First day of legal marijuana sales in Washington state
Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 9th 2014 by THCFinder
SEATTLE (AP) — Surrounded by thousands of packages of marijuana, Seattle's top prosecutor sought some advice: Which one should he buy?
A new day, indeed.
Twenty months after voters legalized recreational cannabis for adults over 21, Washington state's first few licensed pot shops opened for business Tuesday, catering to hundreds of customers who lined up outside, thrilled to be part of the historic moment.
The pot being sold at four stores in Seattle, Bellingham, Prosser and Spokane was regulated, tested for impurities, heavily taxed and in short supply — such short supply that several other shops couldn't open because they had nothing to sell.
Pete Holmes, Seattle's elected city attorney and a main backer of the state's recreational marijuana law, said he wanted to be one of the first customers to demonstrate there are alternatives to the nation's failed drug war.
"This is a tectonic shift in public policy," he said. "You have to honor it. This is real. This is legal. This is a wonderful place to purchase marijuana where it's out of the shadows."
Dressed in a pinstripe suit, Holmes stood inside Seattle's first and, for now, only licensed pot shop, Cannabis City, south of downtown. The shop was sweltering. He fanned himself with a state-produced pamphlet titled "Marijuana Use in Washington State: An Adult Consumer's Guide."
Unsure what to buy, he asked the owner of the company that grew it, Nine Point Growth Industries of Bremerton, who recommended OG's Pearl. The strain tested at 21.5 percent THC, marijuana's main psychoactive compound.
The shop's 26-year-old twin salesmen, Andrew and Adam Powers, explained its benefits to Holmes: mainly, that the taste is not too "skunky" to turn off the occasional user.
Holmes noted it had been quite some time since he smoked pot. He paraphrased a line from the "South Park" cartoon series: "Remember, children, there's a time and place for everything. That place is college."
He spent $80 on 4 grams, including $20.57 in taxes.
Washington is the second state to allow marijuana sales without a doctor's note. Voters in Colorado also legalized pot in 2012, and sales began there Jan. 1.
Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com
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Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 9th 2014 by THCFinder
Brevard County commissioners want to know how they can handle issues related to medical marijuana dispensaries, with a focus on zoning approaches for such facilities.
After hearing Tuesday from three speakers discussing the issue, commissioners asked county planning and development officials to do the research and report back to the commission.
The issue came before the commission after Satellite Beach pharmacist Eric Luzar made a citizen’s request to put it on the agenda.
Luzar is a founder, along with other Florida pharmacists, of Sunrise Compassionate Care, which is considering getting involved in medical marijuana dispensaries should voters in November approve the medicinal use of pot,as well as related to a recently passed state law.
Luzar said he and pharmacists from Fort Lauderdale, Naples and St. Petersburg have formed a business venture to open medical marijuana dispensaries around the state, if permitted by state regulations. Locally, he said, potential sites could be on Merritt Island and in Palm Bay.
Luzar told commissioners he believes such dispensaries should have pharmacists involved in dispensing the marijuana.
Additionally, he said, the County Commission needs to decide how it wants to set up zoning rules for such dispensaries, such as hours of operation; restrictions on on-site consumption; how far away they should be from schools, churches or residentially zoned property.
Initially, the state will have dispensaries tied to a recently passed law allowing the use of a special strain of marijuana that is supposed to eliminate or dramatically reduce life-threatening seizures in children with severe epilepsy. The law also allows patients who suffer from severe muscle spasms or cancer to be put on a “compassionate-use registry” for the product, as long as their doctors approve.
Florida’s law, known as the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, restricts legal marijuana to strains that are low in euphoria-inducing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and high in cannabadiol, or CBD.
The bill allows physicians to start ordering this marijuana for medical use by their eligible patients on Jan. 1.
Read more: http://www.floridatoday.com
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