Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Washington state offers up cannabis traceability ‘workaround’ in wake of software release problems

Problems with the software release for the Washington state cannabis traceability system persist, as state regulators on Thursday announced a workaround for marijuana business-to-business transfers. The state’s response comes after a problematic software rollout that cost businesses significant losses was said to be fixed on Wednesday. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) issued […]

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Lessons learned by Washington state cannabis firms after 5 years of recreational sales

Washington state rolled out the world’s second adult-use marijuana market on July 8, 2014, following closely behind Colorado, which began recreational sales at the start of that year. Over the past five years, Washington state cannabis business owners have persevered through stiff competition, a shifting regulatory landscape and sliding market prices. A study released by the […]

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Chart: Sales of cannabis products spiked over Mother’s Day, Father’s Day weekends

Retail data reveals sales spikes in several marijuana categories over Mother’s Day and Father’s Day weekends, highlighting differences in gender-based cannabis gift-giving in states that have legalized adult use. Data from Seattle-based analytics firm Headset shows that sales increased 35% to 80% in several product segments over Father’s Day and Mother’s Day weekends in California, […]

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Chart: Marijuana store density surpasses Starbucks & McDonald’s in many mature cannabis markets

As competition between cannabis retailers grows, so does the number of stores in mature markets, where the relative density of marijuana shops has surpassed that of Starbucks in many. The recently released Marijuana Business Factbook estimates that in Denver and Portland, Oregon, for example, marijuana retailers outnumber Starbucks by close to double, while in Anchorage, Alaska – […]

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Washington state warns marijuana firms to follow rules when sending text ads

Washington state regulators advised cannabis businesses to follow regulations that provide warnings when sending out text messages as advertisements, just as with any other marijuana ad. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board issued a notice that aside from outdoor ads, all advertising must include the following information: The product has intoxicating effects and may […]

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Chart: Comparing the price per milligram of THC in cannabis-infused products

Makers of marijuana-infused products can set competitive prices for their edibles, beverages, tinctures, topicals, capsules or sublinguals by looking at the average price per milligram of THC in those products in various markets. Data that shows the average price per milligram of THC can provide some insight into what consumers are willing to pay for […]

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IL gov touts adult-use marijuana plan, FL dispensary cap lawsuits, Euro MJ conference & more

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker unveils a blueprint for recreational marijuana, lawsuits crop up in Florida around the state’s dispensary caps, a conference in Denmark highlights the growing international MJ space – plus other important news from around the cannabis industry. Recreational marijuana plan for Land of Lincoln The governor of Illinois revealed a plan to legalize […]

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US Court of Appeals backs bankruptcy filing for landlord of WA marijuana grow

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected a request by the Department of Justice to dismiss a bankruptcy filing for a Washington state landlord who rented property to a state-licensed cannabis cultivator. The DOJ’s U.S. Trustee Program, which is responsible for overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases, argued that landlord Michael Cook could […]

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Washington state cannabis retailers’ pesticide tests proving disruptive for processors

The practice of self-testing products for pesticides and other toxins by some Washington state marijuana retailers appears to be disrupting the market for cannabis producers and processors, particularly those working in the extraction space. Growers and manufacturers who have been exposed for selling unclean products have seen their revenues take a hit and scrambled to […]

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Marijuana Business This Week: AG’s on the clock, bevy of legislation, medical MJ lottery, Harvest Health earnings & more

Here are some notable stories and events to watch for in the coming days: BARR DEADLINE: Wednesday is the deadline set by a group of senators for U.S. Attorney General William Barr to give them answers about increasing the number of federally authorized growers of marijuana for research purposes. In a letter sent to Barr earlier this […]

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