Archive for the 'Sharon Whitson' Category

sharon whitson

How to Make Weed Edibles: Best Edible Marijuana Recipes – Guest Blog

While there are a lot of options when it comes to ingesting cannabis, like smoking, vaping, tinctures and topicals, there is one that might be the best for any aspiring gourmands out there. Edibles have an advantage over smoked or vaporized marijuana, and that is that the effects often take longer to come on, but they last much longer. While you should definitely keep your dry herb vaporizer handy, because vaping might be better than smoking, it couldn’t hurt to learn how to prepare your cannabis to be baked into yummy treats.

Even if you’re not the world’s best cook, these recipes are simple to follow and guaranteed to be delicious and satisfying.


Figuring Out THC Percentage Figuring out the THC percentage of your cannabis is important so your final product has the right dosage per bite.If you have the THC percentage, Jeff the Chef has a lovely calculator that will help you figure out the THC dosage per edible. However, if you are growing your own cannabis then you’ll have to do it by trial and error for your particular plants.

Don’t Hate – Decarboxylate The most common mistake that newbies to the edible scene make is thinking that they can just grind up some dried cannabis, toss it into cookie mix, and voila, they have cannabis edibles. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work this way. First, the cannabis needs to have its compounds activated through heat. This is called decarboxylation.This means that after you’ve picked your choice strain, you’re going to put it on a baking sheet and pop it into the oven at 240 degrees for 25 minutes to an hour. The more cannabis you’re using, the more time it takes. Failing to do this won’t activate the THC and CBD in the plant. No one wants that!

Delicious Homemade Edibles The good thing about cooking with cannabis is that you can do just about anything with it. From cookies to brownies to homemade gummy candies, there’s just so much that can be made using cannabis, and the key to baking with cannabis is learning how to make and cook with cannabutter.
Cooking with Cannabis Butter Cannabis butter, also called cannabutter, is easily made. All you need is your decarboxylated cannabis, one pound of unsalted butter, and some water. A crock pot is great for this, but not essential. Combine the butter, cannabis, and a little water and heat on a low simmer for 3 to 6 hours, making sure that your butter doesn’t burn. Let it get cool enough to handle, then strain out the plant material. Stow it away in the fridge overnight to harden, and your cannabutter is ready for use!

Basic Bud Brownies By far the most popular cannabis edible, brownies are relatively easy to make and tasty to boot. While you can follow just about any brownie recipe out there, substituting your cannabutter for the butter in the recipe, you can also buy store-bought brownie mix and use the cannabutter in it. The second option will often last longer without spoiling because there are fewer ingredients like eggs or milk.

Pot Cookies There are a lot of recipes out there for pot cookies. Dosing can be a bit of a pain, but as long as you remember how much THC is in the cannabis you used for your cannabutter and the weight used, it’s pretty simple. Aim for each cookie to be about the equivalent of a bowl of smoked cannabis. When making pot cookies from a recipe found online or from store-bought mix, substitute the cannabutter wherever the recipe calls for cannabis oil or butter.

Homemade cannabis edibles can be easy to make, once you’ve figured out your optimal dose, which can take some experimentation. Once you’ve mastered that, it’s all in what you want to make.

Author Michael is a marketing and creative content specialist at with a primary focus on customer satisfaction. Technology and fitness combined with healthy lifestyle obsession are his main talking points

Read More

sharon whitson

Mother of Terminally Ill Daughter Sues Governor to Invalidate Cannabis Advertising Laws

Cannabis is for children.  I know that statement will piss someone off but it’s true.   Parents across our nation are fighting to save their children and provide them with a decent quality of life. 

Meagon Holt and her family are dear to me.  I am so proud of how she champions medical cannabis for her daughter Maddie.  Below is a press release for her lawsuit against the State of Washington.  I stand strong with her through this next battle she is waging as it will be for the good of all patients, young and old, here in Washington State. 


