Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


Responding to coronavirus, marijuana firms shift to virtual 4/20 celebrations with online concerts, giveaways

Cannabis companies that were planning to host elaborate monthlong celebrations around 4/20 have been forced to change plans and are turning to virtual parties that include specials and giveaways. Gone are large gatherings of people celebrating the unofficial April 20 cannabis holiday. The pivot has proved costly and forced companies to scramble. Some marijuana businesses, for […]

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Recreational cannabis sales in three key markets still falling after initial coronavirus-related spike

Despite a couple of temporary sales spikes in recent weeks, adult-use cannabis sales in California, Colorado and Washington state are all suffering from the economic fallout surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. According to point-of-sale data provided by Seattle-based Headset, adult-use cannabis sales were less than those for the same day in 2019 for six consecutive days […]

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Cannabis labs watchful of supply disruptions during coronavirus crisis as testing demand remains strong

Marijuana testing labs report steady business as the COVID-19 outbreak rolls on, though concerns loom over the availability of protective equipment such as gloves and masks and other cleaning supplies. It’s a topic the cannabis industry will keep a careful eye on because, if the coronavirus pandemic eventually causes hiccups in testing, that could slow […]

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Oregon allows marijuana curbside deliveries

Oregon marijuana regulators on Monday approved a temporary rule that allows licensed cannabis retailers to conduct limited transactions outside of their brick-and-mortar buildings. Under the interim rule – an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus – the state’s marijuana businesses will be allowed to deliver product to a customer within 150 feet of […]

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Adult-use cannabis sales plunge after briefly hitting new heights on coronavirus concerns

Adult-use marijuana sales plunged over the weekend, only a few days after skyrocketing to new heights as consumers prepared for fallout from coronavirus. The response might mark a natural decline after consumers stocked up before sheltering in place or it could be the result of economic pressures from the pandemic, which has resulted in the […]

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Online marijuana giant Leafly lays off 91 staffers

One of the premier names in online cannabis information, Seattle-based Leafly, said Monday that it’s further cutting its workforce as part of a response to the coronavirus outbreak. “Today Leafly eliminated the roles of 91 employees across the company, 39% of our workforce,” CEO Tim Leslie said in a statement, adding that he was “heartbroken” […]

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WA allows curbside medical marijuana sales during health crisis

Washington state is allowing licensed cannabis dispensaries with medically compliant products to provide curbside service to patients in order to “promote social distancing,” according to the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board. Dispensaries can temporarily sell to “qualified patients” outside of their businesses, but “within the licensed property line,” the agency said. However, dispensaries may not operate […]

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Adult-use cannabis retailers take stock of inventory, encourage online orders as sales surge during coronavirus pandemic

Recreational marijuana retailers throughout several markets in the U.S. saw a dramatic spike in sales in recent days, according to new data, an unambiguous sign that the coronavirus pandemic is prompting consumers to stock up on products. The run on cannabis stores may come from the fear that marijuana shops will be closed indefinitely, similar […]

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Cannabis shops take preventive measures in response to coronavirus, report fewer customers yet larger purchases

Marijuana retailers are seeing customers stocking up on products as the coronavirus spreads across the United States. Stores also are implementing extra precautions to keep both customers and employees safe. Here are some of the approaches cannabis businesses are taking in response to the health crisis: Increasing social distancing and sanitation. Prioritizing medical marijuana patients. […]

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Harvest Health confirms $85.8 million Have A Heart marijuana deal

Harvest Health & Recreation, the Arizona-based multistate cannabis operator, confirmed its $85.8 million plans to acquire Interurban Capital Group, owners of the Seattle-based Have a Heart dispensary company. The company first announced its intention to acquire Have A Heart in January. That same month, Harvest said it was terminating its planned acquisition of Falcon International. Meanwhile, Harvest […]

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