Washington

Wed
25
Oct

Washington’s pot tracking software causes headaches for the legal weed industry

A shutdown of the state’s pot tracking software next week is already causing confusion and headaches for the more than 1,500 legal weed businesses in the state. While legal weed retail sales are unlikely to be affected, some pot shops are already stocking up on hundreds of thousands of dollars of extra pot products just in case.

The state had planned to switch to a new software vendor for managing the state’s seed-to-sale database on Nov. 1, but that vendor failed to set up the new database in time and the old vendor is refusing to extend their contract. Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) released a contingency plan on Monday outlining how the state was going to track cannabis after it loses its database the 1st.

Thu
05
Oct

Washington State Gets an Earful on Legalizing Home-Grown Marijuana

Allowing folks to cultivate a little pot at home is a divisive subject among those engaged in the state’s legal marijuana industry, a regulatory panel learned Wednesday.

Growers, retailers, financiers and consumers voiced support, opposition and caution about lifting the state’s ban on home grows in a public hearing conducted by the state Liquor and Cannabis Board.

The three-member panel is studying the idea at the behest of the Legislature. Its recommendations are due by Dec. 1.

Mon
25
Sep

Washington state should regulate marijuana like alcohol

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board have announced a date to hear from the public in regards to homegrows and in that email, they pose three options they are considering. Three unacceptable options, the third one being the worse, don’t do shit or in their words keep it status-quo due to The Cole Memo, out of fear of some federal repercussion. The WSLCB neglects that the Washington State cannabis consumer has been finding a semi-legally for 20 years and with that being said any effort to curtail a thriving state legal market reflects more upon a totalitarian federal government that we reject anyways.

The Plead

Mon
18
Sep

Study: Medical Ed needs to catch up to marijuana laws

A new study shows that very few medical students are being trained on how to prescribe medical marijuana, even though it is now a legal medicine in 29 states and the District of Columbia.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis surveyed medical school deans, residents, and fellows, and examined a curriculum database maintained by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). They discovered that medical marijuana is rarely being addressed in medical education.

“Medical education needs to catch up to marijuana legislation,” said senior author Laura Jean Bierut, M.D., the Alumni Endowed Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University and a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse.

Mon
18
Sep

Since it's not medicine, medical students aren't trained to prescribe medical marijuana

Although 29 states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana use for medical purposes, there is no evidence it is medicine. Obviously some of the reason for that is because it's illegal and therefore hard to study, but regardless of the past it seems odd that scholars at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis surveyed medical school deans, residents and fellows, and examined a curriculum database maintained by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and lament that medical marijuana is not being addressed in medical education.

Thu
07
Sep

Behind the scenes at America's new legal cannabis farms

As the daughter of a pot farmer, Kristen Angelo grew up around the plant. Now, she’s using photography to eradicate the stigma, and encourage what she believes to be a major grassroots social and political movement.

As the daughter of a pot farmer, Kristen Angelo practically grew up in a grow room. The Seattle-based photographer was exposed to cannabis culture at a young age as her family resided on Vashon Island, an enclave of bohemian-living that’s long been associated with guerilla farming. But in the 90s, the Island became swept up in a drug war that ended with Angelo’s father incarcerated in Federal Prison, for what the lead detective considered “the most sophisticated growing operation” he had seen in nearly a decade.

Wed
06
Sep

No Brainer: buy and hold marijuana stocks

We’re less than a year away from the Canadian government legalizing marijuana; the provinces have held internal debates about how legalization should work. Limits for legal possession, distribution, pricing, and accessibility will all be left to the provinces. Some provinces, like Ontario, have created online surveys for citizens to chime in. In Manitoba, the city of Winnipeg held a town hall for citizens to express themselves and question what legal marijuana will ultimately look like.

Tue
05
Sep

Cities not seeing much tax revenue from marijuana; Legislature diverting it to fund education

More than three years after recreational marijuana sales began in Washington, cities are seeing less and less of the pot revenue the state once promised.

As cities struggle with budgets, they’re going to feel the pain from money they aren’t getting, said Association of Washington Cities government relations advocate Candice Bock.

Of the $550 million in marijuana taxes expected to be generated next year, cities where sales are allowed had been expected to share in $15 million of the state’s revenue in each of the next two years and $20 million starting in 2020. But now the state says it will only share $6 million statewide for the foreseeable future.

Tue
05
Sep

Legal weed is getting cheaper, fast

As states legalize marijuana across the country for medical and recreational use, prices are dropping faster than growers and sellers would like them to, according to the Wall Street Journal. The cannabis industry has grown over the past few years, bringing in more than $6 billion a year in retail.

Tue
29
Aug

DeepCell industries announces notice of allowance for crystal fusion patent by U.S. Patent Office

DeepCell Industries™, the world's first cannabis intellectual property company, announces its Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for their groundbreaking Crystal Fusion™ technology. The process infuses crystals such as sugar and salt with cannabinoid molecules, paving the way for flexible cannabis edibles.

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