Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

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 …

Illegal Cannabis Production Plummets in Washington State

Omar Sacirbey  | March 24, 2016

Illegal marijuana production in Washington State has seen a spectacular decline since 2010, according to a new report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, which suggests that most cannabis enthusiasts are turning to legal businesses instead of potentially cheaper black market marijuana.

The amount of processed marijuana the DEA seized dropped from 3,126 pounds in …

Washington Enacts MJ Product Recall Process

John Schroyer  | March 23, 2016

Washington State marijuana businesses are now subject to new rules under which various products can be recalled and even destroyed due to pesticide use.

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board adopted emergency rules this week to address pesticides in cannabis cultivation, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

The agency declared that the new rules …

Privateer Wins Major Public Relations Award

Omar Sacirbey  | March 18, 2016

PR Week, a major advertising magazine, awarded cannabis equity firm Privateer Holdings and its public relations company, Colehour and Cohen, its top honor for “Investor/Financial Communications Campaign of the Year.”

Thursday night’s announcement is yet another boost for the legitimacy of the cannabis industry, which continues to grow rapidly despite strict advertising restrictions …

Week in Review: Washington Licensing Hiccups, Florida CBD & California MJ Legalization

John Schroyer  | March 11, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Confusion emerges as Washington State licenses more marijuana stores, Florida moves closer to expanding its limited CBD law, and a California activist tries to breathe life into a marijuana legalization measure.

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

Testing Lab Suspends Operations

Omar Sacirbey  | March 9, 2016

Testing Technologies in Poulsbo, Washington State, has hit pause on its cannabis testing services after firing its science director, alleging that potency values were “pulled from thin air” and that tests for contaminants were inaccurate.

The company’s CEO, Larry Ward, announced the situation in a letter to customers, according to the Seattle Times.

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Hemp Cultivation Programs Get Green Light in MN, WA

John Schroyer  | March 2, 2016

Two states have gotten the green light to move forward with limited industrial hemp programs, which could pave the way for future businesses opportunities.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has issued Minnesota a permit to start a hemp pilot program approved by the state legislature in 2015, according to MPR News. Officials with the …