Washington

Fri
03
Jan

Washington State Takes Down Online Map Of Marijuana Businesses Following Burglaries

After a string of burglaries at cannabis businesses in the state, a Washington regulatory agency is suspending an online resource that could be a valuable tool for the culprits.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has taken down a map from its website that identified the locations of various marijuana companies.

Mon
30
Dec

Washington regulators relax packaging rules for some cannabis candy

State regulators have resolved some of the rancor that followed the announcement late last year that certain types of cannabis-infused candy would be taken off store shelves.

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board approved new regulations on packaging and labeling marijuana products earlier this month that the agency says are intended to keep them out of the hands of children. While the new rules prohibit marijuana products featuring “a name, design or brand” that is similar to something you’d see in a candy or toy shop, they aren’t as sweeping as the emergency ban swiftly approved last year, said Chris Marr, a former state legislator who is now a consultant for the new industry.

Fri
20
Dec

Man caught traveling with 80 pounds of weed disguised as Christmas presents

Cannabis culture includes a long, rich, and often times very interesting history of smuggling. And in many cases, these stories involve all sorts of creative methods for sneaking weed where it is not allowed.

Looks like this history has another incident to add to the books. This time, a man attempting to fly out of Nashville International Airport was caught with weed wrapped up to look like Christmas gifts.

Mon
16
Dec

Study Finds Washington’s Cannabis Shops Are More Prevalent In Disadvantaged Areas

A study by Washington State University researchers found that cannabis dispensaries tend to be located in lower income neighborhoods. Though it did not offer definitive answers about the causes of this correlation, its results are leading some local Washington policymakers to question current zoning laws that affect where marijuana businesses can be located.

Fri
06
Dec

Washington State Readies Legislative Response To Vaping

Gov. Jay Inslee and other state officials are working on a firmer response to a rise in vaping as Washington’s 120-day ban on flavored vaping products reaches its halfway point.

Thu
05
Dec

Study: Seattle one of few cities where cannabis use higher than cigarettes

Seattle is one of just three cities in the country where marijuana use beats products containing nicotine.

More than 700,000 people age 18 and older in the Greater Seattle Area have consumed cannabis in the past 30 days, reports The Seattle Times. That’s approximately 17 percent of the population, whereas 16 percent used nicotine products like cigarettes and e-cigarettes, among others.

Thu
14
Nov

States where recreational marijuana legalized see increased problematic use in teens

In the four states where recreational marijuana was legal by 2016, there was a small uptick in cannabis use disorder among adults and teens, and a general rise in use by adults, a new study suggests.

Researchers looking at data on cannabis use between 2008 and 2016 found that rates of problematic use among teens and adults over age 26 rose faster in states where recreational marijuana had been legalized than in other states, according to the report published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Thu
14
Nov

Washington State Government cuts (some) medical cannabis red tape

Western Australia’s McGowan Government has announced changes that will make it a little easier for patients in the state to access medicinal cannabis products.

Previously, patients would need a referral to a specialist by a GP in order to access medicines, but now a GP will be able to prescribe where the patient is over the age of 16, isn’t drug dependent and doesn’t have a history of drug use. In those cases, specialist approval will still be required.

Fri
25
Oct

Police struggle to recruit informants because of pot legalization

As promised, marijuana legalization has profoundly changed American policing, but not in the way legalization advocates predicted.

Fri
11
Oct

Washington State bans flavored vapor products

Terpenes that come from cannabis are allowed in marijuana vapor products, but the presence of terpenes derived from any other source is prohibited under the ban.

On October 9, 2019, the Washington State Board of Health (“BOH”) voted to adopt emergency rules banning flavored vapor products, including marijuana products, in Washington State. The ban is effective as of October 10 and will run for 120 days.

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