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Only adults 21 and older can purchase and possess marijuana. Marijuana can only be sold and purchased at state-licensed retail stores. A valid photo ID is required and no one under age 21 is allowed on the retail premises. Retail marijuana stores only accept cash. Adults 21 and older can purchase up to one ounce of useable marijuana (the harvested flowers or bud) 16 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces in liquid form, and seven grams of marijuana concentrates. Price will vary according to the quality and availability. Some strains are considered better than others. Most stores aim at $10$12 per gram, although that price can go as high as $25. There are 28 grams in one ounce, the amount that can be legally purchased at one time. Typically, that amount can cost $300 and up. It remains a felony for anyone but a licensed retailer to sell or provide marijuana to anyone else. Providing or selling marijuana to a minor under the age of 18 is subject to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. It remains illegal to consume marijuana in public view. It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana, and doing so may result in significant legal penalties. Taking marijuana outside the state of Washington may result in significant legal penalties. As with tobacco, smoking marijuana in any indoor location is subject to the restrictions in the Washington Smoking in Public Places law. The law prohibits smoking in public places or places of employment, and within 25 feet of entrances, exits, open windows and ventilation intakes. If the establishment permits it and you are either vaporizing or strain in a room where smoking is allowed, it is legal to consume marijuana in a private hotel room. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, if you are in navigable waters, they will enforce federal law. Possession of marijuana is still illegal federally. This is also true at national parks. And it is never OK to operate a boat while impaired by marijuana or any other drug. The law against marijuana use in public view applies to state parks, public hiking trails, and ski resorts. Source: Washington State Liquor Control Board.
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Types of marijuana: What effect do you want? BY LESLIE KELLY | firstname.lastname@example.org
Any seasoned smoker knows there are three distinct types of marijuana: sativa, indica and hybrid. The plants of cannabis indica and cannabis sativa have been around since the 18th century with cannabis Hybrid being relatively new. Hybrid indicates the mixing of seeds from different geographic locations around the world.
The effects of each vary.
The Indica strain is a more relaxing effect with the tendency of making you want to hang out on the couch. The origin is believed to come from the Hindu Kush region close to Afghanistan. Anyone who knows anything about marijuana knows that Kush is really strong weed. In this area of Afghanistan, the strain developed thick coats of resin as a mean of protecting themselves due to the harsh climate. Characteristics of indica include flowering time, yields, geography of where seeds came from and various flavors. Some of the epic names given to top flavors include Purple Haze, Granddaddy Purple and Northern Lights. Try these suggested indicas: • Wappa: a very high potency strain, often sells out and it can be several months before it’s in the shops again. Cost: $59 for 3.5 grams. • Blueberry, Training Day, Bianca are known to be great for smokers who have problems getting a good night’s sleep. Training Day is a product that will give you a relaxed feeling, but won’t put you to sleep. Cost: $11 to $14 per gram. • Beast Mode: a Northwest specialty that’s super popular mostly because of its name. Sells for $13 a gram. • Blackberry Bubba: Has a high Kush factor and has a nice flavor. The brand name strains from Clandestine Gardens sell out quickly. Cost: $13 a gram.
The sativas strain alternatively has energizing effects which is why they’re often used in the morning or afternoon. This strain of marijuana is used primarily for depression and exhaustion. Its morphology is a growth of up to 20 feet high, it is narrow with loose branches. The effects of sativa are said to be uplifting and allow you to be creative. Medicinally, it can treat ADD and mood disorders. Some of the more popular flavors under the sativa strain include Sour Diesel, Jack Herer and Lemon Haze. Suggested varieties are: • Acapulco Gold: an older strain that is generated from Columbian Gold and grown in Mexico. It is popular because it is much like the original Columbian product. Sells for $55 for 3.5 grams. • Gorilla Glue, Dutch Treat and Cinex: This group of three are widely known to most pot smokers. They give a reputable high and consumers know they’re getting something they can count on.
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These sell for $11 to $14 per gram. • Head Cheese: A great smoke from a dense weed with a high percentage of THC. Cost: $18 per gram.
