Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Oregon cannabis sales soar along Idaho border

Marijuana sales in Oregon near the Idaho border are 420% the statewide average, according to a report by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. The report also showed stronger marijuana sales for Washington state along its border with Idaho in 2019 than along its borders with Oregon or Canada. State economist Josh Lehner said that […]

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Washington state marijuana group wants its legislation withdrawn

The Washington CannaBusiness Association (WACA) on Friday requested that legislation it proposed last September to create a cannabis social equity fund be withdrawn for consideration this year. WACA requested the withdrawal of two bills: One called for removing barriers to capital for minority business owners. The other sought to eliminate a residency requirement for potential investors […]

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Washington state eyes marijuana enforcement changes after study

Washington cannabis regulators are recommending changes in their enforcement policies after industry officials complained the state has been “heavy-handed” in its oversight. The proposed changes come in response to a study conducted by a third-party consulting firm. The state Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) commissioned the study. In a conference call Thursday, LCB Director Rick […]

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Cannabis giant Harvest Health plans $87.5 million purchase

Harvest Health & Recreation, an Arizona-based multistate cannabis company, said Monday it is negotiating to pay $87.5 million in stock and debt assumption for Interurban Capital Group in Seattle. Interurban is the owner and operator of Seattle-based Have a Heart, which has a total of 11 dispensaries in California, Washington state and Iowa. It also […]

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Week in Review: Illinois adult-use marijuana market starts with $3M+ day, OR rule might limit cannabis permits, Nevada lab closes & more

Licensed recreational cannabis sales begin in Illinois, a new Oregon rule could possibly curtail the number of marijuana licenses in the state, Nevada shutters a testing lab – and more of the week’s top MJ business news.   Illinois hits 77,000-plus transactions on first day of legal adult-use MJ sales The newest U.S. recreational marijuana market kicked […]

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Washington state eases rules on marijuana packaging

New regulations for packaging and labeling infused marijuana edibles products in Washington favor the state’s cannabis companies. The revised rules, recently approved by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, extend from Jan. 1 until July 1 the deadline for processors and producers create compliant packaging, among other changes, The Spokesman Review reported The new rules resolve […]

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Chart: Pre-Christmas marijuana product sales increase up to 53%

‘Tis the season for increased holiday spending – and that includes outlays on recreational cannabis products, which saw average category sales increases of more than 50% in 2018 on items designated for both gift-giving and personal consumption. Data from Seattle-based cannabis analytics firm Headset shows that sales in the pre-Christmas week (Dec. 18-Dec. 24) in 2018 […]

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Chart: Marijuana sales increase on Green Wednesday, Black Friday

As shoppers head out to prepare for Thanksgiving and participate in Black Friday sales, data from two firms show consumers may be upping their purchases of marijuana products as well. Data from Seattle-based Headset reveals that 2018 sales on “Green Wednesday” – the day before Thanksgiving – increased 63% over the average Wednesday. And Santa […]

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Washington state vape products ban

Washington state regulators banned the sale and distribution of any products containing vitamin E acetate, an additive in some cannabis vaping products identified as a likely culprit in the vaping health crisis.

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