Washington State Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


Seattle Mayor McGinn Urges Marijuana Legalization as State Mulls New Medical Cannabis Regulations

As Washington lawmakers ponder ways to streamline the state’s medical marijuana regulations, Seattle’s mayor is calling for the legalization of cannabis – a move that would have both positive and negative repercussions for MMJ dispensaries. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said yesterday during his State of the City address that marijuana contributes heavily to crime and […]

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Medical Marijuana ‘University’ Teaches Students How to Grow Pot Amid Industry Turmoil

When all else fails, grow your own. That’s the thinking behind the University of Spokamsterdam, a new school in Spokane, Washington, that teaches students how to grow pot. The school – which opened its doors this year – initially planned to focus on helping dispensary owners, medical marijuana entrepreneurs and patients comply with Washington’s medical […]

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Seattle Lawyer Challenges Medical Pot Ordinance on Dispensary Regulation, Oversight

A Seattle attorney has filed suit against a new ordinance that calls for the city to tax, oversee and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in the region, calling the initiative unconstitutional. While similar lawsuits have popped up in cities with medical pot laws across the country, this one is particularly interesting because of who filed it: […]

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High-Level Support for MMJ: Governors Back Move to Reclassify Cannabis

Four state governors are lobbying the Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify the status of marijuana so that pot can be prescribed, distributed and used for medical reasons. The high-level support for the reclassification of marijuana highlights the growing divide between states and the federal government on medical cannabis. Sixteen states plus the District of Columbia […]

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Pot Dispensaries Not the Only MMJ Businesses Ensnarled in Recent Raids

Much of the media coverage surrounding the recent raids in Washington State and Montana focused on how federal agents targeted medical marijuana dispensaries, as they are the most visible part of the industry to the public and patients. But lost in all the hoopla is the fact that they weren’t the only targets. The crackdown […]

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Montana Dispensaries Latest Targets in Widening Medical Pot Crackdown

The Obama administration’s ballooning crackdown on the medical marijuana industry has extended to Montana, with federal agents raiding a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries and several financial institutions in the past few days. The move  follows similar actions this week in Washington State and earlier this fall in California. As in the Washington crackdown, the government […]

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U.S. District Attorney: ‘Brash Criminal Conduct’ Led to Washington State Raids

Wondering why the federal government launched an aggressive sweep of medical cannabis centers in Washington this week? U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan pinned the raids and arrests on “brash criminal conduct” that included illegal drug distribution, violations of state law and money laundering, according to a statement released after the crackdown. The raids are the result […]

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Feds Raid 14 Dispensaries, Arrest 18 MMJ Workers in Several Washington Cities

Federal agents backed by local and state police officers raided more than a dozen dispensaries in Seattle, Tacoma and several other Washington cities on Tuesday, part of a high-profile move by the government to crack down on illegal MMJ businesses. The coordinated effort led to the arrest of 18 people. In one case, agents allegedly […]

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Marijuana Initiative in Washington State to Get $300,000 Boost

On Tuesday, we provided an update on the drive to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Colorado, reporting that pot proponents are well on their way to getting the required number of valid signatures to put the initiative to a vote. But the Centennial State isn’t the only one having success in this area. A […]

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