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The Changing, Challenging World of Tribal Cannabis

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, forcing businesses to shutter their doors for months on end, few economies were hit harder than that of the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation in Southwest Washington state.Though the tribe h...

July 13, 2021

WA civil forfeiture law turns minor drug offenses into major losses

On Nov. 16, 2017, Seattle police raided Pan’s Skyway home and another house that he and his wife had owned but recently signed over to her parents. According to charging documents, the police found 16 lights, other grow gear, 84 freshly...

July 12, 2021

Washington added cannabis dispensaries in 2020, new licensees slow

(The Center Square) – COVID-19 couldn't stop Washington's cannabis industry from growing in 2020, but state data shows the rate of newcomers to the market lags behind other states.Washington is one of 17 states to legalize cannabis, both med...

July 5, 2021

Washington clarifies ban on hemp-derived 'delta-8' cannabis products

SPOKANE — Lab-created cannabis products made from hemp that have been surging in popularity are banned in Washington, a policy statement issued Wednesday by the state's regulatory body said.The initial response from the state's Liquor and Ca...

April 30, 2021

A bill died that would have allowed Washingtonians to grow their own weed - but advocates aren't giving up

It's been nearly 10 years since Washington legalized recreational weed. But growing your own weed at home? That's still a felony in Washington. That makes Washington relatively unique. So far,...

April 15, 2021

Former Top DEA Agent Concedes, Cannabis Is Real Medicine

Earlier this year I published a column in this space that looked at longtime prohibition advocate and former high level DEA agent Bob Stutman's recent conversion to supporting the rescheduling of marijuana, citing his own person medical use. In th...

February 20, 2021

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Co-Chairs Urge President Biden To Pardon Federal Cannabis Prisoners

37 members of Congress sent a letter to President Biden on Thursday, urging him to issue a blanket pardon to those with federal nonviolent cannabis offenses. The effort was led by Congressional Cannabis Caucus co-chairs Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Earl...

February 20, 2021

Washington state forms compliance group to assist marijuana businesses

Washington cannabis regulators developed a compliance task force to assistant marijuana businesses in following the state's laws. "The goal of the Compliance Consultants is to help licensees understand and comply with state cannabis requirements,...

January 19, 2021

Shawn Kemp is lighting up Seattle again

SEATTLE -- He's not more than three or four pulls into his joint when, standing in a waterfront sculpture park in the middle of the afternoon, Shawn Kemp starts looking around. He's trying to remember the name of a musicians' lounge he used to vis...

January 1, 2021

House to vote on historic marijuana decriminalization bill in September

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. House of Representatives is preparing a for a floor vote on The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act, which would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level by removing it from the Controlled Substances...

August 30, 2020

Cannabis social equity makes progress in Washington state, but licensees will face notable obstacles

(This is the fifth in a series of stories from Marijuana Business Daily examining social equity regulations and business opportunities in key U.S. markets. Part 1 covered Illinois, Part 2 covered Michigan, Part 3 covered California and Part 4 cove...

August 9, 2020

Marijuana Sales Predicted To Surpass $15 Billion By End Of 2020

Some states have experienced record monthly sales while tourist-dependent markets have experienced a mixed bag. Maybe it's the boredom. Maybe it's the mental health benefits. Maybe it's the preliminary research that cannabis could prevent COVID-1...

July 18, 2020