What’s in Store for Weed in 2016?

So 2015 was a helluva year for weed in Washington State: Cannabusiness became serious business, medical marijuana began its official demise, some weird and wonderful new products arrived on the market, and a whole lot of other madness happened. And while we’ve worked out a few kinks since we legalized pot, there’s still a lot […]

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Want Organic Weed? Third-Party-Certified Pot Is the Next Best Thing

Plenty of people claim their weed is “all-natural,” free of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and watered by wizard tears straight from Gandalf’s face. But no weed can be officially organically certified because the federal government still classifies it as a Schedule 1 drug. In the absence of USDA organic certification, however, third-party organizations have stepped […]

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Could Growing Recreational Marijuana Outdoors Help Save Energy?

Growing marijuana indoors requires a lot of energy — lights to speed up plant growth, dehumidifiers, heating and cooling equipment. Could sustainable outdoor farms be a more environmentally responsible alternative? A group of Washington marijuana growers say yes. Several workers sit around a  white table in a small room on a marijuana farm in Goldendale, […]

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Growing greener: The pros and cons of going organic

While a growing number of consumers and growers appreciate the concept of organically-produced cannabis, right now the legal industry occupies a gray area when it comes to verification. Because cannabis remains illegal federally, the United States Department of Agriculture has said it won’t certify operations as organic. But two private companies — Clean Green Certified, […]

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Can a lifelong weed-hater find a strain he likes?

I’ve never liked weed. This confuses certain people; it’s like I just told them I hate ice cream. But at the age of 21, it was a profound relief when I figured out I could just pass the joint at a party, rather than subject myself to an obtrusive, spinny high.    Lately, though, some […]

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CANNABIS 101: ORGANIC MARIJUANA? HOW CAN YOU TELL?

Most of the I-502 growers I’ve talked to say that their marijuana is grown using organic practices. But how do you know for sure? That’s a more problematic issue than you might think. Only the U.S. Department of Agriculture can certify produce as organic, and it’s part of the federal government, which doesn’t recognize marijuana […]

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