Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Washington state cannabis businesses enter unknown territory with no official seed-to-sale system

Washington state marijuana licensees are incurring added costs in man hours and paperwork now that they’re operating without a contracted state seed-to-sale system. Nov. 1 marked the first day licensed Washington state marijuana businesses have operated without a traceability program, and it’s raising questions about the necessity of such systems.

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Marijuana payment firm to put $2.86M raise toward expansion

Marijuana payment service PayQwick, which brands itself as the PayPal of marijuana, has secured a $2.86 million raise. According to a news release, the Calabasas, California-based company plans to use the funding to increase sales and product development as it expands into California, Nevada, Michigan and Alaska. Here’s what you need to know: PayQwick allows […]

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Washington state county moves to ban legal marijuana grows

A rural county in central Washington state has adopted new cannabis farming regulations so strict they’ll effectively run the region’s 25 licensed marijuana growers out of business. Chelan County, about three hours east of Seattle, enacted new and stricter regulations in August, The Stranger reported, and now “only a handful” of those 25 growers stand […]

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WA cannabis firms may be without seed-to-sale system until 2018

Marijuana companies in Washington state may have to record their business transactions manually for at least two months because the state will lack a working seed-to-sale tracking system, thanks to a delay in getting a new platform online. The Washington State Liquor and Control Board has announced that Leaf Data Systems – Denver-based MJ Freeway’s seed-to-sale […]

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MJ Freeway’s issues mount with more outages, delayed seed-to-sale program

By Bart Schaneman MJ Freeway, one of the leading technology companies in the cannabis industry, continues to experience security and performance issues with its inventory tracking software. The company’s point-of-sale system failed multiple times over the past few days, forcing marijuana retailers nationwide to log transactions by hand or in some cases even close temporarily.

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Marijuana banking confusion snags WA hemp clothing company

A Washington state clothing company has lost its bank account – even though it doesn’t work with marijuana – because of the use of hemp in its products. Owners of the natural-clothing company Rawganique in Blaine say they were shocked when Umpqua Bank – which is headquartered in Portland, Oregon – informed them it would no […]

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Chart: 42% of marijuana business owners plan to expand into new markets

By Eli McVey Over 40% of cannabis business owners are planning to take their companies into a new market within the next year, according to a Marijuana Business Daily survey. Of the business owners intending to expand, the vast majority have identified opportunities in both the medical and recreational markets.

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Julian Marley’s JuJu Royal plans to distribute in Canada, Europe

Just days after announcing his line of cannabis products would be distributed in Southern California, reggae musician Julian Marley revealed he’s struck a deal to have his products reach the international MJ market as well. Marley is partnering with Maricann Group – which has a medical cannabis production facility in Ontario, Canada – to produce […]

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Home cultivation of recreational cannabis debated in WA

Recreational marijuana home grows are still a hot button issue among Washington state residents, and regulators were not given an easy path forward after a hearing Wednesday on whether to legalize them. Although registered medical cannabis patients are already permitted to grow up to six plants at home, personal cultivation for adult use remains prohibited, […]

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Colorado marijuana edibles makers bracing for new standards

By Kristen Nichols Colorado’s ban on edible marijuana products shaped like animals, humans or fruits takes effect Oct. 1 – but manufacturers say they’re prepared for the change. The 2016 law, which bans certain shapes of edibles, was spurred by concerns children may be attracted to gummies or hard lozenges in forms associated with common candies.

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