Washington

Tue
31
Jul

Want proof the fight for legal weed is really heating up in Washington? Check this out.

Organizations weighing in on marijuana issues spent $20 million in the first half of 2018, more than triple the $6 million spent during the same period a year earlier, according to an analysis by NJ Cannabis Insider of second-quarter lobbying reports filed with the Clerk of the House.

The increase illustrates the activity on Capitol Hill as several bills have been introduced to remove the federal prohibition against marijuana, or to block Washington from interfering with states that have legalized cannabis.

Mon
30
Jul

Washington, DC sees 300+ K2 overdoses in two weeks

The CDC and D.C. officials are searching for answers to the latest outbreak of K2 overdoses to hit the nation’s Capitol.

The dangerous and sometimes deadly synthetic marijuana drug called K2 has reared its head again, this time in the nation’s capital. Over the last two weeks, D.C. has seen an average of 25 K2 overdoses each day, totaling more than 300 overdoses so far. But Washington, D.C. is only the latest city to be hit by the drug, which is wreaking havoc across the United States.

Fri
27
Jul

It's tougher to grow hemp in Washington than it is to grow weed — but the Farm Bill may change that

You can get high, obviously, from marijuana. But even though it's also bred from the cannabis plant, you generally can't get high from hemp, marijuana's nonintoxicating cousin, as anyone who has tried knows.

And yet, ever since marijuana was legalized in Washington state, hemp farmers — what few there are — have been subjected to a bitter irony: In most ways, growing hemp in Washington is far more restricted than growing marijuana.

"Compared to the marijuana industry, we have a long way to go," says Bonny Jo Peterson, founder of the Industrial Hemp Association of Washington.

But thanks to language in the U.S. Senate's new Farm Bill, that may be about to change.

Wed
25
Jul

After legalization, a nearly 90 percent drop in marijuana felony convictions

The legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington state in 2012 resulted in a dramatic decrease in the number of people sentenced for marijuana-related felonies, according to an analysis conducted for public radio by the Washington State Caseload Forecast Council.

Between June 2008 and December 2009, the analysis showed, there were 1,312 offenses committed that resulted in felony sentences for the manufacture, delivery or possession with the intent to deliver marijuana.

Wed
25
Jul

From Blackmarket to Business-Ready: How Cannabis License Holders Found a Software Solution with GrowFlow

Seattle, WA ­ July 24, 2018 – Every state that ‘goes recreational’ implements a state­-mandated inventory tracking system. In doing this successfully, they eliminate the blackmarket and create added revenue. Inventory tracking and state reporting systems are methods by which states can properly monitor and collect taxes associated to cannabis transactions, and fulfill their promise to the taxpaying public that they will see rewards ultimately through public improvements.

The state’s inventory management systems typically require a high level of data entry and a provide a lower level of end­user customer support. This is where third­-party traceability software systems come into play, and where GrowFlow has quickly come into the spotlight as a leader in this space.

Thu
19
Jul

During the 'war on drugs' he was a Reagan lawyer; now he owns a marijuana farm

Edward Weidenfeld is a successful Washington lawyer with ties to the political elite. He has worked as a senior adviser to six U.S. Presidents, including serving as general counsel to Republican Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign.

The 75-year-old is also part owner of a large-scale marijuana farm: a large warehouse in northeastern Washington.

Weidenfeld co-owns Phyto Management, which grows and sells medical marijuana to registered dispensaries in the nation’s capital.

And he is not only an owner. He is a user of medical marijuana to relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s, which affects his speech.

Mon
16
Jul

A drive-thru cannabis dispensary just opened up in Washington State

The first drive-thru cannabis dispensary just opened for business in Washington state. And the staff of Joint Rivers are thrilled to be following in the footsteps of the Nevada-based shop Cannabis Marketplace, which became the very first drive-thru dispensary when it opened in November 2017, writes Calvin Hughes.

Mon
02
Jul

Roots Sustainable enters billion-dollar US cannabis market providing tech to Washington crop site

Agtech play Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies is getting in on the $7 billion US cannabis market in a pilot of its root-cooling system with Washington cannabis consulting business American Farms Consulting.

This will be the company’s (ASX:ROO) first foray into the US cannabis agriculture market, which is expected to increase to $US22 billion by 2021.

The pilot will involve the patented Root Zone Temperature Optimisation (RZTO) technology installed at an American Farms Consulting (AFC) site in Trinidad, Washington, cooling the roots of cannabis plants in part of the company’s 30,000 square foot open field space.

Wed
30
May

Inside Seattle’s house of Cultivar

Meet an award-winning grow team from Washington who’ve perfected large-scale indoor pot farming using a combination of careful strain selection, modern science and age-old wisdom.

The City of Flowers

Common wisdom in the cannabis-cultivation community has it that as growers scale up the size of their grow space, the quality of their product inevitably suffers. Indeed, it is quite difficult to produce A-grade flowers in a massive warehouse, but it certainly can be done.

Fri
25
May

Cryptocurrency and the allure of a cashless cannabis industry

Marijuana prohibition never stopped marijuana sales. Blocking legal marijuana businesses from the legal banking system isn't working, either.

The legal marijuana industry in the United States is awash in cash. Literally.

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