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Community Reeling After Washington Budtender Found Deceased

Members of Cheney, Washington’s cannabis community received news on Friday that their worst fears had been confirmed: Cameron Smith, the budtender who was abducted the previous weekend, had been found dead.

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Smith’s body was discovered by Spokane County Rescue just off State Route 904 west of Cheney, near Four Lakes, on Sept. 15 around 3 p.m. Cheney PD described the location of Smith’s body as being “concealed in heavy cover” several feet from the roadway, near where authorities last made contact with his cell phone and just south of where his vehicle was ultimately located, in Airway Heights.

Stacia Shirley, manager at Lucid Cheney, described the dispensary atmosphere upon hearing the news. “We’re just heartbroken,” she said.

The team at Lucid received word about an hour before the news was officially released to the media on Friday.

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Employees were sent screenshots of a Facebook update written by the suspect, 36-year-old Donovan Culps. “It was essentially a crazy written confession of guilt,” Shirley said. “Basically, ‘Yes, I did it, the two women weren’t involved.’ And the end, about how Cam was gone–‘Ain’t no coming back.’”

“He was a son, a father, a brother, an uncle, and a grandfather. He was a beautiful person doing the best he could do, and he was a good friend.”

Stacia Shirley, Lucid Store Manager

According to Shirley, Culps’ post on his private Facebook profile also indicated that he was ready to take on law enforcement. “He said they had a ‘shoot to kill warrant’ and that he was ready for it,” she explained.

Culps was apprehended on Thursday in Goldendale, 240 miles south of Cheney, near the Washington–Oregon border. The suspect was arrested after leading police on a chase that ended with Culps crashing into a tree. He was booked into Klickitat County Jail awaiting charges of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery. A Cheney police captain said last week that if Smith’s body were to be found, the charges would be upgraded to include first-degree murder.

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Law enforcement also apprehended Alisha Jackson, 18, for her presence during the abduction. She was already in police custody for separate charges but faces a federal charge of failing to report a felony. The third suspect, 18-year-old Violetta Culps, niece of Donovan Culps, has not been apprehended.

The team at Lucid has been reeling since Smith’s abduction, but Shirley told Leafly that they’ve all been trying to stay strong for Cam. “We’re just trying to push forward with a strong face, and that just shows what a strong influence he was on us. He would want us to stay strong,” she said.

Lucid has set up a GoFundMe campaign to support Smith’s family and help cover funeral costs. Shirley also asked that members of the cannabis community consider one of Smith’s biggest goals. “He always wanted to be [DOPE Industry Awards’] Budtender of the Year. It’s what he lived for and what he strived for, and now we’re trying to get him nominated.”

Shirley’s words echoed many of the sentiments expressed through the community on Lucid’s social media: “He was a son, a father, a brother, an uncle, and a grandfather. He was a beautiful person doing the best he could do, and he was a good friend.”


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Washington Labs Launch Effort to Address Credibility Crisis

In the wake of allegations that Washington state’s top cannabis lab was artificially inflating THC test results and improperly passing samples that should have failed microbial safety screenings, the sector has found itself facing a serious credibility crisis.

Only one lab, Peak Analytics, was alleged to have engaged in questionable lab practices, news first made public in a Leafly investigation. But the fact that the company’s shoddy test results went undetected by regulators for so long has spurred consumers and industry insiders alike to ask who, if anyone, was testing the testers. Some have openly wondered whether cannabinoid levels on product labels are even worth the paper they’re printed on.

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Now a consortium of Washington state testing laboratories are taking matters into their own hands in an effort to win back trust.

After the initial lab exposé went live, The Cannabis Alliance (TCA), a Washington trade association, invited all the state’s 18 licensed cannabis-testing labs to a meeting. According to Nick Mosely, co-owner of Confidence Analytics, 10 labs attended the meeting, held in the central Washington city of Ellensburg.

“We need the trust of the producer-processors if we’re going to benefit our businesses and our business relationships,” Mosely, Confidence Analytics’ chief science officer and a TCA board member, told me. “Beyond that, obviously the consumers care and are interested in lab testing and what it means for the quality of the product.”

Allegations that Peak Analytics had artificially sweetened THC test results, published as part of a Leafly investigation, have raised questions about reliability of testing data. (Amy Phung/Leafly)

The group of testers arrived at a plan to measure themselves against one another. They settled on a round-robin model, in which each lab would receive blinded, pre-tested samples from one of TCA’s grower members. None of the labs would know which grower the sample came from or what its cannabinoid content was. Each lab would be asked to test the sample to its normal standards using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), a common testing procedure. Results would be publicly available on TCA’s website.

Eight labs ended up participating in the round robin: Analytical 360, Confidence Analytics, Green Grower Labs, Medicine Creek Analytics, Molecular Testing Labs, Steep Hill, Washington Testing Technologies, and Trace Analytics. Each tested two flower strains, a BHO sample, and kief. All the samples were homogenized via a process called freeze-milling, which is a more reliable method than simply grinding up the flower samples in a traditional blender.

The thinking went like this: If the results were to come back in a tight cluster around the sample’s known cannabinoid content, that would be an indication the labs were operating under the same standards. A wide spread, on the other hand, would indicate bigger methodological issues at play.

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The outcome? The resulting spread of THC percentages was less than three points, according to a report of the findings—relatively good news.

“While the outcomes of this experiment lend credibility to those labs willing to collaborate and show that the variability between them (described as one standard deviation) is less than 1/10th the measurement,” the report says, “there is always room for improvement.”

Labs that reported higher THC values than their peers tended to do so for all samples (likewise with labs that reported lower values), which the report’s authors suggested was most likely due to methodological differences in how each lab performs test procedures. The report also notes that there was disagreement among labs in terms of testing for minor cannabinoids, such as CBD and CBG .

Despite the differences, the report commended the eight participating labs for their mutual cooperation. “To have industry leaders, and business competitors, working together toward meaningful improvements to standards of practice is especially needed in a nascent industry where the unknowns are multivariate and the guidelines are still developing,” it said.

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Doing a ton of free testing, of course, isn’t something labs are usually keen on. But Mosely said the aim—to get the state’s testing labs on the same page—was well worth it.

“There obviously is quite a bit of extra effort in order to get that consistency,” he said, adding that “everybody up and down the chain is benefitting. It starts with the labs.”

The round-robin testing, Mosely added, goes above and beyond the standard proficiency testing performed by RJ Lee, the state’s accrediting body for labs. RJ Lee is located out of state and thus can’t handle physical cannabis, which makes their tests less applicable, Mosely said, contending that the round robin, performed completely within the confines of the state’s licensed cannabis system, better addresses the issue.

