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Washington State Receives Nearly 1,000 New Marijuana Retail Applications

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

washington state marijuana regulationsWashington’s marijuana industry has seen a lot of changes lately. For a very long time Washington has had medical marijuana dispensaries that have served patients. These dispensaries operated in a legal grey area, which is not uncommon in states that have medical marijuana programs, but don’t/didn’t have a state dispensary licensing system. My home state, Oregon, was like that for a very long time. It led to a lot of issues and the harassment of dispensary owners.

Washington recently passed legislation that seeks to bring the medical marijuana and recreational marijuana industries under one umbrella. This is resulting in a lot of dispensaries either being forced to move or shutdown. All of them have to apply for licenses if they want to keep serving patients legally. I’m not a fan of merging the two programs. Colorado has a similar ‘one umbrella’ system, while Oregon does not. The new licensing requirements in Washington has resulted in a surge of applications. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has so far received nearly 1,000 applications from businesses seeking a new cannabis retail license.

The official tally is 962 applications, according to the Olympian. And that’s only for storefronts that want to sell either medical or recreational cannabis (or both), and it doesn’t include companies that want to get into growing or manufacturing infused products.

Simultaneously, at least 118 recreational cannabis stores that already have licenses applied for MMJ legal status to serve patients as well as rec customers.

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Colorado Governor Gets Involved in State’s Pot Pesticide Problem

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

When Denver’s environmental health unit warned the state’s booming marijuana businesses that it intended to enforce federal, state, and local laws governing the use of pesticides and agricultural chemicals, pesticide enforcement in Denver quickly followed. But the state continued to act like the problem did not exist.

As time passed, pesticide residue violations led to marijuana product recalls and plant quarantines.

State officials dithered over how to deal with pesticides, since the Environmental Protection Agencywould not rule on them because pot is still classified as a Schedule I drug—hence, federally illegal. 

Enter Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper, who recently signed an executive order that finally accepts some responsibility for pesticide enforcement, according to Food Safety News.

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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, November, 19th 2015 by THCFinder


Utah State Legislature to consider two medical marijuana bills

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah State Legislature will consider two separate medical marijuana bills when it meets next year.

But cannabis advocates claim only one of those bills will actually do patients some good.

The legislature's interim Health and Human Services Committee met Wednesday to discuss a pair of bills. One is sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem; the other is sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs.

Rep. Daw said his bill would allow for cannabidoil to be used to treat a long list of diseases and conditions including cancer, HIV/AIDS, and epilepsy. He told the committee that prescribing doctors would provide research on its effectiveness to the legislature that would be considered when the law would come up for renewal.

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