Know Your Legal Cannabis Limits in Washington

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A question we hear on the daily is “How much can I buy?” Every state is different, and Washington has limits for both recreational purchases and medical purchases. So here’s a quick and easy breakdown of what those limits are so that you can be prepared when you visit your local dispensary.

Let’s start with the basics. First of all, you will need to be at least 21 years of age to enter a local pot shop, and you must be prepared to present a valid, government issued ID. Drivers license and passports are the most common forms of ID we see. If you have a medical card, you’ll want to bring that too. That will help you save a little dough, and buy more of what you need. Medical card holders in Washington state will save the local sales tax (approximately 8.6%), so that can help take the sting out of your purchase just a bit.

Recreational limits:

Flower – up to 1 oz. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s roughly the size of a large mason jar. That’s 28 grams, if that helps you picture it.

Concentrates – 7 grams of concentrates. If you dab, you know that 7 grams is enough to last you and your friends a while.

Edibles (solid form) – 16 ounces of solid form edibles. Now, the most common follow up question we get is, “Is that 16 ounces of cannabis or the actual edibles?” It is indeed edibles themselves by weight. So, oddly, you could buy a very lightweight edible with a high dosage and walk out of the store with enough to last you a good long time. Biggest bang for your buck (and limit) we have found to be the altoid type mints.

Liquids – 72 ounces. Again, like the edibles, you could purchase a very high dosage liquid edible and get a very nice bang for your buck.

Medical limits:

Medical patients who register with the state can grow up to 6 plants, and possess up to 6 ounces of dried flower.

They can also purchase up to 3 ounces from a medically endorsed dispensary.

Currently there is no clause in the law allowing medical patients to access clones, seeds, or home growing supplies. If you are a medical patient, and want to be able to access these items, please speak up. Let your representative know what you think.

NORML is hosting an event this month in regards to medical patients rights. October 4th. Read more here.

 

Wherever you shop, it’s important to know your legal purchasing limits. We at Mary Jane’s House of Grass in Vancouver wish you happy shopping and smoking. Stay lifted, friends.

 

What You Need to Know About Senate Bill “Path to Marijuana Reform”

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If you are a cannabis connoisseur who regularly visits our Mary Jane’s House of Grass dispensary, then you’ve probably heard about the newest pro cannabis bill that was introduced to the Senate on March 30. But, whether you’re hearing about “Path to Marijuana Reform” for the first time, or you just really want it to pass, here’s what you need to know.

Today, already 95% of Americans have some form of access to legal marijuana and more than 20% live in states that legally allow adults to consume cannabis. This group of three bills, introduced by Oregon politicians Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer, aims to grant legal access to all Americans in cannabis approved states, introduce responsible federal regulation, and legitimize and protect marijuana businesses throughout the U.S.

Unfortunately, since cannabis is illegal under federal laws, consumers in compliance with legal state laws can still be arrested and charged with a federal crime; they can even face jail time.

Similarly, cannabis retailers, researchers, healthcare providers, producers, and more, who are adhering to their local state laws may face jail time, financial penalties, and asset forfeiture. Additionally, they also have a more difficult time (than federally approved businesses) receiving bank loans, accessing bank accounts, renting property, conducting scientific testing, and the challenges don’t stop there.

In spite of these current provocations, the cannabis industry is on the rise. It’s expected to provide 300,000 jobs by 2020 and grow to a $24 billion business by 2025, far surpassing 2016 totals of $7.2 billion. This, coupled with the dramatic benefits of cannabis and low-risks, especially when compared to substances like alcohol, is the driving force for the reformation.

So, here’s what’s currently included in the plan. The “Path to Marijuana Reform”, as outlined by Wyden and Blumenauer, is comprised of three separate bills introduced as a package. This is what they entail:

Small Business Tax Equity Act

This bill is focused to benefit the small businesses, like your local Mary Jane’s House of Grass dispensary. It would repeal the current tax penalties aimed directly at state-legal businesses that are forced to operate against direct approval by the federal government. It will also allow these owners to claim deductions and tax credits that are afforded to all other small businesses.

Responsibility Addressing the Marijuana Policy Gap Act

For consumers and businesses alike, this potential law would remove any federal criminal penalties, including jail time, legally upholding the rights of citizens adhering to their respective state cannabis laws.

It would also remove current barriers faced by cannabis business owners. Under this law, they could just as easily open a bank account and secure advertising as any other legal business.

