Seven Mayors of Major Cities Call for Cannabis Policy Reform

The mayors of seven large U.S. cities in states with adult-use laws formed a coalition on Monday asking the U.S. federal government to remove cannabis from the list of controlled substances, reports the Chicago Tribune. Mayors from Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and West Sacramento sponsored a resolution at the U.S. […]

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Seattle Officials Move to Toss Misdemeanor Cannabis Convictions

Officials in Seattle, Washington have filed a motion in Seattle Municipal Court to vacate all convictions for misdemeanor cannabis possession for anyone arrested in the city – a total of 542 people. Mayor Jenny Durkan said her office made the request because “it makes little sense for so many in [Seattle] to be punished for […]

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Washington Cities Join in Vacating Cannabis Convictions

In February, the city of Seattle, Washington announced it would vacate all misdemeanor cannabis convictions issued prior to the 2012 legalization of adult use cannabis. Mayor Jenny Durkan cited the need to reverse some of the damage done by the War on Drugs, especially to communities of color. The city attorney is also looking into possibly […]

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Seattle Officials Seek to Vacate and Dismiss Cannabis Convictions

In an op-ed in The Stranger, Seattle, Washington’s alt-weekly, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that she has directed City Attorney Pete Holmes to ask Seattle’s Municipal Court to vacate convictions and dismiss charges for misdemeanor cannabis possession. “Here’s why this is necessary: While minor marijuana possession has been the lowest enforcement priority for the Seattle Police […]

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Seattle CannaCon to Feature Cannabis Career Fair Next Week

CannaCon, one of the cannabis industry’s premier networking and educational events, is coming to the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle next week on February 15-17. The event promises hours upon hours of engagement with some of the industry’s brightest minds and most noteworthy pioneers, but this year — in addition to the regular lineup […]

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Premier Cannabis Convention CannaCon Visits Seattle, Detroit and Boston

If you own a cannabis company, you know that finding good business partners, vendors and allies is an essential part of your role. And building your business in a new industry like cannabis doesn’t always make that easy. In every locale, cannabis business owners prioritize attending meet-ups, cannabis business trade groups and other local industry […]

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Network, Educate, and Innovate with the Cannabis Industry at CannaCon Seattle, Feb. 15-17

CannaCon, one of the world’s largest B2B cannabis networking expos, is coming back to Seattle on February 15, 16, and 17. Located at the Washington State Convention Center, the CannaCon Seattle expo will feature notable speakers, educational seminars, panel discussions, and countless networking opportunities on an exhibition floor packed full with more than 400 booths and thousands […]

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Study: One in Four Cancer Patients at Washington Clinic Use Cannabis to Treat Symptoms

According to a study published in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, 24 percent of cancer patients treated at Washington’s Seattle Cancer Care Alliance had used cannabis in the last year for both physical and psychological symptoms related to their disease. Researchers also found that legalization increased the odds that a patient […]

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Washington Cannabis Company Offering Music Downloads with Joint Purchases

A new cannabis-focused music distribution service called Hi-Tunes is offering pre-rolled joints that come with QR codes for free music downloads, Complete Music Update reports. The platform is a spinoff of cannabis brand Caviar Gold’s in-house record label. Scott McKinley, co-founder of the service, said Hi-Tunes gives artists branded cannabis lines to market and if sales do […]

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Seattle Raises Dispensary Licensing Fees

Seattle’s City Council has approved a $500 increase in dispensary fees, raising them from $1,000 to $1,500 for the city’s existing 48 shops, according to a KIRO report. The hike is a compromise from the more than 400 percent increase proposed by local lawmakers two weeks ago. The increase also applies to out-of-town businesses selling […]

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North Seattle Dispensary Robbed; Suspects in Custody

Two suspects are in custody following an attempted armed robbery at a North Seattle dispensary late Sunday night, Komo News reports. An off-duty Have a Heart employee witnessed the robbery-in-progress via the store’s security cameras and called 911 from home. Two masked suspects, armed with handguns, entered the dispensary and tied up the employees, according […]

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Seattle Licensing Snafu Sparks Lawsuit Against LCB

The curtain is closing on medical cannabis in Washington, but Seattle-based dispensary owner John Davis is not giving up the fight to save his business. Davis is appearing in court today to represent his business, the Northwest Patient Resource Center, and the plight of several other Seattle-based dispensaries, in a lawsuit against the Washington State Liquor […]

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Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board Issues 14-Day Shutdown Notices to Seattle Dispensaries

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) shocked dispensary owners in Seattle last week with the delivery of warning notices indicating that businesses have fourteen days to either obtain a cannabis license from the state or shutdown. In 2015 the Washington State Legislature passed SB 5052, the Cannabis Patient Protection Act. This law was […]

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Seattle City Attorney Promises Crackdown on Black Market Cannabis

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said he will work to eliminate the city’s black market cannabis retailers, particularly illegal delivery services. Unlicensed retailers — many of which deliver, and some of which are so bold as to advertise on the back page of local newspapers — account for about 28% of the total cannabis market, according […]

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DOPE Industry Awards Coming to Seattle Next Weekend

The DOPE Industry Awards, an annual event hosted by DOPE Magazine, is a cannabis appreciation party that highlights the industry’s most prominent organizations, activists, entrepreneurs and ganjapreneurs of the year. This year, the DOPE Industry Awards is coming to the Showbox SoDo in Seattle on Saturday, December 19. The event starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are marked […]

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