Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Experts suggest recent marijuana industry layoffs are part of a reality check; more job cuts expected

Anyone paying attention to cannabis business headlines has noticed what on its face seems a disturbing trend: At least half a dozen large companies recently announced layoffs, perhaps suggesting there’s financial trouble surrounding the marijuana industry. But those headlines don’t reveal the full story, several industry watchers told Marijuana Business Daily. Rather, recent layoffs are a […]

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Sales of marijuana edibles up in at least four states in wake of vape health scare

The vaping health crisis apparently has been good for the marijuana edibles sector, a sign that consumers are funneling more money into infused products instead of vaporizers. Since the first vape-related death was reported in August, retail sales of edibles have climbed steadily in four states while those of vaping products have declined, though the […]

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Cannabis farmers in Western states report large crop yields, only minor challenges

Cannabis growers in California, Oregon and Washington state say they are enjoying a robust outdoor harvest, with strong crop yields, high-quality flower and market prices well above last year’s depressed levels. Growers in the Western United States have been reporting higher overall prices, so this turnaround in the market coupled with higher yields likely will make […]

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Week in Review: Cannabis merger goes up in smoke, regulators target MJ vaping, Maine inches toward adult-use sales & more

MedMen and PharmaCann scrap their planned merger, state and federal officials act against marijuana vaping, Maine moves toward the launch of recreational MJ sales by the spring – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news.   MedMen, PharmaCann pull the plug MedMen, a California-based cannabis multistate operator, announced that its planned acquisition of […]

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Washington state temporarily bans flavored marijuana vaping products, targeting a third of top-selling MJ vapes

Washington state health regulators voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to impose a temporary halt on the sale of flavored tobacco and marijuana vaporizer products, making it the second state after Massachusetts to ban cannabis vapes in some form. The Washington Board of Health voted 7-1 in favor of adopting the 120-day emergency ban, which is set […]

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WA extends marijuana traceability system contract with Leaf Data Systems

Washington state cannabis regulators approved a two-month contract extension for Leaf Data Systems, the seed-to-sale tracking product offered by Denver-based software company Akerna. The contract lasts until Nov. 30, “to focus solely on providing a stable system to our users,” said Megan Duffy, deputy director and executive sponsor of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis […]

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WA to ban flavored vaping products containing marijuana, tobacco

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered state health officials to impose an emergency ban on all flavored vaping products for both e-cigarettes and those containing THC, impacting one segment of the market. The ban will take place after the state Board of Health uses its emergency authority during its next meeting on Oct. 9. It would […]

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Week in Review: Momentous marijuana banking vote in US House, vape crisis fallout, MA approves MJ cafes/delivery & more

The U.S. House passes a cannabis banking bill with strong bipartisan support, Massachusetts is the first state to nix the sale of all tobacco and marijuana vaping products, a Washington state man sues half a dozen MJ vape companies for allegedly causing his lung illness – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news. […]

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MJ Freeway marijuana tracking software crashes in Pennsylvania

Medical marijuana retailers in Pennsylvania reported that MJ Freeway’s seed-to-sale traceability system went down for more than an hour during a software update earlier this week, resulting in patients being turned away and significant amounts in lost sales. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that dispensaries across the state on Tuesday were unable to conduct sales for […]

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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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