Recreational Marijuana News


Washington’s MMJ Businesses Surviving Amid Rec Rollout, but Fearful About Future

By Fred Dreier Washington State’s nascent recreational cannabis industry has dominated national headlines over the past week. But little attention has been given to the state’s sizable – albeit unregulated – medical marijuana sector. Dispensaries and their suppliers say demand is holding up well so far. Yet the start of recreational sales has cast

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Washington’s Recreational Cannabis Shortage Continues

Retail cannabis stores in Washington state are still struggling to replenish their depleted inventories, with some saying it could take a few days or even another week to secure more supplies. Cannabis City – the only recreational shop to open in Seattle when sales began July 8 – ran out of marijuana last Friday and has […]

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Week in Review: Success, and Hiccups, for Recreational Marijuana in Washington State

By Chris Walsh The first few days of recreational sales in Washington State were a resounding success by most measures. The handful of shops that opened this week reported brisk business, national media coverage was largely favorable and consumers were on their best behavior – painting a positive picture of the industry. But the rollout […]

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Study: Colorado Marijuana Market Larger Than Expected

Good news for Colorado cannabis businesses: Demand for marijuana in the state is much higher than previously estimated, according to a new report. The Market Demand Study – released by Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division – estimates that adults who live in the state will consume 121.4 metric tons of cannabis in 2014,  while visitors 21 […]

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Washington’s Rec Supply Holds, but Inventory Concerns Remain

Washington State’s recreational industry did not run out of cannabis on its first day of sales, as some predicted. But several stores had to ration their supply, while others could run out of inventory later this week. The five retail shops across the state that opened for business on Tuesday all reported long lines and […]

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Oregon Marijuana Bill Good for Businesses, Backers Say

Supporters of a cannabis legalization bill in Oregon believe the measure would create a more favorable business climate than the recreational systems in Washington State and Colorado. Dave Kopilak, a Portland attorney who helped draft New Approach Oregon’s legalization initiative, told the Oregonian that the bill’s proposed tax model is better for entrepreneurs. Kopilak said […]

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Raid Raises Questions Over Legality of CO Marijuana Lounges

A recent raid by police at a Denver marijuana lounge has prompted a debate over the legality of private clubs that cater to smokers. Denver police raided MaryJane’s Social Club on June 27, handcuffing smokers, seizing paraphernalia and ticketing the club’s owner for violating a state law banning indoor cigarette smoking. The club shut down after […]

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WA Marijuana Businesses Brace for Short-Term Challenges With Eye on Future

By Fred Dreier With recreational cannabis sales slated to start in Washington State this week, entrepreneurs are bracing for a host of short-term challenges involving everything from inventory and edibles to pricing and increased media attention. Yet some are stressing the need to take a long-term approach, saying businesses should avoid taking shortcuts

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Washington Lab Warns of Potential Testing Backlog

Few licensed growers in Washington State have submitted cannabis to be tested for safety and potency, stoking concerns that there will be severe inventory shortages when the first recreational shops open on July 8. Analytical 360 – one of two labs that has received certification to test recreational marijuana – has tested just two marijuana […]

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