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Here’s your daily round-up of pot-news, excerpted from the newsletter WeedWeek. Download WeedWeek’s free 2016 election guide here.

In Ottawa, a city public health board said the legal purchase age for REC should be 25, citing brain development. Bruce Linton, CEO of major grower Tweed, said the age should be 19, same as the drinking age in most of Canada.


The Florida anti-medical marijuana group called “No on 2” has made a lot of noise about the supposed dangers of legalizing medical weed in Florida. Some of its claims include that weed leads to gay sex and AIDS, weed has more cancer-causing compounds than cigarettes, weed causes more accidents and ER visits, and weed dispensaries will be the new pill mills.
But the latest argument is a bizarre mix of ignorance and bewilderment, soaked in offense. It’s weird enough to be from the The Onion. No on 2’s latest claim: that Amendment 2 will lead to people being able to sell pot cookies, which would be the new date-rape drug. Setting aside the colossal obtuseness of the claim for a minute, it’s important to remember what is behind No on 2. Money. Big, big money.

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Today marks six months since recreational marijuana sales began in Colorado, still the only state where such purchases can be made. (The first licensed retail shops in Washington are expected to open on July 7.) By the January 1 launch, eighteen stores had been licensed in Denver, and since then, the total has grown steadily. Some outlets have come and some have gone, but the latest total, as vetted by Westword‘s Amber Taufen, stands at a whopping 88 — fifteen more than our previous update in April.
All the licensed shops are included here, along with photos, videos, links and excerpts from reviews of the ones visited by Westword marijuana critic (your’s truly) William Breathes. See the countdown thanks to Michael Roberts below.

Debbie Wasserman-Shultz.


Medical marijuana’s biggest financial backer, John Morgan, is speaking out against U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s stance on medical marijuana. Wasserman Schultz voted against a bill that would prevent the Drug Enforcement Administration from targeting medical marijuana operations in states where it is legal.
Wasserman Schulz released a statement over her vote, saying that she doesn’t believe “it is appropriate to limit the Executive Branch’s ability to enforce current federal law at their discretion.” In her statement, however, she also took the stance that Amendment 2 is written too broadly, using the pill-mill argument some anti-medical weed groups have been using to justify her vote against the bill.


Medical marijuana advocates United For Care have come out and answered the various claims made in an eight-minute anti-medical weed ad that was recently released.
Last month, we told you about Drug Free Florida’s anti-medical marijuana video called “Devil In the Details,” that breaks down reasons why passing Amendment 2 in November would lead to chaos in the streets of Florida. The video claims that Amendment 2 is fraught with legal loopholes and language that would allow pot to be smoked and sold on the streets without interference from the law, and that it would lead to the eventual full-on legalization of weed in the state.

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It was a Happy Halloween at Lightshade Labs, judging by this photo from the store’s Facebook page. But it’s probably an even happier March, since two Lightshade branches are among the latest shops licensed by the City of Denver to sell recreational marijuana. In the two-plus weeks since our last update, Denver has okayed seven more stores, bringing the official total to 54. All of them are included here in this list compiled by Westword’s Michael Roberts, along with photos, videos, links and excerpts from reviews of the ones visited by Westword marijuana critic William Breathes. Count them down below.

Update: Dec. 6, 8:20 a.m. – Yesterday the Florida Supreme Court began hearing arguments for and against a proposed medical marijuana ballot initiative. Opponents say the language is too vague and would create a free for all for people seeking to use cannabis legally but don’t have a valid medical condition.
The Justices all seemed to take that argument the most seriously, with several agreeing at least in discussion that the measure is written too broadly.

Colorado isn’t the best place to grow cannabis outdoors, what with the early falls and cold, dark winters and all. Because of that, medical marijuana dispensaries (and soon recreational dispensaries) grow a large portion of their cannabis indoors.
With that comes the energy costs of running lights, air conditioning and heating and fans, and when you’re talking thousands of square feet it can get expensive quickly. One Denver dispensary says they regularly get $21,000 electricity bills and say competitors are facing monthly energy bills of $100,000 or more.

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