One Year Of Legal Marijuana Generated $70 Million In Tax Revenue For Washington State

Washington state raked in more than $70 million in taxes during its first year of legal and regulated marijuana sales.

WASHINGTON:  Washington state raked in more than $70 million in taxes during its first year of legal and regulated marijuana sales. The Washington State Liquor Control Board, the government body charged with overseeing the state’s marijuana industry, reports that state pot shops sold more than $257 million worth of marijuana, generating more than $64 million through Read the full article…

Year Of Legal Marijuana Nets State $70 Million In Pot Taxes

One year after the first retail sales, Washington state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day.

WASHINGTON:  Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day.And who knows – the industry might even start making some Read the full article…

Recreational Marijuana In Washington: One Year Later

Local marijuana growers and sellers are riding high nearly a year after sales started in Washington.

WASHINGTON:  Local marijuana growers and sellers are riding high nearly a year after sales started in Washington. Pot puns aside, the recreational marijuana market has proven to be an economic force in Cowlitz County. Since retail sales started July 8 last year, more than $5 million has exchanged hands and at least 60 jobs created Read the full article…

Washington State House Passes Recreational Marijuana Reform Bill

The House on Friday passed a measure that changes the state's recreational marijuana three-tier tax structure to a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale.

WASHINGTON:  The House on Friday passed a measure that makes several changes to the state’s new recreational marijuana market, including eliminating the three-tier tax structure and replacing it with a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale.House Bill 2136 passed the House on a 59-38 vote and now heads to the Read the full article…

B.C. Company Buys Ferndale Center For Marijuana Businesses

A Canadian company has bought a business center in Washington State with plans to lease the space to licensed marijuana growers and processors.

WASHINGTON:  A Vancouver, B.C., company has bought a business center at 2010 Grandview Road for $1.2 million and plans to lease space to licensed marijuana growers and processors. Chlormet Technologies bought the 9.7-acre parcel in Ferndale through its Washington state subsidiary PacCan Industries, according to a company news release. The seller was Excelsior Mortgage Equity Fund of Lake Read the full article…

Vancouver-Based Marijuana Shop Has Highest Sales In Washington, Thanks To Oregon Buyers

The new record was set on a day when two major cannabis conferences were held in the Pacific Northwest, although whether that was a factor is hard to determine.

WASHINGTON:  Oregon marijuana users helped propel a Vancouver retailer to the top recreational weed shop in Washington. Main Street Marijuana sold $1.8 million in May alone, the state liquor control board announced this week, besting Seattle-based Uncle Ike’s $1.5 million. Another Vancouver-based shop, New Vansterdam, ranked third in the state with $1.2 million in May sales. Marijuana sales Read the full article…

‘Clean Green’-Labeled Marijuana Is Pesticide-Free, Environmentally Friendlier

Pot grown at the state-licensed operation can’t be certified as organic because the U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn’t recognize marijuana as a legal crop.

WASHINGTON:  Chris Van Hook bent over a shrub-sized marijuana plant at Mountain High Farm with a magnifying glass last month, looking for imperfections in the fan-shaped leaves. A few of the fronds were “chewed on,” which is what Van Hook expects in a pesticide-free crop. Pot grown at the state-licensed operation can’t be certified as organic because Read the full article…

Marijuana Safety Manual Being Developed

A group of industry experts are developing the first "Cannabis Industry Workplace Safety and Health" manual for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

WASHINGTON:  With just about six weeks left to the one-year anniversary of recreational cannabis in Washington, a new sign of the normalization of that industry has appeared. Under the leadership of the labor union United Food and Commercial Workers Local 367, a group of industry experts are developing the first “Cannabis Industry Workplace Safety and Read the full article…

Seattle City Attorney To Introduce Plan For Shutting Down Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes is planning to separate medical cannabis establishments into tiers, with the goal of shutting many down in the coming months.

WASHINGTON:  Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes held a private meeting recently where he presented a resolution he’s planning to introduce to the City Council that would separate medical cannabis establishments into tiers, with the goal of shutting many down in the coming months. Under this proposal – which is designed in response to the passage of Senate 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…