Washington Updates List Of Pesticides Allowed For Use In Marijuana Production

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has recently updated the list of pesticides that are allowed for use in marijuana production in Washington State, based on criteria previously established by WSDA. In addition, WSDA has recently updated the criteria to clarify the allowable post-harvest uses of pesticides in marijuana production.

The WSDA has added 19 pesticides to the list of allowable products, and has removed 17 pesticides because the registrations for their distribution in Washington were voluntarily cancelled, or because the labels were no longer consistent with WSDA criteria.

Please check your stock of pesticides against the list to ensure that you are using an allowed product. Marijuana growers can continue to use any existing stocks of the 17 pesticides that were removed from the list, but no new product can be purchased.

Pesticides containing 3 new active ingredients [Capric (decanoic) acid, Caprylic (octanoic) acid, Sodium tetraborate decahydrate] were added to the list. Most of the pesticides that were added to the list contain active ingredients that were already allowed for use in marijuana production.

Some pesticides are labeled for application to soil or to crop plants, while some pesticides are labeled for application to both soil and crop plants (e.g., insecticides, fungicides). Other pesticides include herbicides labeled for direct application to, and control of, unwanted plants (i.e., weeds). Remember to read, understand, and comply with all applicable label directions and precautions when using any pesticide.


  1. AG DE-CIDE, EPA Reg. No. 7655-1-71074
  2. DESPOT SNAIL & SLUG BAIT, EPA Reg. No. 67702-33-7001
  3. ESPOMA INSECT!, EPA Reg. No. 67702-35-83598
  5. ESPOMA ORGANIC BRAND INSECT SOAP, EPA Reg. No. 67702-21-83598
  7. GRANADA 5, EPA Reg. No. 81803-6-93161
  8. GREEN GOBBLER 20% VINEGAR WEED KILLER, EPA Reg. No. 85208-1-93489
  9. HOMEPLATE, EPA Reg. No. 67702-54
  10. MERUS 3.0, EPA Reg. No. 8329-108
  11. PREV-AM, EPA Reg. No. 72662-3
  13. SLUG & SNAIL BAIT, EPA Reg. No. 67702-3-83598
  16. SPIDER MITE CONTROL, WA Reg. No. 93752-18002
  18. TCC-IPM, WA Reg. No. 997020-18001
  19. TETRACURB ORGANIC, WA Reg. No. 8596-18001


Removed – Voluntary cancellation, or label no longer consistent with WSDA criteria

  1. AGRI-FOS SYSTEMIC FUNGICIDE, EPA Reg. No. 71962-1-54705
  7. CUEVA FUNGICIDE CONCENTRATE, EPA Reg. No. 67702-2-70051
  8. EARTH-TONE 3N1 DISEASE CONTROL, EPA Reg. No. 67702-15-83598
  9. EARTH-TONE INSECTICIDAL SOAP, EPA Reg. No. 67702-21-83598
  14. SERENADE OPTIMUM, EPA Reg. No. 264-1160
  15. BIOLINK INSECT REPELLANT, WA Reg. No. 51517-03002

You can find the complete list of pesticides that are allowed for use in marijuana production, the criteria WSDA used to establish the list, and information regarding stop sales in Washington on the WSDA web site:



420MEDIA Trailblazers In Cannabis: Norman Ives, Broker & Cannabis Specialist Worldwide Facilities

Trailblazers In Cannabis

Digital marketing agency 420MEDIA and the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) have joined forces to create a series highlighting entrepreneurs trailblazing the cannabis scene. Each week, we profile a noteworthy business pioneer, and ask each 5 questions. This week we talk to trailblazer Norman Ives, Insurance Broker and Cannabis Specialist at Worldwide Facilities. 

Tell us about your company: 

Established in 1970, Worldwide Facilities is a national wholesale insurance broker, managing general agent and program underwriter. For nearly 50 years our team of insurance specialists have provided innovative solutions to the specialty US and international insurance markets. More recently through a combination of organic growth, recruitment and acquisitions Worldwide Facilities has aggressively expanded presence, standing and financial strength more than tripling its size to more than $1.5 billion in premium and is among the four largest wholesale brokers in the US.

Norm at MJBA Booth

Why did you choose the cannabis/hemp business?

