Washington State Updates List of Allowed Pesticides

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has updated their list of pesticides allowed for cannabis production. Two products — AzaMax and Evergreen Pyrethrum Concentrate — were removed based on advice from the Oregon Department of Agriculture, who said the products contained ingredients not listed on their labels. 24 pesticides were removed from the list because […]

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Washington Break-Ins Reinforce Cannabis Banking Concerns

With a surplus of cash and cannabis products always on hand, dispensary locations are prime targets for robbery. Washington state saw a number of cannabis shop break-ins in 2017 and the trend has continued in 2018, reinforcing concerns about having a cash-only industry and the lack of banking options for cannabis companies. On April 5, […]

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Growers Network Documents Large Scale Production in Episode Two of ‘Canna Cribs’

Following the popular reception of Episode 1 of Canna Cribs, Growers Network went to Grow Op Farms, owners of the Phat Panda, Hot Sugar!, and Sticky Frog brands for the second episode of Canna Cribs. Grow Op Farms is a major cannabis producer in the state of Washington and Growers Network took the opportunity to […]

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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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Washington State Court of Appeals Upholds Local Cannabis Bans

A three-judge panel of the Washington State Court of Appeals has ruled that local unincorporated jurisdictions in Washington have the right to ban cannabis businesses within their borders. The case involved Emerald Enterprises LLC, who opened a retail cannabis shop in unincorporated Clarke County. They argued the state law legalizing cannabis for adult use overruled […]

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Washington State Budget Includes $100K for Hemp Program

Washington state’s budget includes $100,000 to license hemp farmers and market hemp products, according to a Capital Press report. The funding – $187,000 less than requested by the Department of Agriculture – allows the program to continue for another year; however, the agency has not yet resumed licensing producers. The program has been on hold […]

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Washington Home Grow Bill Fails, Again

The decision to not include home grows in Washington’s 2012 cannabis legalization initiative continues to haunt the state, which again this year has failed to pass a cannabis home grow bill. With Democrats holding both chambers of the legislature and the Governor’s office this year, cannabis supporters thought there might be progress on that front — […]

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Last Washington MMJ Exchange Raided by Law Enforcement & Cannabis Regulators

Washington’s last remaining medical cannabis exchange, the Patient Cannabis Exchange in Parkland, was raided by law enforcement on Sunday, KOMO News reports. Officers arrested individuals with outstanding warrants and seized plants and cash. Medical cannabis exchanges allow patients to designate a cultivator to grow their cannabis for them. Patients and cultivators at the exchange indicated […]

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Washington’s Seed-to-Sale Traceability System Targeted in Cyber Attack

Already behind schedule, Washington state’s new seed-to-sale tracking system, known as Data Leaf Systems, opened on February 1 to immediate complaints. The database is reportedly filled with bugs — and now it has surfaced that the system was hacked in a cyber attack on Saturday, February 3. Since November, when MJ Freeway announced the system […]

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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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Per-Pound Cannabis Prices Drop in First Month of 2018

According to Cannabis Benchmark’s U.S. Spot Index, the price-per-pound of cannabis has fallen 3.5 percent from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19, to $1,292, representing a spot price-per-gram of $2.85, with a simple average price of $3.20. The report indicates that the drop “was driven primarily by significant week-over-week decline in wholesale rates in Oregon, though […]

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Washington State Home Grow Bill Advances

Washington State’s House of Representatives Commerce and Gaming Committee has passed a bill allowing adults over 21 years old to grow six plants and possess up to 24 ounces. HB 2559 passed the committee on Tuesday by a vote of 7–2, bringing Washington one step closer to joining the other legalized states — all of […]

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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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19 Attorney Generals Send Letter to Congress Asking for Cannabis Banking Protection Legislation

Attorney generals from 17 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam have sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to “advance legislation that would allow states that have legalized medical or recreational use of marijuana to bring that commerce into the banking system” following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to rescind the Cole Memo protections. […]

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Federal MMJ Protection Amendment Reverses Convictions of Washington’s ‘Kettle Falls Five’

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice has vacated the convictions and dismissed the charges of the so-called Kettle Falls Five – a family of cannabis growers in eastern Washington state who were charged under federal law in 2013 for cultivating and distributing cannabis, according to a Stranger report. Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, her husband Larry Harvey, Rhonda’s son […]

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Washington Patients Still Don’t Have Easy Access to Clones, Seeds

In Washington state, a medical cannabis patient who is registered on the Marijuana Authorization Database can grow up to six plants at home, while a qualifying patient who is not registered can grow up to four plants — but do medical cannabis patients in Washington really have legal access to seeds, clones, and plants? We recently decided […]

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Jedidiah Haney: Organizing the Cannabis Community with Social Entrepreneurship

Jedidiah Haney is a cannabis activist and entrepreneur who is an outspoken advocate for sensible cannabis regulations and opponent to the seemingly default legalization legislation, which hinges on price gouging and over-regulation. He is also the founder of Higher Influence, LLC and a founding board member of The Cannabis Alliance. In our recent interview, we […]

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Cannabis Marketplace Insights: Analyzing Washington’s Market Data

Headset is a cannabis-specific business intelligence company, which means we handle a lot of data. By a lot, I mean that we track sales data in real-time for over 325 retailers in 8 states. Since we launched in June of 2015, we’ve tracked over 1,889,000,000 transactions. Suffice to say, all those data have some interesting […]

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Restaurant Finds Early Success Selling “Blunts” and “Spliffs”

Brotha Dudes is a family-run restaurant located in Bellingham, Washington that offers a unique culinary and social experience. Specifically, they have named many of their menu items after references from cannabis culture, such as the “Dudes Blunt” and the “Cali Spliff.” While there is no actual cannabis in their recipes, they do have a food […]

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Celebrating the 4th Annual Croptoberfest with Washington’s Cannabis Business Community

Cannabis workers, professionals, enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs came together earlier this month in Zillah, Washington for the 4th Annual Croptoberfest, an educational and engaging B2B networking event for the cannabis space. This year’s Croptoberfest focused on the leading issues that face the cannabis industry, namely: the proliferation of pesticides and issues related to their use, the […]

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Washington’s Impending Cannabis ‘Armageddon:’ A Seed-to-Sale Halloween Scare

The Washington state legal cannabis market has had its share of hiccups since its creation. Now, at the close of 2017, a new problem around the state’s seed-to-sale tracking software has materialized just in time (literally) for Halloween. Earlier this year, the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) announced they would not be renewing the […]

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Cannabis Sales in Washington Reach $1B So Far in 2017

According to new figures by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, cannabis sales in the state have reached more than $1 billion this year, bringing in more than $300 million in excise taxes. The data represents sales through September. Monthly sales in the state have reached more than $130 million. The WSLCB data shows that […]

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