Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Medical cannabis industry in Washington State on life support

John Schroyer  | October 26, 2016

By John Schroyer

Washington State’s marijuana industry appears to be evolving into a singular cannabis market, with almost no distinction between medical and recreational.

That’s the apparent outcome so far from the state’s move to merge its previously unregulated MMJ market with the heavily regulated adult-use businesses that materialized after voters approved rec in 2012.

Week in Review: San Diego crackdown, WA eyes organic marijuana & Britain says yes to CBD

John Schroyer  | October 14, 2016

By Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

San Diego targets illegal dispensaries while educating consumers about legit operations, Washington State has an eye toward organic certification, and Britain gives CBD the medicinal green light.

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

WA proposes new cannabis regulator, organic MJ program

Bart Schaneman  | October 13, 2016

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has proposed hiring a new cannabis regulator whose job could include administering a program to certify organically grown marijuana.

“There seems to be consumer interest in that,” WSDA spokesman Hector Castro said of organic certification, according to the Capital Press. “We have done this for other commodities, obviously.”


Washington State agencies team up for cannabis pesticide testing

Omar Sacirbey  | September 16, 2016

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and the Washington State Department of Agriculture announced they will team up to test for illegal pesticides on marijuana.

The two agencies will together work on pesticide enforcement, random testing, and testing when officials suspect illegal pesticides are being used, according to Komonews.com.

The board will …

Washington MJ company sets sights on Kroger, other mainstream retailers

John Schroyer  | September 7, 2016

By John Schroyer

A Washington State marijuana entrepreneur may be close to getting her low-THC cannabis-based health and beauty product line on the shelves of retail titans such as Kroger-owned grocery stores.

If successful, the development would further push cannabis-based products into the mainstream retail world.

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 …