Washington

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.

Wed
16
May

Washington: Despite legalization, marijuana black market hides in plain sight

On a big-sky plateau on the eastern slope of the Cascades, a 10-acre parcel of land has been trashed by illicit pot farmers. Abandoned equipment rusts and jugs of chemicals molder.

Marijuana legalization wasn't supposed to look like this.

Five years into its experiment with legal, regulated cannabis, Washington state is finding that pot still attracts criminals.

Okanogan County Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Brown helped raid this farm last fall. What was striking, he says, is how brazen it was: located just off the road, within sight of neighbors. Before legalization, he says, an operation like this would at least have been hidden up in the hills.

Thu
10
May

BLOCKStrain brings blockchain technology to cannabis

CFN Media Group (“CFN Media”), the leading agency and financial media network dedicated to the North American cannabis industry, announces publication of an article covering Vancouver technology company, BLOCKStrain Technology Corp. (TSX-V:SR.H).

Mon
07
May

Low unemployment rate leads to less testing for marijuana use

According to Friday’s federal report on non-farm payrolls, the unemployment rate in the United States has dropped to 3.9%. Among other things that means its getting harder for employers to find employees and that difficulty is leading to a drop in testing potential employees for marijuana use.

Even the Trump administration has mellowed somewhat. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta told a congressional hearing last month that “with all these Americans looking for work … are we aligning our … drug testing policies with what’s right for the workforce?”

Thu
03
May

In Washington, marijuana 'gifts' on the rise

Pop-up pot shops and cannabis confabs have been on the rise in the nation's capital, as would-be marijuana businesses try to find new ways to engage potential customers since Washington legalized the possession of small amounts of the drug three years ago.

Since the district's Initiative 71 went into effect in 2015, people 21 years and up can possess up to two ounces of pot. It's not O.K. to buy it or sell it, but people can transfer up to one ounce of the drug to another person of age ー a practice known as "gifting."

"We gift all the time, but a lot of people who want to get compensated, they have someone buy something else in exchange," said Lisa Scott, founder of the D.C. marijuana edible company Bud Appetit.

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