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The Cannabis Bowl -

1:16 am in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

The Super Bowl is going to be between the two states with legal marijuana? http://advice-animal.tumblr.com/

- will be held in New Jersey in two weeks.

Maybe both NJ Gov. Chris Christie and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer will be there.

Scarlett Johansson will be featured in ads for SodaStream, an illegal Israeli company, with its main plant on stolen Palestinian land outside of Israel itself.

And both teams playing will be from the only states yet whose citizens decided to defy Federal law more effectively than any Tea Party campaign has yet accomplished.

The game is already being called the Marijuana Bowl.  Surprised I didn’t think of it back in October, when predicting the Super Bowl would be the Broncos and Seahawks.

Too bad New Yorker editor David Remnick didn’t interview Obama on citizens deciding about cannabis themselves after Sunday’s conference finals.  Obama said:

we should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing.” Accordingly, he said of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington that “it’s important for it to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.”

Obama might have been able to add what: _______ if he’d been interviewed after the Cannabis Bowl was stoked?  Here’s my contribution:

The president struck a lighter note when he said “good Super Bowl coming up with the Broncs and Squaks. Bill Clinton (he doesn’t inhale) and I will be munching on cookies, having a Bud, and rooting for both teams. 

This football game will bring more attention to the fight against destructive Federal and lower government policies than any event yet. It wasn’t planned. We’ll see soon where the MSM takes this.

Sunday Food: What About Marijuana Food Products in Washington and Colorado

9:19 am in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

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I spent a lot of my early life in the Seattle area.  Before moving to Alaska in 1973, I would often get my coffee beans at a small shop across from the Pike Street Market in downtown Seattle – the quaint, original Starbucks store.  I bought my first hand-crank coffee grinder there.

My last job in Seattle was as crane operator and odd-job boy at Main Fish Company, on Pier 60.  The Market, across Alaskan Way from the dock, was slated for probable demolition.  With the Boeing SST cancelled and orders for the new 747 stymied by a slow international economy, a prominent bumper sticker in the parking lots below the Alaskan Way Viaduct (now being demolished – 40 years later) read “Will The Last Person Leaving Seattle Turn Out the Lights!”

Before leaving for Alaska, one friend tried to talk me into partnering on a couple of entrepreneurial projects:  a mobile coffee stand with espresso machine, and a very small brewery.  I passed.  He became rich.

Later, in Alaska, I did make my own beer for years, sometimes winning awards at fairs or winter celebration events.  And, over the years, I watched the Seattle area become one of the main centers of small businesses brewing, bottling and marketing an ever widening array of microbrew products.

Ms. ET an I are down from Alaska to the Seattle area, spending our first Christmas here since 1984, with my 94-year-old mom, and family.

Last Monday, near Indianola, Washington, I smoked my first legal marijuana ever, with Mike Sullivan, a longtime friend with whom I brewed beer in Whittier, Alaska, back in the 1970s and 1980s.  We talked about the growth of microbreweries we had watched from infancy.  Red Hook started in an abandoned streetcar shop in the backwater Fremont district, along the Lake Washington Ship Canal, and kiddy-corner from my closest friend’s Fremont Fine Arts Foundry.  Red Hook grew to be huge, and sold out to Miller.

Mike and I discussed the possibility of a day when marijuana products other than smokable herb might be successfully marketed.  Brownies easily come to mind.  I suggested dessert wine, like late harvest merlot from the Columbia River basin, infused with concentrated marijuana essence.

For sure there are other ways to adapt marijuana so that its THC can be consumed without having to fill one’s lungs with smoke.  From the look of it, neither Washington’s nor Colorado’s new laws allow for the legal marketing of my imagined wine, or other possibly innovative approaches toward making THC consumption healthier than inhalation.  How they relate to turning your bud into your cake and eating it, is less clear.

The Seattle area is representative of small businesses that started out in a garage (Microsoft), growing in size and viability.  Starbucks, Red Hook, and thousands of other too.  Hopefully, the marijuana marketing here and in the Rockies will rely almost exclusively on small businesses that will help sustainably grow green local economies.

What are your thoughts on legal non-smokable THC products in the post-prohibition states?

Do you have any recipes other than standard Alice B. Toklas?