Pot is Producing Jobs and Revenue in States Where It’s Legal

With enhanced enforcement of federal cannabis laws looming on the horizon, states currently experiencing massive revenue boosts from decriminalized cannabis are anxious about the impact a crackdown would have on their economy.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The states that have legalized recreational marijuana — a multi-billion-dollar business — don’t want to hear the federal government talk about a crackdown. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she wants Oregonians left alone to “grow these jobs.”

In Oregon alone, that’s roughly 12,500 jobs, said economist Beau Whitney of Portland, adding that he is making a conservative estimate. Oregon’s attorney general said she would be duty-bound to fight to protect the state’s marijuana industry.

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Bank Customer Deposits Cocaine Through ATM

We’ve heard of cocaine withdrawal, but this is the first time we’ve heard of anyone using the drug to make a deposit.

It seems that some unknown Floridian may have been a smidge ripped out of his mind a couple of weekends ago while attempting to conduct some business at an ATM located in Bradenton. That’s because, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, a service technician for the Suncoast Credit Union recently discovered a bag of cocaine lodged inside the machine’s “deposit mechanism,” while trying to figure out what caused it to go on the fritz.

Apparently, customers were complaining that the ATM outside the credit union was not functioning properly, so the branch manager put in a call to a technician—referred to in the police report only as Mr. Taudte—to diagnose the problem and get the machine back in service.

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Marijuana CEO Breaks Barriers with Chamber of Commerce Position

Marijuana has been fighting to make its way into mainstream acceptance since, well, as long as anyone alive can remember. That fight moved one round closer to completion with the election of Jake Salazar, CEO of MMJ America, to the board of directions for the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The appointment is a positive for both Salazar and the marijuana industry, giving them a nice recognition by the business community. A number of large businesses are represented in the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, including Denver International Airport, MillerCoors, Bank of America, Xcel Energy and the ACLU.

Coming up on the 10th anniversary of MMJ America, Salazar has had the benefit of seeing the industry change from hidden grow houses to a full-scale industry.

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Berniecare: Bernie Sanders Wants to Help Donald Trump

Donald Trump just cracked the textbook for the first time this semester. And oh, is he confused.

On Monday, the president of the United States, remembering he promised he’d get around to addressing gargantuan task of fixing America’s desiccated healthcare system, asked for an extension. Healthcare, you see, is “unbelievably complex,” Trump said. “Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated.”

Let’s forget for a second that someone at the helm of a diversified international corporation is intimidated by actuarial tables and flummoxed by interstate trade. (Let’s also not forget that Donald Trump appears still closely involved with the Trump Organization, which is hosting foreign dignitaries at its new Washington hotel in a flagrant, possibly impeachable violation of the emoluments clause). At least one facet of healthcare in America and its stupendous cost is incredibly simple, and can be explained in terms Trump uses on the daily: Americans are getting screwed by a terrible deal.

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How Cannabis Could Change Farming Practices Around the World

Jeremy Plumb has been called the Bill Nye of pot science. His enthusiasm bubbles over when he talks about the plant’s medical and therapeutic properties. The Willamette Weekly even called him Portland’s mad scientist of cannabis.

But don’t let the nicknames throw you off. Plumb is one of the most respected cannabis researchers in the world.

As the executive director of the Open Cannabis Project, which is researching the cannabis genome, Plumb is one of the first people lawmakers, and others who need to know, turn to when they have questions about weed.

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DOPE INDUSTRY AWARDS – Oregon 2017 Recap

The Second Annual DOPE Industry Awards Oregon took place on February 26 at the gorgeous Leftbank Annex in Portland. The event hosted 500 guests from the top cannabis industry companies in Oregon. The black-tie affair showcased awards in 25 different categories that were voted on by the public for over 60 days to determine the winners. The lifetime achievement recognition deemed the “Emery Award” was bestowed upon Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer for his lifetime of work to continue to normalize cannabis across the country.

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America’s Top 10 Most Drugged-Out States

My fellow Americans, we are a sad bunch. We are fat, we are unhealthy, we are poor and we are in pain—and all this was true before the subprime meltdown and subsequent Great Recession.

Over the last decade, seven million people have lost their jobs and their homes, 24/7 Wall Street recently reminded us, but it’s much worse than that. With each layoff and foreclosure, the lives of countless more dependents are thrown into disorder and disarray. This mass evaporation of wealth means a vast lack of self-worth. Hard to compete in a consumerist society when you can no longer consume.

Out of this new emptiness sprang Donald Trump’s belligerent brand of populism, but before we turned to mean Tweets and Pepe memes, Americans turned to booze and pills to mask their physical and mental pain, or just for a dopamine kick when nothing else was working.

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The First Shot of Trump’s War on Weed: Feds Ice Cannabis Cup

Media speculation about the DOJ’s approach to cannabis enforcement under President Donald Trump has degenerated into a cacophony of hypothetical best and worst-case scenarios. But a sternly-worded letter from a U.S. Attorney to a Native American reservation scheduled to host a cannabis cup — the first declarative official statement on cannabis since Trump’s election — marks the opening salvo of a new war on weed.

Those attending the upcoming High Times Cannabis Cup in Nevada are sure to notice a single detail of singular importance missing from the festivities —  actual cannabis.

“I am informed that the tribal council is… under the impression that the so-called ‘Cole Memorandum’… permit[s] marijuana use, possession and distribution on tribal lands when the state law also permits it.

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Toasted Tweets | March 1, 2017

Who’s Oscar? A weed dealer? I didn’t watch the Academy Awards Sunday night. I do, sometimes, but other times I like to hang out with my family, make crafts, eat some good munchies and go to bed early. I knew that social media, especially Twitter, wouldn’t let me down with all the nitty gritty and details, and wow! What a year! It was like I was there. And is it just  me or was it as stony as the Cannabis Cup? Free munchies, major stoned-level flub ups? The candy raining down on the audience, the big mix-up with Best Picture… Like Fantasia, I bet it was super fun to watch stoned. Here are some thoughts from the Twitterverse.

For a second I thought #OscarNoms meant the munchies you get whilst at the Oscars.

— Kayleigh ???? (@ThatFurf) January 24, 2017

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Watch: High Court Hijinks with Judge Doug Benson

The cases are real… and the judge is really high! In The High Court, both parties agree in advance to have their case settled by Judge Doug Benson, who objectively hears both sides, and then retires to his chambers to get suuuuper baked and deliberate. Really!

Benson (who you’ve likely seen in Getting Doug with High) told Esquire of his being recruited for the gig, “I guess I’m the go-to pot guy.” In Monday’s premiere episode, Judge Doug (with help from guest bailiff Tiffany Haddish) presided over an argument over a towed car. Deliberations involved bong hits and a debate over a confusing word. Was Doug a good judge,? Check out the full episode on Comedy Central.

As Benson said to Deadline, “Got a f-ed up legal problem? Who better to solve it than someone who is super f-ed up?” 20 episodes of The High Court have been produced, with guest bailiffs including Rory Scovel, Michael Ian Black, and Reggie Watts. They will air weeknights at midnight on Comedy Central.

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