Additionally, it would ensure that those who consume marijuana are granted the same access to federal programs such as federal housing and student loans. It would also not deport or deny U.S. entry to legal immigrants who are found to consume cannabis and are complying with their state laws.

This potential law would also remove the burden of veterans legally acquiring medical marijuana in states where it is legal, and would similarly protect pro cannabis Native American tribes under both state and federal law.

Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act

This particular bill is focused on federal regulation. According to the proposal, “It would impose an excise tax on marijuana products similar to current federal excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco.” The rate would top out at 25% of the sale.

Additionally, it would be required for producers, importers, and wholesalers to receive permits from the Department of Treasury, similar to the permits required by each state.

As suspected, the bill suggests regulating marijuana in a similar manner to alcohol, which is already common practice (if not stricter) in states where medicinal and recreational marijuana is already legalized.

While the bill would federally uphold state rulings in regards to marijuana, at this time it would not ensure legalization across the U.S. as marijuana is regulated very differently across state lines. More specifically, it would still prohibit the sale or distribution in states where it’s illegal under their current law.

Support Behind the Bill

While states are beginning to legalize marijuana in various capacities, Oregon in particular wants to protect its growing industry and all parties involved, which, said Wyden, was why he presented the reform.

“This three-step approach will spur job growth and boost our economy all while ensuring the industry is being held to a fair standard,” said Wyden in a press release.

“As more states follow Oregon’s leadership in legalization and regulating marijuana,” added Blumenauer, “too many people are trapped between federal and state laws. It’s not right, and it’s not fair. We need to change now – and this bill is the way to do it.”

It should be no surprise that Blumenauer is one of four founding members of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus introduced February 2017. He was joined by Republican congressmen Dana Rohrabacher of California and Don Young of Alaska, as well as Democrat U.S. Representative Jared Polis of Colorado.

Polis has also been pushing for marijuana reform. He introduced a bill in 2015 that was the basis for the “Path to Marijuana Reform” and also introduced a watered-down bill in March 2017 that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and regulate it like alcohol. And, he’s not the only one. U.S. Representatives Tom Garrett, a Virginia Republican, and Tulsi Gabbard, a Hawaiian Democrat, also submitted legislation this year. “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” also requests to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act, placing the authority in state hands.

While proposal bills are nothing new, increased bipartisan support for the federal government to place marijuana regulation in state control is gaining overwhelming support. Ultimately, federal approval will ensure safe regulation and consumption by those living in pro cannabis states. And this is good for everyone involved.

How Marijuana is Regulated in Washington

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Medical and recreational cannabis are now legal in the State of Washington, but there are strict regulations in place to protect everyone involved from the growers, to the marijuana stores in Vancouver, to you, the consumer. So what rules are in place to ensure the safety and health of everyone involved?

For starters, if you’ve visited in marijuana store in Vancouver you’ll know that you must be 21 years or older to legally purchase and possess cannabis. In fact, if cannabis is sold to a minor under 18 years old, this person is subject to up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Just like alcohol, cannabis is a well-regulated substance. However, the restrictions are even more limiting. In addition to the age minimum, there are also purchasing restrictions. In Washington, if you enter a marijuana store in Vancouver or another city, you are limited to purchasing up to one ounce of recreational cannabis flower, as well as 16 ounces of solid, marijuana-infused edibles, 72 ounces in liquid form, and 7 grams of concentrate. However, medical marijuana purchasers can obtain up to 24 ounces of bud and grow up to 15 plants as long as they received a valid prescription from a licensed physician, and are purchasing from a medically endorsed dispensary.

Pesticides & Fertilizer

In Washington, the organization responsible for regulating and licensing cannabis is the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. This board evolved to ensure safe growing practices, distributions, sales, and consumption. They also work closely with other state agencies.

When gardening, it’s not uncommon for farmers to use pesticides to rid vulnerable plants of harmful insects to ensure the crop survives, and cannabis is not immune to these practices. In order to protect you, the board worked closely with the Washington State Department of Agriculture to compose a list of pesticides that meet specific criteria. While the list is not an endorsement or recommendation, it is a comprehensive guideline for pesticide use.

Ultimately, pesticides are allowed if, at a minimum:

  • They are registered with the EPA and WSDA.
  • The product label states it is safe to use on food crops.
  • The pesticide is used according to the specified instructions.

