What’s The Inventory Story? Hard To Say, But Let’s Try Anyway.

Since national media has decided to throw unsubstantiated, alarming numbers around, I have decided that it is necessary to provide the best educated guess I can based on actual data received from the WSLCB.

Warning: this post contains calculations from data provided by the WSLCB, without contextual explanation for the December 2014 anomalous sales data; and without a clear definition for retail gram volumes given how difficult that is to include concentrates and edibles. The WSLCB has recently tightened their information provision services and informs me that I should have answers Read the full article…

Guest: Cities And Counties Have A Right To Ban The Sale Of Marijuana

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WASHINGTON: Marijuana legalization under Initiative 502 is a bold experiment. As attorney general, I am defending that state law rigorously. But one question threatens to unravel marijuana legalization in Washington state and, potentially, across the country: Can cities and counties ban the sale of marijuana within their local jurisdiction? When asked to answer that important question, Read the full article…

FBI Approves Illinois Marijuana Business Background Checks

The FBI has approved the use of its criminal history records for out-of-state and federal background checks of Illinois medical marijuana business owners.

ILLINOIS:  Illinois officials say the FBI has approved the use of its criminal history records for out-of-state and federal background checks of medical marijuana business owners. Two state licensing agencies announced the FBI approval Tuesday. The Associated Press first reported last week that Gov. Bruce Rauner had awarded the marijuana business licenses before out-of-state criminal Read the full article…

Small Town In Washington Expects To Open Its Own Legal Cannabis Store By Month’s End

The primary reason for that choice, according to North Bonneville Mayor Don Stevens, is to assure the city takes control of its own destiny in the inevitable evolution of a legal cannabis market that holds great promise but still remains marked by citizen concerns and pockets of hard-core opposition to the very idea of legal weed.

WASHINGTON: The City of North Bonneville is only weeks away from securing a license to open Washington’s first municipally controlled and operated recreational marijuana store, which local leaders say could serve as a model to be adopted by cities across the state. The bucolic community of some 1,000 residents is located along the Columbia River amid Read the full article…

Cities Argue For A Bigger Share Of Pot Tax Revenue

"Somebody else thought they knew how much we were going to need," says Scott Winkels, lobbyist with the League of Oregon Cities.

WASHINGTON: When voters in four U.S. states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon — approved recreational marijuana sales, part of the appeal was the promise of a new revenue source to buoy cash-strapped cities and states. But tensions are growing in those four states over how the tax rewards from pot sales should be divided. Read the full article…

Everyone in Olympia Has a Pot Plan

In the state senate, two major plans emerged at the start of the session.

WASHINGTON: It’s progress that Washington State‘s most high-profile drug war is presently being fought with bills and proposed amendments in the hushed chambers of the Capitol building in Olympia. But it’s still a goddamn mess. This year, lawmakers are under pressure to reconcile our largely unregulated medical marijuana market with the highly regulated recreational market. Read the full article…

Growers Are Making Bank on This Green, Fragrant Bud. No, Not That One

Hops are the fluffy green buds whose oils give beer its bright and bitter flavor. They grow on bines, and always clockwise.

CALIFORNIA: In 2011, Jan-Erik Paino, a former construction worker and grape-picker, launched a new craft beer company in Sacramento inspired by Captain Frank Ruhstaller, a Swiss immigrant who owned several of the city’s hundreds of breweries in the late 1800′s. Paino wanted to make a beer to carry on Ruhstaller’s legacy. Ruhstaller’s JE Paino Maddie Oatman Paino’s first Read the full article…

Grand Opening of Olympia Recreational Marijuana Store

With the special touch of having three official strains endorsed by Tommy Chong, the famous comedian from the comedy duo Cheech & Chong.

WASHINGTON: Just in time for the Super Bowl, Seattle canna-twins “The Powers of Cannabis” are playing host to the grand opening of I-502 recreational pot shop, A Bud & Leaf, this Saturday, January 30th at 10:00 AM in Olympia.  Featuring three official strains endorsed by Tommy Chong, the famous comedian from the comedy duo Cheech & Chong, Read the full article…

Marijuana Vending Machine To Debut In Seattle

American Green, the company behind the ZaZZZ marijuana machine, says it's the "first age-verifying, climate-controlled, self-service dispensary."

WASHINGTON: Just like chips and soda, Seattle-area residents are now able to buy marijuana from a vending machine.American Green, the company behind the ZaZZZ marijuana machine, says it’s the “first age-verifying, climate-controlled, self-service dispensary.”The machine will make its debut on Tuesday, February 3, at Seattle Caregivers. Marijuana flower, edibles, and other related merchandise will be dispensed from Read the full article…

Pitching Marijuana Startups Brings New Meaning To High Tech

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.

CALIFORNIA: Investing in a social network closely tied to a booming industry sounds great, until Apple kicks the thing you invested in out of the App Store because the platform is all about marijuana. It’s one of the many things that can happen when two of the fastest growing industries in America come together, as is Read the full article…