MJ Leaf Logo Dropped from WA State's Pot Rules
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MJ Leaf Logo Dropped from WA State's Pot Rules
Posted by CN Staff on July 05, 2013 at 06:37:57 PT
By Jonathan Kaminsky
Source: Reuters
Olympia -- Washington state was the first in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana use, but image-conscious regulators there think the cannabis-leaf logo designed for state-licensed pot merchandise conveys the wrong impression of the Evergreen State.Dropping the marijuana leaf as an official state symbol was one of several changes contained in the latest draft of measures proposed by a three-member panel devising new regulations for the state's nascent marijuana industry.
The proposals, released on Wednesday and containing mostly minor revisions to an earlier plan, included rules governing cultivation, sales and taxation of pot due to take effect when state-licensed retail marijuana stores open next spring.Washington and Colorado became the only two U.S. states to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use after approval by voters last November, though Washington's law went into effect first.Both states, along with 16 others, also have legalized pot for medical purposes. The federal government, however, still classifies cannabis as an illegal substance.The abandoned pot logo, which was to appear on any recreational-use marijuana or marijuana-infused product sold in the state, featured a pot leaf inside an icon of Washington state.The intent behind the label was to make any cannabis-containing product easily identifiable, said Liquor Control Board spokesman Brian Smith.But in a letter last month to the board, a group of drug prevention advocates, including Children's Alliance Deputy Director Jon Gould, wrote that the logo could "reasonably be viewed as branding Washington 'The Marijuana State,' or as Washington proudly promoting marijuana use to the rest of the world.""A logo like this will undoubtedly end up on bumper stickers and T-shirts," the letter continued.The board has reserved the right to create a new logo, Smith said, which might feature a marijuana leaf but not coupled with an image of Washington state."We got the message about (including the state icon) being promotional," he said.In another shift, the board proposed to let recreational-use marijuana be grown outdoors, not just indoors or in greenhouses. To pass muster, the outdoor operations would need to be fenced and be equipped with security cameras and alarm systems.Responding to concerns of fueling a black market, the board also clarified that highly potent marijuana extracts, which have gained in popularity in recent years, may be legally sold so long as they are adulterated with at least trace amounts of an inert substance, such as vegetable oil.The marijuana law does not explicitly provide for the sale of such concentrates, but board members were persuaded to allow their purchase so as to avoid ceding customers to the black market."We do anticipate that the legislature will revise the language in the coming session," Smith said.Under the new draft rules, consumers could legally buy bulk amounts of pot extracts like marijuana-infused baked goods or drinks - up to a pound in solid form or 4 1/2 pounds as a liquid.The retail cost of bulk concentrates, which can consist of up to 80 percent THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana, would likely run into the tens of thousands of dollars, based on prices found online for equivalent products sold by medical marijuana dispensaries.Smith said the prohibitive cost of buying extracts in bulk would probably discourage most consumers from purchasing them in such large quantities.The board will file its final official rules in August. Editing by Steve GormanSource: Reuters (Wire)Author:   Jonathan KaminskyPublished: July 4, 2013Copyright: 2013 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by museman on July 05, 2013 at 12:45:27 PT
the power of the vote...not
Here we have the pure evidence that the state does not care about the wishes of the voters, all they care about is their capital investments-which they will have shored up by the time any of this passes into law. Their wealthy (Rockefeller, Dupont, Monsanto, etc.) will have first shot at licenses and permits to set up business " as to avoid ceding customers to the black market."So this is what "Legalization" looks like? Well I think that the organizers here in Oregon are going to take a good look at all this runaround the voter BS and if they are not actually working for these carpetbaggers, provisions to prevent the state form this kind rampant abuse of power should be written in our legalization initiative, because folks, this is NOT LEGALIZATION!!!!!Just like the rest of the government, even if the people speak loudly through the only 'legally' recognized medium of the political system they are pretty much ignored,even though the false authorities claim to be serving their interests. BULL PUCKY!Can't say it enough apparently. People, your government is evil, and prohibition is the revealer of this FACT!!! All the lies, obfuscations, misdirections, and abuses are enacted throughout every department and office of this corrupted travesty called the US Federal Government. The States aren't states they are 'demographics.'Burn that gas, buy the fake food, fall for the fake authority, believe your TV, but not your neighbor. Point fingers of accusation at people making mistakes while holding your own children hostage to your putressent corruption and total ignorance of reality.The blessings you have been given will be shortly taken away, because over all and in general, you are a stiff-necked, ungrateful, mean, vicious, selfish and uncaring people, - and that is the 'ethics' and 'morality' that you claim as your excuse for sitting on your asses while your neighbors are trodden on by the jack boots of a fascist, Elitist, corrupt government.Those of us who truly embrace Love, and not just give it lots of clever lip service will be standing by as you get your deserts. We have already been told not to interfere lest we be dragged down with you.But you could always try;LEGALIZING FREEDOM!
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on July 05, 2013 at 09:21:37 PT
When I travel to and from the US, I get strip searched when I wear my hemp clothes...
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on July 05, 2013 at 08:45:43 PT
Ok, then, let's use the Hemp Leaf instead!
But using a leaf on a logo? I guess it is ok as long as it isn't marijuana... or cannabis... ? So how about Hemp?They look the same! But this only applies to low enforcement, they can't see the difference so we have to adjust ourselves to their standards.Every day, I see articles like the above and I continue to shake my head. Rockefeller, what have you done and what will you continue to do? Give it a rest!
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