Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Compliance costs, lost market share could take toll on cannabis edibles firms under new Washington state rules

A Washington state marijuana trade association is warning regulators that new packaging, labeling and product design rules for cannabis-infused edibles and beverages might decimate edibles manufacturers’ bottom line. According to experts, the cost for some businesses to comply could be $100,000, and that doesn’t include lost revenue for manufacturers who have kept new products off […]

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WA cannabis regulators OK new deadline for packaging, labeling and design rules

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis board voted Wednesday to give marijuana retailers, cultivators and concentrates and infused product manufacturers until Jan. 1, 2020, to comply with all packaging, labeling and design rules that regulators approved last year.   The new regulations: Require an additional universal symbol on packaging for all marijuana products. Restrict all […]

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Washington state cannabis regulators will soon take up mandatory pesticide testing

Washington state regulators are discussing changes to the recreational marijuana program, including implementing mandatory pesticide testing in the near future. The prospect of mandatory pesticide testing has been a cause for concern among smaller cultivation operations. They worry that any added operational costs could eat away at already slim profit margins. On the other hand, […]

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Washington state regulators approve new rules for marijuana edibles

After months of back and forth with cannabis-infused products makers and MJ trade associations, the Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board approved new packaging, labeling and product design regulations for edibles. The rules: Designate approved colors and shapes for edible products. Specify approved font, background and accent colors for edible packaging and labeling. Provide guidelines […]

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Chart: Declines in wholesale prices hammer major recreational cannabis markets

Wholesale cannabis prices in recreational markets across the United States have fallen precipitously compared to last year, while prices in major medical markets are proving more resilient. According to figures provided by Cannabis Benchmarks, a Connecticut-based provider of wholesale marijuana pricing data, wholesale cannabis prices in Oregon and Washington state are down more than 50% […]

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Growers: Western marijuana prices are down amid strong harvest, despite high demand

The marijuana harvest is underway and growers in several western states are reporting a bumper crop, but it’s coming at a time when supplies already are abundant and MJ prices are falling by double-digit percentages in some markets. Growers in five states with medical and recreational cannabis markets also report that consumer demand is strong. But […]

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In reversal, WA state permits production of cannabis gummies, hard candies

Washington state regulators Friday abruptly reversed a recent decision halting the production of certain marijuana edibles and will now allow infused product makers to manufacture state-approved gummies and hard candies, a spokesman for the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) told Marijuana Business Daily. The reversal – which came after fierce industry opposition – will no doubt […]

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Exclusive: Report finds Washington state rushed into launching marijuana tracking system, fixes needed

An independent report commissioned by Washington marijuana regulators found the state and MJ Freeway were forced to rush out a new cannabis seed-to-sale traceability system earlier this year despite technical problems that cost cannabis businesses tens of thousands of dollars in lost sales. The study, performed by a leading tech and research consultancy and obtained […]

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WA tells marijuana edibles makers to end output of gummies, hard candies

Washington state regulators ordered local edibles makers to cease production of cannabis-infused gummies and hard candies, warning they might appeal to children. The unexpected decision dealt a major blow to the state’s infused-product businesses. Companies were “completely blindsided,” said Oliver Stannard, director of business development for Washington’s Green Labs, the maker of Swifts Edibles, a […]

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Washington state cannabis retailer faces second suspension since 2016

A Washington state sting operation resulted in one marijuana dispensary having its license suspended for the second time since 2016. An employee of Greenway Marijuana in Port Orchard sold marijuana pre-rolls to an 18-year-old woman who was helping conduct a compliance check for the state Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), the Kitsap Sun reported. The legal […]

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Cannabis company Leafly removes CEO over company management ‘concerns’

Leafly, the popular online marijuana strain and dispensary guide for consumers, removed Chris Jeffery as CEO less than a year after he was hired by the Seattle company. Privateer Holdings, the Seattle-based private equity firm that acquired Leafly in 2011, confirmed to Marijuana Business Daily that Jeffery was out. According to a statement emailed to MJBizDaily from Privateer […]

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