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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

I went out to Tom Lauerman’s farm this morning to chat with him about the harvesting phase of farming. Most outdoor growers – both I-502 and medical – are entering their big harvest season right

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Hey guys! I asked Jason Moore, a longtime Wikipedia contributor and wiki enthusiast, to share more about his work on the cannabis information portal he created called Weed.Wiki. It’s growing into a great resource for

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Our first paid advertisement launched this weekend the Cannabis Chronicles blog – many, many thanks to Mary Jane’s House of Glass for being our first official sponsor! With that launch, I started to get curious

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(Frank Godfrey)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Attorney Frank Godfrey recently attended the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Portland. I wasn’t able to make it that weekend, so I asked him if he could do a guest post for us about

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(Just what exactly are you tossing there, young man?)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

A few of us in the newsroom thought we should spend some (frivilous?) time discussing possible specials for the “Doobie Dinner at Denny’s” that was jokingly suggested by Bob Dingethal, a Democrat running for Congress,

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(Dave Rheins addresses the crowd)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

About 70 people — marijuana store owners, growers, processors and others hoping to sell services in the young cannabis industry — turned up Thursday for the first local meeting of the Marijuana Business Association. MJBA,

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(inside New Vansterdam)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

The state Liquor Control Board started sending out letters this week telling pot shops on the lottery list that they need to move forward in the next 60 days or they’ll be bumped off the

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

I finally got time to read the September 2014 report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP) called “Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies That Work.” The report comes from some heavy hitters internationally,

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(Brian Budz)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Here’s a little lighthearted tidbit for a Tuesday afternoon. It seems like every time I write anything about Brian Budz, one of the owners of New Vansterdam, there’s always at least one person who comments,

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

The state Liquor Control Board reported recreational marijuana sales of $14.05 million and excise tax of $3.5 million in Washington through Sept. 15. Broken down by month, July sales (from the 8th to the 31st)

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Edibles have been an incredibly tricky component of I-502 implementation, especially with the restrictions and pricing issues. So far, I think we’ve only seen one shipment of a small amount to one Vancouver store (New

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Been a while since I did a consumer post so I thought I’d list a little info about the strains available in Vancouver right now. Main Street Marijuana and New Vansterdam expect to be open

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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

Admittedly I’m not all that in the loop on the medical marijuana side of things here in Washington. I mostly write about legalization, I502 and Clark County businesses. But this may affect a bunch of

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Michael Backes, author of Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana, will be part of the “Science on Tap” lecture series at the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, in Portland. Backes will

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(Brian Budz behind one of New Vansterdam's table displays.)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Brian Budz at New Vansterdam just called me to ask what was going on with a supposed lawsuit by Clark County retail stores against growers in the state for price gouging. He asked because he

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(Dave Rheins, MJBA)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

The Marijuana Business Association will be in Vancouver on Thursday, Sept. 18 for a special free Meetup event at the Vancouver Community Library. The meeting will be at the 901 C Street location from 6-8

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Sticky’s, a new retail marijuana store at 7831 N.E. Highway 99 in Clark County, was approved by the Liquor Control Board this week. The store is right on the border between Vancouver and unincorporated Clark

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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

Here’s a kitchen sink update for everybody for this week (Starting Monday, Sept. 8, 2014): The Washington State Liquor Control Board reported marijuana sales of $12.09 million through Sept. 8, with $3.02 million in excise

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(Alex Rogers)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

I asked the folks at the International Cannabis Business Conference (Sept. 13-14 in Portland) to give us a little rundown of the event and who should go. Looks like it will be a good one

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(J.J. Macaraeg, 17, from Seattle, right, and Luis Herrera, 17, from Vancouver, tend to horses at Daybreak Youth Services Horse Ranch in Battle Ground, Friday, September 5, 2014. -Steven Lane/The Columbian)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Got to talk to a great bunch of kids at Daybreak Youth Services drug and alcohol treatment program last week. They make an interesting point – that if you have an addictive personality, it’s probably

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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

Got a question this morning from one of our stalwart readers, Alex Redbud, about when Oregon’s marijuana law would kick in if Initiative 91 passes in that state this November. After a failed search through

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(Frank Godfrey)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Frank Godfrey, a lawyer in Beaverton, Oregon, gave us a nice guest post today about legalization and its potential to bring folks together from different parts of the political spectrum. Godfrey also offered to give

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback on the “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization” documentary about I-502 in Washington. I may finally get the chance.