Did I choose the cannabis industry, or did it choose me? It was not long after Initiative 502 passed in Washington legalizing the production and sales of adult-use/recreational marijuana that I started receiving inquiries from business owners and investors trying to understand what kind of insurance policy options were available for a marijuana license holder and other marijuana related endeavors. Not long after some of the first policies issued to license holders I began speaking business networking groups like the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) and Washington Marijuana Association (WAMA) to help educate the community and committed myself to volunteering in the community like the non-profit Cannabis Coalition for Standards and Ethics (CCSE) and later The Cannabis Alliance. I am honored to be able to contribute my time and energy in support of the cannabis movement and the many amazing, caring, compassionate individuals who have been doing this meaningful work at great risk and often their own expense to deliver meaningful healthcare services to some of our communities most vulnerable members.

norm at dope mag party

What change will your firm address in the industry? 

Progress & solutions!  With more than 20 years of experience in the nutraceutical space, Worldwide’s NutraRisk practice group is already the recognized leader delivering insuring products for dietary supplements, CBD, vitamins, health, nutrition and naturalist products. The expansion into regulated cannabis is a natural progression of our continued commitment to its core institutional strengths. Over the course of the last year, they have done more than any other insurance organization to improve the market following the launch of two new insurance carriers (both highly regarded A+ XV carriers) including their best in class, exclusive cannabis offering that was announced in September of 2018.

MJBizCon on the bus

What has been the reaction to your product?

Over the past four years I have placed more than 1,000 policies generating $4.5 million in insurance premium delivering insurance protection to more than $400 million dollars in legal/regulated cannabis sales.

What have been some key milestones for you? 

This past year, I have been honored to serve as an elected board member of The Cannabis Alliance, Washington State’s largest and most influential non-profit advocating for the advancement of a vital, ethical and sustainable cannabis industry.

I am proud to serve my fellow insurance professionals as a panelist for Business Insurance Master Class “Cannabis Cover” held in Denver & Los Angeles in March 2019.

This spring I have been invited to speak by the Defense Research Institute, Washington DC, to the international organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation for their May 2019 installment of “Marijuana Law”.

Where can readers learn more?


LinkedIn:              https://www.linkedin.com/in/normanives/

Instagram:           @Cannabiznorm

Twitter                 @CannaBizNorm



WSLCB Releases Interim Policies Adopted For Marijuana Packaging, Labeling, and Product Approval Process and Guidelines

WASHINGTON: Effective today, the below interim policies have been implemented for marijuana packaging, labeling the product approval process, and guidelines.

BIP-10-2018, Packaging and Labeling Requirements 
This interim policy clarifies the procedures and processes for packaging, labeling, and product decisions for marijuana infused edible products.

  • Designates approved colors and shapes
  • Designates approved colors and background colors for packaging and labeling
  • Indicates other packaging allowances, such as photos, clear windows, and logo usage

BIP-07-2018, Packaging and Labeling Requirements
This interim policy further clarifies the phrase “false and misleading”  regarding packaging and labeling of marijuana-infused products, and addresses concerns regarding packaging and labeling that is designed to mimic, imply or reference a product containing alcohol.

  • Labels affixed to a container or package containing usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, and marijuana infused products must not mimic, imply, represent or contain any statement, depiction, illustration, design, brand or name of a product containing alcohol.
  • Product label designs that mimic or imply that a marijuana product contains alcohol have been considered false and misleading, and increase public safety risk. Using words or references (such as non-alcoholic,not a beer, not a spirit, etc.) does not supersede the rule.

Additional Interim Policies Coming Soon
Two additional interim policies are currently being finalized by staff. Notification will be forthcoming once these policies are finalized.

In addition, staff will bring forward a modification proposal to these interim policies, making all changes effective January 1, 2020.

webinar outlining the proposed changes and their impacts is scheduled at 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 18. A separate notification will follow for this webinar.

As always, refer to the LCB website for the latest and most thorough information. The LCB maintains a resource page for Packaging and Labeling that is accessible from the homepage.

We believe the clarified approach to packaging, labeling and product approval requirements will benefit our licensees and improve compliance going forward. We appreciate the involvement and participation of the industry as we streamline and improve processes for marijuana infused edibles and their packages/labels.