“The labs know they’re being tested and evaluated, and they presumably put on their best face and do the best that they can.”

Jim MacRae, data scientist

What the round-robin approach doesn’t do, however, is replace enforcement. Washington data scientist Jim MacRae, who has focused much of his work on tracking suspect results by the state’s cannabis labs, pointed out that all the labs involved knew they were participating in a round-robin test, even if they didn’t know the cannabinoid content of the samples they were testing.

“It’s these guys saying, ‘Here’s how good of a job we can do,’” MacRae told Leafly. “It’s certainly a cynic that would say they’re not doing this on a daily basis, but basically that test is an opportunity for them to show how good they can be.”

That fact, MacRae argued, underscores a fundamental problem with existing proficiency testing performed by the state’s designated lab auditor, RJ Lee: The testing is announced in advance.

“The labs know they’re being tested and evaluated, and they presumably put on their best face and do the best that they can,” MacRae said. Which means RJ Lee’s proficiency testing—as well as the round-robin tests performed by TCA—are great at evaluating a lab’s “capability” but not necessarily its “culpability,” as MacRae put it.

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“Capability shows what they can do when they’re on their best behavior,” he said. “If what they display when they don’t know they’re being evaluated is significantly different than what they display when they know they’re being evaluated, then there’s a problem there.”

Mosely, of Confidence Analytics, agreed. But he said the effort to ensure consistency between testing labs isn’t meant to replace enforcement efforts.

“Proficiency testing is not intended as an enforcement mechanism,” he says. “Neither is round robin. The participants know they are participating. They do it to improve their methodology, not as a gotcha. A good proficiency testing program helps good labs do better.”

But what about labs whose problems have more to do with ethical deficiencies than  methodological ones?

Identifying bad actors among the state’s licensed cannabis labs is a difficult process, one that requires collecting data from labs without letting them know. That responsibility rests with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB). And MacRae, for one, doesn’t think the agency is taking the job very seriously.

“The LCB has allowed this to continue on and on and on,” he said. “The bottom line is this: When labs do [this]—giving superior potency results, failing to fail samples—the LCB doesn’t seem to give a shit.”

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The LCB does indeed operate a secret shopper program for labs, however, and has tested 220 samples since it began in late 2016, according to Brian Smith, the agency’s communications director.  Regulators so far haven’t issued any violations based on those tests and are still reviewing the results, he said.

The LCB did recently suspend Peak Analytics’ testing license, but that action came in response to an audit by RJ Lee, which itself was prompted by an outside complaint against Peak—not by a secret shopper.

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As Mosely points out, however, the LCB’s secret-shopping program can be difficult to administer.

“Secret shopping is expensive. You have to pay for the tests. You have to lot the samples in traceability. You have to send someone out undercover. One sample is not enough. You need n-power if you want to stand in court and make a case,” he explained. “Lot’s of ins, lot’s of outs.”

In the meantime,  the question of how to effectively stop labs from cheating remains unanswered. While the round robin represents a significant step forward for lab standardization, it doesn’t replace the type of consumer assurance that government oversight provides. Whether the LCB’s program will develop into something that does is anyone’s guess.


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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Washington, Fall 2017

THE LEAFLY LIST: WASHINGTON

Fall 2017

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every quarter. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Washington. It highlights the most talked-about locations in the state based on customer feedback metrics* and reviews of each location’s quality, service, and atmosphere. Check out the Leafly List FAQ for more information on how dispensaries are ranked.

The Leafly List is based on 100% objective customer feedback and data collected by Leafly. Businesses CANNOT pay for a spot on the list.

Seattle, WA

Pot Stop <strong>Marijuana</strong> Dispensary Seattle Washington Leafly List(Courtesy of Pot Stop)

Pot Stop, centrally located in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, makes a point of catering directly to individual requests. Whether visitors are after medicinal potency, splurge-worthy top shelf flower, or the best available no-frills deals, warm, welcoming budtenders behind the counter will happily guide any customer in the right direction.

Index: 93.76

What to Buy: Fire OG from Artizen Cannabis

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What People Are Saying:

“The best place in Seattle to actually SHOP for cannabis. The staff are reliable and give you great recommendations that are genuinely motivated by getting you the best product. These guys do it right every time, I’ll always shop here.” —Schueler24

George, WA

(Courtesy of Grass Station George)

The Grass Station is conveniently located in close proximity to the Gorge, making it popular among locals as well as those just passing through. Friendly and professional staff, a large selection, and impressive deals round out to make this dispensary a must-visit for those in George.

Index: 88.96

What to Buy: Acapulco Gold cartridge from Avitas

What People Are Saying:

“No doubt—this is my favorite shop in this state. The people are wonderful and knowledgeable and the products are bar none. Swing by, totally worth it!” —bruhip

Seattle, WA

(Courtesy of Fweedom Cannabis)

Not only is Fweedom Cannabis friendly, they’re also pet friendly! Customers don’t have to leave their dogs behind when they browse the wide selection at this Aurora Avenue dispensary, which is known for its team of welcoming, expert budtenders, reasonable prices, and commitment to quality.

Index: 88.88

What to Buy: Paradise Indica Tincture from Ethos

What People Are Saying:

“I have been a customer at Fweedom since 2012 and have always been impressed by the quality of their products! The prices are unbeatable, their customer service is top notch and their clean professional environment is what has kept me as a consistent returning customer for the past 5 years. Fweedom is a prime example of what the marijuana industry should be striving for! Thank you for being the best, Fweedom!” —Dreidabs

Moses Lake, WA

Apex Cannabis Moses Lake Washington Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

Offering a wide selection of locally-grown cannabis, Apex is proud to keep it close to home at their Moses Lake location. They travel to each farm represented in their store to get to know their farmers and their products, so you know you’re getting the best hand-picked quality cannabis straight from the source.

Index: 88.84

What People Are Saying:

“I truly LOVE Apex! I have no doubt that when I walk into one of their store’s I will be treated like a person and not just a customer. Everyone is very friendly and so knowledgeable about the product they sell and are so helpful when you have something you are looking for or if you need a certain strain for, ailments, for example, such as pain or sleeping. Whether you’re looking for edibles with more CBD and less THC or leaning toward oils with indica rather than sativa this crew truly knows their stuff. I thoroughly enjoy going to Apex.” —pixie637

Port Townsend, WA

(Courtesy of Discovery Bay Cannabis)

Any dispensary that’s located in an old, repurposed train is awesome by default, but Discovery Bay goes above and beyond. The staff at this unique Port Townsend destination are most concerned with matching people with the strains and products that will work best for them, and visitors appreciate the friendly vibe and wide selection.

