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Washington State Senate Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Industrial Hemp

Washington State Senate Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Industrial Hemp February 11, 2016 | Anthony Martinelli Legislation to legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp in Washington has been given approval by the state’sSenate Committee on Agriculture and Water & Rural Economic Development, and has been sent to the floor of the Senate by theRules Committee. Under the proposed law – Senate Bill 6206 – the Washington State Department of Agriculture would oversee licensing and regulations for the hemp industry, with those wanting to cultivate the plant required to receive aRead More


Major Marijuana Advocacy Groups in Washington Reorganize into ‘The Cannabis Alliance’

Major Marijuana Advocacy Groups in Washington Reorganize into ‘The Cannabis Alliance’ GRAHAM ABBOTT | FEBRUARY 1ST, 2016 In response to the cannabis industry’s growing need for more efficient advocacy, four major marijuana trade organizations and advocacy groups from around Washington state have reorganized under a new nonprofit trade organization: The Cannabis Alliance. The following four Washington-based groups have agreed to fully merge for the betterment of the industry: the Coalition for Cannabis Standards & Ethics (CCSE), the Washington Marijuana Association (WMA), the Northwest Producers and Processors Association (NWPPR), and the Committee for Adult Use and Ethics ofRead More


CannaCon lights up in Seattle Feb. 18-20

CannaCon lights up in Seattle Feb. 18-20 DEREK SHUCK | 11 February 2016 With the passing of I-502 in 2013, Bob Smart saw opportunity – an opportunity to connect growers, producers and manufacturers of cannabis. This idea eventually bloomed into CannaCon, a cannabis convention designed to assist those in the marijuana business navigate the complicated laws practices and products that govern the industry. While CannaCon has run in Seattle for the past several years, it has its roots in Tacoma. In August 2014, 6,000 attendees showed up for the first ever CannaConRead More


Washington State Fines Two Marijuana Growers For Using Prohibited Pesticides

Washington State Fines Two Marijuana Growers For Using Prohibited Pesticides Tobias Coughlin-Bogue | Feb 11, 2016 A little over a month ago, two of Washington’s largest cannabis producers were quietly barred from all sales, pending a Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) investigation into illegal use of prohibited pesticides. According to documents obtained byThe Stranger, New Leaf Enterprises, makers of the popular Dama line of products, and BMF Washington LLC, whose cannabis is used by brands including Liberty Reach and JuJu Joints, received stop sale orders on December 29 and DecemberRead More


BREAKING: FDA Issues Warning Letters to 8 Marketers of CBD Products

BREAKING: FDA Issues Warning Letters to 8 Marketers of CBD Products February 10, 2016 | Alan Brochstein Similar to a year ago, when the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to six companies, the FDA issued several warning letters to marketers of products with cannabidiol (CBD): ABC Productions Dose of Nature Green Garden Gold HealthyHempOil.com Michigan Herbal Remedies MorgueJuice.com PainBomb Sana Te Oils The letters are all fairly similar and criticize health claims made by the company as supplements.  Unless the product was marketed before GW Pharma (NASDAQ: GWPH) publishedRead More


Seattle’s brash king of pot raking in cash and raising hackles at Uncle Ike’s

Seattle’s brash king of pot raking in cash and raising hackles at Uncle Ike’s February 7, 2016 | Bob Young Just after Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop opened in Seattle’s Central District, it boasted in an ad, “Our weed cures Ebola.” Knowing that merchants in the new industry weren’t allowed to make any medical claims about pot, the fine print disclaimer winked: “If you believe this ad, you are a (expletive) moron.” That in-your-face Vern Fonk-on-weed sensibility has helped make Uncle Ike’s the state’s top-selling pot store, with $1.4 million in monthlyRead More


President of Utah Orthopedic Association speaks up for medical marijuana

President of Utah Orthopedic Association speaks up for medical marijuana Jennie Christensen | February 7, 2016 After hearing numerous arguments on both sides of the issue, a panel of Utah lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill that would allow tens of thousands of residents with chronic or debilitating conditions to consume edible marijuana products but the bill bans smoking pot. Patients, caregivers and doctors spoke to the drug’s track record as a safe and effective treatment, one without the addictive qualities and side effects of certain approved prescription drugs. OnRead More


Legal Marijuana in Oregon Comes With a Surprising Twist

Legal Marijuana in Oregon Comes With a Surprising Twist\ Sean Williams | Feb 7, 2016 To recap, the past two decades haven’t been too shabby for marijuana supporters. Some 23 states, as well as Washington, D.C., now allow for physicians to prescribe medical marijuana for specific ailments, and four states — Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska — plus D.C. now allow for the sale of recreational marijuana to adults ages 21 and up. Even a decade ago the thought of marijuana being legal anywhere would have been somewhat far-fetched, but it’sRead More


Is legal marijuana delivery coming to Seattle?

Is legal marijuana delivery coming to Seattle? MATT MARKOVICH | FEBRUARY 4TH 2016 Legal marijuana delivery could be coming to Seattle. Mayor Ed Murray has asked the state Legislature to make delivery a reality in hopes of eliminating companies operating illegally. Marijuana is now legal in Washington for anyone over 21 years old, but delivering pot to customers is still against the law. Despite that, there’s a thriving black market of delivery services in the area. “A consumer is not going to know the difference around a legal recreational cannabis shopRead More


Bob Marley-Branded Marijuana Adds to Growing Weed Market

Bob Marley-Branded Marijuana Adds to Growing Weed Market MATTHEW DELUCA | FEB 6 2016 One love. And many weed-themed products. A line of marijuana accessories, hemp body products and what’s being marketed as the first global brand of commercial weed, all bearing the blessing of reggae superstar Bob Marley’s estate, went on sale this week. Backed by Privateer Holdings, a Seattle-based private equity firm focused on the cannabis indsutry, the Marley Natural brand is clearly designed to appeal to a wider customer base than college kids with a Bob Marley “Legend”Read More