To see a comprehensive list of approved pesticides, visit the Washington State University Pesticide Information Center Online.

Similarly, if fertilizer is used to bolster plant growth, the used item must also be registered by WSDA. The ones specifically omitted from the list are those labeled for turf use only.

 

At Mary Jane’s House of Grass we are committed to purity and when we vett farms, we ensure they are using 100% natural pest control solutions.

Testing for THC & CBD

In Washington, it’s not enough for a cannabis grower to just list the THC levels of their strains and then pass it straight along to a marijuana store in Vancouver. Instead, following the approval of I-502, strains are first tested by a certified third-party laboratory. However, potency is not the only test performed. The third-party labs also perform required tests for microbial analysis, pesticide analysis, heavy metal analysis, and residual solvents.

Drugged Driving

While the purchase and consumption of medical and recreational medical marijuana is legal in the State of Washington, it is not permitted for individuals to consume cannabis in public. Similarly, since it does impair one’s senses, it is also illegal to drive drugged.

Similar to rules related to drinking and driving, a driver in Washington provides implied consent and, when pulled over, if an official deems a person has been driving drugged, this person can be subjected to breath or blood testing to determine if alcohol or drugs were indeed within the person’s system while he or she was operating a motor vehicle.

If convicted, even just one offense can lead to mandatory imprisonment, a hefty fine, license suspension, and the installation of an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. In Washington, a motorist with detectable THC amounts above 5 ng/ml is guilty of DUID.

Dispensary Locations

To ensure a safe community setting, it is required that a cannabis dispensary must be at least 1000 feet from the following locations:

  • Elementary and secondary school
  • Playground
  • Recreation center
  • Child Care facility
  • Public park
  • Public transit center
  • Library
  • Game arcade

 

However, in some instances, local government can now alter this buffer and decrease the distance from 1000 feet to 100 feet.

Environmental Permits

Air quality is regulated in tandem by various agencies and the Washington State Department of Ecology. Both the production and processing of cannabis are sources of odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can negatively impact the environment if not regulated. For this reason, growers may be required to have construction and air quality permits.

Similarly, growers may be able to discharge wastewater into local sewage treatment plants. But, if this is not allowed, a water quality permit is needed to protect surface and groundwater. They may also need a water rights permit.

Like all businesses, cannabis growers and dispensaries are subject to rules and regulations to ensure that the local environment is protected. In addition to the permits, cannabis and its waste cannot be burned and all waste that contains 10% or more THC is considered “dangerous waste” that is toxic and needs to be handled appropriately.

Before you ever step foot in your local marijuana store in Vancouver, the State of Washington imparts strict practices for growers, processors, and distributors to ensure public and environmental safety are first priority.

In addition to state requirements, at Mary Jane’s House of Grass we take things a step further and impart even stricter standards for products that come into our store. We want our customers to have an optimal experience whether they are purchasing bud, edibles, or oils. For this reason, we only offer the highest quality products developed by top-notch producers.

Anatomy and Life Cycle of a Marijuana Plant

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When you pull up to your local cannabis dispensary and walk in the door, wafting in the glorious scent of various strains, you’re probably not thinking about the intricate details of the marijuana plant. You might not even know what a cola, calyx, and pistil are, and that’s ok. But, in case you had any interest in delving deeper into the anatomy and lifecycle of cannabis, today is your lucky day because we’re here to break down the details.

Just like humans, the cannabis plant is divided into male and female, also called dioecious. While some are hermaphroditic, for the most part, a male and female have to come together to create new baby cannabis flowers, just like us. But, for our consumption, the female flower is the one to covet as it carries the desirable amount of THC, so we’ll focus more on the lady bits.

 

While having male and female plants sounds like a good thing, to growers, it’s bad news bears in bulk. That’s because the male plant’s goal is to pollinate the female plant and then she will put all her energy into producing seeds instead of THC-packed resin. For this reason, growers do their best to weed out most males.

Now let’s get to the anatomy!

Flower

The flower is the part we know and love as it contains the highest concentration of THC. They grow toward the top of the plant and, as you probably know, are also referred to as buds.

Cola

Also know as the apical or terminal bud, this part of the plant denotes the cluster mass of flowers at the top of a cannabis plant. Thankfully, growers are actually able to manipulate plants to increase cola to produce greater yield. This is a win-win for all!

