Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Expanding after launch: Q&A with Van der Pop’s April Pride

April Pride originally wanted to sell “beautiful products” for storing and sharing marijuana. She launched her Seattle-based company, Van der Pop, in January 2016 with the aim of putting together a cannabis paraphernalia business. But she quickly pivoted to a female-focused lifestyle brand. Van der Pop’s website offers women: Marijuana-related advice. An online store selling […]

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Regulatory switch will cost Washington state marijuana edibles producers $895

Cannabis businesses in Washington state will need to pay an annual fee of $895 to produce cannabis-infused edibles starting next month. The new charge stems from a special license endorsement that will be required of edibles makers starting April 1, when the state’s Department of Agriculture begins regulating infused product makers, according to a news […]

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How marijuana entrepreneurs can outsmart black-market competitors

Whether you’re operating in a newly medical or recreational marijuana market, illicit cannabis sales are an ever-present threat to the legal industry.

Marijuana entrepreneurs can’t control how the black market operates, but there are ways to encourage customers to instead buy from a licensed, regulated business.

Put simply, it requires going above and beyond what black-market operators can offer by way of service and prod

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Washington hemp oversight restored after state allocates $100,000 for regulators

A $100,000 infusion for Washington agriculture regulators has saved the state’s hemp oversight program – but the lifeline has failed to convince the largest grower to plant another crop. The money came in the final budget agreement at the Washington state legislature, according to Capital Press, which covers agricultural news in the Pacific Northwest. Washington’s […]

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Week in Review: Massachusetts recreational marijuana delay, Arkansas’ MMJ growers & hemp victory

Massachusetts defers recreational marijuana delivery and onsite consumption, Arkansas approves five medical cannabis cultivators, and Washington state grants its floundering hemp program a reprieve. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. An ‘elegant’ solution The decision by Massachusetts regulators to delay licensing for stand-alone marijuana delivery […]

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Washington state extends contingency plan for marijuana tracking

Washington state’s new seed-to-sale marijuana tracking system is up and running, but complications with the program have spurred regulators to extend a traceability contingency plan through March. “Since some licensees have had difficulties inputting their plant inventories into Leaf Data Systems, this allowance is being granted,” the state’s Liquor and Control Board said in a […]

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Washington state’s fledgling hemp program gets lifeline from legislators

Budget writers in Washington state’s House and Senate have restored money to oversee hemp, potentially ending uncertainty after the governor proposed cutting funding for the state’s hemp production program. The hemp lifeline, first reported by Capital Press, comes after the Washington Department of Agriculture stopped issuing hemp licenses because of a budget shortfall and threatened to […]

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Washington state marijuana traceability glitches stem from MJ Freeway hack

A hack of MJ Freeway’s seed-to-sale tracking system led to Washington state’s recent problems with its marijuana traceability program, regulators told licensed marijuana businesses on Thursday. Peter Antolin, deputy director of the Washington State Liquor and Control Board, wrote in a letter to business owners – including cultivators, processors and retailers – that a “computer vulnerability” in MJ […]

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First marijuana retailer in Tacoma, Washington, shuttered for not paying taxes

A nearly 4-year-old cannabis retail operation in Tacoma has been closed down because it had an unpaid state tax bill of $1.4 million. The Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board revoked the business license of Rainier on Pine and also seized all cannabis products at the shop, The News Tribune reported. The company, also known as Xander’s Green […]

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Hiccups with traceability system rollout costing Washington state cannabis producers thousands

Problems with the rollout of Washington state’s new marijuana traceability system have cost producers tens of thousands of dollars in lost sales and contributed to dwindling cannabis inventories among retailers. At issue is problems with Denver-based MJ Freeway’s Leaf Data Systems, the state’s new vendor for seed-to-sale tracking. Producer/processors are experiencing several problems, including inability […]

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