Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Washington state’s marijuana advertising rules commence

Bart Schaneman  | July 21, 2017

Advertising will become even more difficult for marijuana businesses in Washington state this weekend when new restrictions take effect.

Starting Sunday, cannabis businesses statewide must start following advertising rules primarily intended to protect children from marijuana, TV station King 5 reported.

The law mandates that marijuana signage must clearly denote that …

New Washington state cannabis regulations reflect concern about federal threat

Bart Schaneman  | June 29, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Washington state's updated marijuana rules serve notice that regulators are feeling pressure from a U.S. attorney general who opposes legalized cannabis.

The regulations guide the state's cannabis businesses toward stricter compliance with the Cole Memo - the sector's best protector against the federal government.

Franwell out in Washington state; MJ Freeway tapped for contract

Bart Schaneman  | June 9, 2017

Franwell has withdrawn its bid to be Washington state’s provider of seed-to-sale tracking software and has been replaced by runner-up MJ Freeway.

According to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the state will now schedule a product demonstration with a technology advisory panel and begin contract negotiations with MJ Freeway. The state’s deadline for replacing previous …

Washington state MJ regulator fired for conflict of interest

Omar Sacirbey  | June 2, 2017

A marijuana licensing employee in Washington state is out of a job after leasing 25 acres of land to a cannabis cultivator planning to transform the site into a grow and processing facility.

Grant Bulski – who has been issuing marijuana business licenses for Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) since 2012 …

Week in Review: Washington organic marijuana, PA liquor stores & Minnesota red ink

Omar Sacirbey  | May 19, 2017

By Bart Schaneman, Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Washington state signs off on an organic marijuana certification program, Philadelphia’s mayor says state-run liquor stores should handle recreational sales, and Minnesota’s two medical cannabis businesses bleed red ink.

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

Washington state’s marijuana tracking contract up for bid

Bart Schaneman  | April 11, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Washington state regulators have begun accepting bids for a new seed-to-sale tracking system to keep tabs on marijuana commerce, a deal with an initial value of about $3 million.

The competition likely will be fierce, given that the contract involves one of the nation’s largest cannabis markets.

Pacific Northwest marijuana investment network set to launch

John Schroyer  | March 21, 2017

Cannabis-related companies in Alaska, Oregon and Washington seeking capital may find some investors through the Cannabis Investment Network, an organization launching this week that aims to connect marijuana firms with financial backers.

Cannabis Investment Network (CIN) is hoping to serve smaller-scale firms that are looking to raise from $500,000 to $3 million, according to a …

Recreational marijuana states undeterred by hints of federal crackdown

John Schroyer  | February 24, 2017

By John Schroyer

Despite ominous overtones from the White House, the eight states that have legalized recreational cannabis are proceeding full-bore, whether it’s with running their existing programs or preparing to launch new ones.

Governors and attorneys general responded in unison: They’ll honor voters’ wishes and conduct business as usual while awaiting specific policies.