Washington LCB To Increase Number Of Retail Marijuana Stores Following Analysis Of Marketplace

“The legislation will further concentrate retail marijuana stores in low income and working class neighborhoods, and, more often than not, minority neighborhoods.”

WASHINGTON: Following an analysis of the entire marijuana marketplace in Washington State, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) today heard a recommendation from staff to increase the number of retail marijuana stores from the current cap of 334 to a new cap of 556. The methodology for the cap will be part of Read the full article…

Washington State Troopers Crack Down On Marijuana ‘Open Containers’

WSU chemistry Professor Herbert Hill said that existing technologies — including those already used by airport security and customs agents to detect drugs and explosives — can be re-purposed to test breath for THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.

WASHINGTON: Washington State troopers are ramping up efforts to enforce a new portion of the state’s marijuana law, which makes it illegal to have an open container of pot in your car. The law went into affect on Sept. 26 and is similar to the state’s alcohol open container law. The law states that marijuana must be Read the full article…

Washington State To Accept New Pot Shop Apps On Monday

he change is a result of a new ordinance that eliminates the distinction between medical and recreational marijuana shops. Now, they will all be full recreational retailers and that could bring hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to cities like Cheney.

WASHINGTON:  On Monday, Washington state began accepting applications for new marijuana shops in the state. It is the first time since 2013 that business owners can apply to set up shop. The change is a result of a new ordinance that eliminates the distinction between medical and recreational marijuana shops. Now, they will all be full Read the full article…

New Marijuana Law Side Effect: Youth Possession Now A Felony

Asotin County Prosecutor Ben Nichols says Senate Bill 5052 contains the new language.

Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Ann Rivers of La Center says the tougher penalty was designed to deter minors from trying an adult drug.

WASHINGTON: A prosecutor in southeastern Washington has charged three teens with felonies for marijuana possession, saying a new law demands the higher level of offense. The Lewiston Tribune in Idaho reports three teens ages 14, 15 and 17 have been charged in nearby Asotin County with felonies that could net them up to five years in Read the full article…

The PayPal Of Recreational Pot: Startup Aims To Eliminate Cash From Washington State Marijuana business

Everyone uses cash because banks, which are federally regulated, aren't keen on the idea of getting into business in an industry that is still federally illegal.

WASHINGTON: Recreational marijuana may be legal in Washington state, but in many ways, it’s still a risky business. The biggest risk is that nearly all transactions happen with cash. And not just customers buying marijuana, but much bigger transactions when retailers buy from the producers that actually grow the pot. Everyone uses cash because banks, which Read the full article…

Get high Every Morning With Marijuana K-cups

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: 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 Read the full article…

Spokesman-Review Editorial: Lawmakers’ Tweaks Of Pot Law: Some Smart, Others Not

TBoth chambers wisely passed bills that fold medical marijuana into the regulatory structure for recreational pot created by the Liquor Control Board. The bills create a voluntary registry for authorized patients who would be able to purchase greater quantities and gain access to tax exemptions.

WASHINGTON: Lawmakers are replanting Initiative 502 before it’s had a year to establish roots. Some of this cultivation is warranted, some is premature. The House and Senate are working on ways to harmonize the unregulated medical marijuana market with the regulated recreational one. Voters legalized medical marijuana in 1998, but the Legislature has failed to establish a Read the full article…

MJ Research Report: Washington State Legal Pot Sales Reach $100M

According to the forecast there is a 95% likelihood that it will take only another 12 to 18 weeks for the industry to quickly rake in another $100M in sales, reaching $200M between the weeks of May 17th and June 28th.

By Joe Armes WASHINGTON: The recreation cannabis industry has surpassed $100M in sales in the first 33 weeks of legal sales in Washington State. Two months into the year the market is on track to hit Analytically Correct’s 2015 forecast published in the MJ Research Report’s Market Outlook. According to the forecast there is a 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…

MJ Research Report: After Slow Start For 2015 Washington Legal Pot Sales Rebound With Record Week

Washington State now has 110 issued retail licenses.  In a couple weeks we will have the details on how many of these stores have opened for business.

By Joe Armes WASHINGTON:  After a record sales day with over $1.2M in sales on New Year’s Eve the beginning of 2015 seemed to have been off to a sluggish start for recreational cannabis sales in Washington State.  That was until last week when sales growth perked up with a new record sales week with Read the full article…