Index: 88.24

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What People Are Saying:

“This is one of the coolest spots around. Amazing and knowledgeable staff. They’re all so friendly, I love how they feature products grown locally and fantastic prices!” —tenderpoison956

Seattle, WA

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Located just minutes from the airport, Kush21 – Burien’s 1st Pot Shop strives to be the area’s most convenient, affordable cannabis destination. Though they’re relatively new on the scene, they’ve already built up a large base of loyal customers who appreciate the friendly service, fair prices, and welcoming atmosphere.

Index: 88.04

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What People Are Saying:

“I’m visiting here from Pennsylvania and this was my first stop. I felt very welcome and it was very professional. No pressure to purchase anything specific. The budtender, Oliver, was very knowledgeable and very helpful. He hooked me up with everything I needed for my stay here. I’ll definitely be back again before I leave!” —DirtyDab

Spokane, WA

(Courtesy of Royals Cannabis)(Courtesy of Royal’s Cannabis)

This Spokane dispensary’s goal is to ensure that each and every customer leaves satisfied, and it shows. People come from near and far for the lucrative daily deals, attentive budtenders, quality flower, and complimentary coffee.

Index: 87.8

What People Are Saying:

“I really like the employees. Doug is my favorite one. He is a really friendly guy. The whole crew are nice. Always very helpful! And all the employees make me feel welcome. Thanks for your great products. And prices. Love you guys.” —rebbrowser

Mountlake Terrace, WA

Rainier Cannabis Washington Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017(Courtesy of Rainier Cannabis)

Rainier Cannabis is proud to offer its famous “420 special” (four grams for $20), but don’t miss out on this location’s other great deals. According to Leafly reviews, the staff at Rainier are knowledgeable and provide wonderful service, especially for first time customers.

Index: 87.36

What People Are Saying:

“I shop here almost daily, even though there is competition nearby. The staff is always friendly, always willing to take time to help. I even know some of their names: Ian, Petros, Ray, and Miranda. They have phoned me when a product I’ve been waiting for arrives. Exceptional service! I love this store, my favorite ever.” —paulkis2017

Seattle, WA

(Courtesy of Green Fire Cannabis)

Open ‘til midnight every night, Green Fire Cannabis boasts an impressive glass gallery complete with a large selection of American-made glass. Many budtenders at this industrial-yet-welcoming dispensary transitioned from a medical to recreational market, and are comfortable making knowledgeable recommendations to a wide variety of customers.

Index: 86.88

What People are Saying:

“Fantastic dispensary — good location, great selection, great service. The prices were reasonable for the pre-rolls I picked up, and the girl behind the bar took time to help me pick out what I wanted. She even looked up strain information for me. Sitting at the bar made me want to hang out there — and the Maui Superdawg pre-rolls were fantastic. Thanks!” —paddyws

Seattle, WA

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Mary’s is designed with the most seasoned cannabis connoisseurs in mind, but that doesn’t mean that newcomers should feel intimidated. The knowledgeable budtenders at this North Seattle dispensary go out of their way to make sure that everyone has an enjoyable experience, and most importantly, leaves with the product that’s right for them. Plus, they’re dog-friendly, so there’s no need to leave your best friend in the car.

Index: 86.64

What People Are Saying:

“My favorite shop on the green mile strip on Aurora! Love chatting it up with Armando about concentrates. Allie & Anthony are awesome as well! Always love walking in and seeing them, always killing it! Mary’s is the spot 🔥” —GunnerT

1817 130th Ave NE Suite B Bellevue, WA

(Courtesy of The Novel Tree)

A beautiful boutique location on the east side of Lake Washington, The Novel Tree is one-part glass art gallery and one-part bud bar, creating an innovative way to showcase its products and display its local glass artists. The location focuses on curating the best local cannabis products and building a sense of community in the cannabis movement.

Index: 86.2

What People Are Saying:

“I am a regular and they are awesome!! I rarely get my product anywhere else- very friendly and helpful staff, crazy amazing storefront and amazing product. I tell all my friends to go there when they need to restock. They often have guests come in and showcase their product (my first time I went, I met the fine folks from Sugarleaf and then another time Clandestine). Overall, great store, even better staff ❤️❤️” —MarauderOfGeese

Seattle, WA

(Courtesy of A Greener Today)

Located just a few blocks from Seattle’s light rail, this dispensary is as convenient as it is welcoming. Many of A Greener Today Marijuana’s staff members transitioned from the medical marijuana industry, so they understand the importance of working one on one with customers to help them find exactly what they’re looking for.

Index: 85.64

What People Are Saying:

“First off let me just say this place is awesome. when I first arrived inside this place the staff was very polite nobody was rude or didn’t want to help. they welcomed me with open arms. very convient for me. fantastic selection. reasonable prices. #1 favorite store now. I’ll see them today lol.” —Isaiah23

Lynnwood, WA

(Courtesy of Kushman’s)

First-time visitors to Kushman’s receive a generous 15% off their entire order, but what keeps people coming back to this Lynnwood dispensary is the team of helpful, expert staff, who are skilled at helping visitors navigate a wide selection of both value and top-shelf products to find what’s right for them.

Index: 85.6

What People Are Saying:

“Kushman’s is the best everyone there are extremely friendly and knowledgeable about there products and the quality of the buds and concentrates are are on point at the best prices I don’t go anywhere else.” —Juelz13santana

Otis Orchards-East Farms, WA

Apex Cannabis Dispensary Washington Leafly List(Courtesy of Apex Cannabis)

Located just minutes from the Idaho state line, Apex Cannabis features friendly and knowledgeable staff, daily deals, and high quality products. Reviewers are quick to praise their large selection of locally-grown cannabis, loyalty program, and cozy atmosphere, making Apex a natural addition to this month’s Leafly List.

Index: 85.84

What People Are Saying:

“Hands down the best environment, well rounded and most upbeat group of people. Answer all my questions and concerns along with recommend products that would actually work and add to my collections. I am beyond impress and overall highly recommending all my friends and family to come. I will be back and will forever be a returning customer.” —ChelsB2332

Spokane Valley, WA

(Courtesy of Cannabis and Glass Spokane Valley)(Courtesy of Cannabis & Glass Spokane Valley)

In addition to a robust loyalty program, Cannabis & Glass guarantees that no flower they carry costs over $10/gram. It makes sense, then, that they have such large and loyal group of regular customers, many of whom are on a first-name basis with the staff. If you’re a newcomer, don’t let this intimidate you—you’ll be a regular in no time at all.

