Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

How state cannabis regulatory agencies across the U.S. have responded to the vaping health crisis

State regulators overseeing the legal marijuana industry are adopting a wait-and-see stance as the industry determines what exactly is causing the health problems related to vaping, although California has come down more decisively against vaping of all forms. For the most part, regulators in more than a half dozen states are reacting cautiously while public […]

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Week in Review: Cannabis vape crisis, CA banking bill fails, public corruption in MA & more

Sales fall for recreational marijuana vaping products as a health scare hits the mainstream media, a California marijuana banking bill dies but could return in 2020, a Massachusetts mayor is deposed for allegedly ripping off MJ firms – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news. Vaping crisis The pulmonary illness epidemic related to […]

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Chart: Sales fall for adult-use cannabis vape products on heels of health scare

Recreational marijuana vape product sales are suffering in the wake of a nationwide health scare that caused several deaths and hundreds of illnesses, with consumers shifting their spending into other merchandise such as flower and pre-rolls. The shares of vape sales in California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington state’s recreational markets have declined significantly since the first vape-related […]

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Marijuana labs adding tests targeting vitamin E acetate in response to vaping health scare

Cannabis testing labs around the country are adding more specific tests targeting an additive that’s been linked to the string of recent illnesses and deaths health authorities say are related to marijuana and tobacco vaping devices. Although no definitive cause of the vaping-related issues has been identified, early reports have targeted the additive vitamin E […]

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Washington state cannabis trade group proposes capital equity fund

A cannabis industry trade group in Washington state on Monday proposed legislation to fund a social equity program that would help remove barriers to capital for minority business owners and would eliminate a residency requirement for potential investors in the market. The Washington CannaBusiness Association (WACA) put forward the Cannabis Capital Equity Act, which would be supported […]

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New proposals could aid small growers in saturated market: Q&A with Washington state’s top regulator, Rick Garza

Washington state regulators are considering several proposals to help cannabis growers – particularly smaller cultivators – compete in a market beset by challenges, including low wholesale prices and overproduction. The state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), which regulates the marijuana licensees, recently announced draft legislation the agency is considering requesting for the upcoming 2020 legislative […]

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Week in Review: DEA marijuana research, MMJ licensing case heads to FL high court, NV adult-use license ruling & more

The DEA indicates support for expanding cannabis research, a Florida medical marijuana licensing issue is sent to the state’s Supreme Court for potential review, a Nevada judge freezes some permits for new recreational marijuana shops – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news. DEA to up cannabis research The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) […]

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Washington state regulators consider revamping marijuana rules

Washington cannabis regulators are proposing a wide-ranging overhaul of the state’s industry rules, which, if approved, could have a big impact on the way MJ business is conducted there. Proposals include: Boosting minority ownership of cannabis businesses. Paving the way for home deliveries of medical cannabis. Allowing the smallest growers to increase the size of […]

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Wholesale marijuana prices on upswing in more mature recreational markets, reports indicate

Wholesale cannabis prices appear on the rise in longstanding adult-use cannabis markets Colorado, Oregon and Washington state, according to two recent reports and insight from growers. The upward-trending prices seem to be increasing because of: Stronger demand and weaker supply beyond the typical summer economic dynamics. More growers going out of business. Farmers pivoting to […]

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WA extends Leaf Data Systems cannabis contract to work on software release

Washington state regulators lengthened the contract for Leaf Data Systems, the seed-to-sale tracking program offered by Denver-based MJ Freeway, requiring the company to focus on stabilizing and fixing the system after the software experienced challenges during a July release. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) amended the contract with MJ Freeway, extending it from […]

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Cannex, 4Front complete cannabis merger; trading starts next week

An almost $500 million merger of a Canadian and a U.S. marijuana company closed, months later than originally planned. Vancouver, British Columbia-based Cannex Capital Holdings, a cannabis company with a cultivation and manufacturing presence in Washington state, and Phoenix-based multistate retail operator 4Front Holdings, begin trading next week as 4Front Ventures Corp. Starting Tuesday, 4Front […]

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