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September 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Maureen Dowd look-alike featured in ad campaign about edibles

This image, provided by the Marijuana Policy Project, (MPP), is to appear on a billboard in Denver to promote what MPP says is the first marijuana-related ad campaign that encourages adults to consume it responsibly in states where it is legal, such as Colorado. (AP Photo/Marijuana Policy Project)

This image from the Marijuana Policy Project will appear on a billboard in Denver to promote what MPP says is the first ad campaign that encourages adults to consume marijuana responsibly in states where it is legal. (AP Photo/Marijuana Policy Project)

In Colorado, the Marijuana Policy Project advocacy group plans to put up a billboard to caution consumers on edibles, according to a report from the Associated Press. The billboard notably features a Maureen Dowd look-alike. Dowd, a New York Times editorial columnist, has become something of a cautionary tale on edibles use after she wrote about a bad experience that left her “panting and paranoid” and “curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours.”

The activists are planning posters, brochures and magazine ads as well to caution new pot users and tourists. They plan to take their messages to Washington as well.

Washington adopted stricter edibles rules after Colorado’s problems with the products received national attention, including Dowd’s column.

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September 16, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Pot sales and taxes up from same period last month

During the first 15 days of September, Washington pulled in nearly $1 million in tax revenue from marijuana sales, according to figures provided by the state’s Liquor Control Board. State-licensed pot businesses reported $3,833,072 in sales during the past 15 days. They will pay excise taxes totaling $958,468 to the state. That tax figure reflects sales throughout the supply chain,…

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September 15, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Dealer poaching customers at Cannabis City, Seattle’s only state-licensed pot store

The Associated Press Police say a man dealing marijuana out of the back of his Buick has been trying to poach customers from Seattle’s only licensed recreational-pot shop. Staff at Cannabis City called officers on Saturday night after they said the man threatened to “stomp” a worker who confronted him. Employees told the officers they had seen…

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September 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Plaintiff in Fife case plans to appeal this week, will petition Supreme Court

The plaintiff challenging the city of Fife’s ban on marijuana businesses plans to appeal a Pierce County Superior judge’s ruling on the case. Pierce County judge Ronald E. Culpepper last month upheld the city’s ban on marijuana businesses, saying the state law legalizing pot did not mandate cities to allow them. Mark Nelson, who represents MMH, the company…

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September 15, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Denver Post pot website is hiring a ‘sex columnist, with weed focus’

Pot, sex and Christmas lights? Hopefully The Cannabist's new columnist can explain why that fire hazard belongs in the bedroom... (screenshot of The Cannabist)

Pot, sex and Christmas lights? Hopefully The Cannabist’s new columnist can explain why that fire hazard belongs in the bedroom… (screenshot of The Cannabist)

Let’s talk about sex. And pot. And pot and sex together, says the Denver Post’s The Cannabist blog.

The pot publication is advertising a position for a “sex columnist, with weed focus.”

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September 8, 2014 at 1:38 PM

State handles pot edibles with caution as they begin to trickle into stores

Nancy Coltom (CQ) with Db3 is in research-and-development of  consumable products including a honey lemon Zoot blast and green tea camomile drink.

Nancy Coltom (CQ) with Db3 is in research-and-development of consumable products including a honey lemon Zoot blast and green tea camomile drink.

Edibles are slowly trickling to state-licensed store shelves. The state is handling pot-infused drinks and sweets with an extra serving of caution. Here’s what Washington learned from Colorado and what products have made been approved.     

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September 3, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Welfare clients pulled money from ATMs at pot stores

Two welfare clients illegally pulled a total $100 from ATMs at two Washington pot shops, which should not have ATMs that accept EBT, according to a story by Austin Jenkins of the Northwest News Network. Jenkins reports an EBT cardholder withdrew money from a store in Bellingham; another withdrew money from a store in Vancouver. According to…

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September 2, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Seattle City Council unanimously approves medical marijuana extension

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved an extension Tuesday for medical pot businesses that would allow them to continue to operate after Jan. 1, 2015, the current deadline for businesses to obtain a state-issued license and comply with Seattle code. All nine council members approved the bill, which pushes the deadline for compliance to either July 1, 2015 or Jan….

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August 29, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Judge upholds city of Fife’s ban on pot businesses

A Pierce County judge Friday upheld the city of Fife’s ban on marijuana businesses, saying the state law legalizing pot did not mandate cities to allow them. Prospective marijuana retailer MMH was suing the city and hoped the judge would compel Fife to issue it a business license. Tedd Wetherbee, who owns MMH, said he plans…

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August 29, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Alaska mayors conference urges voting against pot initiative

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Conference of Mayors is taking a stand on the marijuana initiative before voters in November. KTVA-Television reports the mayors have passed a resolution opposing Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana by people 21 and older. The mayors conference is also donating $5,000 to the anti-initiative campaign, “Big…

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