Trichomes

These are the resin glands found on a flower’s leaves and calyces. They kind of look like tiny translucent crystals, but are more similar to a crystallized mushroom if you have the chance to view trichomes with a microscope.

This is the essence of hashish, kief, BHO (Butane Hash Oil), and more, so some cannabis strains are developed specifically for a high trichome count. That’s because it contains the “miracle molecules”, cannabinoids and terpenes.

Calyx

Just like in others flowers, this is a portion of the flower that encloses and protects the ovule and pistils. It is part of the bud itself. This is where the highest amount of trichomes are found, which is why it’s the part of the flower you care most about, knowingly or not, if you smoke or vape.

Pistil

The pistils, or hairs, are the part of the plant that seems to poke out from inside each of the calyx. When they first peak out, they are white, but quickly transform to orange, red, or brown. This part of the plant is only found in a female and it’s the main function is to capture pollen from the male. This is also known for its high THC concentration.

 

Fan Leaves

The fan leaf is without a doubt the part of the plant that’s most recognizable. However, it does have an actual function. Aside from being the poster child for cannabis, it is focused on photosynthesis, the process of using energy from the sun to feed the plant. Most often, you will see fan leaves featuring five leaves; but there are also plants with seven and even nine leaves, which is most common among sativa strains.

Sugar Leaves

This is a smaller leaf that grows within the flower. It’s usually covered in trichomes and trimmed when flowers are harvested. They are, however, used when making edibles because of the trichome coating.

Seed

The seed is hidden within the calyx, as described above. In addition to planting a seed to grow a new cannabis plant, oil can also be extracted. In a sativa plant, this will generate THC cannabis oil, while an indica is more commonly referred to as hemp oil, which has high CBD and low THC content.

Stem

Just like all flowers, stems provides structural support and stores nutrients. They are not known to contain THC as that’s directed solely to the flower, but it can be repurposed for its fiber.

Node

A node, like all flowers, is where a leaf branches off from a stalk.

You now have an understanding of the various parts of the plant, so let’s get more into the lifecycle.

When the plant is first sprouting, the first two leaves are not the typical marijuana leaves you’d expect to see. Instead, they have smooth edges. It’s the next two that have the classic points associated with cannabis. The baby stage lasts 1 to 3 weeks at which time it will grow 4 to 8 leaves.

Next, the plant will begin growing more notes where more branches with more leaves will sprout. During this time, the plant needs fresh warm, dry air and lots of nitrogen-rich nutrients as it’s working to grow from an 8-inch baby to a 3-foot tree in a short 3 to 6 weeks. For this reason, it also needs long summer sunlight hours or 18+ hours of fluorescent light per day to produce the required amount of photosynthesis. If daylight or fluorescent hours are cut, the plant will not grow quite as tall.

It takes 1 to 5 months for a cannabis plant to enter the pre-flower phase. This is when the sex is presented. If male plants are recognized (green sacs near the node), a grower will either kill this plant or separate it from the females so, as explained above, the females can concentrate on producing THC instead of seeds. This needs to be done before the sac opens, spilling its pollen.

At some point, it’s required to decrease light time from 18 to 12 hours, at which point potassium and phosphorus nutrients should be added. If everything went as planned, you will both see and smell trichome-filled cola growing from you plant within 8 to 10 weeks after light is reduced.

Finally, the plant is ready for harvest and distribute to you local cannabis dispensary. You’ll know it’s ready when the pistils in the cola buds turn from white to the orange, red, or brown.

Congratulations, after months of work, you can now get high!

 

Thankfully, your cannabis dispensary works closely with growers to provide you the best and most diverse strains. Just like many plants, growing cannabis takes a lot of time and dedication to achieve the desired results.

Is Cannabis the Next Frontier for Women Entrepreneurs?

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There seems to be an emerging trend in this predominantly male industry – women leaders. When Washington’s I-502 was voted on in November 2012, it was the women aged 35-55 who pushed the majority to success. “As a woman, and a mother, this statistic piqued my interest,” says one of our owning partners. What changed?

One can only surmise that it was a shift in the thinking of this particular group of women, mothers in particular, that pushed that change in law. Campaigns aimed at that soccer-mom age group focused on reducing youth access through a regulated system. It was the knowledge that allowing an unregulated black market to exist was more dangerous to our children than a well-regulated system with plenty of checks and balances. After all, drug dealers don’t check ID.