Contact: Sean Badgley (206) 488-5031 [email protected] or
Bonnie Fong (206) 330-5785 [email protected]


Mother of Terminally Ill Daughter Sues Governor to Invalidate Cannabis Advertising Laws

July 10, 2018, SEATTLE- The mother of a terminally ill child is suing Governor Inslee over the
unconstitutional restrictions on cannabis advertising. Meagan Holt depends upon cannabis to save her
daughter’s life. Her daughter, Maddie, is diagnosed with Zellweger syndrome and suffers from seizures
that have left Maddie blind, deaf, and terminally ill. The suit alleges Washington’s advertising restrictions
unconstitutionally prevent Meagan and Maddie’s right to freely hear communications about cannabis
medicines for her daughter.

Last year, Washington placed new regulations on cannabis businesses for the third time since I502passed; the new law originally listed as SB 5131, focused on advertisements. Meagan’s suit alleges
that these laws, in combination with existing policy from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis
Board (WSLCB) have created a situation that makes it impossible for her to locate a reliable, legal source of medicine for her daughter, including preventing her from finding free product for her ailing daughter.

Meagan’s attorneys, Bonnie Fong and Sean Badgley of C3 Law Group PLLC, focus on
challenging state overreach in the cannabis area and they believe Washington’s new rules regarding advertising restrictions are unconstitutional restrictions on free speech.

Maddie’s situation, “represents a stark example of the unintended consequences that come from regulating cannabis without a proper understanding of the market, the needs of patients, or any of the other legitimate concerns of people who aren’t directly employed by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board” Badgley says. Fong adds “The government has taken a highly paternalistic approach to cannabis advertising laws, and in doing so, has infringed upon the rights of our clients’ right to speak, and hear, freely.”

Governor Inslee signed the laws in question May of last year, which became effective in July of
2017. Since that time, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) has issued multiple
advertising violations. The complaint alleges that the restrictions are unconstitutional and punish patients
who need more detailed advertising to make important decisions regarding the patient’s medical needs


Read More

sharon whitson

Liquor and Cannabis Board Marijuana Home Grow Study

Below is a notice from the WSLCB with 3 options for Washington State Home Grows.  They all disappoint us here at Hempfest Central were we’d like to see non registered home grows of a dozen or so plants, giving allowances for clones, and not putting such low limits on seeds.  We also feel the felony prosecution of those having as few as 5 plants or seeds in this new plan is ridiculous!  Prohibition 2.0  Apparently it’s a felony to grow any now so while it’s a step up, it’s still lame in our book!

Legalization is a process, not an event.  We all need to stay in touch with not only our legislators but the organizations, like the WSLCB, who make the rules we live under.  Hempfest is a thing.  A once a year event.  YOU need to take what you’ve learned and heard and put it to use or they’ll continue to create the new wave or prohibition we now live under.  Find your voice!

Please read their 3 ideas for home grow send constructive comments to the WSLCB per their instructions below.  Please also write your legislators and let them know what you think!  You can find your legislator HERE  and an analysis of their options done by CASP HERE

Liquor and Cannabis Board to Hold Public Hearing on Recreational Marijuana Home Grows

Agency tasked by new law to conduct study and make recommendations to Legislature by Dec. 1, 1017

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) will hold a public hearing on Wed. Oct. 4, 2017, to receive public input on whether the State should allow home grows of recreational marijuana. The public hearing is during the regularly scheduled 10:00 a.m. Board meeting at its headquarters at 3000 Pacific Avenue in Olympia. Due to space and parking restrictions, the WSLCB encourages written public comment. Written public comment may be submitted by email through Oct. 11, 2017 at [email protected] or hard copy at PO Box 43080, Olympia, WA 98504. 

Note: The Board may adjust the testimony time allotted to each speaker based on the number of attendees to ensure that everyone has time to testify. 

Legislation enacted in 2017 directs the WSLCB to “conduct a study of regulatory options for the legalization of marijuana plant possession and cultivation by recreational marijuana users.” The study must take into account the “Cole Memo,” issued by the United State Department of Justice in 2013, which outlines the federal government’s enforcement priorities in states where medical or recreational marijuana has been legalized or decriminalized. The study and recommendations are due to the Legislature on Dec. 1, 2017

“The agency is actively engaging other states, the public, the industry and stakeholders. We know there are many perspectives to this issue and we want to ensure they are captured for our report and recommendations,” said agency director Rick Garza.

