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Washington State Cannabis User Survey: Help Determine The Rules


washington state marijuana surveyThe Washington State Liquor Control Commission and BOTEC Analyses, the company hired to assist the state commission’s implementation of cannabis industry regulations, has put out a survey for cannabis users to help determine the rules needed for the Evergreen state to effectively regulate cannabis commerce.  While Washington residents are the most important participants, out-of-state cannabis users can also provide input, particularly if you live in a neighboring state or will likely be frequenting Washington for business or pleasure.

The first thing that caught my eye, was the fact that the survey states that it will use the word cannabis, instead of marijuana and this is the preferred term by us here at NCC and plenty of folks within the cannabis community because of the racist history of marijuana and the War on Cannabis in general.  The survey then asks various questions about frequency of cannabis usage and the variety of ways and forms the user consumes cannabis. The survey also asks about how much you usually pay for cannabis and how much more will you be willing to pay at licensed stores that test for containments and potency.

The survey provides an answer to how much cannabis is in the picture above and asks about usage and how much you typically spend on cannabis.  The survey touches on buds, kief, oils, topical salves and edibles, while providing the opportunity to input answers when “other” must be chosen.  Please spread the word to cannabis users you know, particularly those that live in Washington so the commission can get accurate detailed information to help implement the necessary rules and regulations.  Washington and Colorado are leading the way for other states. Let’s help them lead us well.  HERE is a link to the survey, you don’t give any identifiable information, so participation is kept confidential.

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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.


  1. Let’s see, $6 a gram or $30 a gram? One gram for $30 or 5 grams for $30? Black market here I come. If the state wants to get stupid that’s on them and not budget minded consumers. Either way once it’s in my possession it’s legal and out of their hands.

  2. I took it a couple of days ago. I would say that they’re trying to gauge the support for $30 a gram recreational cannabis or at least it will be more expensive than buying at a dispensary or from your buddy, the black marketeer. They’re also going to make a big deal about purity of the product, which is fine, THAT is important. But important enough for another $5 per gram or whatever they’re going to charge?? If they can’t come in close to the dispensary price of about $10 per gram or the black market price of about $6 per gram ( http://www.priceofweed.com ) somewhere in there, their….program or scheme won’t work. BUT….if Big Ag comes in to do the growing for the state because the feds give their….approval, maybe Big Ag can eventually meet the price where that would be possible. But with a planned 1000+ growers legally growing cannabis for the state of Washington and all the potential problems inherent with that, there’s no way they can meet that pricing goal. Anyway, it’s an interesting exercise (taking the survey) where one can tell they’re interested in this information. Let’s hope they do more….listening & learning from all of this so it’s not an exercise in futility, though at this point, I DO have my doubts….

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