Bureau of Weed

Bureau of Weed

Regulators in Washington and Colorado face an unprecedented challenge: establishing standards for the safety and purity of newly legalized marijuana sold in their states. “I’ve seen stuff in grow houses — oh my God, you don’t even want to know about,” says the owner of a testing lab in Colorado.

It can’t be much scarier than the long list of unpronounceable stuff that goes into the snack foods enjoyed by many marijuana users.

Watered down: Struggling to keep up with demand, the folks who produce Maker’s Mark bourbon have reduced the alcohol level to 84 proof from 90 proof. They say they’ve added a touch more water to the product, but assure Maker’s Mark drinkers that they won’t notice the difference.

That’s because most of them mix the Maker’s with Coca-Cola.

Just one more thing: The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement is just that: retirement. Officials say the pontiff will have no behind-the-scenes role whatsoever in Vatican affairs.

But The Buzz bets that Cardinal Macchiato will be secretly calling Benedict to ask for the umpteenth time how to turn off the out-of-office message in Outlook.

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, Nov. 21

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: State’s VW windfall should electrify transportation

With nearly $113 million from the settlement, the state plans to switch buses and more to electric.

Parker: The press secretary as scolding Sunday school teacher

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ humiliation of the media is a booster shot of ‘fake news’ animus for the base.

Ignatius: For a man ‘on his way out,’ Tillerson still at table

The secretary of state seems out of sync with Trump, but often it’s Trump who comes to his position.

Milbank: Trump will do down in history — for his histrionics

A website search finds that Trump and his team have declared their actions historic some 400 times.

GOP tax bill serves special interests over families

Last month Congress passed a budget that makes $4 trillion in cuts… Continue reading

Examples of ‘voter fraud’ didn’t involve voting

The Nov 11 letter to the editor captioned “Evidence of vopter fraud… Continue reading

Why was judge given lighter sentence for DUI?

This is in response to the Nov. 2 Herald article, “Judge gets… Continue reading

Herald’s story selection favors the left

Hello again. This time I want to remind you of your consistent… Continue reading

Most Read