Cannabis Wire

City Action Days: Panelists review issues ahead for municipalities

It may not feel like it, but there are pressing issues unrelated to funding education, and a panel at City Action Days, hosted by the Association of Washington Cities, looked over some of those issues Wednesday afternoon. Well water Bill Clarke, policy director for Washington Realtors, said one of the more important legislative issues had...Read More

House committee hears bills that could help marijuana businesses expand

Lawmakers expressed a cautious interest in seeing the marijuana business expand in Washington at a set of House Commerce and Gaming committee hearings Tuesday. Six pieces of legislation were heard and largely praised by supporters of the expansion of the marijuana industry in Washington. Marijuana business licensing cap HB 1125 would cap the number of licenses...Read More

Scientific Basis for Laws on Marijuana, Driving Questioned

Six states that allow marijuana use have legal tests to determine driving while impaired by the drug that have no scientific basis, according to a study by the nation's largest automobile club that calls for scrapping those laws....Read More

Low-Cost Highs: Price of Legal Marijuana Plunges in Washington State

As pot prices trend downward, there could be positive and negative consequences for states. Since pot is taxed by sale, falling prices mean each sale results in fewer dollars for the state government. However, cheap marijuana could end up pushing more people to abandon the black market and stick with purchasing legal pot....Read More

Weed-Like Growth for Washington’s Cannabis Industry

The long-term success of the legal leisure weed trade in Washington may depend on whether existing conflicts between state and federal law on marijuana are resolved. Another concern is taxes. Some industry experts warn Washington’s higher marijuana tax rate compared to Oregon’s might entice both customers and sellers out of state or back onto the black market....Read More

Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: Early Findings

The total number of marijuana arrests decreased by 46% between 2012 and 2014, from 12,894 to 7,004. The number of marijuana arrests decreased by 51% for Whites, 33% for Hispanics, and 25% for African‐Americans. Fatalities with THC‐only or THC‐in‐combination positive drivers increased 44%, from 55 in 2013 to 79 in 2014....Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Colorado Marijuana Law from Other States

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a conservative challenge to the marijuana legalization laws adopted in Colorado and elsewhere that permit adults to buy, sell or use an ounce of the drug. Other states argued that Colorado's law violates the federal Controlled Substances Act, which treats marijuana as a dangerous drug and forbids its sale or use....Read More

Legal Marijuana Is Finally Doing What the Drug War Couldn’t

As domestic marijuana production has ramped up in places such as California, Colorado and Washington, marijuana prices have fallen, especially at the bulk level. If the decline in border seizures is any indication, however, it appears that Mexican growers are having difficulty competing with domestic production. ...Read More

Is Marijuana Necessary to Implement the Budget?

A last minute effort to reform Washington's marijuana market was brought forth this week. Following failed efforts earlier this session, Representative Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw, and his supporters are holding out tax revenues from marijuana sales as a carrot in budget negotiations....Read More

Pot Is Power Hungry: Why the Marijuana Industry’s Energy Footprint Is Growing

Legalized indoor marijuana-growing operations account for 1% of total electricity use in the US, at a cost of $6bn per year. Annually, such consumption produces 15m tons of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2), equal to that of three million average cars. In Washington state, which legalized recreational cannabis in 2012, rewards programs are cropping up....Read More