Artwork by Ben Livingston

Legal Cannabis Week #121

Welcome back

Hello pot people, and welcome to the first Legal Cannabis Week of 2015! I took a four-month break from this project largely because of a series of harrowing events in my life that left me assaulted, robbed, afraid for my safety and reluctant to publish. Sparing the details, my holiday season was remarkably stressful and I’ve spent a great amount of energy, time and money working to protect my family life from a violent former business partner.

I managed to find balance, however, adventuring half the waking week with my one-year-old daughter. The wonderful sense of perspective she provides has overcome even the most stressful intrusions from my activist-work life. In addition, I have focused on real estate and I-502 business brokerage, closing my first real estate deal in January and my first I-502 business deal in February. So those concepts are now proven, thankfully.

This newsletter fulfills a number of needs in my life. For almost twenty years I have desired to stay hyper-informed about drug policy news, ever since cannabis hero Robert Lunday — smoke a bowl! — gave me a Hemp.Net email account and I got on the Media Awareness Project mailing list. I would scour MAPNews and post selected articles to the Hemp.Net web site, our news-only mailing list, and the PointCast network (the net’s first explicit push technology). In a sense, it is part of my Zen routine, those everyday actions we assimilate into our lives like little beacons to keep our preferred pathways lit. It helps me balance.

Beyond that, I have always felt more powerful when well-informed. Obvious as that may sound, it is easy to forget. Time moves quickly, it is difficult to keep hold on the present and easy to lose the past. In the past when I have felt under-informed about my environment, my contributions were typically weaker than my abilities. That’s totally okay, but it’s also cool to strive for more. And that’s just me personally, but I assume almost every pot activist, entrepreneur, and hanger-on is in a similar boat, and since I’ve always considered people the primary resource of any business or activist project, I’d like to help anyone listening reach a similar baseline understanding about what the hell is happening in this ever-quickening weed world.

Lastly and more recently, as a cannabis real estate and business broker I need to interface with the market effectively, and this newsletter helps with that. In exchange for the single-sentence news I distill for the attention-deficit cannabis community, I get to softly pitch I-502 entrepreneurs and generally market my services without seeming like an intrusive ass. It certainly seems more productive than wading into the cannabis cesspool on Craigslist looking for a Tier 3 grow.

For all of those reasons, I hope to continue this effort regularly, if not weekly. As always, my goal is a comprehensive review of the week’s cannabis news using single sentences (following a “subject noun, action verb, direct object” format). I receive a surprising number of cannabis newsletters now, and many do a good job covering a small number of stories using more words, but none strive to distill most every bit of published pot news. Thanks for finding it useful and thanks for your positive contributions to the cannabis community.

I-502 opportunities

I am a licensed broker with a number of buyers, sellers, and real estate opportunities up my sleeve. I typically represent buyers, and those buyers are paying me, so license sellers can contact me without assuming the “I’m not paying middle men a god damn thing” position. For producer-processor applications, my clients tend to be around $10k for a Tier 1, $20k for a Tier 2, and $40k for a Tier 3. If you are interested in any of the following deals, please contact me at ben@hemp.net or 206-335-9214.

Tier 3 Producer/Processor: I have two clients looking to buy into a Tier 3 producer-processor application. Half the money up front, half due at licensing or 9 months max. They are ready to pay and ready to move. At this point, I’m not worried about your “interview status,” if you’re a sole proprietorship, or if you’re under deadline. My people have can-do attitudes.

Retail licenses: For most jurisdictions, I have investors. (Sorry for failing you, Ferry County.) Prices to break into retail are completely variable and negotiable, dependent on the amount of dough they already stuffed in the oven, the jurisdiction, their real estate situation, the moon cycle and the amount of hash oil consumed in the previous eight hours.

Grow space: A number of people have asked me to pitch their property to potential pot growers. (My goodness, how the world has changed.)

