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Sunday, July 13, 2014
LEGAL POT IN WASHINGTON: “The Real Story”
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, here’s something I never expected. The start of the legal marijuana trade in my state is making national news and not just for one morning but for several. Most of those reporting this are not users of the herb itself and the mechanisms that worked well for Colorado were largely ignored here. So here’s a window from the inside looking out.
The State Liquor Control Board issued over 20 licenses statewide. The distribution was weird because Spokane, with a considerably smaller population and located on the other side of the Cascade Mountains, got four. Seattle got one. The LCB also issued 12 growers licenses, an absurdly insufficient number.
This was a dog and pony show for the hemp culture. Marijuana has been easier to obtain in this city for the last 22 years than hard liquor was when it was sold only in State stores. The quality varies but is generally good to excellent. The price of twenty dollars a gram has remained the same for two decades.
Marijuana is a benign and quietly ubiquitous part of the culture. There are no evil drug dealers trying to seduce kids with it, like there is in the narcotics trade. The economics involved are not pyramidal for the most part. Nobody becomes millionaire raising or selling marijuana. It’s just not that kind of orientation, at least not here and not in the Northwest in general.
It is also not, by and large, a law enforcement problem because unlike narcotics, very few users of marijuana become so addicted to it that it forces them to steal. It’s also not something you can binge out on like beer at a frat party. No matter how raunchy or regal, if you smoke enough of it, you’re just going to go to sleep. So it’s not like there are potheads on the street reeling around stoned, aggressive and looking for trouble. Again, it’s just not that kind of orientation.
In Seattle, as well, the police are a lot more understanding about some crimes than they are about some others. They’ve never clogged the courts busting pot “dealers” unless the behavior has been so outlandishly obvious that it assumes the characteristics of public menace. which is not good for the tourist trade.
Yes, they will land on it hard if it is involved in the commerce of methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, etc. As in most cities, those involved with these substances are not people you’d want camping in your backyard overnight. They traffic in human misery and getting kids addicted to their wares is part of the way they do business.
I’m neither a proponent nor an opponent of marijuana. I am dead set against narcotics. They do not belong in any community. But since I live here, in Seattle, they definitely do not belong in mine.
If you talk to most of us on the greener side of the fence, that’s pretty much the consensus of it. And the reason it has not become epidemic here is because while we are probably among the most polite people on the planet south of Canada, we are also close to the land. Sometimes we do not put axe blades on axe handles.
The decision to enable the retail sale of marijuana in this state really hasn’t changed very much. Once the novelty of being able to walk into a store and buy it wears off, it will be back to normal and most of those who use it will buy it from someone who sells enough to pay for his own with some extra for Friday night.
That, then, is the reality behind the headline news. Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
Sometimes, it is the “little things” which catch our attention. I am not a tunnel person. I didn’t like them in San Francisco. I am not a fan of them in Seattle. And it will be a very cold day in a hot place before I will ever put myself in the place of these European commuters. Eurotunnel power fault stops train
It looks like the verdict is finally in on this one. As a subsistence gardener for years, I totally concur with the findings of this report. Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides and More Antioxidants
According to a newly published report by the United Nations, only four of today’s 30 largest cities will be in wealthy nations by the year 2030. Yep, check it out here
AUSTRALIA & OCEANA
Video: Barcelona’s Cannabis Culture
WAR ON TERROR
This is sure good news. Economists see grounds for optimism when jobs data unveiled
Under “It Is About Flipping Time,” Toronto Slipping Close To Open Rebellion Against Rob Ford
Let’s hope the Crown tanks this alleged human being. Former Canadian diplomat linked to pedophile ring in UK
FROM YOU GUYS
FROM ONE OF OUR US SENATORS
Dear Mr. Miller:
Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 2464, National Bison Legacy Act, which is currently pending in the United States Senate. I appreciate knowing your views on this matter.
In the Senate, this legislation falls under the jurisdiction of the Judiciary Committee. While I am not a member of that Committee, I want to assure you that I will be following the progress of this bill and will keep your views in mind if this or related legislation comes before the full Senate for consideration.
