Fading Raymond WA Becomes Port For Pot Entrepreneurs

STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

From the back of Richard Montoure's pot-growing warehouse facility is the Port of Willapa Harbor off Highway 101. Near the town of Raymond, officials hope the facility will house more pot-grow operations in the future.

WASHINGTON:  After voters legalized marijuana in Washington, Seattle nightlife entrepreneur Marcus Charles went hunting for a depressed timber town. Owner of the Crocodile Café and co-founder of the Capitol Hill Block Party, Charles wanted to jump into the emerging pot industry. His first impulse was to find a city with vacant industrial space and a Read the full article…

Women In Cannabis: Solidarity And High-Potency Sorbet

Since Colorado and Washington first voted to legalize recreational marijuana use in late 2012, the legal cannabis market has grown from $1.5 billion in 2013 to $2.7 billion last year, according to industry estimates. That kind of velocity gets the attention of investors, many of whom focus on tech.

WASHINGTON: A power luncheon for women in the marijuana business took place Friday in one of Seattle’s highest locations – the top of the Columbia Tower, where dozens of women in the cannabis business gathered to talk shop and exchange recipes. A.C. Braddock is CEO of Eden Labs, which makes extraction equipment. These days 90 percent Read the full article…

Skyrocketing Tax Revenues from Pot in Colorado–Will Texas Take Note?

Austin City Council will consider a resolution supporting medical marijuana in Texas.

TEXAS: Will the booming taxes being collected in Colorado from marijuana be enough to turn the heads of Texas lawmakers in favor of legalization, or at least lessening the penalties on pot and allowing for taxation?   Retail marijuana sales in Colorado brought in $1.4 million in January, and that number jumped to nearly $1.9 million Read the full article…

Are Feds Trying To Run Down Clock On Kentucky Hemp Seeds?

Rainer Nowotny, managing director of Hanffaser Uckermark eG., checks the quality of hemp plants July 27, 2013, in Prenzlau, Germany. The company produces insulating material and animal bedding out of hemp.

KENTUCKY:  With just about two weeks until the end of planting season, Kentucky’s Agriculture Department agreed Friday to jump through a federal agency’s hoops so it can get hemp seeds that already are in the state. State officials say they will file a four-page application for a one-page federal permit to obtain industrial hemp seeds that U.S. Customs Read the full article…

Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Business At A Glance

If L.A. doesn't change its existing rules, all medicinal pot shops in the city's boundaries will be illegal in 2018.

NEVADA: WHAT IS COMING: Under the law passed by the Nevada Legislature and signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval in 2013, the medical marijuana industry will include up to 66 dispensaries statewide to sell the marijuana and marijuana products. The infrastructure will include indoor grow houses to grow the drug, testing labs to test its potency and kitchens Read the full article…

In Colorado, The Number Of Women In Marijuana Industry Is Getting Higher

While the U.S. is only now starting to explore modern medical uses of marijuana, for centuries, women around the world have harnessed the magical green leaves.

COLORADO:  Christie Lunsford used to feel so lonely. As a medical marijuana caregiver, she would attend cannabis industry meetings and be the only woman in the room. “The first time I saw another female, I was really excited. That was in 2010,” said the 43-year-old Denver wife and mother, who has branched out to cannabis marketing, Read the full article…

Pot Finance Co-Ops Likely To Fail, But They’re Better Than Nothing

Chris Myklebust, commissioner of the Division of Financial Services for the Colorado Department of Regulatory Services, says there are hurdles to overcome yet.

COLORADO:  A hurry-up bill that whizzed through the final days of the Colorado legislature to create the world’s first financial cooperatives for the marijuana industry still faces about two years of added preparation, backers now say. But despite the initial optimism surrounding House Bill 1398, those familiar with the Federal Reserve System — the agency Read the full article…

DEA Chief Dials Back Drug War Bluster After Talk With Holder

Advocates hope that outgoing chief Michele Leonhart will be replaced by someone who is more open to legalizing marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart and her boss, Attorney General Eric Holder, appear locked in a bureaucratic staring match over the Obama administration’s attempt to reform the way the federal government approaches criminal justice and punishment. For Holder and for President Barack Obama, sentencing reform has become a critical, second-term legacy item, as they aim Read the full article…

Minnesota Lawmakers Agree To Legalize Medical Marijuana Under Tight Restrictions

The compromise bill allows for two manufacturing facilities and eight dispensaries statewide, more than the House bill called for. But it covers fewer conditions than the Senate favored.

MINNESOTA: Minnesota lawmakers struck a deal Thursday to legalize medical marijuana, handing a major victory to severely ill children and adults whose emotional appeals for help propelled a major policy change that once appeared dead for the session. Gov. Mark Dayton said he would sign the legislation, which was closer to the House’s more restrictive bill than the Read the full article…

Missouri Mom Pushes For Marijuana Law To Aid Son

Brandy Johnson is joining the effort to decriminalize marijuana in Missouri.

MISSOURI: Tres Johnson wasn’t expected to live through his first day. Ten years later, his mother calls him “our little miracle,” but says medical marijuana could greatly improve her child’s life. Now, Brandy Johnson is joining the effort to decriminalize marijuana in Missouri. Tres, of Bernie, Mo., was born with diprosopus, which is Greek for “two Read the full article…