Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Ancillary marijuana companies hit by declining economies pivot to emerging MJ markets

Tumbling wholesale cannabis prices in some markets are devastating plant-touching operators and generating negative fallout for ancillary companies that provide services and products to those businesses. In order for supplementary companies such as accountants, consultants and security firms to continue to grow and maintain healthy revenue streams, some owners are looking to emerging cannabis markets […]

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Seattle firms merge, plan combined cannabis tracking tech company

Dauntless, a 6-year-old company that develops point-of-sale and tracking software for the cannabis industry, acquired Soro, a cannabis sales and customer relationship management company. The two businesses, both based in Seattle, plan to create a platform that serves growers, packagers and retailers across the United States, according to GeekWire. Terms weren’t disclosed. For more on […]

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Seattle law firm sues US government over marijuana industry border bans

A Washington state law firm is suing the U.S. government in an attempt to gain “immediate” access to records it hopes will shed light on why some foreign nationals – particularly Canadians – have been denied entry to the United States because of their involvement in the legal cannabis industry. The suit targeting the U.S. […]

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Cannabis data firm Headset to partner with global analytics company Nielsen

Global measurement and data analytics company Nielsen has formed an alliance with Seattle-based cannabis analytics firm Headset to provide insights about the U.S. marijuana market to consumer packaged goods (CPG) businesses. According to a news release, the two firms are joining forces as New York-based Nielsen develops “a full suite” of cannabis measurement capabilities to […]

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Lack of cannabis tracking data in WA sparks confusion, missed business opportunities

A dearth of comprehensive price and sales data and incorrect figures about marijuana commerce have sowed confusion among cannabis businesses in Washington state since regulators rolled out a new traceability system more than a year ago. Cannabis analytics companies that long relied on the data have watched their revenues shrink. Also, the lack of market […]

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WA ponders allowing small marijuana growers to sell direct to consumers

Washington state will consider allowing small cannabis farmers to sell directly to consumers, similar to what’s allowed for wineries, breweries and distilleries, according to the state’s top marijuana regulator. The move, if approved by regulators, would give smaller growers a financial shot in the arm through increased sales – and could spur other states to follow […]

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Compliance costs, lost market share could take toll on cannabis edibles firms under new Washington state rules

A Washington state marijuana trade association is warning regulators that new packaging, labeling and product design rules for cannabis-infused edibles and beverages might decimate edibles manufacturers’ bottom line. According to experts, the cost for some businesses to comply could be $100,000, and that doesn’t include lost revenue for manufacturers who have kept new products off […]

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WA cannabis regulators OK new deadline for packaging, labeling and design rules

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis board voted Wednesday to give marijuana retailers, cultivators and concentrates and infused product manufacturers until Jan. 1, 2020, to comply with all packaging, labeling and design rules that regulators approved last year.   The new regulations: Require an additional universal symbol on packaging for all marijuana products. Restrict all […]

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Washington state cannabis regulators will soon take up mandatory pesticide testing

Washington state regulators are discussing changes to the recreational marijuana program, including implementing mandatory pesticide testing in the near future. The prospect of mandatory pesticide testing has been a cause for concern among smaller cultivation operations. They worry that any added operational costs could eat away at already slim profit margins. On the other hand, […]

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Washington state regulators approve new rules for marijuana edibles

After months of back and forth with cannabis-infused products makers and MJ trade associations, the Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board approved new packaging, labeling and product design regulations for edibles. The rules: Designate approved colors and shapes for edible products. Specify approved font, background and accent colors for edible packaging and labeling. Provide guidelines […]

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Chart: Declines in wholesale prices hammer major recreational cannabis markets

Wholesale cannabis prices in recreational markets across the United States have fallen precipitously compared to last year, while prices in major medical markets are proving more resilient. According to figures provided by Cannabis Benchmarks, a Connecticut-based provider of wholesale marijuana pricing data, wholesale cannabis prices in Oregon and Washington state are down more than 50% […]

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