The WSLCB is seeking input on three options at the public hearing

·         Option 1: Tightly Regulated Recreational Marijuana Home Grows

  • This option allows recreational home grows under a strict state regulatory framework based on the Cole Memo:
  • Requires a permit;
  • Four plants maximum per household;
  • All plants must be entered into the state traceability system;
  • Requirements for security, preventing youth access, preventing diversion, etc.;
  • Jurisdiction is shared between WSLCB and local authorities
  • Statutory provision that allows law enforcement to seize and destroy all plants if beyond limit;
  • Allows recreational growers to purchase plants from licensed as long as growers have a permit;
  • Same restrictions on processing marijuana that apply to medical marijuana (no combustible processing).

·         Option 2: Local Control of Recreational Marijuana Home Grows

  • This option is based on statewide standards including requirements for security, preventing youth access, preventing diversion, etc.;
  • Limits plants to 4 per household;
  • Allows recreational growers to purchase plants from licensed as long as growers have a permit.
  • Requires a permit to possess plants.

Difference from Option 1

·         Does not require plants to be entered into traceability

  • State sets minimum requirements. Local jurisdictions can be more restrictive.

·         Authorized, controlled, and enforced by local jurisdictions;

  • Home grows are prohibited without local permission; 

·         Option 3. Recreational Home Grows are Prohibited

  • This option preserves the status quo. Recreational home grows continue to remain prohibited:
  • A regulated market exists today with statewide access;
  • Recreational home grows may provide a cover for diversion;
  • The Cole Memo is concerned with diversion, youth access, and the criminal element;
  • Home grows for medical marijuana are allowed as well as cooperatives.

Among the eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana, Washington is the only state that does not allow marijuana home grows. Washington allows authorized patients to have limited grows for medical purposes or to be part of a four-member medical marijuana cooperative if the cooperative registers with the WSLCB and the local jurisdiction does not object.

Read More

sharon whitson

I’m shocked and saddened by the death of Senator Any Hill.

I’m shocked and saddened by the death of Senator Any Hill.  I reside in the 45th District which he served.  Over the years I’ve visited his office countless times lobbying for cannabis, education, & other various things.   We connected on many levels.  A few years back we both had kids LWYSA soccer teams that made it to the state championship level.  Family & soccer always were in the mix.  These were good ways to connect.  One of our larger shared experiences was being cancer survivors.  That really makes this a hard blow.

andy hill

I had no idea he was having a recurrence.  We’ve spoken so many times about medical cannabis, my decision to use it in my cancer treatments & his decision to not use it in his.  These are deeply personal matters.  He was always very open to hearing my story & that of those I’ve lobbied with.  I’ve seen powerful first hand testimony about medical cannabis in his office and always felt great connection with him.  

I can’t help but wonder if cannabis would not have saved him, or at least made him more comfortable.  Were all my visits in vain?  While he was certainly not anti cannabis at all, I wish he would have been more open to using it as a treatment for his cancer.  Possibly he did this time.  I’m just so saddened to hear of his passing and kinda pissed off too. 

Prohibition is killing people.


I’m going to quote from ABCNews

“Harvard University researchers have found that, in both laboratory and mouse studies, delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cuts tumor growth in half in common lung cancer while impeding the cancer’s ability to spread.”  

This is as far back as 2007 yet the stigma of cannabis as a medicine keeps those it would save away from it.  Prohibition has stymied medical research on so many fronts keeping this wonderful – natural medicine away from the people who need it most!

hb 1020

Opioid addiction is a national epidemic.  Yet to qualify for medical cannabis, you must have tried pharmaceuticals and have them fail you. Shouldn’t the answer be try the natural plant first and if that doesn’t work move to the addictive, side effect list a mile long, might kill you, pharmaceuticals? 

We have this so backwards – again – due to the stigma attached to being a cannabis user.  


Now the world is missing a really great guy who loved his family, community, and listened to all my cannabis, hemp, & other stories with an open heart.  I’m going to miss you Andy Hill!  I will be in Anchorage for my own father’s memorial service so will miss yours! 

My deepest condolences to the Hill family and all our other legislators in Olympia.  I cannot image this loss for you!

Cancer Sucks!


Read More