Washington

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Mar

Washington State Limitations on Early Stage Cannabis Business

A couple of recent events have us thinking about the different ways retailers and cultivators are doing business in the cannabis market. First, a few of our clients have asked us about situations involving groups of retailers banding together to negotiate with producers and vice versa ­— groups of producers teaming up to negotiate prices and supply contracts with retailers. Then, Washington’s Liquor Control Board released emergency rules that, among other things, severely limited the ability of Washington marijuana businesses to enter into standard sales agreements. How are these things connected?

Thu
26
Feb

Marijuana Legalized in Washington D.C., But Congress Isn't Happy

(Bloomberg) -- Marijuana is now effectively legal in the nation’s capital even though Congress tried to stop it.

 

District of Columbia residents who are at least 21 years old are free to grow as many as six plants and possess as much as 2 ounces, as a measure approved by voters in November took effect Thursday. It’s still illegal to sell the drug or smoke it in public.

Fri
13
Feb

Washington marijuana edibles now require packaging and serving size

The Washington State Liquor Control Board(LCB) has filed emergency rules in order to close a loophole in the recreational marijuana market. According to the LCB, they are adjusting the rules by “defining, consultant, intermediate product, paraphernalia, and selling price” According to the LCB, the new ruling comes after allegations of some stores providing a package deal to their customers.

Tue
10
Feb

Chart of the Week: Marijuana Startup Interest Booming in California, Washington State & Colorado

February 9, 2015

By Marijuana Business Daily staff

California has climbed over several other powerhouse cannabis states and now ranks as the most popular market for entrepreneurs starting marijuana companies, despite an unstable business climate fostered by a lack of statewide MMJ regulations.

Nearly 20% of entrepreneurs currently in the process of starting cannabis-related companies are located in California, according to the 3rd Annual Marijuana Business Professionals Survey.

Tue
10
Feb

Washington DC Council Pushing for Recreational Cannabis Sales Amid Stiff Resistance

February 9, 2015

By John Schroyer

A very public fight over marijuana in Washington DC is brewing between city leaders and Congress, and the outcome will likely determine whether recreational cannabis sales come to the nation’s capital.

While the situation has always been murky, recent developments have muddied the waters even further.

“I hate to say it, but I don’t know (what’s next),” said Bob Capecchi, deputy director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project.

Tue
13
Jan

Congress Unlikely to Block Marijuana Legalization in Washington DC

WASHINGTON, DC — At a press conference Thursday, the District of Columbia’s congressional delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), urged her colleagues to respect the will of the voters who overwhelmingly approved making marijuana legal in the nation’s capital last week. Norton was joined by three other congressmen, including Dana Rohrabacher (R-California), who said that attempting […]

Tue
13
Jan

Washington’s First Retail Marijuana Auction Nets $600,000

PROSSER, WA — Washington state’s first marijuana auction brought in about $600,000. Fireweed Farms of Prosser sold about 300 pounds of pot to state-licensed processors and retailers Saturday. Bidding took place under a black tent fronted by tall heaters, and the event was monitored by at least two representatives of the Washington Liquor Control Board. […]

Tue
13
Jan

Washington D.C. Takes Major Step Toward Taxing and Regulating Marijuana

WASHINGTON, DC — Lawmakers in the nation’s capital voted Tuesday in favor of legislation that would legally regulate and license the production, distribution and sale of marijuana in the District of Columbia during a meeting of the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, which is chaired by D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large). Today’s action by D.C. […]

Tue
13
Jan

Medical Marijuana for Bipolar? Getting High is NOT the Object

  • On January 1, laws making legal the use of recreational marijuana went into effect in Colorado and the state of Washington. Fifty-six percent of Americans now favor legalization and regulation of marijuana.

    In the meantime, there are 20 states plus Washington DC where medical marijuana is legal, and four states with pending legislation.

    “Medical marijuana” is something of a misnomer. A physician does not write a prescription for a specific compound at a specific dosage that a patient fills at a pharmacy. Indeed, the physician’s only involvement may be in issuing the requisite medical marijuana card. 

    The card allows users to shop at marijuana dispensaries. It also amounts to a “get out of jail free” card

Tue
30
Dec

Pot Pie, Redefined? Chefs Start to Experiment With Cannabis

BOULDER, Colo. — Recreational marijuana is both illegal and controversial in most of the country, and its relationship to food does not rise much above a joke about brownies or a stoner chef’s late-night pork belly poutine.

But cooking with cannabis is emerging as a legitimate and very lucrative culinary pursuit.

In Colorado, which has issued more than 160 edible marijuana licenses, skilled line cooks are leaving respected restaurants to take more lucrative jobs infusing cannabis into food and drinks. In Washington, one of four states that allow recreational marijuana sales, a large cannabis bakery dedicated to affluent customers with good palates will soon open in Seattle.

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