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Pot sales are mellowing out

As marijuana prices drop, dispensaries weigh price and service

Competition from more retailers and growers is driving down the price of marijuana flower — the industry’s most sold product. Some predict revenues could plateau soon and local businesses are searching for ways to keep moving forward.

Clayton Mosher

Customer loyalty may become increasingly important as market forces drive down marijuana’s profitability. Clayton Mosher, a sociology professor at Washington State University Vancouver and author of a forthcoming book about marijuana policy, believes sales are heading for a plateau as demand hits the ceiling.

“We’ve had sales now for two-and-a-half years in Washington; I think the people that are going to use it have decided they are going to,” he said. “I don’t think that (new user) demographic is going to increase at all.”

Sales trends in Clark County lend credence to the theory. Revenues rose early on as marijuana first hit the shelves, but those revenues leveled off considerably in 2016. Dispensaries that have been open since the beginning saw sales peak in the latter half of 2015. Collective tax revenue for Clark County dispensaries has declined four out of the last five months.

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The Columbian

‘Fence,’ an in-your-face, timely art piece, on display at Kendall Yards gallery

Border walls and immigration bans were merely campaign slogans when Spokane artist and WSU alumnus Michael Dinning first started constructing his sculptural wall painting “Fence” last year. The finished piece now hangs at Marmot Art Gallery in Kendall Yards – images of immigrants and refugees taken from a 100-year-old photograph on Ellis Island, “fenced” in behind strands of wire.

From all four corners of the gallery, despite some heavy themes, Dinning’s large paintings and sculptures pop with vibrant palettes, musical nostalgia, and unexpected layers. The themes range from explorations of relevant social justice issues such as homelessness and addiction to whimsical ruminations on the power of the arts to bring relief and pure joy.

Dinning, who studied sculpture, lithography and art history at WSU, completely disdained painting in college in favor of sculpture and printmaking. Now he enjoys painting as a way to add layers as he did in printmaking.

“I love the fact that his pieces give an added dimension,” said Marmot Gallery curator Marshall Peterson. “They start off as two-dimensional, like paintings, but then he puts them into a structure and turns them into non-clay sculptures. Just really special. I’ve never shown anything like it at Marmot.”

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The Spokesman-Review

John Wick Suffers Extreme Workplace Rage, Psychologist Says

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and movie character John Wick has an ice cold touch. In both Keanu Reeves revenge films, Wick keeps getting pulled back into an underground world of organized crime despite his desires to live a normal life. This internal tug of war is at the core of Wick’s convictions, but it’s also at the root of the people who seek different kinds of revenge every day.

Thomas Tripp

“People want to teach somebody a lesson,” Thomas Tripp, a professor in the department of psychology at Washington State University, told Inverse. “If we don’t believe we’ve taught someone a lesson, we don’t enjoy the revenge, and it’s extremely difficult for other people to learn lessons.”

Tripp’s research deals with workplace revenge. Though Reeves’s hitman problems in John Wick probably seems like the furthest thing from white-collar squabbles, Tripp’s research and the overblown action-adventure have a surprising amount in common.

Tripp broke down revenge-seeking into three main categories. One is simple goal obstruction, or when someone gets in your way when you’re trying to achieve something. The second is when we don’t like people who break the rules and get away with it. The last is that people seek revenge when they feel their reputation is sullied. Wick’s relationship to revenge leans particularly into the latter categories throughout both films.

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Inverse Entertainment

Kent student runs for ASB president at Washington State University

Jordan Frost, of Kent, has announced his candidacy for president of the Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU) for the 2017-18 academic year.

Jordan Frost

Frost, 22, a senior who is pursuing a degree in history with a minor in political science, serves as ASWSU chief of staff and assistant hall director for Olympia Avenue.

“As president of the student body, it would be my honor to serve and advocate for the needs of all Cougs,” said Frost, a graduate of Kent-Meridian High School, where he also served as ASB president.

Garrett Kalt will run for vice president on the Frost ticket. Kalt, 21, a junior from Fallon, Nev., and a double major in communication and political science, is an All-Campus ASWSU senator and member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

“My desire to lead and serve students in the form of advocacy is why I am seeking an ASWSU executive position,” Kalt said. “ASWSU has been the cornerstone of my involvement. I am thrilled at the opportunity to represent students in this capacity and continue to lead both our organization and university into a positive direction.”

Their campaign platform is composed of four main pillars: community, safety, academics and transparency.

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Kent Reporter

The “Religious Freedom” Executive Order That Will Change American Life

Following the National Prayer Breakfast at which Donald Trump asked the attendees to pray for better ratings for “Celebrity Apprentice,” radio host Ian Masters and guests examined what he calls the aggressive agenda of the Religious Right that Vice President Pence is enacting and the forthcoming White House Executive Order on so-called “Religious Freedom.”

Matthew Sutton

Matthew Sutton, distinguished professor of history at Washington State University and author of American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism, discussed how Trrump’s Supreme Court nominee is a part of what Masters calls a tectonic shift under way in American life where the often fanatical beliefs of a religious minority will soon be imposed on the majority of citizens in the name of religious freedom.

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Background Briefing with Ian Masters