Cannabis Home Grows in Washington State: The Jury is Still Out

Cannabis Home Grows in Washington State: The Jury is Still Out

  Washington homegrown cannabis The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board recently issued a report on recreational cannabis home grows to the Washington State Legislature without making a specific recommendation as to whether the state should legalize recreational home cultivation. Instead, the LCB analyzed the following  three proposed option (which options we discussed here): Tightly Regulated Recreational Marijuana Home Grows. This option would impose a strict...

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Federal DOJ Admits it Can No Longer Prosecute the Kettle Falls Five for State-Legal Medical Cannabis

Federal DOJ Admits it Can No Longer Prosecute the Kettle Falls Five for State-Legal Medical Cannabis

Last week, the Federal Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to stay or remand appellate proceedings in its case against Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, Rolland Gregg and Michelle Gregg, the remaining members of the Kettle Falls Five, because it does not have funds to continue the prosecution. The Kettle Falls Five is the name given to a group of medical marijuana growers in Kettle Falls, a town in North East Washington. The group...

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Washington Cannabis Sales Reach $1 Billion in 2017

Washington Cannabis Sales Reach $1 Billion in 2017

Cannabis sales soar in Washington Washingtonians have long been known for their love of coffee, but a new commodity is gaining popularity across the state: cannabis. The Evergreen state is living up to its name, as consumers cannot get enough legal cannabis. It only took nine months for Washington cannabis sales to hit the $1 Billion mark in 2017 and rake in over $300 Million in taxes! These sales numbers come on the heels of a report from the Washington State Institute for...

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Washington Considers Recreational Homegrown Cannabis

Washington Considers Recreational Homegrown Cannabis

Unlike other states with recreational cannabis, Washington does not allow for home cultivation of recreational cannabis. However, that could change soon as SB 5131 requires the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) to study the viability of home cultivation. The LCB will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at 10:00 AM on whether the State should allow home grows of recreational marijuana.  Written public comments may be submitted through October...

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No Bankruptcy, No Problem? Receivership and Cannabis.

No Bankruptcy, No Problem? Receivership and Cannabis.

Receiver time? Back in 2014, we wrote that bankruptcy is not an option for marijuana businesses. That issue has been litigated here and there since then, but as of today, cannabis businesses are no better off than before. The hard reality is this: all bankruptcy cases are handled in federal courts under rules outlined in the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Those courts have held that it would be impossible for a U.S. Trustee to control and administer a debtor’s assets (cannabis)...

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Marijuana Retail Inventory Management

Marijuana Retail Inventory Management

Why so few cannabis warehouses? Among several changes to marijuana laws that SB 5131 enacted in July, Washington’s license cap on retailers moved from three licenses to five licenses. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board at first wanted to delay implementation of the new license allotment to 2018, but has now consented to begin processing license acquisition applications immediately. This isn’t for new license issuance — that window is still closed. But existing...

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