Have a Heart Acquires Leading Cannabis Brokerage Company

Cannabis retailer inks deal with CannaMLS, garnering insight into deal flow across the industry

WASHINGTON: Cannabis retailer Have a Heart today announced its acquisition of CannaMLS, a leading cannabis brokerage company, for an undisclosed amount. The deal comes at a time when acquisitions are sweeping the cannabis sector, as increasing legalization draws the attention of big business.

“The cannabis sector has seen incredible growth, reaching $10 billion this year in the United States alone,” said Ryan Kunkel, Have a Heart’s CEO. “We chose CannaMLS because of their wide reach across the nation with more than 1,000 listings equaling over $1.5 billion in revenues. Their expanding agent referral network and unique agent training program differentiates them as a key player in this space, and provides Have a Heart with a strong strategic expansion advantage.”

CannaMLS was founded in 2015 as a resource for the Cannabis industry. It provides an online forum to view and post cannabis businesses for sale. Clients can post or review listings and/or licenses for cultivation, processing, retail or real estate investment.

“We’re excited about this acquisition,” said Jesse Zesbaugh, CannaMLS partner. “Have a Heart is a company with vision and purpose, and we look forward to being part of its bright future.”

Have a Heart was recently rated by High Times as one of the best cannabis dispensaries in the United States, and earned the distinction as Seattle’s top-selling cannabis retailer from the Puget Sound Business Journal. The company recently closed $25 million in series A financing, the largest private financing round for a pure-play U.S. retail cannabis company to date.

Have a Heart has retail stores across the nation, including in Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, California and now Iowa, with additional stores opening soon in Ohio. The company has more than eighteen applications pending, including in five additional states. In addition, it has more than twenty sites under negotiation with potential merger partners in another four states.


Cannabis Activist Partners with Washington Traffic Safety Commission for Impaired Driving Awareness Campaign

WASHINGTON: Vivian McPeak, the executive director of Seattle Hempfest, has joined voices with Darrin Grondel, the director of the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, to get a holiday season message out about the dangers of impaired driving. The pair participated in the production of a video promoting safe driving through awareness about the dangers of driving impaired on cannabis, alcohol, or other substances.

Vivian and DarrinPSA Video

“Seattle Hempfest takes a variety of measures in the interest of public safety, so this is just another aspect of that approach. We welcome the opportunity to get a message on impaired driving out farther than we could just by ourselves,” says McPeak. 

A recent survey showed that nine percent of Washingtonians report driving after cannabis and alcohol use. These people were also most likely to believe, mistakenly, that using cannabis after drinking helps sober them up. This combined effort puts a focus on advanced planning and alternative transportation.

“One of my personal pet peeves is folks driving after mixing alcohol and cannabis, which is a recipe for driving impaired,” says McPeak. “Driving under the influence of alcohol or cannabis increases your chance of getting a DUI as well as having a car crash. The smartest approach is to use an alternative mode of transportation,” he adds.

“Safety is no accident, it takes planning and forethought. If people plan before they party everybody wins,” McPeak continued.

Free Lyft Tickets

We are looking forward to distributing free $20 vouchers for Lyft rides on Tuesday Dec 11 at Uncle Ike’s Smoke Shop at 2310 E Union St in Seattle, and Wednesday, Dec 12 at Piece of Mind at 2808 E 30th Ave in Spokane.  “We hope everyone will come down to these stores and get a free Lyft voucher to help them plan before they party this season, “ says McPeak. “A little common sense goes a long way.”


Evergreen Market Expands Cannabis Cookbook Distribution For The Holidays

WASHINGTON: Evergreen Market, one of Washington’s top cannabis retail operations, today announced it is expanding the distribution options for “Cannabis & the Art of Infusion: An Elevated Cookbook,” which it initially launched with Chef Ricky Flickenger in limited release in mid-2018.

Just in time for the holidays, the cookbook is now available for purchase at Walmart.com and Amazon. Since its debut, it has quickly gained momentum due to its unique approach to recipes that all utilize a kief butter or oil base and a precise dosing technique that measures THC down to the milligram. The recipes can also be made cannabis-free by eliminating the kief infusion from the oil base in each recipe.

“Chef Ricky is a master of cannabis cooking and his passion is on display in every recipe. From Salmon Mousse Puffs to Cherry Chipotle Chicken to Cranberry Mascarpone Tarts, every dish is a delicious adventure,” says Evergreen Market co-founder Eric Gaston. “There is a natural connection between cannabis and cuisine and we are happy to bring Chef Ricky’s talent to the masses.”

