Legal Cannabis Week #58

Over 6,600 applications and counting

The legal cannabis application count just keeps increasing in Washington state. Revised numbers show over 6,600 applications have been filed, and state regulators expect to revise that number upward as they continue processing the glut of applications. Here are the same articles from previous weeks, rewritten with new numbers and names.

Prospective Clark County marijuana businesses queue up for legal licenses
JAN 6 | The Oregonian

Seven vie for marijuana producer licenses on island
JAN 6 | Bainbridge Island Review

More than 6,600 pot business applications in Wash.
Jan 7 | Associated Press

Pot applications from Benton, Franklin counties continue to pile up
JAN 7 | Tri-City Herald

Number of Kent marijuana business applicants grows to 60
JAN 7 | Kent Reporter

Kitsap pot shop applications near 100
JAN 7 | Kitsap Sun

State faces prospect of too many pot growers
JAN 8 | Associated Press

These Photos Give An Inside Looks At Washington’s Budding Legal Marijuana Industry
JAN 8 | Business Insider

Weed business: 449 apply to grow, process, sell
JAN 8 | Snohomish County News

Yakima County retail pot applications nearly double
JAN 8 | Yakima Herald

Seattle’s cupcake queen may sell sweet pot edibles
JAN 9 | KING 5 News

Pot grower applications exceed supply of licenses
JAN 9 | Spokesman-Review

Number of marijuana license applications soar in Bothell
JAN 10 | Bothell/Kenmore Reporter

Cannabis calendar

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Medical Cannabis Lobby Days
TUE-WED JAN 14-15 @9AM | Washington State Capitol Room 112

Mill Creek I-502 Moratorium Hearing
TUE JAN 14 @6PM | Mill Creek City Hall

Association of Cannabis Breeders and Growers meeting
WED JAN 15 @8PM (WEEKLY) | West Seattle Legion Hall

Pacific I-502 Moratorium Hearing
MON FEB 3 @6:30PM | Pacific City Hall 

Week in review

Tommy Chong procured legal pot in Colorado.

The Daily Currant duped some people into thinking 37 people died in Colorado on the first day of legal pot sales.

North Bonneville and Yakima differ in their legal pot approaches.

JPMorgan Chase banks Colorado cannabis taxes.

Chinese businesses own half of all cannabis patents.

Cliff House Lodge tolerates cannabis use

Some newbies worry about cannabis stigma.

Finnish Cannabis Association won the right to exist.

Opposing parties worked together to smoothly roll out Colorado’s legal pot experiment.

Most Americans support legalization, CNN poll finds.

Rep. Sherry Jones introduced a bill to legalize medical cannabis in Tennessee.

Marijuana prohibition began in Denver, where it also ended.

Denver City Council asked Congress to allow cannabis banking.

Ad agencies prepare to reap pot profits.

Seattle Police Department attributes a South Seattle explosion to hash oil production.

Washington State House Public Safety Committee holds a hearing on a bill to defelonize possession of more than 40 grams of cannabis.

Rep. Jennifer Williamson expects the Oregon State Legislature to discuss cannabis legalization before voters decide the issue.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals cancelled a hearing on a case challenging California cannabis moratoriums.

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board expects to capture one quarter of the state’s pot market.

Cannabis research labs eye Uruguay.

D.C. Cannabis Campaign filed an initiative to legalize cannabis.

Thurston County Board of Commissioners held a hearing on regulations that require fees of up to $9,000 for licensed cannabis businesses.

Justin Horwath bought legal cannabis in Colorado, and was fined $50 for rolling a joint in his hotel room.

Credit card companies relax on cannabis sales.

Few people sympathize with black market cannabis sellers.

Walla Walla Union Bulletin demands city officials zone for cannabis.

Ralph Morgan operates a Colorado cannabis retailer.

Marijuana fundamentalists hamper forward progress.

Winterlife Co-op sells cannabis to anyone over 21.

National Football League considers allowing medical cannabis use.

Campaign to Regulate Marijuana submitted signatures for an Alaska legalization initiative.

Henderson, Nevada City Council enacted a medical marijuana moratorium.

Alan Schreiber plans to research cannabis pest control.

Joni Balter calculates Washington pot taxes correctly at 44%, rather than the 85% suggested by legal pot critics who can’t do math.

Senator Vicente Sotto III suggested medical cannabis advocates in the Philippines are hallucinating.

Mill Creek City Council holds a public hearing January 14 on extending its I-502 moratorium.

Denver International Airport and Colorado Springs Airport criminalized legal cannabis possession.

Germans oppose legal cannabis, survey says.

U.S. Embassy Costa Rica warned that domestic legalization doesn’t affect Latin American drug policy.

Jamaican activists launch a cannabis growers’ association.

France approved Sativex.

Alan Brochstein warns of pot stock bubbles.

Seattle Police Department considers off-duty dispensary work.

Pacific City Council considers extending its I-502 moratorium

Rep. Denny Heck called on Congress to allow legal cannabis banking.

Some doctors worry that toddler pot overdoses will increase in a post-legalization world.

New York Assemblyman Steve Katz visited Colorado pot shops but didn’t score any.

38% of Ireland supports legal cannabis, survey says.

Kentucky lawmakers held a hearing on a medical cannabis bill.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ventured into the marijuana debate, regrettably.

Pot license applications exceed limits set by state regulators.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment plans to spend $7 million on medical cannabis research.

Dane County, Ohio Supervisors placed a legalization advisory referendum on the April 1 ballot.

Colorado Department of Transportation replaced mile marker 420 with 419.99.

Medicinal Cannabis Resource Centre evaluates Canadian pot patients over Skype.

Jose Gutierrez received 300 hours community service after federal agents assaulted him during the Oaksterdam raid.

Diane Fornbacher plans to move from New Jersey to Denver for legal pot.

Hapa Sushi offers a sushi and sinsimilla pairing menu.

Steve Fox advocates for pot-smoking NFL players.

Sen. Ted Cruz criticized President Obama for lightening up on pot crimes.

Douglas Burke sells hemp energy drinks.

Colorado legislators propose banning food stamp pot sales, which pot sellers say doesn’t happen anyway,

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board requested a formal opinion on I-502 moratoriums.

Joel Berman and Ryan Kunkel pay taxes with bricks of cash.

Socialdemokraterne opposes legal cannabis in Denmark.

Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict called the state’s cannabis licensing process “foolish.” 

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles works on a medical cannabis bill.

California Highway Patrol arrested two Washington men allegedly transporting 30 pounds of pot.

Worth repeating

“This is the birth of a new industry. People want this thing to be born as a fully grown adult. But it’s still a baby, and we have to nurture it and protect it and help it grow.”

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Project Manager Randy Simmons on transitioning to a legal pot market

“I don’t think anyone really cares. I mean, what about all those poor bootleggers that were hauling alcohol across the country?”

— Amendment 64 Co-Director Mason Tvert on black-market pot dealers

“Dealers hate legalization, just like the mob hated the end of Prohibition.”

— Unnamed legal pot purchaser on black-market pot dealers

“Fuck ’em. I had a couple friends who are growers and they voted against legalization. They said it would mess things up for them. I mean, come on. Screw those guys.”

— Unnamed legal pot purchaser on black-market pot dealers


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