Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Washington state considering recreational marijuana home grows

John Schroyer  | September 14, 2017

In a move that could have a serious impact on Washington marijuana retailers, the department overseeing recreational marijuana in the state will consider allowing home cultivation for adult use.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) announced in a news release that it will hold a public hearing Oct. 4 to …

Washington state broker aims to sell bundle of 12 marijuana retailers for up to $70M

Bart Schaneman  | September 6, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

A dozen marijuana retail businesses in Washington state are employing an unusual strategy on the mergers and acquisitions front: package their assets together for a combination sale.

In a move that’s being described as “unprecedented,” Seattle-based investment bank GRN Funds is asking $60 million-$70 million for the 12 retail cannabis firms.

Week in Review: Privateer’s big marijuana raise, Dixie’s edibles recall & a Roger Stone-spurred boycott

John Schroyer  | August 25, 2017

By Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

Privateer Holdings raises $58 million for expansion of marijuana facilities, Dixie Elixirs recalls some edibles products, and Roger Stone’s role as a keynote speaker leads to boycotts of a cannabis conference.

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

Two states rebut AG Sessions’ critiques of their cannabis laws

John Schroyer  | August 17, 2017

Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a former Republican, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week asking the Department of Justice to maintain the Obama administration’s more …

Washington state rule change expands business options for marijuana cultivators

Bart Schaneman  | August 17, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Washington state recently eased restrictions on how many producer licenses marijuana businesses can own, a move that could lead to more competition, an uptick in mergers and acquisitions and possibly increased supply.

Under the state’s revised policy, business owners can up their licenses from one to three, effective immediately.

Week in Review: Nevada marijuana promotions, MMJ banking in Florida & Sessions’ letters

Bart Schaneman  | August 11, 2017

By Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey

A Nevada regulator threatens crackdowns on marijuana promotions, a bank in Florida is openly working with MMJ businesses, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions writes letters to governors of three recreational cannabis states.

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

AG Sessions questions cannabis regulatory efficacy in CO, WA

John Schroyer  | August 7, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has contacted the governors of Colorado and Washington state and, using parallel language, questioned the effectiveness of state regulations designed to comply with the 2013 Cole Memo.

In letters to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, Sessions referenced reports from the High Intensity Drug …

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 …