Washington

Thu
06
Jun

Seattle Hempfest files lawsuit against Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board

Lawyers for Seattle Events a Non-Profit Corporation, producer of Seattle Hempfest, have filed a lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court to challenge the constitutionality of Washington State’s restrictions free speech rights of businesses licensed under the state’s 502 legal Cannabis program.

Thu
30
May

OK to smoke, not to grow? States with legal cannabis wrestle with homegrown pot

Illinois lawmakers working to legalize recreational marijuana have hit a potential snag that other states have wrestled with: whether to allow people to grow a few pot plants for personal use.

The 10 states that have legalized recreational marijuana have different "home grow" rules, with Michigan allowing individuals to grow as many as 12 plants and Washington state not allowing them to grow any.

DID YOU KNOW? "As of July 1, 2015, Oregonians can home grow of up to four plants per residence, regardless of how many people live in the residence. Four adults in one residence does not mean 16 plants. The limit is four per residence," according to the State of Oregon.

Thu
23
May

UW study looking at how marijuana impacts infants’ brain development

It’s safe to say that most baby books don’t tell pregnant women to sign up for marijuana studies, but the University of Washington is nonetheless recruiting.

The study is looking at whether prenatal marijuana use impacts infants’ brain development, outside of the influence of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Called the “Moms + Marijuana” study, the pregnant women will have their marijuana use tracked from the first trimester and until six months in to see if their infants’ brain are altered in any way.

Wed
22
May

Washington Lawmakers pass legislation facilitating expungement of past cannabis convictions

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has signed legislation, Senate Bill 5605, facilitating the expungement of past low-level marijuana convictions.

Tue
21
May

University of Washington announces study of marijuana use during pregnancy

Researchers at the University of Washington want to know how moms who consume cannabis during pregnancy impact infants’ brain development. Cannabis is legal for adults 21 and over in Washington. But marijuana, along with alcohol and tobacco, is a substance pregnant people are told to avoid. Yet UW researchers say there’s little data to support the public and health community’s admonition against consuming cannabis while pregnant.

Fri
03
May

Study: No link between legal weed & traffic deaths

Concerns about road safety are often cited as an argument against cannabis legalization. Now that seven years have passed since the historic votes by Colorado and Washington state to legalize, there is enough data for a statistical analysis of whether these fears are warranted — and one scholar has risen to the occasion. 

Fri
15
Mar

Washington lawmakers give hemp room to grow

Nearly identical hemp bills have passed the Senate and House, giving Washington farmers the chance to catch up with growers in some other states.

The Senate voted 49-0 on Tuesday to lift restrictions on where hemp can be grown, where seeds can be obtained and how harvested plants can be used. The House last week embraced the same policies in a 95-0 vote.

“I’m excited. I’m still letting it sink in,” said lobbyist Bonny Jo Peterson of the Industrial Hemp Association of Washington. “I’ve been confident, but I’m still amazed it’s going the way it’s going.”

Tue
12
Mar

Two Seattle cannabis software companies merging to build bigger stake in a growing market

Dauntless, Inc., a Seattle-area software developer providing point-of-sale and tracking software to the cannabis industry, has acquired pot sales software company Soro.

The combined companies aim to create an all-encompassing platform serving growers, packagers, and retailers across the U.S., said Soro CEO Jerry Tindall.

Tue
12
Mar

Nevada has the most expensive vape pens, Washington the cheapest pre-roll

There’s an old saying that ‘all politics is local’ and it turns out the same goes for marijuana prices. A new report from cannabis data company Headset looked at pricing trends from four key states that have fully legalized cannabis including two states with mature sales data and two fairly new states.

The study examines average item prices throughout 2018 and for the first two months of 2019. The sales data comes from customers who participate in store loyalty programs, as well as the $4.5 billion in transactions that Headset tracks.

Wed
06
Mar

Report: Legal marijuana industry employs over 200,000 full-time workers

The state-licensed cannabis industry gained over 64,000 new employees in 2018, and now employs over 200,000 full-time workers, according to data compiled by Whitney Economics and the online content provider Leafly.com.

Commenting on the new findings, NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said, “The federal government needs to deschedule marijuana to allow states to better and more fully benefit from the economic growth engine that is the legal marijuana industry. Further, state regulators need to ensure as this sector expands its economic benefits are shared by all, including and most especially by those who suffered most under the failed policy of criminal prohibition.”

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