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(Adam Stites is the founder of Mirth Provisions, a marijuana processor in Longview, WA.)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

The launch of Mirth Provisions line of Legal beverages was supposed to happen a week ago, with three marijuana infused sodas. That didn’t happen. There was a problem and a delay, said Adam Stites, owner

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Got an email this morning from Muraco Kyashna-tocha of the Green Buddha Patient Coop who had some comments on my story about THC counts being all over the map. He wanted to point out that

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Learning about the immense variety of pot strains has been one of the most interesting aspects of the cannabis beat. I had no idea of the variety out there – and there are literally hundreds.

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Got an email this morning from the Washington State Liquor Control Board with clarifications about I-502 advertising. You can check out the rules here: Frequently Asked Questions About I-502 Advertising I remember when things started

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

As the recreational marijuana business sector continues to grow, so does my realization that the rabbit hole of knowledge about the plant stretches far deeper than I could ever have thought. I thought I’d try

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

There’s no doubt that the rollout of I-502 has frustrated consumers with high prices, shortages and random store closures. But there is a silver lining to the dark cloud – Washington’s efforts to fully study

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

I saw an interesting piece in The Cannabist, the Denver Post’s pot portal, this morning and it got me thinking. The site has a great area for parents called Pot and Parenting. And the story

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

In case you guys missed it, my business story about the small but growing cannabis economy ran on Sunday. Conservatively, the sector has already launched at least 50 jobs in Clark County, and that’s not

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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 fifth review for us on what he

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(Super Skunk)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Hey Guys! Little update on what’s available this weekend for you all: Main Street Marijuana has several sizes of Liberty Reach Blue Dream available, selling for $32.50 out the door after tax. They also have

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

I know Vancouver’s two pot shops are reluctant to name growers that they’ve had negative experiences with. In a severe shortage, it’s always a good idea to not irritate your suppliers. But fortunately for us,

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(Blue Dream, courtesy of Leafly.com)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Vancouver’s two marijuana stores have quite a bit of stock right now – especially if you like Blue Dream. This week both Main Street Marijuana and New Vansterdam got shipments of Blue Dream from BMF

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(The cannabis industry has strongly supported keeping children away from marijuana products)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

We had a bit of a discussion today in the newsroom about kids and how to keep them from using marijuana. I don’t think anyone in the cannabis industry wants people under age 21 to

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Thought I’d talk about a couple things in today’s post – CannaCon and (unrelated to that) the price spikes at pot shops. CannaCon I spent Friday at CannaCon, the biggest cannabis business conference in the

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Adam Stites, owner of Mirth Provisions in Longview, sent us another great guest post with his thoughts on the launch of edibles in Washington. Mirth should finally start bottling on Sunday, Aug. 17 and I

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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 fourth review for us on a popular

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

I put out a call online for user-recommended links to learn more about cannabis. If we get more I’ll keep adding them to this post, and feel free to make your own suggestions in the

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(Pipes at Mary Jane's House of Glass. -Steven Lane/The Columbian)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Brandon Brock, owner of Mary Jane’s House of Glass at 212 N.E. 164th Avenue, won the Liquor Control Board lottery to license the first pot store in Washougal back in June. But bans and moratoriums,

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Great story today by Columbian Reporter Justin Runquist about what’s going on in Washougal. Looks like their City Council extended its ban on marijuana businesses and collective gardens for another two years. A few lawsuits

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(Rep. Denny Heck)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

I called Rep. Denny Heck’s office while looking for some answers on the excise tax issues I’ve been learning about. They referred me to another agency, but they also gave me some details on the

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(Steven North)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Steven H. North, an accountant in Spokane, got in touch with me after problems arose at local stores over taxes. The BiotrackTHC software that many cannabis businesses in Washington use added in a federal tax

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(Vape pen launch at New Vansterdam)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

UPDATE (8/14/14): Main Street Marijuana is closed, will reopen Friday afternoon after expected shipment arrives. New Vansterdam has been closed all week, will reopen Saturday at 11 a.m. with new stock. Just a little update

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

Lots of folks have been waiting for the first edibles to get to stores. They arrived last week in some parts of the state, and should be getting to Vancouver in the next week or

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

The Washington State Liquor Control Board has a plethora of information available about I502 or legal marijuana on its website. I thought I’d put a post up with links, since I’ve had some requests for

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(Medical marijuana user Krae Williams, 71, walks out of Main Street Marijuana after buying weed from a recreational store for the first time. Photo by Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)
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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

UPDATE: Just added some comments to the story from Biotrack’s COO, who just called me. Just as stores were starting to level out with at least a somewhat steady supply to keep their doors open,

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

While the recreational side of marijuana legalization is supposed to be aimed at people who want to use the drug for fun, I’m often surprised by how many folks are buying from recreational stores to

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PUBLISHED: May 24th 2017

The Camas Liberty Theatre will host a regional premiere of “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington” from August 8-14. Looks like an interesting film to check out if you’re interested in I502 and marijuana

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