It was also the language in the law that designates significant tax dollars to the funding of schools and education programs. When voters can finally see a large increase in school funding without an increase in property taxes, they notice.

“For me,” says Mary Jane’s House of Grass owning partner, Amy, “it was a big leap from ‘Yes I support legalization’ to ‘Yes I’ll open a pot shop.’ I’ve always supported legalization. I think it’s a much better and safer alternative to synthetic prescription drugs and could possibly hold the cure to many of today’s plaguing diseases. But making the leap to actually putting my stamp on a place where people can come and buy it openly was scary.”

It was a big leap from ‘Yes I support legalization’ to ‘Yes I’ll open a pot shop’.

Amy cites several reasons for the fear including fear of what friends, family, and community might think, and she admits being surprised by several of their reactions, both positive and negative. “It’s never easy being a pioneer,” she says, “but it’s always exciting. There have been so many obstacles – things we never even thought would be obstacles. But it’s a bold new world, a brand new industry emerging from a world of prohibition. How many times does that happen in your life? Never? It’s incredibly exciting to think of the possibilities.”

Women are not only being emboldened by the new legalization, “they are also gentrifying and gentling pot’s testosterone-laden image,” according to the Denver Post. The face of the industry has always been predominantly white and male. “The industry is long overdue for a feminine touch,” says Amy. In this new marketplace, pot shops need to adapt to a new emerging market of middle-aged women. When you enter shops like Mary Jane’s, you will see plenty of female faces. Women have dominated retail for years and marijuana is no different.

Mary Jane’s House of Grass sees women like Amy as a great potential market. “Women in my age group,” says Amy, “are prescribed more anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications than any other demographic in America. Wouldn’t it be great to offer them something completely natural, without the side effects of synthetic drugs? I want to foster the open-minded approach to cannabis, answer the tough questions, and quell their hesitations.”

It’s no surprise that women are now dominating the fields of edibles and topicals. It’s also not just coincidence that those products are the ones that most appeal to women. Many women interested in the plant’s properties want the plant extracts for more practical uses, like trouble sleeping, anxiety, depression and anti-aging applications. Until now, products like these were largely unavailable to the general public.

Amy predicts that consumers can expect to see advertising campaigns aimed more at women in the near future, calling it ‘the softer side of pot’. The industry has a lot of growing to do (no pun intended) and women present a large part of that market – on both the entrepreneur and consumer sides.

“Most of my career I’ve been in fields dominated by men, so this one is no different. And the few women I’ve met in this field have been very supportive and welcoming. We’ve got to stick together.”
Organizations like Women Grow, a national, women only organization aimed at fostering relationships through networking and support, are cropping up to serve this growing demographic. Will cannabis be a bold new frontier for women entrepreneurs? We’re betting on it.

12 Deals of Christmas

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Looking for some sweet gifts at even sweeter prices? Here’s some outstanding deals to make gift giving for the cannabis consumers on your list even easier. Better hurry, these deals are too hot to last!

40% OFF These Items Dec 12-24th

  • All Phoenix Flower
  • All Spot Edibles
  • All Jefferson County Cannibis PreRolls
  • All Smokey Point Flower
  • All Craft Elixirs Edibles and Mixers (excludes cartridges)
  • Zoots Brand
    • ZootBites – Caramel Brownie 2 Pack
    • ZootBlast – 30mg Single
    • Zoots 2pk Kookie Dough

30% OFF These Items Dec 12-24th

  • All Fireline Flower
  • All X-tracted Concentrates
  • All Kai-Dro Hash and Keif
  • Chongs Choice Grollia Glue .5g Cartridges
  • Green Ghost Concentrates
    • 1g Honeycomb Blue Hawaiian
    • 1g Tangerine Dream
    • 1g Wax Blue Hawaiian
    • 1g Wax Girl Scout Cookie
    • 3.5g Blue Hawaiian (flower)
  • Willie’s Reserve Brand
    • 1/8 Can DJ Andy WR
    • 1g DJ Andy
    • 1g Fruit Punch
    • Pre-Rolls Aloha, Bubba Kush, Dirty Girl and Green Crack

25% OFF Any Glass Item over $200 Dec 12-24th

And don’t forget, EVERY Tuesday is Fat Tuesday! 15% OFF All 7g and larger flower packages.

