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A Weedy Problem

A document will arrive soon on the governor’s desk he’s indicated he will sign. When he does, if he does, the document will radically transform the delivery of medical marijuana in Washington, reducing its availability to patients and dramatically increasing its cost. Ironically, this arrives at a moment of bated success in the state’s cautious yet ambitious experiment with marijuana, and at a moment of ferment in the reconsideration and reform of drug laws nationally.

Senate Bill 5052,

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This Week

The Gristle

The Justiciability of Jail

THE JUSTICIABILITY OF JAIL: More than 150 people packed the Whatcom County Council chambers last week to learn more about a sales tax initiative that would finance the construction of a $122.5 million jail and Sheriff’s complex near Ferndale. More than 50 people commented in a lengthy special evening session Council had called exclusively to gather additional information about public support for the proposal and for alternatives that could reduce the cost and frequency of incarceration.

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Music

Radio Free Bellingham

Time to turn up

It is true we have been doing a lot of talking about nascent Bellingham radio station KVWV (94.9 FM) in the Cascadia Weekly recently. Enough so that people may begin to wonder if we have some kind of self-interest, financial stake or other hidden agenda at play here.

The answer: Nope. We just happen to have a soft spot for community-minded sources of entertainment and news, especially those that are free for the end user. Anything the general public can easily access that adds voices and

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News

A Weedy Problem

Medical marijuana reform heads for governor’s signature

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A document will arrive soon on the governor’s desk he’s indicated he will sign. When he does, if he does, the document will radically transform the delivery of medical marijuana in Washington, reducing its availability to patients and dramatically increasing its cost. Ironically, this arrives at a moment of bated success in the state’s cautious yet ambitious experiment with marijuana, and at a moment of ferment in the reconsideration and reform of drug laws nationally.

Senate Bill 5052,

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Food

Piece of Cake

A modern take on Cuban cuisine

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As my taxi rocketed through Havana, I saw around me a charming mix of architectural styles I recognized from pictures and movies. 

In real life, however, laundry fluttered from baroque balustrades and mold marred the pastel facades of neoclassical treasures. Exhaust from picturesque vintage cars stung my eyes. Pedestrians dressed in bright leggings dodged traffic while holding the hands of uniformed schoolchildren. Billboards on the carretera featured photographs of Fidel Castro and Hugo

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Outdoors

Counting the Rings

Arbor Day, past and present

It was April 15, 1896 and breakfast bacon had gone up in price from 10 cents to 12.

It was also the first-ever Arbor Day in Fairhaven. The celebrations were commissioned by Mayor Eli Wilkins as a way to beautify the logged-out area that had been developed only seven years before.

Members of the city were busy planting 117 cork bark elm tree saplings every 25 feet along what was then Front Street, now State Street, just above the boardwalk that winds along the bay.

That was 119 years ago.

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Film

Ex Machina

Meet your robot master

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Science fiction may be the defining movie genre of our time, but too often it’s just a vehicle for escapist space adventure or paranoid dystopian fantasy. A sci-fi movie that actually has intelligent things to say about science—that’s all too rare. It’s what we get in Ex Machina.

Human scale, mind-stretching and eerie, it’s the debut feature from the novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later). For his first time in the director’s chair, Garland goes easy on

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Visual

Empty Bowls

Ceramic artists fill a need

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Sometimes, meals are nourishing in more ways than one.

This concept will become clear when community members sit down to dine on steaming bowls of seafood chowder or minestrone soup as part of the annual “Empty Bowls” fundraiser taking place Thurs., April 30 at Bellingham’s Old World Deli.

The obvious way attendees will get nutrients into their systems is by bringing spoons to their mouths and finishing their evening repasts. But even before that, they’ll be taking part in a fulfilling

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Film

The Hunting Ground

A call to action

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Just like a horror movie, The Hunting Ground opens with unsuspecting victims.

As “Pomp and Circumstance” plays on the soundtrack, a series of home videos shows women joyfully opening acceptance letters from colleges and universities. The women don’t know that upward of 20 percent of them, one in five, will be sexually assaulted during their college years.

This is but one of many alarming statistics presented in this well-researched documentary, which tops any fictional chiller for shock

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On Stage

Poetic Palavers

A way with words

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Whatcom County isn’t a place that takes a casual approach to National Poetry Month. Every April, residents find a plethora of verse-related events to choose from in a variety of different realms—both onstage and off.  With the nationwide celebration coming to a close April 30, we’d like to draw your attention to a number of ways to make sure you sufficiently enjoy the final week of creative wordplay.

Last Friday’s “Scratchpad” show at the Upfront Theatre was a perfect example of how poetry

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Words

Mingled Visions

Timothy Egan meets Edward Curtis

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Seattle in 1895 is booming with lumber and coal industries fueling the town’s economic expansion and population growth, as well as fishing, shipbuilding, wholesale trade and shipping. 

Edward Curtis, a dashing young photographer making a living photographing Seattle’s wealthiest citizens, has a chance encounter with Princess Angeline, the daughter of Chief Seattle.

Native Americans were at that time banned from Seattle city limits, and Princess Angeline lived illegally on the fringes of

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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Today

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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout the month of April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, roller derby, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster more »

Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. more »

Speaking of Maps: Dr. Melissa Rice, an Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at Western Washington University, will give a "Speaking of Maps" lecture about the history of mapping Mars at 4pm at the school's Wilson Library (room 170). Entry is free and open to the public. more »

Poetry Festival: Celebrate National Poetry Month at the 10th Annual Ferndale Poetry Festival from 6-7:30pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. "Coming Full Circle" will features local poet Kevin Murphy; single poem and open mic time will be available to all ages and all experience levels. more »

All-Paces Run: Staffers and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Entry is free. more »

Caribbean Kitchen: Sarah Chan leads "The Caribbean Kitchen: Trinidad Creole" from 6-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. The cuisine boasts African, French, and Spanish influences while using many of the spices typical of the Caribbean. Entry is $39. more »

Bellingham Reads: Discuss Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son at a Bellingham Reads book discussion group meeting at 6:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. New members are always welcome. more »

Cookbook Jerusalem: Chef Nahla Gholam focuses on "Recipes from the Cookbook Jerusalem" at a cooking class from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen's Kitchen, 509 S. First. Recipes will include swiss chard with tahini yogurt and pine nuts, barley risotto with marinated feta, and chicken with caramelized onions and cardamom rice. Entry is $40. more »

Napoli to Serranto: Jessica and Mataio Gillis will share recipes they picked up on a trip to Italy last fall at a "Napoli to Sorrento" class at 6:30pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry is $48. more »

Audubon Talk: "Exploring Bird Migration Patterns through the Pacific Northwest" will be the focus of a North Cascades Audubon Society presentation with ornithology professor John Bower at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Bower will discuss the different migratory patterns, highlighting local migration hotspots and underscoring local ecosystem importance for maintaining migratory bird populations. Suggested donation is $3. more »

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