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Legal Marijuana Tax Revenue Far Exceeds Estimates

February 24th, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

The legal cannabis industry is economically flourishing in the first two US states that have already voted to legalize and regulate pot. The projected tax revenue generated this year in Colorado alone is nearly 30 million dollars more than had been previously anticipated


Workers Stand Up to Unfair Providence Labor Practices

October 20th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Labor unions have been under increasing attack in the United States for many years. Last week several dozen healthcare union members of SEIU 1199NW organized an informational picket during rush hour in front of a Providence facility in Lacey, Washington; their focus was to raise public awareness about their ongoing struggle to regain slashed health care benefits, as well as their ongoing delayed struggle for a fair labor contract


Insurance Commissioner: Universal Health Care is Cheaper & Easier

September 28th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Washington state Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler, spoke about health care reform to an attentive crowd at the Lewis County Democrats headquarters in Centralia last week. Mr. Kreidler, who also is a doctor, addressed many questions about the Affordable Care Act, and also explained how better access to health care will beneficially impact the lives of everyday citizens


Is the Failed War on Drugs Finally Going Up in Smoke?

September 3rd, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Last week the US Department of Justice announced that they have chosen to not challenge state laws in Washington and Colorado which legalize and regulate cannabis. This victory for pot legalization was also buoyed by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy's announcement that he will hold a federal hearing scrutinizing our current marijuana policy


Washington State Releases Revised Laws on Marijuana Business

July 17th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Even though marijuana is now legal in Washington and Colorado, the specific nuts and bolts explaining just how the voter approved pot economy will actually function are still being sorted out. However, some of the necessary regulations are now being created; earlier this month the Washington State Liquor Control Board released new changes to their draft rules regarding the legal cultivation and sale of cannabis.


Friendly Water for the World Helps Bring Clean Water to Millions for Pennies

June 16th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Nearly half the people on our planet do not have safe water to drink. Friendly Water for the World is a nonprofit organization, founded by Quakers, whose mission is to help expand access to low-cost clean water technologies, as well as information about health and sanitation, to people in need. They teach communities how to construct simple biosand water filters, which remove nearly 99% of all parasites, disease and water-borne pathogens


Food Activist Valerie Segrest Helps Transform Chehalis Oakville Community

March 16th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Muckleshoot Tribe member and author, Valerie Segrest, was the keynote speaker at an educational event hosted by the Chehalis Tribe and Oakville High School this week. Segrest has been working to promote food sovereignty, the use of traditional foods, plant medicines and better nutrition, to help create a more sustainable and culturally appropriate local food system. She explained that what we eat is not just a commodity, but that we must value where our food comes from, and that plants can become our greatest teachers


Has Hanford Nuclear Site Already Leaked Millions of Gallons of Radioactive Waste?

February 26th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

The most contaminated nuclear storage site in the United States has been leaking many hundreds of gallons of radioactive waste, and the deadly leakage may actually have been happening for years. Last week Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that at least six tanks of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have been leaching poisonous waste into the region. Each of the faulty tanks contains hundreds of thousands of gallons of highly contaminated toxic sludge


Marijuana Use Becomes Legal in Washington State Today

December 6th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Today is the first time since 1937 that recreational use of pot has been legal anywhere in the United States. Beginning December 6th it is now legal for adults over 21 in Washington to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana, making it the first state in our nation to legalize the popular drug. And although citizens in Colorado also voted to legalize weed in the recent election, their Amendment 64 will not go into effect in the state for a few more weeks



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