Recipe: Mulled Infused Cider

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It’s winter time. Time to come inside, enjoy the fruits of the holiday season in the form of warm drinks that make us happy and our spirits bright. One of my favorite seasonal beverages is hot spiced cider, or wine, or cranberry, or whatever. As long as it’s hot and spicy.

Here’s a great recipe for mulled infused cranberry. You can sub just about any juices. Mix it up. Enjoy.

3 C cranberry juice

3 C orange juice

mulling spices (to taste)

1-2 cinnamon sticks

1 orange – cut in quarters

Lemon “Kick Back” ZootDrops

Combine juices and mulling spices in a saucepot on med heat. Add cinnamon sticks and orange quarters. Simmer as long as you can stand it (about an hour) to infuse the juice with the spices. Serve in mugs and add 1 capfull (10mg dose) of ZootDrops to each mug.

*I suggest adding ZootDrops individually so you can control your personal dose, and so that others who wish to drink plain mulled juice can do so without any THC.

Mannequin Challenge, Accepted

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You may have heard of, and even seen, the Mannequin Challenge videos going around. The Mannequin Challenge equates to a group of people, performing everyday ordinary tasks (mostly), that freeze like mannequins while a videographer walks through the frozen crowd of people to take video of them in their frozen state. The resulting video is crazy cool simply because it’s definitely a challenge to be that still for that long.

Mary Jane’s House of Grass decided to accept the challenge and give you a peek into the world of the recreational pot shop. We had a blast doing this, and we hope you enjoy the whole 59 seconds of it. More to come!

 

Sunshine is Doing it Right

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Sunshine Farms is an indoor grow discreetly located in an industrial section of Vancouver. You’d never know what was happening in the building until you step into the lobby and get a massive nose full of terpenes. It’s that beautiful, unmistakable scent of sweet cannabis flowering away. The deep breaths and luxurious sighs of my fellow tourists as we stepped into the facility was a sure sign that we’d found the right place.

The people of Sunshine Farms are exceptional. The growers have over 120 years combined experience and it shows in the beautiful happy plants they grow. Everyone there is friendly and happy. Of course, we all work in the weed industry, so what is there to be sad about. Right?

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One of the first things we noticed was that this grow was exceptionally clean. No debris, no spills, no vegetation on the floor. It’s very important to keep your grow spotless. No place for little nasties to lay in wait to ambush your crop.

The first room we visited was the clone room. The mother plants standing tall and proud with their little clones aeroponically rooting in the back corner. After the clones have sufficiently happy roots they are moved into a coconut bark mulch, where they appear to thrive. These are some seriously happy plants. Nothing compared to my dismal home herb garden. I’m surprised they even let me in this place. They must not know about my brown thumb. Anyway…

From the clone room we moved to the veg room where little clones go to grow up. It’s like, college for clones. They are trained carefully and lovingly pruned back to support only the best colas, as well as to help keep vegetation from allowing bugs to hide.sunshine farms cannabis vancouver mother plants

Pest control is always important to us. We look at pest control methods very carefully to make sure there are no chemicals used and no residuals left on the final product. Not all companies test for residual pesticide, so we keep an eye out for you. I’m happy to report that Sunshine uses no chemical pesticides, only natural pest control methods here. That’s a win for everyone.

The flower room was remarkable. Several strains were already showing impressive colas even though they are nearly two weeks from harvest. They’re developing some very interesting strains, like one that tested at about 4% THC and 17.6% CBD. You’ll see it on our shelves as soon as it’s ready.

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Trimming and packaging were under way as we wrapped up the tour. Worker bees were diligently hand trimming some really gorgeous looking buds. Nice, large, dense nugs that looked and smelled amazing. I can’t wait for them to arrive in the store! I’ll bet you can’t either.

Overall, Sunshine has a great grow operation. Clean and well kept, and met our high vetting standards. Which is why you can now find Sunshine Farms on our shelves. Come in and get hooked up with one of their delicious strains today!

Recipe: Pumpkin Mocha Shake

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Legal Beverages just introduced a new Cold Brewed Coffee Mocha and we couldn’t be more excited. This is a slightly carbonated cold brew with a touch of sugar. It’s infused with a little sativa to give you an extra lift in the morning. Add a bit of your favorite coffee creamer and get moving. Or, even better, blend it into an amazing morning milkshake (or afternoon, or whenever). We decided to make our own version of a seasonal favorite, the pumpkin spice frappuccino. Here’s what we did.

