Wednesday, September 29, 2010

COLUMBIA CANNABIS: Pot too pricey, survey finds

COLUMBIA, 9/29/10  (Beat Byte) --  Nationwide survey results on a new website find that Cannabis in Columbia is over-priced relative to other parts of the country.   
Columbia's nearly $480/ounce for "high quality" hemp compares with $160/ounce in Portland, Oregon and roughly $300 in Denver.
Calling itself a "Global Price Index for Marijuana," has collected nearly 3,000 anonymous surveys from every U.S. state and Canadian province.    
The site asks smokers and dealers to price low, medium, or high quality pot in increments of an eighth, a quarter, and one ounce in their regions.   Reviewers also rate social acceptance and law enforcement.   Socially, Missouri approaches "Very Intolerant."   Legally, reviewers call the state's anti-weed laws "Heavily Enforced."
In related news, Columbia attorney Dan Viets appeared on a panel this month with fellow defense lawyers at the 2010 National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) conference in Portland.
Entitled, "Legal Defenses and Strategies for Cannabis Consumers," the panel had a message for the mellow:  "Shut the fuck up" when cops come calling, Seattle defense attorney Douglas Hiatt reportedly insisted.  

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