Washington

Mon
30
Apr

The strange patchwork of edibles regulations

Care for some cannabis-infused pumpkin pie? Then hopefully you don’t reside in Washington state, where the government prohibits the sale of marijuana pumpkin pie, custard pie or anything prepared with egg. This is just one of the many peculiar and specific state regulations on edibles that legislators and regulatory boards have put into place in the states where cannabis is legal for adult use.

Mon
30
Apr

Seattle could become the next city to erase marijuana convictions

The City of Seattle has filed a motion with the Seattle Municipal court that would remove marijuana convictions handed down between 1997 and 2010, writes Calvin Hughes.

Thu
26
Apr

Washington state cannabis pesticide tests worry small farms

Washington state marijuana business owners are urging regulators to require cultivators to test adult-use crops for pesticides, a move that has triggered alarm bells among smaller growers.

Some cultivators hope such a move — already adopted in other states — would inspire confidence among consumers and bolster recreational marijuana sales.

But smaller growers — already squeezed by falling prices — worry they wouldn't be able to afford mandatory pesticide testing, which is estimated to cost up to $300 per test. The move also could force small farmers to cultivate fewer strains to keep costs down, although regulators so far have not signaled they will require the testing.

Wed
25
Apr

Just one puff of cannabis ‘could ease depression, stress and anxiety’

After just two puffs patients felt less anxious and after ten puffs they were less stressed.

Washington State researchers assessed how varying levels of chemicals found in marijuana affected people's moods and feelings of wellbeing.

The team found that just a single puff of cannabis high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), was enough to reduce depression symptoms.

After just two puffs patients felt less anxious and after ten puffs they were less stressed.

Mon
23
Apr

WSU researchers assess use of cannabis in treating stress, anxiety and depression

In a first-of-a-kind study, Washington State University scientists examined how peoples’ self-reported levels of stress, anxiety and depression were affected by smoking different strains and quantities of cannabis at home.

Fri
20
Apr

Study shows cannabis legalization in Washington state led to significant decreases in crime

Conservatives resting on the idea that cannabis legalization will lead to an increase in crime rates might want to reconsider their stance: A new study conducted by a group of European researchers shows that cannabis legalization actually had the opposite effect in the state of Washington.

The study, published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, was written by a group of economists from the University of Bologna in Italy. It examines crime data from 2013 and 2014, the two-year time span when recreational cannabis was legal in the state of Washington, but illegal in its neighbouring state, Oregon.

Wed
18
Apr

Washington considers options for marijuana-delivery system

Medical marijuana patients in Washington could soon get their cannabis delivered to their door.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is studying how to best implement a delivery system.

State lawmakers are asking the board for policy recommendations by December 1.

Lawmakers want the agency to study how to develop and implement a system of delivering medical marijuana to qualified patients from properly licensed retailers.

Among issues the study must consider are how to verify those receiving the product are registered in the state's medical marijuana authorization database and what payment methods would be allowed.

Wed
11
Apr

Why micropropagation is the future of cannabis cultivation

The cannabis industry is projected to exceed $50 billion by 2026, according to Cowen & Co., driven by the legalization of medical and adult-use cannabis throughout the United States.

While most companies are focused on cultivation and retail sales, there are some companies focused on making the industry safer, better, and more efficient. The techniques pioneered by these companies are becoming increasingly necessary to help the industry scale to meet demand.

Mon
09
Apr

A cafe in this city will soon serve cannabis-infused lattes

Is the Space Needle about to get spacier? A cafe in this city will soon serve cannabis-infused lattes.

Every cannabis and caffeine lover’s dream is about to come true: A cafe in this city will soon serve cannabis-infused lattes.

An offshoot of downtown Seattle’s Cafe Hitchcock, Cafe Hitchcock Express will open its doors this spring.

What They’ll Be Serving

The newest item on the menu at this downtown Seattle coffee stand is the “wellness latte.” In addition to espresso and milk, this latte will be CBD oil-infused.

Thu
05
Apr

Canada: Conservative senators travel to Washington to talk marijuana with Jeff Sessions

Senators met with Trump officials to discuss how Canada/U.S. relations will be affected by legal pot

Three Conservative-appointed senators were in Washington D.C. this week for meetings with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other federal officials to discuss Canada's plan to legalize recreational cannabis use.

In a statement released to the media, Senators Claude Carignan, Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu and Denise Batters said they went to Washington after getting what they called unsatisfactory answers from Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale last week at a Senate committee about the the impact legalization will have on the Canada/U.S. relationship.

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