WSLCB Issues Emergency License Suspensions Issued For Port Angeles’ North Coast Concentrates

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) issued two emergency marijuana license suspensions on Friday, November 2, 2018 for North Coast Concentrates, with locations at 2933 E Highway 101 and 52433 Highway 112 in Port Angeles. The suspensions are effective for 180 days beginning November 2, 2018 until May 1, 2019. During that time the WSLCB will seek permanent revocation of the licenses.

LCB Leaf Data

On September 20, 2018 an employee of North Coast Concentrates was pulled over by Lower Elwha Police, during the course of the traffic stop officers found 112 grams of traceable marijuana concentrates, three large jars and a large tote bin of untraced dried marijuana flower. The products were not manifested in the state traceability system. Subsequent investigation by WSLCB officers revealed that the untraced product had been removed from the licensees grow operation and that the traced concentrates were returned from a marijuana retailer in Tacoma several weeks earlier.

Seized text messages from the employee’s cell phone indicated that the licensee was aware of both the diversion and the selling of product on the black market. While executing the suspension orders, officers seized 556 pounds of marijuana flower product, 24 pounds of marijuana oil and 204 plants from both locations.

Due to the severity of these violations and the risk of diversion should the business remain open the Board issued the emergency suspensions. Emergency suspensions represent an extraordinary exercise of the state’s power and the WSLCB is mandated to ensure that an emergency suspension is reasonable, justifiable and legal in every way. The WSLCB issued one emergency suspension in 2017, and six in 2018.

MainStem Expands Network Of Integrated Cannabis Software Partners

WASHINGTON: MainStem has announced signed affiliate agreements with Flourish and Weedtraqr, two leading technology providers of enterprise supply chain and inventory management systems. These seed-to-sale platforms serve cultivators, manufacturers, processors, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers in the regulated legal cannabis industry.

MainStem“We are excited to bring a value-add service into our technology suite,” said Colton Griffin, CEO of Flourish Software. “We love the idea of giving our clients more features and benefits from with inside of our technology platform. Flourish already controls the purchasing and inventory management of non-cannabis inventory. It makes perfect sense that we would partner with MainStem to streamline the purchasing process and procurement needs for all non-cannabis products for our clients.”

MainStem’s proprietary technology brings product manufacturers and suppliers to cannabis businesses with their MainStem Affiliate (MAP) and MainStem Vendor (MVP) programs. The Marketplace features MainStem’s product catalog of over 10,000 ancillary products such as product packaging, retail accessories, grow supplies, and traceability equipment from a wide selection of leading industry suppliers. Access to the Marketplace is included in the software at no additional cost to customers. Users can manage payment processing, order fulfillment, order status, all directly supported and operated by MainStem’s dedicated customer service team. Marketplace customers not only experience a one-stop shopping convenience but can also compare pricing and manage orders from multiple suppliers in a single purchasing platform.

“In the cannabis industry, seed-to-sale applications are the technological backbone that helps these businesses thrive. MainStem brings value and convenience to end users with resources they need to help run their businesses. For that reason, we vet our potential software partners to make sure the MainStem Marketplace will be valuable to the people using it,” said Liam Sweeney, MainStem Director of Business Development.

The Legal Cannabis Farmhand Life

By Pamela Dyer

Over the summer I took a job on a legal Tier 3 outdoor cannabis farm in Washington State called Sticky Mantis. My objective for taking the job was to build on my cannabis resume, experience a growing season from veg to harvest on a farm that size, and be able to share stories about what it is like working in this part of the industry.

I knew enough about cannabis from growing my own and from being on other large farms in the industry that I knew I would be in for a tedious and smelly time.

I took the position at Sticky Mantis specifically because they are family owned and have been in operation since the beginning legalization in Washington State. Unlike what I imagine my family would be like trying to manage a cannabis farm, I found out this farm’s family is not only fun to be around but they work well together and somehow managed to make the tedious parts of the work much more enjoyable.

Pam is outstanding in her field

Pam is outstanding in her field

The other reason I accepted the job was because this farm does not grow with pesticides. I was able to daily receive the benefits of working with fresh air, clean water, working with plants, and sunshine without the exposure to toxins in pesticides.

