Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Washington Tribe Expanding Cannabis Business Interests

John Schroyer  | August 5, 2016

The Puyallup Tribe of Washington State is entering almost uncharted business territory: Having already opened a testing lab, it will now start growing and selling medical cannabis to members of its own tribe.

Traditionally, cannabis businesses either stay completely on the testing or the production/retail side of the industry, so as not to create an …

Trademark Board Hands Setback to Marijuana Businesses

Omar Sacirbey  | July 28, 2016

A federal trademark board has issued a major setback to marijuana businesses seeking federal protection for trademarks and patents.

The Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (TTAB) of the US Patent and Trademark Office ruled earlier this month that owners of state-licensed marijuana retailers can’t receive federal trademark protection on marks that are connected …

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 …