Index: 85.32

What People Are Saying:

“Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Love going here every time. Thank you for everything you guys do. Would recommend to anyone!” —tyzesh

Puyallup, WA

(Courtesy of Greenhand Puyallap)(Courtesy of Greenhand Puyallup)

This Puyallup dispensary’s group of loyal customers love that the budtenders here are great at making recommendations but never push to get people to go home with products that aren’t a perfect fit.

Index: 84.92

What People Are Saying:

“Every time I go into there store, I always have a pleasant time. Everyone who works there are very friendly, I live over 40 miles away from them but I would never want to go anywhere else. I would recommend this store to anyone I know.” —Edmonson86

Covington, WA

Euphorium Covington Washington Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017(Courtesy of Euphorium Covington)

Euphorium in Covington offers a wide selection of premium products that will keep you coming back for more. Their knowledgeable staff is always ready to answer any questions with quick and friendly service. Whether you’re an avid consumer or completely new to cannabis, this shop has you covered.

Index: 84.64

What People Are Saying:

“When you’re just getting into embracing the legality of weed, going to shops can be anxiety inducing. Personally, knowing you have to walk in the store but not knowing exactly what to do next and risking embarrassing yourself is actually very unsettling. This is not the case here. I love this location and I gladly make the drive though other places may be closer to me. When I walk into a shop I know I don’t know what I’m doing and I’m looking for service from someone who doesn’t make me feel stupid for not knowing what I’m doing. That is what I got here. I always ask for suggestions for sativas, indicas, hybrids, etc. and I’ve never disappointed in the suggestions or the friendly service.” —bbs3

4033 NE Sunset Blvd, Suite 5 Renton, WA

Emerald Haze cannabis dispensary in Renton, Washington(Courtesy of Emerald Haze)

Voted “Best in Renton 2016” by the Renton Reporter, Emerald Haze Cannabis Emporium is a high-quality recreational dispensary raising the bar in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors love the friendly budtenders and solid product selection.

Index: 84.28

What People Are Saying:

“Great crew and fair prices! Customer service is wonderful, knowledgeable staff, large variety of product. Green Acres and Artizen are my jam and they always have some there 🙂 plus, cheapest price for the IndigoPro I’ve seen yet! Smart move to shop here if you’re in the area.” —dazetrip

Woodinville, WA

(Rick_Thompson/iStock)

The friendly staff at Euphorium’s Woodinville location have a special knack for helping customers narrow down their vast selection of high-quality cannabis to just a few items, turning what may initially seem like an insurmountable task into a perfectly manageable (and pleasant) one.

Index: 84.2

What People Are Saying:

“I like the crew here. Friendly staff, great at narrowing your choices without being overbearing. They help you select your exact needs in a great way.” —Kerouac71

Seattle, WA

(Courtesy of Diego Pellicer)(Courtesy of Diego Pellicer)

Leafly reviewers have likened the interior of Diego Pellicer to lobby of a fancy hotel, a high-end jewelry shop, and a museum (among other things). Whatever it reminds you of, the quality of this Seattle dispensary extends beyond its physical space. The staff go out of their way to answer any questions, and customers are overwhelmingly pleased with both the quality and selection of the products.

Index: 83.96

What People Are Saying:

“Diego Pellicer has risen above the others to become my go-to shop. Great selection, quality products, and I am hard pressed to find better deals on my favorite picks. The staff are seriously impressive. They have walked me through my first vape pen, answered product questions, and never steered me wrong on suggestions or alternatives. I so appreciate their patience and wisdom.” —pammsamm

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Washington Budtender Abducted, Still Missing

A well-known budtender from a Eastern Washington cannabis dispensary remains missing this week after being abducted outside the shop Sunday afternoon.

The abduction of Cameron Smith from the Lucid retail store in Cheney, just outside the city of Spokane, has rocked the local cannabis community.

Cameron Smith, who works at Lucid as a budtender, was abducted outside of the dispensary Sunday, Sept. 10, in Cheney, Wash. He is a father of two and a strong advocate for cannabis. (Sofia Jaramillo for Leafly)

According to Dennis Turner, Lucid’s co-owner and Smith’s brother, the encounter started off simply enough.

Two women and one man pulled up to the dispensary in a white Ford F-250 truck, he told Leafly. Turner recalled that one of the female suspects appeared to be watching the dispensary intently. “It looked like she was casing the building, checking out the video cameras, and walking around the building,” he said.

Cameron Smith, pictured left (courtesy of Lucid’s Facebook profile).

The male suspect and one woman attempted to enter the dispensary, but when asked for identification, the male could not provide his ID, saying he had left it behind in Yakima, a city located about 190 miles west of Cheney, Turner said. He was subsequently denied entrance. The woman produced identification that showed her year of birth as 1999, Turner said. “She wasn’t in compliance and she was rejected from the shop.”

A sign dedicated to Cameron Smith sits on a chair outside of Lucid in Cheney, Wash., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Smith, who works at Lucid as a budtender, went missing Sunday, Sept. 10, after being abducted outside of the dispensary. (Sofia Jaramillo for Leafly)

“Our brother, Cam, was working as lead budtender—he’s everyone’s favorite budtender,” Turner told Leafly. “On lunch, he likes to sit in his car and listen to his music while he eats.”

Smith, the 46-year-old barber-turned-budtender from Toledo, Ohio, exited his car for a moment and walked right past the male suspect. He then returned to his vehicle, a 2008 silver Acura SUV, to finish his lunch.

“The gentleman pulled up to Cam’s car and it appeared there was a verbal exchange between them,” Turner explained, referring to video surveillance footage that captured the moment between the two men. “At that point, the dude pulled a gun out and fired two shots into the car. It knocked out the back window. He jumped into the driver’s seat and took off with Cam still in the car.”

The two accompanying women took off in the white Ford truck, which was later reported stolen from the White Swan area of Yakima County.

A poster board is filled with notes to Cameron Smith from community members and friends at Lucid in Cheney, WA, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. “Everyone knew Cam. Even if they didn’t partake in marijuana they appreciated him and they got to know him for who he was,” said store manager Stacia Shirley. (Sofia Jaramillo for Leafly)

“We haven’t seen or heard from him since,” said Turner.

The Cheney Police Department responded to requests saying they have warrants out for two individuals, but neither are currently in custody. Law enforcement have identified the male suspect as Donavon Culps and the woman as his 18-year-old niece, Violetta Culps, both from the White Swan area of Yakima.

Store manager Stacia Shirley holds a picture of Cameron Smith at an office near Lucid in Cheney, Wash., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Smith, who works at Lucid as a budtender, went missing Sunday, Sept. 10, after being abducted outside of the dispensary. “He got along with everybody and he had such a positive presence. There was no way you couldn’t love that man,” said Shirley. (Sofia Jaramillo for Leafly)

The case has expanded to include the nearby Spokane Police Department, Yakama Tribal Police, and the FBI.

