Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Marley Natural Launches Cannabis Brand

Omar Sacirbey  | February 5, 2016

Marley Natural, the company owned by the family of Bob Marley, will launch its branded cannabis products on Feb. 6, which would have been the reggae legend’s 71st birthday.

The company’s cannabis strains will go on sale in three dispensaries in the Los Angeles area, and it will be in “hundreds” of retailers before the …

Seattle Dispensaries Sue Oversight Board

John Schroyer  | January 29, 2016

Unhappy with how the new state licensing process is going, seven Seattle medical marijuana dispensaries have filed suit against the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, alleging that the agency has broken several rules in recent months.

The suit, filed Friday in Superior Court in Thurston County, alleges that the board used “dubious …

Cannabis Hub for Growers, Processors to Open in Tacoma

Omar Sacirbey  | January 25, 2016

A developer and his partners plan to turn part of a former food-processing plant in Tacoma, Washington State, into a hub for cannabis companies.

George Heidgerken and his partners in a company called That Other Stuff recently bought the former Nalley Fine Foods plant in an industrial area of Tacoma. They will use part of …

Week in Review: Sleepless in Seattle, MMJ Expansion in Connecticut & Big Concerns in Illinois

John Schroyer  | January 22, 2016

By John Schroyer

Seattle warns that some medical cannabis businesses won’t be able to get licenses, Connecticut prepares to boost its dispensary permits by 50%, and Illinois MMJ companies sound the alarm over the state’s small market.

Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Seattle Vows Delivery Services Crackdown

Omar Sacirbey  | January 18, 2016

Seattle is moving to heighten enforcement of the state’s recreational marijuana law by targeting illegal delivery services, according to KING News.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis board has estimated that black market marijuana accounts for about 28% of overall cannabis sales in the state, and much of that is tied to delivery services.

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Seattle Opens More Real Estate to Marijuana Shops

Omar Sacirbey  | January 12, 2016

The Seattle City Council on Monday approved new zoning regulations that would loosen zoning requirements on marijuana stores and expand the locations where they can operate, the Seattle Times reported.

The council voted to reduce buffers to 500 feet between marijuana stores and community gathering places like libraries and parks. The required buffer …

Washington State Rec Store Sues Over Proposed Ban

Omar Sacirbey  | January 11, 2016

Cannabis entrepreneurs in Washington State continue to run into resistance and roadblocks in some cities and counties, adding to the regulatory hurdles they already face.

A prime example: The owners of a proposed recreational marijuana store in Washington State are suing the Pierce County council for allegedly trying to zone them out of business.

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Washington State Marijuana Prices Plummet

Omar Sacirbey  | January 5, 2016

Recreational marijuana prices in Washington State have fallen by more than 50% in the last 18 months, helping the industry compete against the black market but also introducing new challenges for licensed cannabis businesses.

The reason for the price plunge? A deluge of new retailers and tax changes are forcing stores to cut prices in an effort …

WA Marijuana Shop Licenses to Jump 66%

Omar Sacirbey  | December 17, 2015

Washington State will boost the number of licenses for cannabis stores by 66% following a recommendation by analysts who have taken a close look at the market.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board said in a statement that it plans to increase the number of licensed stores to 556 from 334, citing a desire …