Native Americans Resist Cannabis In Washington

The roughly 10,000-member Yakama Nation has already asserted sovereignty to keep cannabis outlawed on 1.2 million acres of reservation land it controls in central Washington.

WASHINGTON: The burgeoning marijuana industry in Washington will find no allies in The Yakama Nation tribe of Native Americans. According to a report by Reuters earlier this week: The roughly 10,000-member Yakama Nation has already asserted sovereignty to keep cannabis outlawed on 1.2 million acres of reservation land it controls in central Washington’s Yakima Valley. In addition, the Yakama are also seeking to Read the full article…

Washington Marijuana Entrepreneurs Fear Potentially Violent Consequences Of An All-Cash Industry

He’s planning to use lockboxes and a variety other methods to store his money, which he will keep away from his home and place of employment. And while he's taking major precautions, he’s even more worried about the people buying his product.

WASHINGTON: Brian Stroh is not taking any chances. Aware of the inherent risks associated with his line of work, Stroh pays monthly for armed security guards to assist him in guarded revenue transport and facility supervision. He’s planning to use lockboxes and a variety other methods to store his money, which he will keep away from Read the full article…

Setting Up Your Washington Cannabis Business Accounting System

On the current market you can expect to pay $175.00-275.00 dollars for a qualified CPA, $75.00 – 125.00 for a systems specialist to support your accounting system set-up, and $25-65 for a Bookkeeper to maintain your records.  It is a good idea to check credentials and references before starting work with anyone.

by Wendy L. Maguire, MA WSD WASHINGTON: Navigating the business byways of Washington State’s emerging legal marijuana industry is challenging; we are literally building the road as we walk it.  The emergent nature of the business leaves us all feeling a bit uncertain as to the expectations, legalities and structures necessary for compliance.   Under the, Read the full article…

ACLU: Steep Drop In Pot Cases Has Freed Up Resources

Washington's top cannabis companies convened last weekend at the MJBA Vendor Fair in Seattle. Legalization has resulted in fewer arrests, and a Green Rush of new business opportunity.

WASHINGTON:  Legalization of marijuana in Washington has resulted in far fewer pot arrests, thereby freeing up law-enforcement and court resources, the ACLU says. But Ian Goodhew, of the King County Prosecutor’s Office, said prosecutors handled few misdemeanor pot cases before the law took effect. A steep drop in charges filed against adults over 21 in Read the full article…

Washington Liquor Control Board Joins The DEA/Cops In Ability To Confiscate And Destroy Marijuana

Back to the future? Newly adopted Liquor Board rules give LCB agents rights of confiscation.

WASHINGTON:  In a late email Wednesday, the Washington State Liquor Control Board announced that it has given it’s officers the legal right to confiscate and order destroyed marijuana produced in excess of what a grower, producer or retailer is licensed to have. The newly adopted rules also state that LCB enforcers can take or order destroyed Read the full article…

FBI Balks At Background Checks For Washington State Retail Marijuana

WASHINGTON:  The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado — a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that’s long been Read the full article…

Washington House Passes Bill To Allow Hash Sales

Jim Andersen, left, displays butane hash oil to Mike Steenhout, comptroller of Washington's Liquor Control Board, at a marijuana growing facility in Seattle.

WASHINGTON: Washington state’s Legislature has passed a bill to allow sales of marijuana concentrates like hash oil at state-licensed pot shops. House Bill 2304 also tweaks Washington’s legal marijuana law to allow marijuana processors to sell to other processors. For example, a processor who specializes in making marijuana extracts could provide those to bakers who might Read the full article…

Washington Employers: Marijuana Legalization In Washington State Won’t Prevent Workplace Drug Tests

“Legal recreational and medical use of marijuana does not give employment protections to employees who fail employer drug tests,”

WASHINGTON: Misinformation about the legalization of marijuana in Washington State could result in termination, if an employee tests positive for a drug test in a company that has a zero-tolerance drug policy. Employer’s zero tolerance drug policies are not affected by the new law. “Legal recreational and medical use of marijuana does not give employment protections Read the full article…

Washington’s First Marijuana Licensee Talks About His Past And Plans

The first person to get a legal marijuana license puts business up for sale.

WASHINGTON:  Today the Washington State Liquor Control Board issued that state’s first recreational marijuana licenses: one for production and one for processing. Both went to Sean Green, chief executive of Kouchlock Productions, who was first in line when the board started accepting applications. Green, a former real estate appraiser, got into the medical marijuana business in 2011 and currently operates two Read the full article…

Franklin County Commissioners Vote To Extend Marijuana Moratorium

Despite some disagreement last week over the whether or not to extend the pot moratorium commissioners did decide Monday to extend it, at least six months.

WASHINGTON:  Franklin County Commissioners decided to extend the county’s moratorium on marijuana sales just before it was set to expire Tuesday. Despite some disagreement last week over the whether or not to extend the pot moratorium commissioners did decide Monday to extend it, at least for another six months but maybe less. The commission needed Read the full article…