Initially, I started in the processing room one or two days a week finger trimming and as harvest came on my job was moved outside and shifts increased to 7 days a week. I have to say that trimming and packaging cannabis is not a bad gig if you can handle sitting or standing in one place for days on end and working as quickly as possible on a super tedious and repetitive tasks. As a part-time job or once a seasonal extra job it is very low stress and physically doable even if you have health limitations. The only possibly bad thing is that you will go home covered in dry weed crumbs and smelling like flowers until you change your clothes and take a shower.

Working outside with live plants is a whole other type of job from trimming dried flower. It is much more physical and much, much dirtier. I would be chopping down buds and climbing through beds of sticky, smelly plants towering over my head. While I was grateful to have a job that takes me outside where I am immersed in fresh air and directly connected to nature through this amazing plant for hours each day, at the end of the day I would be covered in sticky trichomes and I smell more like a defensive skunk everywhere that I go.

Any skin that was exposed and touching plants would get super sticky and sometimes cause irritation like itchy and burning skin. I learned not to touch my face with a sticky hand or glove. The only way to get that kind of sticky residue off is with some kind of rubbing alcohol or oil to act as a solvent before you can wash it off your skin.

As soon as they had me outside working in the plants, I created a dedicated uniform that I wouldn’t mind destroying with a scent I was told would never come out. The outfit consisted of denim overalls, hat, long johns for cold mornings, and long sleeved t-shirts to protect my skin especially when it was warm outside and the plants were extra sticky.

Now, for the romantic part of the job. During the most beautiful months of the year I was outside under sunshine and blue skies with an almost constant breeze making the entire garden dance with each gust. I was surrounded by tall, full, beautiful, healthy marijuana plants and got to witness dozens of strains I had never grown before mature and flower before my eyes.

With each different strain I was cutting for hours, I would often notice myself reacting to the cannabis that I was working with. For example, when I was cutting in the Bubba Kush I would regularly getting a case of the yawns while over on the Lost Coast I would feel extra happy and motivated. Now, I know that I am sensitive to cannabis but being able to experience that kind of feeling from just working around a plant was extra fun for me.

Overall, my experience working on a pot farm has been super positive. Although my position there was low lady on the totem pole making minimum wage, I had no stress and got to spend the season watching what it is like to operate a cannabis farm.

Harvesting cannabis is tough, tedious, intensive work and it is certainly not for everybody. If ever you thought that being a cannabis farmer would be glamorous on any level, you would be in for a rude awakening.

Now, as I address the smell of my car after harvest and consider possibly burning my clothes that may never fully be trichome free again, I imagine that if I get pulled over, the officer would be understanding of the strong smell of cannabis while I show him my 502 employment badge plants and pull out my loud weed jokes. Clearly, I am a privileged white woman if I am thinking about the jokes I would tell the cop in such a scenario while people in Texas still get 20 days in jail for possessing an eighth. Maybe that should be my lead joke.

In the end, I would definitely go back to help at Sticky Mantis. Nothing beats being surrounded by the plants I use as medicine as they are grown the way God grows, outside in the sun.

Big thanks to Sticky Mantis for sharing this part of the industry with me and being able to add this to my ever expanding cannabis resume.

Have a Heart Completes $25 Million Series A Financing

Continued retail license wins attract smart capital to fuel aggressive growth

WASHINGTON: Seattle-based cannabis retailer Have a Heart has closed the largest private financing for a pure-play U.S. retail cannabis company to date. The $25 million series A round was led by private, accredited investors with significant cannabis and technology industry experience.

Founded in 2011, Have a Heart started 2018 with five operating locations in Washington state.

The success of its Washington operations provided healthy expansion capital to pursue other markets, and its high application win rate – together with growth through acquisitions – generated greater capital needs for store buildout and working capital.

Have a Heart now has more than fifteen retail licenses across five states: Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, California and Iowa. The company has more than eighteen applications pending, including in five additional states. In addition, it has more than twenty sites under negotiation with potential merger partners in another four states.

“Entrepreneurs can reliably start, grow and finance their businesses in Washington,” Kunkel said. “The state has the best people, leaders, capital, and business and legislative climate for companies to start and become national and world leaders.”