  • Former mill site in unincorporated Grays Harbor County, 5 acres with around 20,000sf of buildings that are covered but not enclosed completely, asking $425k with possible owner financing.
  • Farm land in unincorporated Grant County, 8 acres with a house and large garage, asking $380k.
  • Bellingham 4,500sf warehouse for sale or lease, with additional 5,000sf parcel for new construction, comes with a Tier 2 producer-processor application, construction plans already drawn up, permits already filed, and lighting grants that could save hundreds of thousands, asking $850k.
  • Farm land in unincorporated Skagit County for sale or lease, 20+ flood-prone acres zoned agricultural — which means plants must be grown in the ground, not in containers — includes house and several farm buildings that could be converted to processing space, asking $4,000 per month in rent, with sale possible.

Retail property: If you are a wealthy investor who would like to buy up the best retail spots in Seattle, I would love to help you identify and acquire them. I can also help lottery winners locate qualified properties in other retail jurisdictions if you can buy for real, like today not tomorrow or next month when you lock in your investor. It’s possible to find a rental, but those are rarely the best spots in town, and if you only have money enough to rent, I have limited confidence in our strategies.

If any of this interests you, contact me at 206-335-9214 or ben@hemp.net.

Week in review: Washington

This is actually the past few weeks.

North Bonneville, Washington opened the nation’s first government-run cannabis store.

Washington State Senate passed a bill to authorize medical cannabis for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Jody Hall launched edibles maker The Goodship Company.

Washington Healthy Youth Survey reported slight decreases in teen marijuana use, and in the perception of marijuana being a “great risk.”

Corinna Nicolaou budtends at MJ’s Pot Shop.

Woodland City Council deadlocked on a vote to overturn their cannabis business ban.

United States Food and Drug Administration ordered cannabis pet product manufacturers to stop claiming their products cure cancer.

Columbia County Board of Commissioners extended an I-502 moratorium.

Mister Buds and Sparket 420 Alternative Health opened in Port Angeles.

Washington State Patrol obtains roadside marijuana blood draw warrants in mere minutes thanks to network technology.

Washington State Department of Health witch-hunts naturopath Kathleen Naughton for recommending medical cannabis cream. Are we really spending our limited tax dollars to scam cannabis-specialty doctors using state-created false identities?

Pot suspensions increase pot use among teens, study finds.

Clallam County Commissioners extended temporary marijuana zoning.

Federal Way City Council extended a medical cannabis moratorium by one year.

Columbia County Commissioners extended an I-502 moratorium.

Washington State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Rep. Brian Blake introduced bills to legalize home cannabis cultivation in Washington State. Home grow 2015!

Covington City Council extended temporary cannabis zoning.

A knife-wielding thief robbed Green Leaf, Spokane’s first recreational cannabis store.

Yakima County Sheriff Sergeant Chad Peterschick politicked against marijuana growers.

Jim Camden overviewed three Washington cannabis bills.

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin opposes home cannabis cultivation. Cancel my subscription!

Cities and counties want a cut of Washington State cannabis taxes.

Washington activists fight a proposal to create a government database of medical cannabis users.

House Bill 2000 allows Washington State to integrate tribal cannabis into the state’s recreational system.

Washington State Legislature considers bills to ban cannabis drive-throughs and vending machines, ban cannabis use in parks, create cannabis research licenses, and overhaul the entire cannabis market.

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee heard testimony on a bill to ban marijuana vending machines.

Monroe City Council intends to ban marijuana businesses, again.

Sunnyside City Council considers sending its marijuana business ban to the voters.

The Columbian supports Senator Rivers’ medical cannabis bill minus the government database of medical marijuana patients.

Snohomish County Council requested more public input on proposed cannabis zoning.

Seattle Times editorialized in favor of SB 5052 and SSHB 2136.

Week in review: Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, D.C.

News related to the U.S. government is lumped here, because it happened in D.C. where pot’s now legal.

Senators Rand Paul, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker introduced the CARERS Act to allow states to legalize medical cannabis.

Adam Eidinger received D.C. license plate “420” from the mayor for his tireless cannabis advocacy.

DC Cannabis Campaign hosts two cannabis seed exchanges.

Richard Kirk pled not guilty to murdering his wife after eating a marijuana cookie.

President Obama cracked a cannabis joke.

Alchemy acquired distribution rights for “Rolling Papers,” a documentary about The Cannabist.

Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference packed Eugene with more pot people.

D.C. Brau Haus brewed pot-flavored beer to protest Congressional election thwarting.

Colonially-costumed D.C. cannabis activists offered a peace pipe to U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Marijuana taxes generated over $15 million for schools in Colorado.

