The 2015 Washington Marijuana Retail Seminar: Becoming A Front Runner, October 5th in Bellevue, WA

WASHINGTON:  Front Runner (formerly, a leading business intelligence resource for Washington’s licensed cannabis industry has teamed up with The Marijuana Business Association, to present: “The 2015 Washington Marijuana Retail Seminar: Becoming A Front Runner” on Monday, October 5th at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue, 1-5PM, with a VIP Reception to follow at the hotel bar.

The MJBA Professional Seminar will feature presentations from Front Runner’s  Brian Yauger and Joe Armes, who will provide a comprehensive look at the WSLCB wholesale and retail sales data to date, with an eye toward giving 502 retailers actionable business intelligence to help them build sustainable profitable businesses.

“I want every retailer who attends this seminar to feel that they’ve gotten the value of the ticket price back in the first 15 minutes of the event,” Yauger told MJNN.

Leading Retailer Uncle Ike’s founder Ian Eisenberg will be a featured speaker and panelist. He’ll be joined by an impressive lineup of top retailers including Evergreen Market and The Joint.

PayQwick CEO Kenneth Berke and Green Bits Business Solutions Director Matt Beckley will join Brian Yauger and Joe Armes for a roundtable discussion on retail trends.

Listen to the keys to Romancing the Brand with top executives from Washington’s leading CannaBrands: Zoots, Mirth, Evergreen Herbal, Monkey Grass Farms, Buddy Boy Farm and Sky High Gardens.

Event sponsors include: TetraTrak, Green Bits, Visual Options, PayQwick, CannaVentures and Sky High Gardens.

Reserve your Front Runner spot today. 

Brian Yauger on stage at MJBA Meetup in Seattle.

Brian Yauger on stage at MJBA Meetup in Seattle.

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

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 across Washington have continued to increase since the state began allowing legal sales of the recreational drug last year. In May, Washington marijuana shops sold a combined $41.5 million.

Get high Every Morning With Marijuana K-cups

WASHINGTON: As more and more states legalize marijuana for recreational use, edibles and infusions are becoming a massive marketplace.  Yahoo Finance now reports that coffee businesses are now infusing cannabis in their brews, ready to be bought in K-cups and coffee pods.

Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop of Seattle sells pods of “premium infused” coffee, containing 10mg of THC, for $10 each. “I liken it to a Red Bull and vodka,” Uncle Ike’s sales manager Jennifer Lanzador told Yahoo. “I had more energy, but I still had the relaxation you get from cannabis.” The pods are becoming big sellers — probably because of their undeniable convenience — and now reportedly account for 60 percent of Uncle Ike’s coffee sales.


Washington State: Weed Goldmine Not So Lucrative With New Product Glut

WASHINGTON:  Remember the early days of legal cannabis in Washington, when it was selling for $20 or $25 a gram and stores were closing because they were literally sold out of weed? Those days are officially over. Prices in recreational stores have been falling with every passing month as more shops open. Now there is a glut of pot and it’s forcing prices way too low.

The Stranger reports, Ian Eisenberg, the owner of Uncle Ike’s, a recreational store in Washington, says prices at his store range from $10 to $23 a gram, which is competitive with most medical stores, but “wholesale prices are still literally half of what they were in September.” Good for those who need it, but not so great for those potpreneurs.

Currently Washington offers three tiers of growing licenses for cannabis: less less than 2,000 square feet; 2,000 to 10,000 square feet; and 10,000 to 30,000 square feet. So far, they have issued approximately 336 licenses statewide.

Alison Holcomb, the Seattle attorney who drafted the legal pot law. “There are 10 times as many applications as we need.” Holcomb called the glut of pot-growing applications “a real problem for the people that want to go into production because if you apply for a 30,000-square-foot grow and incur all the expenses for the lease and buildout, you don’t want to suddenly learn that you can only grow 2,000 square feet,” she said.

Church Members Protest Seattle Pot Shop As Too Close For Comfort

WASHINGTON:  When a new retail shop started constructing its location at 23rd Avenue and East Union Street in Seattle’s Central District, the Mount Calvary Christian Center had no problem allowing the business to excavate under part of the church’s property.

The primarily black church has been happy to see once rampant crime at the intersection dwindle over the last decade while new businesses pop up and thrive, said Wayne Perryman, a former associate pastor at the church.

But at least 150 churchgoers shouted “shut it down” Sunday afternoon on 23rd Avenue because Perryman says the church realized just two weeks ago that the shop would open as Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, the second legal place to buy weed in Seattle.

The store opened last Tuesday just a few feet from the south wall of the church and conducts business Sunday during the church’s services.


Today In Seattle Pot Shops: Ocean Greens Now Open, Mello Times Coming…Soon?

WASHINGTON:  Seattle sat at one pot shop for three months before this week when Uncle Ike’s joined Cannabis City as your local legal marijuana dealers. Just like how once someone broke the four-minute mile barrier,suddenly everyone could do it, pot shops are starting to grow up all around town.

Seattle’s third pot shop, Ocean Greens, held its soft-opening on Thursday (at 4:20, obviously). Located at 9724 Aurora Ave North, the place “features a 1960s-era bar with a modern, contemporary aesthetic.”

Meanwhile, will Mello Times ever open in Central District? Despite the fact that owner John Branch was one of May lottery winners, his storefront still has yet to open. He moved one step closer this week buy acquiring an actual storefront. Via CHS, Branch purchased a 4,800 square-foot property on the 2400 block of E Union. Looks like there’s still a lot of work to be done before they open so be on the lookout for Seattle Pot Shop No. 4 elsewhere.


Second Marijuana Shop Opening In Seattle

WASHINGTON:  A second pot shop is opening Tuesday in Seattle.

Uncle Ike’s joins Cannabis City, which opened in July south of downtown.

KING reports ( ) Uncle Ike’s is located on the Central District corner of 23rd and Union — an intersection that has seen more than its share of shootings, arsons, and drug deals.

The Washington state Liquor Control Board has licensed 60 pot shops in the state but only about half that many have opened because of a shortage of licensed growers.