Efforts were made to ping Smith’s cell phone, but the signal was lost near Medical Lake, at which point authorities believe the suspect threw Smith’s phone out the window.

Signs and candles are set up outside of Lucid in Cheney, Wash., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. “He embodied Lucid. He loved everybody in this company. He was a light in the shop. When you walk in he was the first thing you seen,” said Smith’s brother Dennis Turner. (Sofia Jaramillo for Leafly)

“They’re treating it as a kidnapping and potential homicide,” Turner said. “This guy has an extensive criminal background.”

The team at Lucid Marijuana has not given up hope. The group planned a vigil seeking Smith’s safe return, and law enforcement has been using all resources to bring him home. There’s been an outpouring of support local community members on social media, as Smith is well-known and well-loved within the small town of Cheney.

A site dedicated to Cameron Smith is set up inside the Lucid store in Cheney, Wash., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (Sofia Jaramillo for Leafly)

“They put out an APB [all-points bulletin] on his vehicle,” Turner said. “They’ve got helicopters searching, they’ve got the dogs out.”

A Cheney Police Department spokesperson told Leafly on Tuesday that Smith’s vehicle had been located in Airway Heights near Medical Lake, which is where authorities last made contact with Smith’s cell phone.

“The Washington state crime lab is still processing the scene,” Cheney PD reported. “We still have not located the victim.”


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Washington Sees Declines in Teen Use, Treatment Admissions Since Legalization

For legalization opponents eager to see regulated cannabis markets fail, a new government report out of Washington state isn’t yielding much in the way of talking points.

Since 2012, when the state became one of the first in the country to legalize cannabis for adult use, consumption rates among minors have remained stable or fallen. The number of admissions to treatment for cannabis use disorder—and in fact, all admissions involving cannabis—have gently declined. There’s even some evidence that legalization in the Pacific Northwest “may have led to a drop in rape and murder rates,” the report says.

The findings were published this month by the government-run Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP), which is required under the state’s legalization law, Initiative 502, to conduct regular cost-benefit analyses for the next 25 years. The report’s conclusions are still preliminary, but the emerging picture is one of a relatively healthy cannabis program free of the horrors forecasted by critics.

“In my overall appraisal, there’s not much evidence I-502 has caused changes in the outcomes we looked at,” the report’s lead researcher and author, Adam Darnell, told the Seattle Times.

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Some of the most reassuring findings have to do with children. Prohibitionists have long warned that legalization would increase cannabis consumption by minors, but in Washington, the numbers tell a different story. Among students, cannabis use rates have steadily fallen since 2012, when voters adopted adult-use legalization. Rates began dropping even more sharply in 2014, when regulated sales began.

Prohibitionists said legalization would lead to higher rates of use by minors. The opposite seems to be happening. (Washington State Institute for Public Policy)

Since legalization, more teens are reporting that cannabis is “hard or very hard to get,” the report found, refuting legalization critics’ fears that legal sales mean easier access for minors.

Critics have also worried that legalization could send kids the message that cannabis use is healthy, but the report indicates the opposite is happening. Students’ perception that cannabis is “harmful or very harmful”—which had been in decline since 2006—actually increased among most students since legal sales began. “The downward trend in perceived harm of cannabis use stabilized from 2014 to 2016,” the report found.

More students say cannabis is “hard or very hard to get” today than before legalization, and concern over the health effects of cannabis are stabilizing. (Washington State Institute for Public Policy)

While cannabis use has fallen among minors since legalization, it’s risen slightly among adults. Use rates climbed noticeably during the first several months following the launch of adult-use sales—perhaps because of the novelty of newly legal cannabis—but have since mostly subsided.

Cannabis consumption rose noticeably after legal markets opened, but the increase has since mostly subsided. (Washington State Institute for Public Policy)

Notably, however, those increases haven’t led to more drug-treatment admissions. “We found that cannabis abuse treatment admissions were not affected by I-502 enactment,” the report’s authors write. “We also found that the amount of legal cannabis sales generally had no effect on outcomes.”

While a drop in court-referred treatment admissions might be no surprise—the number of cannabis-related criminal convictions has fallen since legalization—there was also a notable decline in admissions that weren’t referred by the criminal justice system. While the report notes that “there is no evidence that the enactment of I-502 caused this change,” the findings nevertheless go against prohibitionists’ predictions that treatment admissions would skyrocket as a consequence of legalization.

Admissions to treatment for cannabis and other drug disorders have actually fallen since legalization. (Washington State Institute for Public Policy)

Legalization’s effects on violent crime aren’t yet fully clear, but the report does highlight a pair of studies indicating legalization may helped tamp down violence. One study, relying on FBI-reported crimes, found evidence “of decreased homicide and assault associated with medical legalization.” Another, looking at adult use, “found evidence that non-medical legalization in Washington and Oregon may have led to a drop in rape and murder rates.”

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In digesting the report’s findings, it’s crucial to keep in mind that legalization is largely uncharted territory. Washington’s legalization law “imposed a number of different changes on the state,” the report says, “including changes to criminal prohibitions; the creation of a regulated cannabis supply system; and mandated investments in substance abuse prevention, treatment, and research. Each aspect of I-502 may have had its own effects on outcomes.”

Nevertheless, the important takeaway is this: The parade of horribles predicted by opponents of cannabis legalization simply hasn’t happened. Since Washington state became one of the first to challenge federal prohibition, residents here have largely kept calm and carried on.


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Word From Seattle’s Hempfest: ‘Nobody’s Hiding’ Anymore

Last weekend brought Seattle Hempfest—AKA the biggest annual cannabis event on the planet—to the Seattle waterfront, for three days of pro-cannabis outreach, activism, music, mingling, marketing, and glorious sunshine. Photojournalist Jovelle Tamayo was there for Leafly with a question for attendees: “What’s the most surprising change that you’ve witnessed since legalization?”

Nancy Garcia, 57, Tacoma, Wash

“You can go into stores and buy pot now! I never thought I’d see it in my day. I just like to get stoned but I believe in a world of hemp. It can be used for so many resources — plastic, fuel, housing, paper products, clothes.”

Juliet Hodgen, 21, of Marysville, Wash.

“It was cool to see how big the actual culture is. I went to cosmetology school and over half the people I went to school with, we all eventually bonded over marijuana because we all had social anxiety. People don’t really bat an eye at you anymore.”