Oregon State Senate passed a bill to help expunge past cannabis convictions.

President Obama discussed cannabis decriminalization.

National Institute on Drug Abuse intends to stop bogarting its lackluster research weed.

Internal Revenue Service refunded fines issued for paying taxes in cash. The 1965 Coinage Act wins again.

Tigard and Tualatin, Oregon differ on cannabis zoning.

DEA agents love psychedelic work patches.

Accountants recommend planning for federal pot taxes.

Anchorage police raided Alaska Cannabis Club.

Ontario, Oregon City Council considers whether to allow recreational cannabis shops.

Denver City Council limited collective cannabis gardens to 36 plants.

Christopher Robert Kling faces three counts for allegedly blowing pot smoke in his baby’s mouth.

Black people endure higher arrest rates for marijuana in Colorado, still.

Colorado Senate Committee on Health and Human Services tabled a bill to allow cannabis food to resemble other food.

Drug Enforcement Agency wasted a little less tax money this year destroying American cannabis crops.

Drug Enforcement Administration, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Food and Drug Administration hamper medical cannabis research.

Anne Glazer warns against calling any commercial cannabis “organic.”

Soldotna, Alaska City Council rejected an anti-cannabis proposal.

Colorado State Grand Jury indicted 32 people for allegedly growing cannabis for export to Minnesota. Doesn’t the midwest deserve good pot, too?

Oregon companies vie for ancillary cannabusiness.

Willie Nelson announced his own brand of cannabis.

Jackson County, Oregon Board of Commissioners plans zero tax on cannabis companies initially.

Luke Goodman killed himself after eating five doses of pot candy on a family vacation in Colorado.

Theresa Collins and Jami Hicks opened Pot Luck Events, a private club in Alaska.

Thousands of cannabis enthusiasts shared germplasm — the spark of life — in Washington. DC.

Week in review: other states

Upland, California City Council punted a medical cannabis initiative to the November 2016 ballot.

Kansas Senators Sue Crawford and Tommy Garrett introduced medical cannabis research bills.

Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Micmac tribes consider legalizing cannabis on their Maine reservations.

Christopher Fanuzzi plans to re-open a Helena, Montana dispensary shuttered in 2011.

Connecticut Supreme Court ruled past marijuana convictions can now be overturned.

Vallejo, California City Attorney Claudia Quintana sent cease and desist letters to 23 medical cannabis dispensaries.

Nevada Sen. Tick Segerblom introduced an industrial hemp bill.

Nevada Sen. Tick Segerblom introduced a bill to allow medical cannabis for pets.

Dane County Public Protection and Judiciary Committee voted to lower pot possession fines to $10 — with $60 in court fees.

Law schools offer cannabis courses — like, officially — now.

California NORML sued Clearlake over a cannabis cultivation ban.

Roy “Opie” McAllister II received 30 months in federal prison for importing Canadian cannabis to Vermont.

North Carolina activists rallied in support of a medical cannabis bill.

Scott and Marsha Yandell beat St. Johns County, Florida in federal court for denying them access to their home after pot arrest.

St. Johns County, Florida retaliated against Scott and Marsha Yandell for beating them in federal court.

U.S. Rep Andy Harris faces a Republican primary challenger over his attempt to thwart D.C. legalization.

Vermont residents support legalized cannabis, poll says.

National Football League Players Association warned pro football players about random drug testing that starts 4/20 — seriously.

PM Rx sued to obtain an Illinois medical cannabis license already awarded to Cresco Labs.

A Green Alternative opened San Diego’s first legal medical cannabis shop.

Civil disobedients toked in front of the New Jersey Statehouse.

Illinois Department of Public Health received over 2,500 medical cannabis applications.

Medical cannabis dispensaries funded a gun buyback operation in San Francisco.

Maine activists squabbled over who would lead the legalization fight.

Upland, California Councilman Gino Filippi questioned a city report that identified banning dispensaries as the city’s only option.

Louisiana Rep. Dalton Honore introduced a bill to put cannabis legalization before voters.

Florida Legislature punted on most medical cannabis bills.

Ohio Ballot Board approved a legalization initiative for circulation.

Michigan Senate passed a bill to allow landlords to ban medical marijuana smoking and production.

Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill to exclude cannabis possession as a parole violation.

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors banned commercial cannabis cultivation.

Georgia Senate passed a low-THC medical cannabis oil bill.

Bedford, Virginia Middle School suspended an 11-year-old for bringing a Japanese maple leaf to school.

Idaho Senate passed two low-THC medical cannabis bills.

New York City Council asked the state legislature to legalize cannabis.

U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen and Don Young introduced a bill to reschedule cannabis.

Marijuana Policy Project unveiled its Maine legalization initiative.

Ed Forchion questioned New Jersey Governor Chris Christie about his anti-pot stance using a Weedmobil P.A. system. Love this guy.

Dell’s Maraschino Cherries received federal disaster aid after it’s cherry and marijuana factory was damaged in Hurricane Sandy.

Bethel, Connecticut Planning and Zoning Commission adopted a one-year moratorium on new medical cannabis dispensaries.

California State Senate passed a bill that authorizes $8,000 fines for water-stealing pot growers.

Arizona Court of Appeals reversed a lower court dismissal of a marijuana lottery challenge.

National Institutes of Health awarded a $69 million cannabis contract to University of Mississippi.

North Carolina State House Judiciary Committee rejected a medical cannabis bill.

Support grows for California legalization, poll says.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal intends to sign a low-THC medical cannabis bill passed by the legislature.

Randy Gregory apologized for testing positive for marijuana one month before the NFL draft.

Health Law Services sells questionable $799 medical cannabis prescriptions in Florida.

Woody Taft and Dudley Taft Jr. invested in pot-growing property hoping Ohio votes to legalize.

Dustin Zablocki and Justin Pick face third-degree murder charges stemming from a Minnesota hash oil explosion.

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom leads a blue-ribbon commission on California legalization.

Baywood Nurseries and Medical Cannabis Trade Association of Florida filed administrative challenges to Florida Department of Health’s medical cannabis implementation plan.

United States District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller heard closing arguments in a case challenging pot’s Schedule I status.

Iowa Senate Ways and Means Committee passed a medical cannabis bill.

New Jersey Assembly rebuked Governor Chris Christie for his handling of the state’s medical cannabis program.

Lyle Marshall leads a citizens initiative to repeal an anti-marijuana law on Hoopa Valley Tribe land.

Todd Stimson received 25 months minimum for operating a medical cannabis collective in North Carolina.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order directing state agencies to prepare for a low-THC medical marijuana law he intends to sign.

Week in review: international

Jonathan Zaid obtained insurance coverage for his medical cannabis.

Malta Constitutional Court reversed a decision awarding cannabis prisoner Daniel Holmes compensation for violating his legal rights.

Mexican potheads cultivate quality cannabis.

Israel promotes medical cannabis research.

One Direction paid two $4,500 bonds to Philippine officials to assure the band would not promote marijuana.

Health Canada violated privacy rights in mass-mailing pot patients, commissioner ruled.

Supreme Court of Canada considers whether patients have a right to marijuana medibles.

Drugged students fare worse on tests, study suggests.

Victorian Law Reform Commission released a study on legalizing medical cannabis in the Australian state.

Privateer Holdings grows 60,000 square feet of medical cannabis in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Nutritional High International listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

Italian Sen. Benedetto Della Vedova spearheaded an effort to draft cannabis legalization legislation.

Nations differ in their legalization approaches.

Some Uruguayans fear a government-mandated cannabis consumer registry. Rightfully so.

Worth repeating

“First of all, it shouldn’t be young people’s biggest priority. Young people, I understand this is important to you. But you should be thinking about climate change, the economy, jobs, war and peace. Maybe, way at the bottom, you should be thinking about marijuana.”

President Barack Obama on cannabis legalization

“We can’t hit folks during civil discourse. This is the first time I’ve ever been struck. I was very shocked by it.”

North Carolina State Rep. Dean Arp on being struck by a cannabis advocate during a heated committee hearing

“They give us the bucket of chicken, we open it up, boom, and me and Willie stuck our hands in at the same time and we grabbed the same piece of chicken. And I look at Willie, I was like, ‘That’s you dog, my bad.'”

Snoop Dogg on eating fried chicken with Willie Nelson while high

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