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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

A new grower – the fourth in Clark County – has been approved by the Liquor Control Board to set up shop in Brush Prairie. The tier two farm, Welwater, appeared on the approved list

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(From Mirth's Site: Word to your mother! Mother Nature, that is. This infusion of fresh juices and cannabis extract is an awesome companion for soaking in natural beauty, whether you hike Mt. Rainier or hang out in your own backyard. Toss it in a backpack, grab a map and a friend, and spend some time with Mama.)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

The Liquor Control Board has released a list of approved infused products, which one would assume we could see in stores relatively soon. Products are listed here and will be updated every Tuesday: http://www.liq.wa.gov/records/frequently-requested-lists The

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(Illustration by Marsha Matta, The Columbian)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Couple stories out there this week out of Europe that say cannabis use can cause cardiovascular problems, including one that tries to link two heart attack deaths to it. But the science here looks iffy

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Most folks have heard about Seattle’s Hempfest, to be held Aug. 15-17 this summer. But there’s another interesting event running parallel to it up north that looks equally interesting. CannaCon, held Aug. 14-17 in the

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

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. He did his third review for us on a strain

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

People can no longer smoke marijuana at the outdoor smoking tent at Mint Tea in uptown Vancouver. A representative from the state Liquor Control Board visited the store, at 2014 Main Street, after seeing news

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

In late July issues came to a head in Vancouver over the lack of a place for out-of-town folks to smoke the marijuana they purchase at local stores. Reporter Justin Runquist did a great job

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(a strain sniffer at New Vansterdam)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

In what seems like a good sign that the statewide recreational marijuana shortage is improving, both of Vancouver’s pot shops will be open this weekend, each with about 15 strains available from different growers. Main

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(A lawsuit by Liz Hallock claims that outdoor growers in the Spokane area have been colluding to fix marijuana prices)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

I got a chance to go over and visit with Farmer Tom Lauerman, a Vancouver organic medical grower, on Wednesday afternoon. Lauerman’s farm, which isn’t supplying I502 recreational stores (although he is trying to license

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Sour Diesel - Peninsula Cannabis - Harsh smoke, very rough on the throat. I also tried Blue Dream from this grower and had a similar experience. I was warned by New Vansterdam that it was most likely harvested early, so at least they were up front about it.
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Alex Redbud on Facebook has been trying several pot strains from different growers that she’s purchased at Vancouver’s two shops, Main Street Marijuana and New Vansterdam. She shared her pictures of those products with us

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(Customers have frequently lined the block around Main Street Marijuana to buy new products)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Some folks have complained that they don’t want us to cover marijuana issues, that they want us to not write about stores or growers or strains. Apologies if you’re offended, but we will continue to

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(Pamela Luminaire smokes a joint Saturday at Mint Tea on Main Street, where patrons can smoke marijuana in designated areas, in Vancouver. -Natalie Behring)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Justin Runquist, The Columbian’s small cities reporter, has another great story today about the legalities of Mint Tea’s pot smoking tent. Beyond the story in today’s paper, Justin checked in with Jenna Eckert, Mint Tea’s

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(Photo by Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

They’re baaaaack. Main Street Marijuana reopened Monday after last week’s standoff against price gouging and bad quality product. Prices remain high, but at least there are more assurances for the consumer about quality. And growers

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(CannaSol Farms product on the left, Monkey Grass Farms on the right, -Alex Redbud)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

I had an educational discussion with one of our Facebook readers this past weekend and wanted to pass along some of the information to you folks. Alex Redbud (which may or may not be her

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(Sunshine Weinnmann, center, smokes a pipe with marijuana Saturday at Mint Tea. -Natalie Behring)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

No police showed up to arrest anybody at the first official “cannabis friendly” event at Mint Tea since the first marijuana store in Vancouver, Main Street Marijuana, opened down the block on July 9. It

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Curious about what folks in Southwest Washington are looking for at Vancouver’s two neighborhood pot shops? Jessica Lenderts at Leafly asked the folks there to compile some stats from their Website for Cannabis Chronicles. Here’s

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

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. He did his second review for us on a strain

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

The nice folks at Leafly sent us this handy introduction to recreational cannabis – with some good tips and information for folks new to legal pot. The company, based in Seattle, has a great phone

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

I put out a call on social media for input on any strains people have tried so far from local shops. I got a few responses, and if I get more on this post I’ll

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(Inside Main Street Marijuana)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

High prices have been a bit of the expected norm over the past few weeks since the state’s first pot shops opened. It’s a basic supply and demand issue, with growers that have any product

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Jenna Eckert, co-owner of Mint Tea, thinks its about time for legal marijuana to come even further out into the open. So she’s holding Vancouver’s first “cannabis friendly” event at her shop at 2014 Main

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(A vapor store is preparing to open beneath an apartment complex that bans smoking -Steven Lane/The Columbian)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Columbian reporter Scott Hewitt has an interesting story in today’s paper looking at pot rules and apartments. Several apartment complexes don’t want people smoking anything – tobacco or pot – because it damages walls, carpets

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Despite shortages, sales continue to be brisk at Vancouver’s two retail marijuana stores: Main Street Marijuana and New Vansterdam. Main Street Marijuana released sales figures to The Columbian for marijuana products purchased from its opening

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(Medical Marijuana rules may soon change in Washington. - photo by Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

If you missed it this weekend, Columbian health reporter Marissa Harshman had a great piece about conflicts between pharmaceutical pain meds and medical marijuana use. Looks like health care providers are generally unwilling to let

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(Photo by Tyler Sikstrom, Columbia River Cannabis)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

You’d think jumping through all the i502 hoops would be enough stress for one grower to deal with, but with wildfires spreading through the state, one outdoor grower ended up with an even bigger headache.

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(Workers prepare at Main Street Marijuana)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Quick update today on who’s open with what Friday through the weekend: New Vansterdam ran out of stock Friday at 3:30 but is getting a new shipment on Saturday morning. Main Street Marijuana ran out

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Here’s a little update on stores and supplies for today: Main Street Marijuana reopened with 1,200 packages of marijuana product on Tuesday at 11 a.m. – they sold 700 packages that day and are expecting

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

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: May 24th 2017

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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(white crystal-like bubbles on marijuana are called trichomes)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

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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(Leavitt enters the store prior to the ribbon cutting)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

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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(Matt and Briana)
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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 24th 2017

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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(Customers wait on day 2 outside Main Street Marijuana)
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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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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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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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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: May 24th 2017

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: May 24th 2017

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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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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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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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: May 24th 2017

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: May 24th 2017

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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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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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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(Ramsey Hamide setting up shop)
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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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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: May 24th 2017

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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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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