Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Canada Legalization Advancing, Application Avalanche in WA & Ohio MJ Revamp

John Schroyer  | November 20, 2015

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Canada moves toward legalizing recreational cannabis, Washington State gets flooded with applications for new retail marijuana licenses, and the man in charge of the failed MJ campaign in Ohio promises to change his approach in 2016.

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

Nearly 1,000 New Marijuana Retail Applicants in WA

John Schroyer  | November 16, 2015

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has so far received nearly 1,000 applications from businesses seeking a new cannabis retail license.

The official tally is 962 applications, according to the Olympian. And that’s only for storefronts that want to sell either medical or recreational cannabis (or both), and it doesn’t include companies …

First Native American Cannabis Business Opens

John Schroyer  | November 16, 2015

Another milestone in the cannabis industry came to pass last week when the first Native American marijuana shop opened in Washington State.

Elevation, a new recreational cannabis shop owned and operated by the Squaxin Island Tribe, opened on the tribe’s reservation, which is located roughly two hours southwest of Seattle and just north …

Federal Researchers Spend Week at WA Cannabis Farm

John Schroyer  | November 2, 2015

Four researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health spent nearly a week recently at a medical marijuana cultivation operation in Washington State to learn more about the cannabis trade so they can come up with a set of best practices to help protect workers.

The researchers used a variety of monitoring systems, …

Week in Review: Progress in New Jersey, More WA Rec Licenses Up for Grabs + Snoop Triples Down

John Schroyer  | September 25, 2015

By John Schroyer

The fourth medical cannabis dispensary in New Jersey prepares to open, Washington State gears up to accept applications for new recreational marijuana permits, and a celebrity unveils plans to start a marijuana-related business.

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

Week in Review: More Marijuana Licenses in WA, Huge Sales Spike in CO & Supply Issues in NV

John Schroyer  | September 18, 2015

By John Schroyer

Washington State signals it could grant licenses to hundreds of medical marijuana businesses, Colorado cannabis retailers get a huge boost from an MJ tax holiday, and the first Las Vegas dispensary reopens after experiencing inventory issues.

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

Willie Nelson Partners With Tuatara Capital

John Schroyer  | September 16, 2015

Legendary country singer Willie Nelson has chosen New York-based equity firm Tuatara Capital as a new partner in his venture into the legal cannabis industry.

Nelson and Tuatara are planning on funding the growth and distribution of Willie’s Reserve, a new cannabis strain that will be sold initially only in Colorado and Washington …

Washington State Official Who Helped Implement Rec Laws Stepping Down

Tony C. Dreibus  | August 17, 2015

The deputy director of Washington State’s Liquor and Cannabis Board, who had a vital role in crafting the law governing the state’s recreational industry, is stepping down.

Randy Simmons will leave the LCB for a senior administrator position with the state Department of Revenue at the end of August. After a difficult legislative …