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.


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.


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.


In the murky world of DC marijuana law, 'pop-up' markets thrive

At the XO Lounge in downtown Washington one January night, people who paid a $10 cover charge were greeted with samples of caramel popcorn, brownies and crisped-rice treats – all infused with marijuana.

Customers could browse three floors with tables featuring all manner of cannabis: edible candies, smokable flower, wax, oils and more. All were available only after a suitable “donation” was given for a sticker, or a football card, for which the cannabis was billed as simply an added “gift”. The top floor featured a full-service bar, and music thumped throughout as a steady flow of customers entered the restaurant and nightclub.


Cannabis advocates hand out weed to D.C. council members

Advocates hoping to legalize marijuana sales in Washington, D.C., handed out joints to City Council members on Tuesday during a rally, according to a report in The Washington Post.

Activists with the D.C. Cannabis Business Association and a group called DCMJ said they held the rally because of an increase in raids on events where people have sold various items, and then given people buying the items marijuana.


Gross receipts taxes in the marijuana industry found to cause distortionary effects

The legalization of marijuana is becoming a reality in many states, and with that exists rare opportunities for state and local governments to experiment with new structural approaches to taxation.

One such natural experiment occurred in Washington State in June of 2015, when lawmakers during a special session of the Washington Legislature changed a 25 percent gross receipts tax that applied to the marijuana industry to a 37 percent excise tax assessed on the retail price of marijuana sold.


Washington voters approve marijuana moratorium 1 year after rejecting it

Voters approved a moratorium banning recreational marijuana retail sales in town, similar to one they rejected last year, following extensive debate Saturday at Town Meeting.

The approximately 50 voters at the 2.5-hour meeting also approved town spending proposals and agreed to change one word in an ordinance setting the process that town officials must follow in disposing of properties taken by the town when property owners fall behind on their taxes, changing “shall dispose of property by public auction,” to “may dispose of property by public auction.”


Washington businesses will now need new license endorsement to produce marijuana-infused edibles

As of April 1, statutory authority to regulate the makers of marijuana edibles will be added to the administrative responsibilities of the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), a move that will require these businesses to apply for a special endorsement on their business licenses.

Ultimate regulatory authority for marijuana operations remains with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB), but this adjustment in law and rule will allow WSDA to focus on ensuring these operations comply with state sanitary processing requirements.


Canada: Consumer group says packaging restrictions for cannabis should be the same as alcohol

While he's certainly not suggesting a return to clear sandwich bags, Consumer Choice Center's David Clement thinks Health Canada's pacakaging restrictions are too strict.

Licensed producers aren't the only ones who have beef with Health Canada over its proposed cannabis packaging regulations. 

According to David Clement, North American affairs manager at Washington, D.C.-based lobby group, Consumer Choice Center, Health Canada’s proposed branding restrictions could threaten the choice and safety of consumers by making it more challenging for them to make informed decisions. 

"Marketing is a very important tool for signaling certain things to a consumer," he told the Straight by phone on Tuesday (March 20) from his office in Oakville, Ontario. 


Washington cities can now shut down state-approved cannabusinesses

Communities in legal states fight to keep the cannabis industry out.

A Washington state court of appeals panel decided on Wednesday (March 14) that local municipalities in the state have the right to ban cannabusinesses from operating in their communities.

The decision validated the opinion of the state’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who argued in 2015 that the initiative which legalized the recreational production and sale of cannabis in Washington also gave local governments the right to ban such activity in their jurisdictions.


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