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#1 dudeone

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:19 PM

Green thumb? Wash. state looks for pot consultant

By GENE JOHNSON | Associated Press – Wed, Jan 30, 2013

http://news.yahoo.co...4--finance.html

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Wanted: A green thumb with extensive knowledge of the black, or at least gray, market.

As Washington state tries to figure out how to regulate its newly legal marijuana, officials are hiring an adviser on all things weed: how it's best grown, dried, tested, labeled, packaged and cooked into brownies.

Sporting a mix of flannel, ponytails and suits, dozens of those angling for the job turned out Wednesday for a forum in Tacoma, several of them from out of state. The Liquor Control Board, the agency charged with developing rules for the marijuana industry, reserved a convention center hall for a state bidding expert to take questions about the position and the hiring process.

"Since it's not unlikely with this audience, would a felony conviction preclude you from this contract?" asked Rose Habib, an analytical chemist from a marijuana testing lab in Missoula, Mont.

The answer: It depends. A pot-related conviction is probably fine, but a "heinous felony," not so much, responded John Farley, a procurement coordinator with the Liquor Control Board.

Washington and Colorado this fall became the first states to pass laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and setting up systems of state-licensed growers, processors and retail stores where adults over 21 can walk in and buy up to an ounce of heavily taxed cannabis.

Both states are working to develop rules for the emerging pot industry. Up in the air is everything from how many growers and stores there should be, to how the marijuana should be tested to ensure people don't get sick.

Sales are due to begin in Washington state in December.

Washington's Liquor Control Board has a long and "very good" history with licensing and regulation, spokesman Mikhail Carpenter said.

"But there are some technical aspects with marijuana we could use a consultant to help us with," Carpenter said.

The board has advertised for consulting services in four categories. The first is "product and industry knowledge" and requires "at least three years of consulting experience relating to the knowledge of the cannabis industry, including but not limited to product growth, harvesting, packaging, product infusion and product safety."

Other categories cover quality testing, including how to test for levels of THC, the compound that gets marijuana users high; statistical analysis of how much marijuana the state's licensed growers should produce; and the development of regulations, a category that requires a "strong understanding of state, local or federal government processes," with a law degree preferred.

Farley said the state hopes to award a single contract covering all four categories, but if no bidder or team of bidders has expertise in all fields— regulatory law, statistical analysis and pot growing — multiple contracts could be awarded. Or bidders who are strong in one category could team up with those who are strong in another. Bids are due Feb. 15, with the contract awarded in March.

Habib, the chemist, said she's part of a team of marijuana and regulatory experts from Montana who are bidding for the contract. They're fed up with federal raids on medical dispensaries there.

"We want to move here and make it work. We want to be somewhere this is moving forward and being embraced socially," she said.

Khurshid Khoja, a corporate lawyer from San Francisco, wore a suit and sat beside a balding, ponytailed man in a gray sweatshirt — Ed Rosenthal, a co-founder of High Times magazine and a recognized expert on marijuana cultivation. They're on a team bidding for the contract.

"I've seen the effect of regulation of marijuana all my life," Khoja said. "I'd like to see a more rational, scientific approach to it."

Several people asked whether winning the contract, or even subcontracting with the winning bidder, would preclude them from getting state licenses to grow, process or sell cannabis. Farley said yes: It would pose a conflict of interest to have the consultant helping develop the regulations being subject to those rules. But once the contract has expired, they could apply for state marijuana licenses, he said.

After the questions ended, the bidders mingled, exchanging business cards and talking about how they might team up. One Seattle-area marijuana grower, a college student who declined to give his name after noting that a dispensary he worked with had been raided by federal authorities in 2011, approached Rosenthal.

"It would be my dream to smoke a bowl with you after this," he said.

#2 Scott Hartnell's Mane

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:22 PM

Where do I sign up?
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:28 PM

Where do I sign up?

Cha-ching $$$$, the stoner dream career!
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:29 PM

Cha-ching $$$$, the stoner dream career!


Man you're not kidding...living in a state where it's totally legal and consulting on growing it and stuff to boot? I'd have to ask to be pinched to make sure I wasn't dreaming or worse hallucinating hahaha!
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:34 PM

I'd try to get hired, but I don't know how good I'd be. 'So, what do you think of this strain' 'This crap is the BOMB, yo' 'THAT'S WHAT YOU SAY EVERYTIME!'

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:37 PM

I'd try to get hired, but I don't know how good I'd be. 'So, what do you think of this strain' 'This crap is the BOMB, yo' 'THAT'S WHAT YOU SAY EVERYTIME!'


Haha...every time...man this is the best **** I've ever smoked...I'd be laid off because I'd be too busy blowing my mind to care about work ;)
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:56 PM

Best... Job... Ever!

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:25 PM

I'd try to get hired, but I don't know how good I'd be. 'So, what do you think of this strain' 'This crap is the BOMB, yo' 'THAT'S WHAT YOU SAY EVERYTIME!'

I've found the perfect man for the job:

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:06 PM

edit: ^ Hah!

I seriously can not believe this is actually happening. I never though I would see the day that America would allow this to happen and admit that it (2 states really, obviously not the whole country) has wasted BILLIONS on the cannabis war.

Just wow.

Next year, when I'm having a nice craft beer in Seattle, I'll make sure to swing by the Kwik E Mart for a pack of joints, laughing hyserically all the way there.

Edited by Green Building, 31 January 2013 - 10:07 PM.


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:20 PM

edit: ^ Hah!

I seriously can not believe this is actually happening. I never though I would see the day that America would allow this to happen and admit that it (2 states really, obviously not the whole country) has wasted BILLIONS on the cannabis war.

Just wow.

Next year, when I'm having a nice craft beer in Seattle, I'll make sure to swing by the Kwik E Mart for a pack of joints, laughing hyserically all the way there.


The drug war has always been a failure, Prohibition of this wonderful natural herb has lasted far too long, and as far as I see it...our (NORML and others) foot is in the door. Time will tell if this leads to a domino effect which results in it becoming legal nationwide...but I don't think it's very far away at all. Let my people toke...legally!

Edited by Scott Hartnell's Mane, 31 January 2013 - 10:22 PM.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:27 PM

The drug war has always been a failure, Prohibition of this wonderful natural herb has lasted far too long, and as far as I see it...our (NORML and others) foot is in the door. Time will tell if this leads to a domino effect which results in it becoming legal nationwide...but I don't think it's very far away at all. Let my people toke...legally!


Yep. Always loved that Woody Harrelson documentary. It was good for a laugh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpDKfj7X8A0


Pretty sure this isn't really copyrighted, although, I'm not sure. And sorry dudeone for putting this vid in your thread, thought it was relevant.

Edited by Green Building, 31 January 2013 - 10:29 PM.


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:57 PM

Yeah this whole situation is pretty surreal. We should have been first in North America but whatever.

I can't wait to buy some legal bud in Washington.
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