Marty's Travels

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Sonoma County

I spent the last week getting to my target destination Santa Rosa. It gets me on US101 which I routinely follow back to Chimacum. It's a great location to get to anything from The City to Napa wineries. The Washington State Legislature convenes this week so I'll be watching the hearings on the cannabis bills, while also looking at the insane California legal marijuana situation. And getting the desert dust out of my rig (good luck) and off my...

Montana

Legal retail sales of cannabis can begin on January 1 in Montana. They've written a law that is pretty much best practices garnered from the experiences of other states. The medical licensees will be the first to hold retail licenses which is always a good idea if a state has a working medical program. That means the number of stores will be small, but the state isn't a particularly big market. Tourism won't be a big portion of the market, but...

Arizona pot shops

Here in Yuma, there is one retail shop, which was the one medical store in town. In WA, I'd expect 4-5 stores in a town this size. If in OR, there'd be 10 or so. The parking lot is never full, there are no lines. Apparently the legal cannabis industry in Arizona is a city thing.

Arizona

Arizona legalized in 2020, but because it had such a vibrant medical program it could switch quickly to full adult use retail sales. There are only 145 or so retail shops which is way too low. Oregon756Washington450Nevada65Arizona145Colorado1000California823Oklahoma2000 I drove by 2 stores in Tucson, both had lines outside, and nearby parking was non-existent. This looks more like a market just weeks old, not the months they've had. More stores...

Tracking systems

A tracking system (see Seed to sale below) is in every adult-use marijuana law. It is always regarded as a universal good thing, crucial to pass either an initiative or a legislative bill. A state cannot legalize cannabis without implementing a tracing system. They are expensive for the state, the licensees, and the customers. They don't work, and there has never been any history of such systems to be useful for anything at all. Washington...

Seed to Sale

Washington State terminated the software used to track marijuana products from the grower to the seller today. Every state has seed to sale systems, purported to stop the cartels, keep the mafia out, prevent import/export, and some other BS things. The state, the industry, and the consumers paid a lot of money for a system that didn't work. The mismatch was so obvious, even the state said the whole thing had to go, and today it did. Every state...

New Mexico

New Mexico's legislature passed legalization last year and immediately went to work writing the rules, with a deadline for opening retail shops of April 1, 2022. I had been following NM's efforts for several years, and was hoping they'd be able to beat that deadline, but so far they are on schedule. I'm in Deming, NM right now, so it's easy to watch what is going on. The NM law is a good one, having taken in a lot of the best practices already...

A new look

I'm changing my blog both in appearance and content. I've been commenting here on the legalization of cannabis since August of 2013 when the State of Washington was working on the regulatory framework for the new industry. Watching this process enticed me to follow along more closely, and look at other state's efforts as well. As the years went on, I had a lot of opportunities while traveling to see first-hand how each state was bringing up...

New Coffeemaker

I've used a Coleman coffee maker forever. It's a Mr Coffee designed to sit over a propane burner. About 5 years ago I found a small round piece if plastic floating around. The device still worked, but it took an extra long time to make a pot of coffee. A year ago the top broke loose, which could cause a bunch of hot water being sprayed around. I began my search for a replacement. I finally found one and tried it out today. My old broken maker...

A Recommendation

If you have an interest in wooden boats, I recommend looking at the Sampson Boat Co. channel on YouTube. The most recent episode, 100, was posted last week and provides a grand overview of this boat restoration project. As a summary, Leo from the UK rescued an old wooden sailing boat from rotting away in Brookings, OR, and took it to nearby Sequim, WA for rebuilding. After a few years, the neighbors complained about the project and the county...

No R2AK

I'm a huge fan of the Race to Alaska, a 750 mile race from Port Townsend to Ketchikan without motors, but it was cancelled again this year. My shtick is to rent an RV spot at the marina where the boats congregate before the race, but to guarantee the spot requires making a reservation a year in advance. I reluctantly gave up my place this year. R2AK is a creation of Dan Evans, who wondered if a race could be put together of wildly disparate...

Back in regular lot

I moved back to my own lot after the contractors rebuilt the septic system behind me. I have a net loss of square footage now to allow for the larger footprint of the system. And, all new fresh gravel in the wrong places. Monday is my MRI on my heart, and I expect in a few days I'll be going in for an angioplasty to set a stent. Consequently I am foregoing the chore of moving gravel around until after things settle down on that front. My...