Reports Of Problems Vex Washington Pot Lottery

Entrepreneurs talk shop at Cannabis tech meetup.

WASHINGTON: Andrew Elliott is hoping to score one of the golden tickets of Washington’s legal marijuana industry: a license to sell pot, granted in part on a series of high-tech lotteries held this week. He almost didn’t get a shot. Just days before the lotteries began, the state’s Liquor Control Board informed him he had Read the full article…

Seattle Marijuana Farmers Readying First Crop For Retail Sales

One of Colorado’s largest chains of marijuana stores on Wednesday laid off 65 employees — or about 45 percent of the company’s total workforce

WASHINGTON: Aspiring marijuana retailers will soon learn whether they’ve landed a coveted license to sell pot legally in Washington. And growers are already hard at work to make sure there’ll be plenty of product as soon as possible. At a non-descript warehouse at the foot of Seattle’s Magnolia bluff, thousands of marijuana plants in various Read the full article…

Will Legalization Spark Marijuana Research?

The discovery means that women who are ovulating may have a much stronger reaction to the THC, possibly because it gets amplified when it interacts with estrogen, she said.

WASHINGTON: In a secluded lab in Pullman, furry vermin are providing startling revelations about marijuana and its effects on the sexes. Rebecca Craft, a researcher at Washington State University, has been studying the creatures, male and female rats, to see if they react differently to the drug. And it looks like she’s on to something, Read the full article…

Justice Department Giving Washington State Access To FBI Database

While cannabis smoke has been implicated in respiratory dysfunction, including the conversion of respiratory cells to what appears to be a pre-cancerous state [5], it has not been causally linked with tobacco related cancers [6] such as lung, colon or rectal cancers.

WASHINGTON: After a year of requests, the U.S. Justice Department says it is giving Washington state access to an FBI database so it can conduct nationwide background checks on people who apply to run legal marijuana businesses. In a statement provided to The Associated Press, the department said Thursday that allowing the checks is consistent Read the full article…

More Pot, Safer Roads: Marijuana Legalization Could Bring Unexpected Benefits

In 2013, after Washington state legalized pot, nearly 25 percent more drivers tested positive for marijuana but no corresponding jump has been seen in accidents or arrests for intoxicated driving.

WASHINGTON:  The anti-pot group Project SAM claims drug test data show that marijuana legalization in Washington, approved by voters in that state at the end of 2012, already has made the roads more dangerous. The group notes with alarm that the percentage of people arrested for driving under the influence of a drug (DUID) who tested positive Read the full article…

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…

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 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…

More Drivers Positive For Pot In Washington

The Washington State Patrol says 1,362 drivers tested positive for having active marijuana in their system — a jump of just under 25 percent from the year before

WASHINGTON: More drivers tested positive for marijuana in Washington in 2013 — the first full year after the state legalized pot — but officials so far say there’s been no obvious, corresponding jump in car accidents. The Washington State Patrol says 1,362 drivers tested positive for having active marijuana in their system — a jump of Read the full article…

Marijuana Farmers Lose Seattle Tax Exemption

Marijuana farmers will no longer be able to take the agricultural exemption from the Business and Occupation tax.

WASHINGTON:  The Seattle City Council moved to close a tax loophole that benefits the pot growing business Monday, but it left the loophole alone for all other farmers. Councilmember Nick Licata said that Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are already paying a business tax, giving the city more than $100,000 a year. And he believes marijuana farmers Read the full article…