Washington state rule change expands business options for marijuana cultivators
Washington state recently eased restrictions on how many producer licenses marijuana businesses can own, a move that could lead to more competition, an uptick in mergers and acquisitions and possibly increased supply.
Under the states revised policy, business owners can up their licenses from one to three, effective immediately.
But they must draw from the current pool of 1,154 producer licenses; no new permits have been created.
The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board LCB originally planned to allow businesses up to three licenses to cultivate marijuana but tabled that....
The Joint Blog | August 17, 2017 A federal report has determined that there is currently no evidence-based method of detecting marijuana-impaired driving, despite numerous states having laws in place that find someone guilty of a DUID if they test above a certain THC level.
Federal Report: No Evidence-Based Methods to Detect Marijuana-Impaired Driving
A number of states have set a THC limit in their laws indicating that if a suspects THC concentration is above that level typically 5 ng/ml of blood, then the suspect is to be considered impaired, states the report conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA . This per se limit appears to have been based on something other than scientific evidence. Some recent studies demonstrate that such per se limits are not evidence-based.
In addition the report also calls into question sweat, hair, saliva and urine testing, stating that there are currently no ....
Jeff Sessions used inaccurate facts to criticize pot legalization, state officials say
Washington state officials are calling out Jeff Sessions for using questionable facts about marijuana.
Recent statements from Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson say that Sessions used unreliable statistics to judge the impact of cannabis legalization in Washington, reports Vice News.
It is clear that our goals regarding health and safety are in step with the goals Attorney General Sessions has articulated, said Inslee in his personal statement. Unfortunately, he is referring to incomplete and unreliable data that does not provide the most accurate snapshot ....
Eight states and Washington, D.C. allow for recreational cannabis, but none have solved the problem of workforce drug testing. Zero tolerance polices are being reconsidered in light of legalized pot.
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Even in marijuana-friendly Colorado, anyone can be denied employment for using the drug. In fact, there are few protections anywhere in the country for employees who fail a drug test, even in states where cannabis is legal. From Colorado Public Radio, Ben Markus reports.
BEN MARKUS, BYLINE: In 2013, The Denver Post named Ricardo Baca its editor for marijua....
Washington State Garners Over $300 Million in Taxes from Marijuana Sales in FY 2017
This is according to data from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board WSLCB. In total the state has earned $304,968,332 in fiscal year 2017, which began on July 1, 2016 and ended on June 30. These taxes come from $1.32 billion in legal marijuana sales all of this is as of June 20, meaning the total numbers for FY 2017 will end up slightly higher.
By comparison, there was $786 million in total marijuana sales, resulting in $185 million in taxes, in FY 2016. In FY 2015, the first fiscal year with legal cannabis sales, $64.8 million in taxes was garnered from $259 mill....
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