There are many variables for the two ancient strains which is where Hybrid comes in. The seeds of many geographical areas are cross germinated to balance marijuana with both strains. This offers the marijuana user a balance between the two so you get the best of both worlds. In a recent survey of several Pacific Northwest retail marijuana stores, here’s the more popular of each of the three categories by brand name. Hybrid suggestions are: • Gelato: comes from a very Kush flower, and slightly leans toward being an indica. The smell is “strong and will stink up the whole room when you open it.” Sells for $40 for 3.5 grams. • Dutch Treat or Allen Wrench: Gives the smoker a high that doesn’t make them anxiety-ridden but doesn’t “knock your ass to the couch.” Sells for $11 to $14 per gram. Dutch Treat got rave reviews from more than one retailer. A close cousin, Dutch Berry, which is a sativa-dominant hybrid with a raspberry-like flavor is considered to be a strong, “but the raspberry flavor brings it down.” Cost: $15 per gram. Participating retailers who offered suggestions: Paper & Leaf on Bainbridge Island, Ganja Goddess in downtown Seattle, Sweet Leaf in Aberdeen, High Society in Bellingham and Fillabong in Silverdale.
Hempfest starts its next 25 years Aug. 18
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Seattle’s Hempfest, which turned 25 years old last year, is scheduled for Aug. 18-20, 2017. Hempfest is the world’s largest annual cannabis related event, and America’s largest annual free speech event, according to its organizers. As many as 100,000 people are expected to attend the 2017 Seattle Hempfest “protestival” as it is often called. Hempfest spans three Seattle waterfront parks: Centennial Park (north entrance) Myrtle Edwards Park (central entrance) and Olympic Sculpture Park (south entrance). The three-day event will include speakers, music, vendors and information on ways you can support its platform.
The 2017 Hempfest platform includes: • DeSchedule: Cannabis completely off the Federal Schedule Controlled Substances Act. • Removal of cannabis from all binding treaties. • Release of all non-violent cannabis offenders nationally. • Reparations in the form of expunction of all records relating to convictions for cannabis possession. • Parental rights / protections for cannabis users. • Second Amendment equality protections for cannabis users. • Merit based licensing for pot stores (or remove caps on the number of stores to allow a supply and demand based market model). • Legal home-grows. • Legal school medicating for minor patients. • Workplace protections / job discrimination. • Reasonable regulations for concentrates. • Restricting pesticides/herbicides/fungicides (organic production standards).
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• Driving impairment technology (impairment based field test). • Fair, reasonable zoning for cannabis businesses. • Tax/banking reform (end 280E restrictions). • Reasonable smell regulations for production facilities and elsewhere. • Environmental impact of throw away packaging examined. • Public consumption lounges allowed. • First Amendment equality in advertising, sponsorship, and promotion for cannabis related businesses. • Consumption protections for patients in public housing. • Legal domestic industrial hemp production. • Tenant /Renter consumption protections. • Use in hospitals. • Equality protections for transplant patients. • Nutritional, sugar-free medical-marijuana “medible” alternatives. As many as 400 arts, crafts, food, and political vendors are expected to dot the long expanse of the parks. The Seattle Hempfest event has a “Hemposium” circus tent complete with panel discussions and presentations, keynote speakers, displays, and workshops. Hempfest requires more than 118 volunteer crews and is staffed by 1,000 volunteers. This year’s speakers and entertainment will be announced in early June. Past guest speakers and entertainers have included actor Woody Harrelson, travel guru Rick Steves, Seattle musician/author Krist Novoselic, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrbacher, former U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich, former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (as a candidate), former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, State Rep. Roger Goodman, State Sen. Jeanne KohlWelles (currently King County Council member), former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, Seattle Police Department Spokesman Sean Whitcomb, poet and community activist Nate Howard, former Dallas Cowboys center Mark Stepnoski, former Drug Policy Alliance Director Ethan Nadelman, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, former Libertarian vice presidential nominee Judge Mike Gray, David Bronner (of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps), comedian Rick Overton, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition founder Jack Cole, and Kotton Mouth Kings, Everlast, Rehab, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Hed PE, The Accused, Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs, Lucero, 7 Year Bitch, Donald Glaude, and more than another 1,000 music acts have performed during the last 25 years. For the latest about Hempfest, go to www.hempfest.org.
Weedmaps can point you in the right direction
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A relatively new technology has hit the cannabis market. Weedmaps, an app for your smart phone, can connect you with the cannabis shops in your area. We spoke to Carl Fillichio, public relations spokesman for Weedmaps, and asked him all about it. Q: When did you begin your app and why? A: We were founded in 2008 and are headquartered in Irvine, California. We’ve got offices in New York, Arizona, Colorado, Canada, Germany and Spain. Weedmaps is an advertising, technology and media company. That means a lot of things, but at the very heart of it, we provide the world's most comprehensive marijuana directory and discovery service. On the technology side, we offer several cloud-based solutions ranging from point-of-sale to doctor practice management solutions. On the media side, we produce Weedmaps TV on YouTube and marijuana.com, one of the world’s leading sites for marijuana-related news, information and lifestyle features. But most people know us for our app. If you are looking to learn about marijuana brands and products or the dispensary or delivery services which sell them, Weedmaps should be your first stop. We also provide resources to help new consumers understand the product. In 2007, after he left his job as a mortgage industry executive, co-founder, Doug Francis started a company called Marijuana Medicine Evaluation Centers. It was a website to help people find doctors who advocated medical marijuana for patients. The following year, he merged his company with a fledging technology enterprise called Weedmaps – which at the time just listed city-by-city marijuana collectives, dispensaries and patient reviews.
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Even back then, we knew we were on to something. We were providing information that enabled consumers to finally obtain reliable data about marijuana, its effects and where to legally purchase it. Q: When did it become active in Washington state? A: We saw the first store in Washington appear on the map in April of 2010. Today, we get about 100,000 visits a month from people in Washington State. Currently we list 211 dispensaries, 185 delivery services and 29 doctors’ offices in Washington State. Q: Is it for both medical and recreational marijuana uses? A: Yes, both. Jurisdictions with medical or recreational laws on the books are serviced by Weedmaps with listings of doctors, dispensaries, delivery services, deals and brands. In the United States, Weedmaps caters to all states where there is some form of legalization . . .but some more than others. Decriminalization efforts, medical legislation and the passing of recreational programs all help determine our focus within each state across the U.S. In states that have yet to pass medical or recreational marijuana laws, we provide information on legalization and other related topics. Consumers in any state can avail themselves of our learning and news resources. Q: How is your app better than competitor apps? A: Where do I start? We have by far the best ‘deals’ platform, the largest number of menu items, the largest number of listings, listings, a platform specifically for brands . . . and no pop up ads! Without a doubt, Weedmaps is the premier marijuana shopping experience. We offer an unrivaled package of features that make shopping for cannabis as effortless as possible. Where our competition is only beginning to scratch the surface of the shopping experience, Weedmaps has been in the driver’s seat for the last eight years. Q: What does it cost? How do people get it for their phones? A: The app is free to download and use. It’s available from both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Q: What is its effectiveness? A: We enable thousands of people every day and any time to search thousands of dispensaries, brands, products deals, delivery services and doctors. Bottom line: If you can't find it on Weedmaps, it doesn’t exist.
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Hashtag strives to be a friendly and informative place BY LESLIE KELLY | email@example.com
In the two years since Hashtag has been open, business partners Jerina Pillert and Logan Bowers have had one goal in mind – to meet each customer’s needs in the best manner possible. “It doesn’t matter whether someone has five minutes or 45 minutes – when they walk in the door, they will be greeted and asked about what they need,” said Brooke Davies, operations director for Hashtag. “If they don’t know what they want and are new to cannabis, they won’t be embarrassed. Part of our job is to educate them and to bring to our customers the latest cannabis knowledge and products.” And if they are a seasoned cannabis shopper, Hashtag’s budtenders will be ready and willing to offer suggestions. Hashtag was among the first retail cannabis stores to open in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Pillert and Bowers decided they wanted to open a retail marijuana shop after recreational marijuana became legal in Washington state. The couple met in college in Indiana, then settled in Seattle, where Bowers was raised. He has a degree in software engineering, and she’s working on her PhD in biomedical engineering. “We were lucky enough to be granted a license in the first round,” Pillert said. They chose the name Hashtag because it is a nod to a wellknown cannabis product, hash, and also refers to a metadata label used on social media. While thinking about where to locate the store, they had several Seattle neighborhoods in mind. But after finding the spot
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on Stone Way, they knew that was the location. “We share the same values as those who live and work around us,” Pillert said. “We like the neighborhood and having other small businesses close by. Here, we think that it’s important to serve our neighbors, contribute to the creation of a more inclusive society, and help protect the environment.” For example, Davies said they like to stock inventory from smaller companies of the “mom and pop” variety.
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“We are particular about what we carry,” she said. “We make sure that it has been produced on small farms that care about how things grow. And we have our budtenders try varieties and tell us what they think before we carry them in the store.” Their inventory includes cannabis in the form of flower, prerolled joints, concentrates, oil cartridges, topicals, and edibles. They also carry the accessories needed to consume cannabis, like pipes, bongs and papers. Hashtag’s owners offer educational programs for customers, too. They recently co-sponsored a “Nerd Nite,” where cannabis researcher Dr. Ethan Russo spoke. “Educating ourselves and our customers is really important to us,” Pillert said, “whether it’s a program like that, or just one of our budtenders taking time with a customer, and making sure that they feel comfortable with their purchase.” In fact, budtenders are not told to sell “the product of the day.” “We don’t do that,” Davies said. “They aren’t told to sell a specific product. They sell the products they personally stand behind and what they feel is best for each individual customer.” Customer service is important because they want return customers.
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part of the business and works at the door checking IDs. As Pillert said, she wants the stores to be the kind of place where she’d want to shop. “What I hear from our customers is that when they come in, they feel comfortable with the store, the staff and our products. It’s the kind of place where I would want to go.” What their website says: “Hashtag is Seattle’s neighborhood destination for quality recreational cannabis. We pride ourselves in offering the very best selection of flower, edibles, concentrates and paraphernalia. We’re happy to help you find a product that’s just right for you. Come visit us between Wallingford and Fremont on Stone Way, open seven days a week. We are a family owned and operated business. We love the Pacific Northwest, and becoming a thriving small business in Seattle is very exciting for us.”
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The BudTender Cup results are in Are you looking for the best cannabis in Washington state? We found it! How do we know it’s the best cannabis in Washington state? We let the professional budtenders in the industry tell us what they like. Nearly 200 budtenders took part in a recent Budtender Cup competition and told us exactly what they think. Here are the first place strains listed in order with their overall rating on a 1 to 10 scale. 1) Emerald Janes: “White Urkle” 7.55 out of 10 2) High Altitude: “The Truth” 7.06 out of 10 3) Cannaman: “UW” 6.85 out of 10 4) Emerald Evolution: “Head Cheese” 6.68 out of 10 5) Puffin Farms: “Silver Bubble” 6.56 out of 10 6) Dutch Brothers: “Seattle Cough” 6.3 out of 10
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further emphasized in the back of your palate after a few puffs of this well executed crop of a genetic masterpiece from OG Raskal Genetics. The heavy yet smooth smoke will knock you upside the head with a mellow and muddying, yet pleasant, high a few minutes after you put down the joint or pipe; accompanied by instantaneous full body relaxation. Overall this very potent bud gets a recommendation and two thumbs up from me as a recreational experience that would double perfectly as a pain reliever and an appetite enhancer for any medical smoker. Review by MJ’s Pot Shop, Pullman, Budtender: Nathaniel • High Altitude — The Truth: Very nice deep flavor. Really beautiful purple buds when ground up. Fantastic high. Very great product. By: Cannabis and Glass, Spokane, Budtender: Joshua • Cannaman — UW by Cannaman Farms is captivating when first opened and viewed outside of the stylish packaging – featuring a high tiki-man holding a sun and a moon. UW smells of earthy lemon citrus and is a very bright green trailing off into a white cover of trichomes. Although the buds are not dense, they are very sticky and glisten boldly with just the light of the room. When experienced the high slowly works its way through your entire body, relaxing you completely while simultaneously putting a big smile on your face with slight uplifting cerebral effects. This would be the perfect choice for anyone looking to enjoy a blissful and relaxing evening. By: Altitude, Prosser, Budtender: Carson • Emerald Evolution — Head Cheese: My preferred method of smoking is through a water pipe, and this stuff tasted amazing through my medium-sized rig!
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A definite cheese flavor, similar to an Imperial Super Cheese I’d tried recently. Medium to sharp cheddar aromas, with maybe a traditional Dutch Treat in there too. It was a nice, creeping high, really kicking into a medium to heavy body high at about 15-20 minutes. I would chalk this up to a 65/35 Indica dominant stone, in feeling and effect, maybe not so much by genetics. Definitely some killer buds! I’m eager to see what else these growers come up with. By: A Bud & Leaf, Olympia, Budtender: Troy • Puffin Farms — Silver Bubble: This smooth smoking, Northern Lights descendant truly lived up to the hype it’s received over the years in its native country, the Netherlands. A beautiful, sweet-skunky bud caked in crystals reeking of lemon always goes down nicely; especially when Puffin Farms locked in a perfect cure giving the smoker hardly any cough at all. The strong flavor profile of sweet citrus-skunk is accompanied by a fast acting body high and clear headed cerebral experience of euphoria. By: MJ’s Pot Shop, Pullman, Budtender: Nathaniel • Dutch Brothers — Seattle Cough: This strain obliterated me. One of the most potent strains of flower I have ever had. By: Bud Hut, Everett, Budtender: Nate Source: sativamagazine.com
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Pot tourism still on the increase BY LESLIE KELLY | firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite cannabis being legal in more states in 2017, Washington is still seeing an increase in cannabis tourism. That’s according to local chambers of commerce and officials who are monitoring the marijuana industry. Kush Tours is reporting about a 3 percent increase in tourism in the past year. With additional states coming online with legal recreational marijuana, there’s more places to visit, and hence, pot tourists have more options. But even with those options, Washington State, and particularly the Seattle area, is still among the most popular. While officials at Seattle tourism offices point out that there’s really no way to know if someone is coming here to visit because of legal marijuana, tourism overall has increased every year since pot became legal in 2014, according to Visit Seattle statistics. Among the most popular options for tourists in the Seattle area is taking a tour of the marijuana industry, including growing, producing and retail sales operations. The only way to do that is to get onboard Kush Tours. For about $150, you can spend the day learning about the cannabis industry in Washington state. Industry experts say one of the things that is holding back more growth in tourism is the fact that smoking lounges for pot are not legal in Washington. In Colorado, that’s something that is available. And the hotel industry can advertise pot-friendly hotels. In Colorado, lodging facilities are allowed to let guests smoke marijuana in up to 25 percent of their rooms, according to David Rowland, citywide communications adviser for the City and County of Denver.
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And while the number of places to stay in the Seattle area and around the state that “allow” pot is growing, they’re doing it quietly and not advertising themselves as such. Representatives of the Seattle Hotel Association said hotels don't advertise themselves as cannabis-friendly but simply look the other way. "No hotels downtown have smoking rooms," the spokesman said. “But if we smell marijuana in the hallway, we will ask the guest to stop smoking.” Some of the hotels and B&Bs that are pot-friendly, according to a list on Kushtourism.com, are The Bacon Mansion, Seattle; Bed, Baked & Beyond, Seattle; The Winston House, Seattle; Admiral Penthouse, Seattle; The Lodge on Orcas Island; Mountain View B&B, Monroe; Breezy Hideaway, Vaughn; Rose Creek Retreat, Rosberg; MoonDance Inn, Bellingham; The Union Place, Olympia; 6th Avenue Home, Tacoma; Clara’s Cottage, Walla Walla; 1899 House, Spokane; and the River House B&B, Nine Mile Falls. In most cases, the hotels and B&Bs allow guest to smoke cannabis in open air patios or on the grounds of the lodge. Some allow smoking on the balconies of individual rooms. Another way in which Washington is losing pot tourism dollars is that most states, like Colorado, have a dozen or more bus tour companies. Washington’s only well-known bus tour is operated by Kush Tours. (Cannabus is no longer in service, accord to their website and WeedBus requires a membership.) In Colorado and Oregon, those on a tour often will smoke pot, especially if the tour operates out of a limousine where there is separation of the passengers and the driver. But in Washington, that’s not allowed. Still, Washington remains popular for cannabis tourism. There are car services from the airport to pot shops including Amy’s Limousine where you can smoke in the limo. Amy will stop off at a pot shop for you to buy what you need and then take you to meet your cruise ship or to your hotel. There’s also Vaporizer Rental, a company that can fill your requests to vape near the airport while on a layover. This is just the fourth year that cannabis has been legal in Washington and as time passes, changes are anticipated that will improve the “friendliness” of the Seattle area as a place for pot smokers to go.
