Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

WA Readies for Bumpy Ride as State’s Medical, Rec Markets Merge

Omar Sacirbey  | June 29, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

Washington’s cannabis industry is bracing for a July 1 deadline when unlicensed dispensaries must close under a new law that rolls the state’s medical marijuana program into its recreational program.

Some industry officials warn the MMJ sector will be decimated. But most industry observers reckon the state will fix the kinks.  

Deep Dive on Marijuana Wholesaling and the WA Market: Q&A With Maryam Mirnateghi

John Schroyer  | June 15, 2016

By John Schroyer

Maryam Mirnateghi has been in the Washington State marijuana business for over five years, first as a dispensary owner in Seattle with Fusion Collective and now as a recreational shop owner.

She’s savvy about the wholesale MJ market, and knows what she’s looking for and how to get what she wants.

Ancillary Tech Firm Raises $410k for Infusion Projects

John Schroyer  | June 2, 2016

A Seattle-based startup that focuses on technology to infuse products such as sugar with THC has raised $410,000 to help fund its growth.

DeepCell Industries, which isn’t a marijuana plant-touching company but stays strictly on the tech-development side, licenses its technology to cannabis product manufacturers, according to GeekWire. The company already has trademarked …

WA Study: Licensed Growers Meet Demand

Omar Sacirbey  | May 13, 2016

The amount of marijuana allowed to be grown by state-licensed producers in Washington State is enough to meet the state’s medical and recreational demand, according to a study released May 13 by the Cannabis Law and Policy Project at the University of Washington Law School.

The group estimated that between 1.7 million and …

Keef Cola, Kiva Confections Form Expansion Partnership

John Schroyer  | April 22, 2016

Colorado-based CanCore Concepts, owner of the popular edibles brand Keef Cola, and California-based Kiva Confections, maker of cannabis-infused chocolates, have struck a new type of licensing deal that will give each company access to the other’s home market.

Under the agreement, both companies will not only distribute but also manufacture each others’ products on their …

Sales Drop for WA Rec Shops on Oregon Border

Omar Sacirbey  | April 8, 2016

Washington State marijuana stores along the Oregon border have seen their sales plummet since their southern neighbor’s legalization program went online last October, according to The Oregonian.

For example, cannabis tax revenues in Washington’s Klickitat County, to the northeast of Portland, dropped 47% since October, when marijuana stores started opening in Oregon.

Stores …

Cannabis Branding Company Raises $8M for National Expansion

John Schroyer  | April 5, 2016

A marijuana branding company with a portfolio that includes partners in three western states announced on Tuesday that it has raised $8 million to support an ambitious expansion plan.

The company, Las Vegas-based Strainz, said in a press release that the influx of capital will allow the company to continue building its portfolio …