Kayla Faber, 27, of Conway, Wash

“I was pleasantly surprised [with legalization]. I was always a closet smoker and I’ve been smoking for as long as I can remember. But it had to be a secret — people couldn’t smell it on me and I couldn’t talk about it. But it was part of my everyday life. I suffer from severe social anxiety. And now I’m able to have conversations and have friends because of [cannabis].”

Lala Jones, 21, of Seattle, Wash.

“I smoke everyday. There’s profit from it on the federal end — the government took over overnight. They’re building all these weed shops and taxing everybody to smoke weed. [I’m surprised by] all the rules and regulations around it, like not being able to smoke in public places.”

Acacia Schaffer, 20, of Auburn, Wash.

“[Since legalization], it seems like people are friendlier toward one another, in a way. You don’t have people staring at you.”

Felicia Kopperdahl, 30, of Seattle, Wash.

“I started smoking when I was 13, and I always got it on the ‘illegal’ side. But then when it became legal, it became easier to get it. It was way more accepted, it was more accessible, and you know what you’re getting. I’ve always had an interest in cannabis… I just graduated from college and I got to take a marijuana business class, which was amazing. I don’t know how many colleges offer that but that was awesome.”

Klaver Wilson, 21, of Auburn, Wash

“Everybody’s way more open about it. Nobody’s hiding to go smoke.”

Nancy Elliott, 82, of Chinook Pass, Wash.

“I’m on medical marijuana. I know what it’s done. It’s these ignorant people that don’t believe in it and the druggies that give it a bad name. But I see all the good it’s done.”

Darnell James, 46, of Seattle, Wash.

“Legalization surprised me. Sometimes it’s surreal — like, did that really happen? It’s still unbelievable. The reason why, is that even though it’s legal, the feds still categorize it as illegal. So technically, it’s almost like it’s a mask and pretty soon, depending who’s in office, they’ll probably try to reverse it and do whatever to try and stop the legalization of it. But I love the way the states are handling it. It took a while for my mom to grasp because she thought it was still illegal. So I had to turn the news on and say, ‘Mom, listen to this.’ She was happy, then she started smoking and she’s 66.”

Garrith Mclean, 62, of Juneau, Alaska

“The low cost and availability [surprised me]. We’ve always been strong advocates for legalization. But even though it’s legal, it’s not free and we’re still restricted to certain amounts of stuff. Cigarettes and alcohol, the guys could buy all they want, but with pot, we can only grow a small amount at a time.”


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7 Tips for Making the Most of Seattle Hempfest

In case you hadn’t heard, Seattle Hempfest is the largest annual cannabis-advocacy gathering on the planet. Now in its 26th year, this beloved “protestival” draws a sprawling universe of activists, advocates, performing artists, politicians, and happy attendees to the Seattle waterfront for three days of pro-cannabis outreach, activism, music, mingling, marketing, and (God willing) sunshine.

This weekend brings Seattle Hempfest 2017 to the adjacent expanses of Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Parks, with festivities kicking off at noon on Friday and carrying on all weekend. Official hours: Friday noon-8 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am-8 pm. Official address: 3130 Alaskan Way W, Seattle, WA 98121. Official slogan: “When they go low, we go high”—a perfectly apt and inspirational rallying cry for this moment in history.

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Being a free-of-charge cannabis festival held in a glorious outdoor locale, Hempfest is easy to enjoy. But here are a few strategic tips for making the most of it.

1. Don’t drive

A few years back, Seattle decided to encourage the use of public transit to the city center by making driving downtown miserable, and the Belltown/waterfront region hosting Hempfest is one of the most didactically awful areas for parking and turning and weird time-sensitive one-way streets. If you’re able, take light rail, get off at Westlake Center and walk the half-mile northwest to the Hempfest grounds. Also: There are Metro buses and Lyfts. (Bonus: No driving means yes highness.)

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2. Enter via the Thomas Street overpass

The most naturally inviting of the Hempfest entrances is on Alaskan Way, by the Olympic Sculpture Park, and you must avoid it. Famous for its buzz-killing bottleneck, this “South Entrance” is forever packed with thousands of people who you will have to lightly jostle for 15 sweaty minutes before reaching the expansive park areas inside. For best results, enter via the Thomas Street Overpass, which accessible at 3rd Ave W and W Harrison St just west of Seattle Center, and which official Hempfest materials promise will be “line-free!” (Also, if you need ADA entry, aim for the popular South Entrance and go the front of the line, where you’ll find the ADA Entrance.)

3. Follow the rules and be conscientious

Hempfest’s official regulations: “No dogs, camping, alcohol, narcotics, fireworks, open flame, or unauthorized vending.” Does cannabis count as a narcotic? If so, it’s a legal one, at least in Washington State, but that still doesn’t mean it’s legal to light up in a city park. That said, authorities have typically been generous with Hempfest patrons, especially those tasteful enough to break the no-smoking rule in a relatively discreet manner.

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4. Pay full, start-to-finish attention to at least one speaker, panel, and/or band

It’s easy to wander through the Hempfest experience of vendors and crowds and music and speeches in a sort of slow-motion blur, during which you never stop moseying along. You must stop long enough to pay full attention to at least one Hempfest speaker or musical performer. The vast roster of speakers scheduled to take the Hempfest stage ranges from George Martorano, who served a 32-year sentence for cannabis, to Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes and Hempfest founder Vivian McPeak. The expansive roster of panels range from “Cannabis Industry Leaders Share Their Advice” to “Saving Terminally Ill Children with Cannabis.” As for musical acts, they are many, and should be selected on the awesomeness of their names. (Frontrunners: Swamp Meat, the Queen Annes, She Thinks I’m Alex, Jesus Wears Armani, and It Gets Worse.)

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5. No impromptu edibles

Hempfest is a world of great generosity and that is wonderful. But if anyone offers you a cannabis-enhanced edible, do not take it. By which I mean do not eat it. You can take it and pocket it and figure out what to do with it later at home. But do not eat it at Hempfest, which is no place for a Maureen Dowd-style freakout. If you’re hungry, aim for something not spiked with cannabis.

6. Donate

Did I mention Hempfest is absolutely free to attend? It’s true! Still, Hempfest costs a good amount of money to produce, and rather than institute any sort of entrance fee—which would change the event’s classification and invite a world of new restrictions—Hempfest relies on supporters to help pay the bills. Plan ahead, visit an ATM, and have a $20 ready to toss into the donation bins near the entrance.

