me visit the store this week to see how things are shaping up. Everything’s still on schedule so far

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PUBLISHED: June 26th 2014

Vancouver medical marijuana grower Tom Lauerman, who goes by the handle Farmer Tom, had a lot of interesting tidbits to share with us when Columbian video guru Paul Suarez and I visited a few weeks

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PUBLISHED: June 25th 2014

Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud called me for a radio interview today on cannabis issues in Washington. The first stores should open on July 8. Here’s the link if anyone’s interested:

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PUBLISHED: June 25th 2014

There’s an interesting tidbit today in my story today about the first round of recreational marijuana stores opening on July 8. Brian Smith, communications director for the Washington State Liquor Control Board, told me that

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PUBLISHED: June 24th 2014

There are still a lot of issues coming to the fore as Vancouver marijuana retail stores set to open in the next few weeks. Supply, of course, is a major one. So far, Clark County

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PUBLISHED: June 23rd 2014

Shane Wahl, head gardener at Vancouver’s CannaMan Farms, has been working nonstop for several weeks preparing for the company’s first harvest, which should happen soon. I paid a visit to him on Friday, June 27,

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PUBLISHED: June 20th 2014

Here’s a possible future issue: If Oregon legalizes marijuana possession, will consumers be able to buy pot in Washington and bring it back home to Portland legally? The answer is sort of a mixed bag,

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PUBLISHED: June 20th 2014

A retail store has finally gone on the record with its plans to open on July 1 (or possibly July 8). Main Street Marijuana, which came in first in Vancouver’s retail lottery under the name

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PUBLISHED: June 18th 2014

Update: I talked to somebody from New Vansterdam and they told me they’ll be willing to talk on the record soon. They do appear to be shooting for July. I’ll have more once they’re ready

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(Adam Stites is the founder of Mirth Provisions, a marijuana processor in Longview, WA.)
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PUBLISHED: June 18th 2014

Guest Post by Adam Stites, Founder – Mirth Provisions in Longview, WA Marijuana is in the news again — and not in a particularly positive way. In New York Times’ columnist Maureen Dowd’s June 3rd

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PUBLISHED: June 17th 2014

There’s a lot of gray area when it comes to Washington’s medical marijuana collectives. And it will be another year before they learn whether they’ll have to merge into the recreational economy. Farmer Tom Lauerman,

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PUBLISHED: June 5th 2014

So the manager of the first retail pot store in Washington State announced he’ll be ready to open in Spokane on July 1. Here’s the story on The Columbian’s website about that: Marijuana retail store

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PUBLISHED: June 3rd 2014

In the world of legalization, knowledge of marijuana buds and how to smoke them is fairly standard. In general, people have an idea of what they’re consuming and how much of it to take. And

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Brandon Brock, owner of Mary Jane's House of Glass at 212 N.E. 164th Avenue, poses for a portrait, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Brock won the lottery to license a pot store in Washougal. He says the moratorium and the availability of product are the two main challenges to starting up his business. (Steven Lane/The Columbian)
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PUBLISHED: June 3rd 2014

I just read this piece from Al Jazeera America that looks into the legality of city and (one would assume) county bans on marijuana businesses. Since unicorporated Clark County has banned marijuana businesses and several

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PUBLISHED: May 27th 2014

Looks like the Clark County Commission has banned marijuana facilities – growers, processors and retail stores – in unincorporated parts of the county (see Tyler Graf’s story below). The ruling won’t affect the six stores

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PUBLISHED: May 21st 2014

Marijuana farmers may not be able to use federal water for their crops, but that likely won’t affect Clark County growers, the region’s only licensed grower said. Brian Stroh, owner of CannaMan Farms, Vancouver’s first

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PUBLISHED: May 16th 2014

By Justin Runquist, Columbian small cities reporter Local business owner Loren Carlson is ready to take a pioneering step into Washington’s fledgling marijuana industry by opening one of the first pot shops in Clark County.

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PUBLISHED: May 1st 2015

It’s no big secret really, but just for the record, I was a pot smoker in high school. I even inhaled. Now that I’ve ruined any chance to run for office (note: not interested anyway)

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PUBLISHED: April 16th 2014

On Wednesday a neuroscience study came out that indicates smoking marijuana changes the size and shape of the brain’s nucleus accumbens, the reward processing center, and the amygdala, which processes emotion. The study found that

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PUBLISHED: April 4th 2014

Could marijuana help wean addicts off of harder drugs? Uruguay – the first South American country to legalize the sale of pot – may attempt to answer that question in its prison system. The country

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PUBLISHED: March 26th 2014

There are lots of interesting “did you know” moments when you start reading about the history of cannabis. As a reporter I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can about it to provide

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PUBLISHED: March 21st 2014

Recreational use of marijuana has been legal in Washington for more than a year now, although there’s still no legal place to buy it – yet. The state Liquor Control Board has started approving the

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