Washington State MMJ News:

December 12, 2014

Week in Review: Federal MJ Moves + Memo to Tobacco Industry on Cannabis & Rec Sales Data

By John Schroyer and Tony C. Dreibus Congress addresses some major marijuana issues, a Wall Street firm offers advice to Big Tobacco about cannabis, and the nation's first two recreational [click to continue...]

December 10, 2014

Retail Cannabis Sales Jump 24% in WA; Colorado Steady

Recreational cannabis sales jumped in Washington last month, while retail marijuana revenues in Colorado remained steady in October, according to the latest data from each state. November retail marijuana sales [click to continue...]

December 10, 2014

Washington City Passes Surprise Marijuana Moratorium

The Spokane Valley City Council unexpectedly passed a moratorium on marijuana businesses that don’t currently have licenses from the state, saying the industry has created a public health crisis. The [click to continue...]

December 8, 2014

Taxes Hammering WA Marijuana Stores

Taxes on recreational marijuana businesses in Washington State are so extreme that some shops are struggling to stay open despite burgeoning sales. Cannabis City, the first retail marijuana store to [click to continue...]

December 4, 2014

Seattle Mayor Moves Back Medical Marijuana Discussion to January

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will not push for regulations on medical marijuana this year. Instead, he will take up the issue in January. The mayor was expected to fast-track regulations [click to continue...]

December 3, 2014

Tacoma Aims to Shutter Medical Cannabis Businesses

Tacoma, Washington, is looking to shut down dozens of unlicensed medical marijuana businesses currently operating in the city. Officials plan to send warning letters to MMJ dispensaries and related businesses [click to continue...]

November 26, 2014

WA School District Rejects Marijuana Grower’s $14K Donation

Education officials in Prosser, Washington, have turned down a $14,000 donation from a local marijuana farmer, highlighting the challenges cannabis businesses still face when trying to ingrain themselves in their [click to continue...]

November 25, 2014

Seattle MMJ Regulations, Standards Proposed

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray outlined a plan Monday afternoon to license medical marijuana businesses and set standards on the MMJ industry for everything from testing to packaging and advertising. The [click to continue...]

November 19, 2014

Seattle Still Trying to Curb MMJ Businesses

The Emerald City has been trying for months to slow down the quickly-expanding medical marijuana scene within its borders, and now up to 11 cannabis companies are facing civil complaints [click to continue...]

November 19, 2014

Chart of the Week: Monthly Washington State Recreational Marijuana Sales, Tax Data

By Jennifer Mann Recreational cannabis sales started off slow in Washington State but have been posting solid gains in recent months as more stores and growers come online. Since sales [click to continue...]

November 17, 2014

Marijuana Auction Brings in Less Than Expected

Fireweed Farm owner Randy Williams got less money than he originally wanted in Washington State’s first marijuana auction over the weekend. Despite pre-auction publicity claiming 500-2,000 pounds would be for [click to continue...]

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Seattle Dispensary Plan May Be Scrapped

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Seattle medical marijuana businesses may not be able to get local licenses after all, as [click to continue...]

Michigan MMJ Bills Sputter, Leaving Industry in Limbo

Michigan sheriffs reportedly helped kill legislation on Thursday that would have allowed the legal return [click to continue...]

New York MMJ Regs: $200,000 Licensing Fee, Strain Limit

Medical cannabis companies hoping to operate in New York will have to jump through several [click to continue...]

Nebraska, Oklahoma Ask Supreme Court to Nix Colorado Marijuana Law


Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Colorado’s [click to continue...]

Joint-Smoking Santa Display Backfires for LA Dispensary

In a lesson on how not to advertise your medical marijuana business, a dispensary in [click to continue...]

Key Michigan MMJ Bills Come Down to the Wire

Michigan medical cannabis issues, pot dispensary updates, news about marijuana by state

The future of dispensaries in Michigan hangs in the balance as police groups and public [click to continue...]

High Prices Could Limit Minnesota Medical Cannabis Market

Minnesota’s medical marijuana market could be smaller than expected, as patients will reportedly have to [click to continue...]

Colorado Earmarks $8 Million for MMJ Research


The Colorado Department of Health and Environment will devote serious money to studying the efficacy [click to continue...]

PayPal Co-Founder to Invest in Cannabis

PayPal co-founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel plans to pump money into the marijuana [click to continue...]

Anchorage Shoots Down Proposed Ban on Rec Sales

Alaska’s budding marijuana industry scored a significant victory Tuesday night when lawmakers killed a proposal [click to continue...]

MMJ Lounges Popping Up in Maine

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A new trend in Maine offers yet another possible offshoot business opportunity in the cannabis [click to continue...]

Hope for DC Rec Market Still Alive

It looks like hope may still be alive for a recreational marijuana market in Washington [click to continue...]

Cannabis Business Accelerator to Help 20 Startups

Startup companies focusing on the ancillary cannabis market will get a helping hand – and [click to continue...]

Ruling on Home Grows a Setback for Canadian Cultivation Companies


A Canadian federal appeals court unanimously upheld an injunction that lets patients continue growing medical [click to continue...]