Ingredients (Serves 2):

1 8oz Legal Beverage Coffee Mocha infused drink – we used a 10mg dose

1/2 C Pureed Pumpkin or Pumpkin Pie Filling (suggest if you use pure pumpkin to add some pumpkin pie spice)

2 C Vanilla Ice Cream*

 

Blend all ingredients until it reaches a creamy, frothy, gorgeousness. Top with whipped cream and a little pumpkin pie spice or ground nutmeg if desired.

Drink and be delighted. You’re welcome.

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*For a lighter version, try vanilla frozen yogurt, or blend with ice and a touch of vanilla and agave or honey.

Edibles: How to Have a Great (and Not Scary!) Experience

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Maybe you’ve heard some of the scary stories that surround edible marijuana consumption. Maybe you’ve had a bad experience yourself.

99% of the time, this happens for two reasons:

1) The consumer doesn’t wait the full 2 hours for the edible to take effect before they consume more.

2) The consumer is unaware of the potency of the product.

Some people are afraid to try edible marijuana products, such as brownies, cookies, or candies, simply because of these stories. But taking edibles can be a very enjoyable experience. All you need is knowledge.

The good news is that every cannabis edible at Mary Jane’s House of Grass, and in fact every edible in the state of Washington, is required by law to be tested for potency, and to display that potency on the packaging. This means that consumers are always aware of how much they are actually taking in. A product may be labeled at, say, 10 milligrams per serving, or 100 milligrams per package, and you will know exactly how much to take.

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What serving size is right for me? A lesson in milligrams

But when a product says it contains 10mg of THC, most casual consumers have no idea what that sort of potency means. They’re used to seeing it in grams, ounces, and percentages, rather than in milligrams. Well, converting from bud potency to edible potency can be a little volatile, so it’s generally best not to get caught up in the conversion.

Here’s the best way to start.

Understand that 10mg of THC is the recommended starting dose for edibles. This is a dose that is good for first-timers and those with a low tolerance. Some consumers will even recommend starting with 5mg if you are wanting to be extra cautious, but if you go any lower, you likely won’t feel anything!

In fact, the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board requires that all edibles in the state of Washington have a maximum of 10mg per serving. This is part of an effort to ensure that novice consumers don’t accidentally take too much.

“I’ve tried 10mg before, and I didn’t feel anything!”

An unwritten cannabis rule of thumb is that everyone is different. Some people inherently have a high tolerance to cannabis. Some first-time consumers need several servings more, while some cannabis veterans feel plenty of effect after only 10mg.

This is why we always, ALWAYS recommend that you start low, and work your way up from there. If you start at 10mg, wait the full 2 hours for it to take effect, and still don’t feel anything, no problem! Just increase your dose the next time. However, if you start at 50mg, or 100mg, and find out that it’s too much for you to handle, it’s already too late to go back. As they say, “You can always have more, but you can never have less.”

Edibles are very fun when taken responsibly, and now that marijuana edibles are legal and tested for potency, being a responsible consumer is incredibly easy! So if you’re interested in trying edibles for the first time (or if you’ve been wary in the past and want to try again), stop on by Mary Jane’s House of Grass, consult your favorite budtender, and grab some tasty culinary treats! You may just find that you’ve been missing out on a great way to consume cannabis!

-Budtender Matt

Cannabis Concentrates: A Beginner’s Guide

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Colorado sold $27 Million worth of cannabis concentrates in April 2016 alone. So what are concentrates and why is everyone buying them?

What are concentrates? Concentrates are the result of separating the cannabinoids from plant matter, increasing their density and potency using many types of extraction methods. This includes things like dabs, oils, tinctures and topicals.

Why would someone choose a concentrate over flower? Concentrates offer a higher percentage of active chemicals than raw flowers. Cannabis customers are used to seeing THC levels at 10-25% in raw flower compared to 80% in concentrates. When it comes to cannabinoids like THC, CBD, and CBG, patients want as much potency as they can get.

There is debate over certain extraction methods as many health-conscientious consumers point out that along with inhaling choice active chemicals you are also inhaling residual petroleum particles into your lungs from butane hash oil.

Remember to be a thoughtful consumer and inquire from your budtender about the starting material and extraction process used in the concentrate you are looking to purchase.

But I digress, we will attempt to simplify the processes and explain the terminology to everyone reading this who doesn’t have an industrial chemist degree.

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