Again, thank you for contacting me. I hope you will continue to keep in touch.
United States Senator
FROM THE UKRAINE
Thank you for sharing your experience. Unfortunately as we found out in Ukraine, the edge from peace to war is quite easily to be crossed and the way back is hard.
Living just 250 km away from East, unrest territory makes to become a philosopher and grateful for the quietly and routine of an ordinary day. I cannot blame people most of them have now a mess in thoughts I would rather say its politician mistakes led to this situation. Possibly a presence of a third party like ‘blue berets’ could save the situation. Or I don’t know hoping somehow it be solved
And yes neither soldiers no citizens need war. Hoping freedom of speech will be one day untouchable everywhere in the world.
Sam: Happy lunch, Felina.
Felina: Thank you, my love, for such a regal repast, my rapacious rapscallion.
Sam: Yep and not a problem, Lass. Catsup and love make any meal fit for the Queen of the Deep Reaches. I am glad Your Majesty approves.
Felina: She does indeed.
Sam: I think it’s kind of sexy when you talk about yourself in the third person like that. It’s like making love to two female cougars at the same time.
Felina: And that has a certain appeal to you, does it, Samuel?
Sam: All of a sudden, skating on this particular frozen pond is losing its appeal.
Felina: I have been told it does that when the ice begins to thin. However, we digress.
Sam: I was kind of hoping we had reached the intersection of that road and decided to turn left instead of right.
Felina: Nice try, love of my three lifetimes. It might help to remember how often such a tactic has worked in the past.
Sam: It might also make me want to throw myself off the top of Mount Rainier.
Felina: And go to the Hereafter from America? Samuel, surely you jest. Their Pearl Gates make Ellis Island look like an express lane.
Sam: Good point and back to your original.
Felina: Thank you, Dear.
Sam: I am a cougar who lives for superlatives, am I not?
Felina: By your rather eclectic definition of the term, quite so.
Sam: And am I not mated to the Queen of the Deep Reaches and the fairest feline in all the land?
Felina: You are.
Sam: Then would it not follow that since I have the best, that two of the best would be even better?
Felina: That, my love, was slick.
Sam: Thank you very much. I got lucky again, didn’t I?
Felina: Ireland is the poorer for it, yes.
Sam: Then on that note, then, Felina?
Felina: On that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, then, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.
He keeps getting cooler all the time. Pope Francis Asks Victims of Sex Abuse for Forgiveness
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I thought this was really cool and with all due respect, especially since it is Canadian. General Electric Wants To Clean Up Oil Sands, CEO Jeff Immelt Says
This absolutely must stop. Oil sands pollutants contaminate traditional First Nations’ foods: report
We have to come up with a better alternative. Both of these options are lethal. Opioid Use Increases After Oxycodone Crackdown
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EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
I thought this was a little weird until I thought back in history some. Why Mars needs a bill of rights
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I’m glad to see this even though it gave me a “Duh, ya think?” moment. When did we just discover that when something gets really dirty, it takes paid professionals to clean it up? Envisioning Profit in Environmental Good Works
The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.
THE GREEN AGENDA
Read it and weep, folks. Worst Spring Allergy Cities of 2014
Here Is Something Which Could Dramatically Alter Human Sexual Relations: ‘Remote Control’ Contraceptive Chip
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Sweet Love: How Can I Cut Down On Sugar?
BEST OF THE NET
It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.
This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.
Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
Feature Magazine Articles
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
I’ll bet this doesn’t happen a lot.Caiman Caught In Toronto Pond
I thought this was totally cute. WATCH: Here’s What Makes Little Seahorses Go ‘Grrr’
As most of you know, I am not a fan of bugs. But I thought this was really cool. Ben Gurion Researchers Find Scorpions To Be Master Architects
How To Help A Stranded Whale Or Dolphin –Wildlife Magazine, to celebrate the arrival of summer, is running a four part series on cetaceans. In the first part, Sarah Dolman From Whale And Dolphin Conservation tells us what to do if we find a live dolphin or whale stranded on the shore. For more, please go here.
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty