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Times They Are a Changing

Change is the only constant in the world of cannabis. For Washington State, it’s been a winding – at times nerve racking – adventure. When Will and I set out to bring legitimacy and transparency to cannabis production with Solstice just about four years ago, we both felt that change for our country was long overdue. Looking back, neither of us ever imagined our state would move as quickly as it has.

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What's Old is New: 3 Traditional Cannabis Cures That Still Work

To make the case for cannabis as a medicine, most advocates refer to the herb’s ancient past as a healing substance. But in established Western medical practice, the glory age of cannabis as medicine was relatively short – a 60-year period that spanned the Penny Dreadful era of 19th century England – and kicked off by none other than Dr. O’Shaughnessy.

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An End to Medical Marijuana for Washington State?

The movement to re-legitimize cannabis to it’s pre-prohibition state has always been a ground up affair. In the late 70’s, when Robert Randall challenged the federal government’s stance on marijuana, citing medical necessity–a legal basis that allows citizens to break federal law when the harm of following it outweighs the alternative–he became the Rosa Parks of the modern medical marijuana movement.

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The Cannabis Cleanse: 10 Tips for a New Year's Detox

Following the freight-train of festivities that make up the holiday season, and until the last hour when we tip ecstatically into the New Year, it’s easy to feel like our bodies are literally made of gingerbread, champagne, and smoke.

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Solstice: The Light and Dark of the Holiday Season

The day after Thanksgiving, it begins to creep in. A wreath appears on your neighbor’s front door, the naked trees on your block suddenly wink with lights, your local coffee shop starts studding the latte foam with shattered peppermint, and at the drug store you hear Bing Crosby parumpa-pum-pum-ing in a creamy baritone about a little drummer boy.

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‘Tis the Season: Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Hemp Bark and Savory Pot-Leaf Pesto

Cannabis foodie and blogger Pam of “Twice Baked In Washington” gives us two recipes for some serious holiday yum.

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Don't Go to the Cannabis Counter Without Me: 8 Tips for the Discerning Consumer

What to ask, what to pay, what to look for, and what to avoid when it comes to buying premium flower.

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Dollars and Sense: Seattle's Marijuana ‘n Money Symposium

There can be no doubt that the nascent marijuana industry has had an electrifying effect on the country: many have pulled up stakes to live cannabis-friendly states, dropped their cash into start-up pot ventures, and pushed through the minutiae of restrictive state laws, hoping that – once though the legal morass – they might be beneficiaries of the economic boon heralded by Colorado and Washington.

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An Interview with Women's Cash Flow Expert Debbie Whitlock

For aspiring ganga-preneurs, accountability is key. The modern day entrepreneur is often called upon to be a ‘charismatic’ – someone with a message, both bold and serene, who beams self-belief and gives good brand. But turning one’s sublime agenda into substance is a chancy ride. And many entrepreneurs start to lower their sights once the world starts poking holes in their Big Vision.

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The High Cost of Prohibition

It’s been a year since Washington voted to legalize recreational marijuana, and since that time, the nascent pot industry has had an electrifying effect on the collective ‘financial imagination’ of the US. Despite supply shortages and legal roadblocks, enterprising Washington State ganga-preneurs are expected to add $25 million to the state’s coffers by mid-2015.

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Washington State Recreational Cannabis: What's the Hold Up?

What a week for cannabis! On Tuesday the people of Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. made their voices heard and chose to take a new approach to regulating marijuana. All across the country we are witnessing sweeping pro-cannabis sentiment, and conscious push-back on decades of stigma and fear – the making of history.

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Talkin’ bout a Revolution: An Interview with Dave Rheins of the MJBA

Dave Rheins speaks in bites and headlines – evocative fragments that call up thick slices of American pop, mainstream, and counter-culture. It’s a neat trick, one perfected over 25+ years in media, advertising sales, and marketing for the likes of Rolling Stone, SPIN, iVillage, Corbis, Time Warner and America Online.

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