Tacoma To Close Most Medical Marijuana Shops

Now under a new state law, “gray market” marijuana providers must get state retail licenses or close their doors.

WASHINGTON:  Sometime this month, more than 60 medical marijuana store owners in Tacoma will receive a letter from the city telling them to close their doors within 45 days. “We don’t need 60 stores selling marijuana in Tacoma,” Mayor Marilyn Strickland said Tuesday. “At a minimum, 48 of these stores do need to close down Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Referendum Won’t Be On Washington Ballot

Washington voters won’t be asked this fall if they want to keep changes made this spring to the state’s medical marijuana laws.

WASHINGTON:  Washington voters won’t be asked this fall if they want to keep changes made this spring to the state’s medical marijuana laws. Organizers of a petition drive to place a referendum of the new law on the ballot won’t be turning in signatures by this week’s deadline, the secretary of state’s office said Monday. Referendum 76 Read the full article…

Oldest, Best Behaved Medical Marijuana Shops Most Likely To Get Licensed

The WSLCB must decide which unlicensed medical-marijuana shops and grow operations to legitimize and which ones must close by July 1, 2016.

WASHINGTON:  Washington marijuana regulators have a big job ahead of them, and replacing officers’ badges, shirts and caps with ones that read “Liquor and Cannabis Board” is the least of it. The same law that will change the Liquor Control Board’s name July 24 directs the agency to decide which unlicensed medical-marijuana shops and grow Read the full article…

Washington State Marijuana Shops Caught Selling To Minors

Four of 22 stores tested for compliance were caught selling weed to underage shoppers in state-run stings.

WASHINGTON:  Washington’s retail marijuana businesses got calls from the state liquor control board before the sting operations began, warning them and reminding them about best practices when it comes to keeping weed out of kids’ hands. But when the board sent 18- to 20-year-old operatives into the first batch of stores this month to see Read the full article…

Washington Begins Operations To Root Out Underage Pot Sales

Marijuana enforcement officials are beginning undercover sting operations to make sure legal pot stores aren't selling to minors.

WASHINGTON:  Washington state marijuana enforcement officials say they’re beginning undercover sting operations to make sure legal pot stores aren’t selling to anyone under 21. The Liquor Control Board announced Tuesday that this month it’s starting the sting operations, using 18-to-21-year-old men and women who are employees of the state agency. The board says it wants Read the full article…

Attorney General Urges LCB To Consider All Forms Of Marijuana That Appeal To Children In Rule Making Process

Attorney General Bob Ferguson today sent a letter to the Liquor Control Board sharing his recommendations about the board’s proposed permanent rules on recreational marijuana.

WASHIGNTON:  Attorney General Bob Ferguson today sent a letter to the Liquor Control Board sharing his recommendations about the board’s proposed permanent rules on recreational marijuana.  Ferguson highlighted his concern that rules be crafted to address all marijuana products that have the potential to appeal to children.“As our state implements voter-approved recreational marijuana, it’s crucial Read the full article…

Washington Bill To End Dispensaries, Reduce Patients’ Rights, Scheduled For Public Hearing

Medical marijuana smokers in San Diego say the city has forced their pot shops to locate in remote areas and that means the drives to and from will increase air pollution — and ultimately, harm their lungs.

WASHINGTON:  A bill to shut down every medical cannabis dispensaries in Washington State, and to significantly reduce patients’ rights, has been scheduled for a public hearing on March 5th in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee. The measure has already been approved by the state’s Senate. Senate Bill 5052 would shut down every dispensary in the state, would establish Read the full article…

Legal Pot By The Numbers: 99 Stores Licensed, $64 Million In Sales

Statewide, at least 99 stores have been licensed in 27 of Washington’s 39 counties, though that doesn’t mean they are operating.

WASHINGTON:  After a rocky start and supply troubles, the recreational marijuana industry is slowly gaining ground in Washington state. With the new year upon us, here are some numbers that help put things in context. In Seattle, just eight retail marijuana stores have been licensed by the Liquor Control Board; seven are open. The LCB allotted Read the full article…

Tacoma To Tell Unlicensed Pot Shops To Close By Summer

A group opposed to pot legalization is unveiling proposals for the U.S. government to ease restrictions on scientific research into marijuana's potential as medicine.

WASHINGTON:  By summer, Tacoma city officials hope to rid the city of all marijuana shops except a handful of state-licensed stores. The Tacoma City Council told staff Tuesday to get ready to shut down unlicensed marijuana businesses, many of which cater to medical pot users. Letters telling business owners to cease operations could be mailed Read the full article…

Washington Puts Pot Sales, Fines Online For Banks

Though marijuana arrests dropped 6.5 percent nationwide between 2003 and 2014, possession arrests in Virginia increased by 76 percent in the same period

WASHINGTON:  Banking remains a thorny issue for legal marijuana businesses, but regulators in Washington state are trying to make it easier for financial institutions to track their pot-related customers. In the last few days, the state’s Liquor Control Board has started posting the sales activity of legal marijuana growers, sellers and processers online — along Read the full article…