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It happens to everyone: dirty pipes. It’s nearly impossible to truly enjoy the flavors of cannabis with unclean pipes, and honestly, it’s kinda gross. You wash your dishes. You wash your clothes. You wash your body (when you can). It’s time to clean your pipes. Before you start, you’ll need isopropyl alcohol. Now, there is some concern over using such a volatile chemical, but it is as safe as the alcohol in your hand sanitizer. Still, if you don’t want to use alcohol, you can use baking soda and vinegar. You will also need rock salt (small enough to get into and through the cracks of your pipes), pipe cleaners (duh!), zip-ties, paper clips, Q-Tips, rubber gloves, paper towels and a Ziploc bag or plastic contained with a lid. For glass pipes: if you are just cleaning one piece, a baggie will do, but if you are cleaning multiple pieces, consider using a container. A container is also good if you want to add a pipe-cleaning routine to your chore list; doing that will help you save resources and reduce waste. Place your pipe in the container and add just enough alcohol to cover everything. Add 1-3 tablespoons of salt. Seal the container and gently swirl it around to allow the salt to “scrub” the glass surfaces while floating around in the alcohol. Leave it alone for at least an hour – overnight for dirty pipes or those with indicate parts. Open the container away from your face. It doesn’t smell good. The alcohol will have turned all that hard, funky resin into sticky goo. Very. Sticky. Try not to touch it. Use more alcohol to wipe up any remaining trouble spots. Then take your pipe to the sink. Run hot water, then lay a paper towel in the drain to catch the resin. Prop your pipe up in the drain and let the hot water sluice through it, in at the mouth and out like geysers at the bowl and carb. The hot water will wash most of the resin out in just a few moments, if you’ve let the pipe soak long enough. It there is still resin in the pipe, soak it again for overnight. Any little bits left over after
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the hot-water wash can be fished out with pipe cleaners or Q-Tips soaked in alcohol. Since with hot water and leave it on a towel to dry. Stone and ceramic: You can still use the alcohol to clean these, but don’t soak them. Instead, soak Q-Tips, pipe cleaners or strips of paper towels in alcohol and swab out the insides of these. Let them air dry, preferably overnight. Metal: The very best way to clean metal pipes is to boil them for 20 minutes or so, but be prepared to lose a pot or pan to the sticky goo. You can swab these pipes out with alcohol, too. If there are tiny parts, put tape over all but one opening, fill with alcohol and salt and shake to clean the inside. Wood, antler or bone: Put the alcohol away. These organic materials are too delicate. My best advice it to gently scrape the insides with zip-ties, paper clips and pipe cleaners. Just be patient and you’ll be enjoying a tasty smoke in no time.
The Dos and Don’ts of pot in Washington state
• What to do: Purchase cannabis in a legal pot shop Learn about cannabis indica and sativa Consume cannabis in a private location Ask ahead whether hotels have cannabis smoking rooms or areas • What not to do: Do not consume cannabis and drive Do not forget to have your ID when visiting cannabis shops Do not cross state lines with cannabis Do not consume cannabis in public areas Do not bring cannabis into federal property including parks, airports or buildings Do not forget to buy a lighter Did you know? * A low THC, high CBC strain called Charlotte’s Web is named for a young girl, who after being treated with cannabis reduced her seizures from 300 a week to around four a month. * Cannabis indica L. originates from central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, in areas such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, northern India, Tibet and Nepal. * Cannabis sativa L. generally originates from the equatorial regions of the world such as Thailand, southern India, Jamaica and Mexico. * Cannabis indica is usually classified as a “stone,” meaning that it is centered on the body. It enhances the physical sensations such as taste, touch and sound. It tends to relax. * Those who use sativa usually experience a high that means they are more cerebral, energetic, and creative. * The top five lobbyists against legalizing marijuana are police unions, private prison corporations, the alcohol industry, pharmaceutical corporations and prison guard unions.
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