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7. Pick up after your damn selves

Along with its various political and social aims, Hempfest is about visibility, and challenging the damaging misinformation about cannabis that continues to be spewed by the government. So let’s not provide any supporting evidence to the stereotype that stoners are easily distracted clods who are too busy questioning their hands to pick up after themselves. There’s nothing more depressing than morning-after photos showing how yesterday’s visionary rally for righteousness resulted in today’s acre of garbage. So pick up after yourself. Pick up after someone else even. Let’s freak people out with how fucking tidy we leave that park. It’ll be the birth of a new stoner stereotype: Tidy AF. Let’s make this happen.


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Governors of 2 Cannabis States Push Back on Trump Administration

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a one-time Republican no longer affiliated with a party, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week asking the Department of Justice to maintain the Obama administration’s more hands-off enforcement approach to states that have legalized the drug still banned at the federal level.

“Given the diversity of public sentiment regarding marijuana throughout the country, marijuana regulation is an area where states should take the lead.”

Jahna Lindemuth, Attorney General of Alaska

It comes after Sessions sent responses recently to the governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, who asked him to allow the legalization experiments to continue in the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana. Sessions detailed concerns he had with how effective state regulatory efforts have been or will be.

Washington state also responded to Sessions this week. Gov. Jay Inslee said the attorney general made claims about the situation in Washington that are “outdated, incorrect, or based on incomplete information.”

“If we can engage in a more direct dialogue, we might avoid this sort of miscommunication and make progress on the issues that are important to both of us,” Inslee and that state’s attorney general wrote to Sessions.

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Since taking office, Sessions has promised to reconsider cannabis policy, providing a level of uncertainty for states that have legalized the drug. A task force assembled by Sessions encouraged continued study of whether to change or rescind the approach taken under former President Barack Obama.

In Alaska, Walker said he shared Sessions’ concerns about the dangers of drug abuse but said state rules for marijuana businesses address federal interests, including public health and safety concerns. The governor said Sessions cited a 2015 state drug report in raising questions about Alaska’s regulations but noted that the first retail shops didn’t open until late last year.

The state is taking “meaningful” steps to curb illegal cannabis use, especially by those who are underage, Walker and state Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth wrote in the letter obtained through a public records request.

In a separate letter, Lindemuth was more pointed.

“Given the diversity of public sentiment regarding marijuana throughout the country, marijuana regulation is an area where states should take the lead,” she wrote.

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Alaska political leaders have long pushed back on issues where they think the federal government is overstepping its bounds. The state’s lone U.S. House member, Republican Rep. Don Young, said he’s never smoked pot but supports states’ rights.

The state voted on it, “and the federal government should stay out of it,” he told the AP last year.

The largest voting bloc in the state is not affiliated with a political party, though President Donald Trump won with just over 50 percent of the vote last fall. Voters in 2014 approved recreational marijuana, with about 53 percent support.


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Cannabis States Try to Curb Smuggling, Fend off Administration

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Well before Oregon legalized marijuana, its verdant, wet forests made it an ideal place for growing the drug, which often ended up being funneled out of the state for big money. Now, officials suspect cannabis grown legally in Oregon and other states is also being smuggled out, and the trafficking is putting America’s multibillion-dollar marijuana industry at risk.

In response, pot-legal states are trying to clamp down on “diversion” even as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions presses for enforcement of federal laws against marijuana.

Tracking legal cannabis from the fields and greenhouses where it’s grown to the shops where it’s sold under names like Blueberry Kush and Chernobyl is their so far main protective measure.

In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law a requirement that state regulators track from seed to store all marijuana grown for sale in Oregon’s legal market. So far, only recreational marijuana has been comprehensively tracked. Tina Kotek, speaker of the Oregon House, said lawmakers wanted to ensure “we’re protecting the new industry that we’re supporting here.”

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“There was a real recognition that things could be changing in D.C.,” she said.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board says it’s replacing its current tracking Nov. 1 with a “highly secure, reliable, scalable and flexible system.”

California voters approved using a tracking system run by Lakeland, Florida-based Franwell for its recreational cannabis market. Sales become legal Jan. 1.

Franwell also tracks marijuana, using bar-code and radio frequency identification labels on packaging and plants, in Colorado, Oregon, Maryland, Alaska and Michigan.

“The tracking system is the most important tool a state has,” said Michael Crabtree, who runs Denver-based Nationwide Compliance Specialists Inc., which helps tax collectors track elusive, cash-heavy industries like the marijuana business.

But the systems aren’t fool-proof. They rely on the users’ honesty, he said.

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“We have seen numerous examples of people ‘forgetting’ to tag plants,” Crabtree said. Colorado’s tracking also doesn’t apply to home-grown plants and many noncommercial marijuana caregivers.

In California, implementing a “fully operational, legal market” could take years, said state Sen. Mike McGuire, who represents the “Emerald Triangle” region that’s estimated to produce 60 percent of America’s marijuana. But he’s confident tracking will help.

“In the first 24 months, we’re going to have a good idea who is in the regulated market and who is in black market,” McGuire said.

Oregon was the first state to decriminalize personal possession, in 1973. It legalized medical marijuana in 1998, and recreational use in 2014.

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Before that, Anthony Taylor hid his large cannabis crop from aerial surveillance under a forest canopy east of Portland, and tended it when there was barely enough light to see.

“In those days, marijuana was REALLY illegal,” said Taylor, now a licensed marijuana processor and lobbyist. “If you got caught growing the amounts we were growing, you were going to go to prison for a number of years.”

Taylor believes it’s easier to grow illegally now because authorities lack the resources to sniff out every operation. And growers who sell outside the state can earn thousands of dollars per pound, he said.

Still, it’s hard to say if cannabis smuggling has gotten worse in Oregon, or how much of the marijuana leaving the state filters out from the legal side.

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Chris Gibson, executive director of the federally funded Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, said the distinction matters less than the fact that marijuana continues to leave Oregon on planes, trains and automobiles, and through the mail.

“None is supposed to leave, so it’s an issue,” Gibson told The Associated Press. “That should be a primary concern to state leadership.”

“Marijuana has left Oregon for decades. What’s different is that now we have better mechanisms to try to control it.”

US Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

On a recent morning, Billy Williams, the U.S. attorney in Oregon, sat at his desk in his office overlooking downtown Portland, a draft Oregon State Police report in front of him. Oregon produces between 132 tons (120 metric tons) and 900 tons (816 metric tons) more marijuana than what Oregonians can conceivably consume, the report said, using statistics from the legal industry and estimates of illicit grows. It identified Oregon as an “epicenter of cannabis production” and quoted an academic as saying three to five times the amount of cannabis that’s consumed in Oregon leaves the state.

Sessions himself cited the report in a July 24 letter to Oregon’s governor. In it, Sessions asked Brown to explain how Oregon would address the report’s “serious findings.”

Pete Gendron, a licensed marijuana grower who advised state regulators on compliance and enforcement, said the reports’ numbers are guesswork, and furthermore are outdated because they don’t take into account the marijuana now being sold in Oregon’s legal recreational market.

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A U.S. Justice Department task force recently said the Cole Memorandum , which restricts federal marijuana law enforcement in states where marijuana is legal, should be reevaluated to see if it should be changed.

The governors of Oregon, Colorado, Washington and Alaska — where both medical and recreational marijuana are legal — wrote to Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in April, warning altering the memorandum “would divert existing marijuana product into the black market and increase dangerous activity in both our states and our neighboring states.”

But less than a month later, Sessions wrote to congressional leaders criticizing the federal government’s hands-off approach to medical marijuana, and citing a Colorado case in which a medical marijuana licensee shipped cannabis out of state.

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In his letter, Sessions opposed an amendment by Oregon Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer and California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher that prevents the Justice Department from interfering with states’ medical marijuana. Congress is weighing renewing the amendment for the next fiscal year.

In a phone interview from Washington, Blumenauer said the attorney general is “out of step” with most members of Congress, who have become more supportive “of ending the failed prohibition on marijuana.”

“Marijuana has left Oregon for decades,” Blumenauer said. “What’s different is that now we have better mechanisms to try to control it.”

Taylor believes cannabis smuggling will continue because of the profit incentive, which will end only if the drug is legalized across America. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, introduced a bill in Congress on Aug. 1 to do just that.


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Summer in Seattle: Is It Worth the High?

Welcome to “Is It Worth the High?”, where our writers see newly released movies, listen to the latest album drops, and try other experiences while high to determine whether they’re worth your time, money, and most importantly, your cannabis buzz. This week, Dante Jordan looks back on his trip to the Emerald City to determine whether a trip to cannabis-friendly Seattle is worth its weight in legal bud. 


Products Enjoyed: ALL of them. You name it, I had it (and if I didn’t, I still had it).

High Experienced (1-10): Yes.

A few months back my Leafly editor asked ya boy Dante Jordan if he’d be down to visit Seattle for a few days and do some stuff with the squad. I was like “Ummm, absolutely, of course.” Like…do people say no to this? I’m from a place where we don’t say to free meals, let alone a free vacation. Plus I’d never been to Seattle, or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest for that matter, so I figured this would be a great opportunity to expand my travel wings and soak up a new part of the globe.

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I expected it to be a fun time, but what I didn’t anticipate was my week in Seattle to be one of the dopest experiences of my life. What a city. What a culture. And the Leafly team really made me feel like family, which enhanced the entire experience by 1,000 points. I had so much fun, so if you ask me if a trip to Seattle in the summer is worth the high, my answer is absolutely. Like, you should stop reading this article, book a flight, then come back and finish because it really is that fun of a city. Here’s why:

The Weather

Apparently Seattle only gets like two weeks of summer starting at the beginning of July (editor’s note: it’s closer to three months, but yes, our non-summer stretch is agonizingly long), so I really lucked out in the timing of my visit. The weather was beautiful, son. I’m talking real beautiful. The type of beautiful that makes you whistle while you walk for no reason at all. Shit was a smooth 87 or under every day, and now that I think of it, I really should’ve had my toes out. Summer Seattle has that sock-free weather.

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The Food

Tacos. You will eat tacos. And then after you eat tacos, you will eat tacos. Like, you think you’re about to go there and smash out eight plates of salmon and oysters that the chef literally just caught with his bare hands, but plot twist: you will be eating tacos. After eating tacos. So if you like tacos, come to Seattle.

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The People

Why the fuck is everyone so fit and pretty? I need answers. Because they are. And everyone’s also super cool. I was warned of this thing called the Seattle Freeze, which apparently is when people are being assholes when they don’t mean to be assholes, even though they know they’re being assholes, but I never encountered it so Seattlesfolk are good in my book.

How nice are people in Seattle? I was coming out of my Airbnb on Saturday with joint and lighter in-hand like the young carefree black man I am. My Smoke This, Play That Vol 2 playlist was going and I had nothing but joy in my soul, when all of a sudden I miscalculated my steps as I walked down the stairs outside the front door. Next thing you know, I was falling in slow motion as this beautiful-ass couple walked past me.

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I hit the ground, they turned around, and guess what happened? THEY DIDN’T LAUGH AT ME. WHAT? I WOULD’VE ROASTED A STRANGER THROUGH THE CEMENT HAD I WITNESSED SUCH A TUMBLE. But instead, the guy removed his arm from his girl’s shoulder, helped me up, and said, “You alright bro?” I was alright, bro. Some good people out there in Seattle.

The Cannabis

BRUH.

That’s really all there is to say about that. The cannabis life I live in Dallas AIN’T SHIT compared to the cannabis life they live in Seattle. Dispensaries everywhere, stoners everywhere, and the freedom to enjoy publicly (still illegal, but you seem more likely to get a warning than a citation) without the stress of “Yo, keep your head on a swivel for cops and old white people.” It’s incredible. You know things are legal, but once you see it for yourself, it’s like “Wow…I am NOT living right. In fact, I am living wrong.”

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Nature, Walking, and Other Activities

I didn’t have the time to go frolic amongst the trees, but I caught a little glimpse of the wilderness as we drove out to a growhouse one day, and Seattle definitely has what the hikers need. If you’re the type to post motivational quotes under a picture of two sycamores, you should definitely make the trip to the PNW. (That’s “Pacific Northwest.” I learned that.)

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Read enough of my articles and you’ll see that my favorite thing in the world is to get high and go walk around. Seattle is the best place I’ve ever been for that. I stayed in Belltown, which is one of downtown’s next door neighbors, so I had ample avenues and boulevards to bend. One thing I was NOT ready for, though, was all of the hills in Seattle. I won’t even call them hills—they were slopes. The entire city is built like a hypotenuse. If you want to walk around Seattle, make sure you stretch out those creamy hamstrings.

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There’s so much to do in Seattle that it’s a bit overwhelming. People kept asking about my plans and I was like I don’t know, I’ll just figure it out as I go. This ended with me getting high as fuck with my Leafly homie Marika, then walking to a food truck festival. From there we went to the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center, which also had a walk-through butterfly house, the perfect match for how peacefully stoned I was.

Still, these were only a couple activities out of the millions available to me. Seattle’s one of those cities that always has something going on, so if you visit, you will definitely not be bored.

Is It Worth the High?

Do you like cities with dope-ass people? Do you like cities with legal cannabis? Do you like eating tacos after eating tacos? If you answer “yes” to any of those questions, you should already have a bag packed by the time I finish this sentence. I can’t wait to go back.


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