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Marijuana is weighed for sale.

Robbery spike at Washington pot shops has owners on ‘high alert.’ Reliance on cash the problem

Marijuana is weighed for sale.

January 31, 2022, 7:48am Business

The details are strikingly similar. Armed robbers enter a pot store, often near closing time, and hold employees and customers at gunpoint while cash and product are stolen. Then they take off. Read story

A hemp field. Thousands of conventional farmers, marijuana growers and rookie entrepreneurs likewise rushed to plant hemp, eager to cash in on a newly legal crop. But rather than making a fortune, many lost one as their crops failed and the skyrocketing hemp supply depressed prices.

‘Battle royale’: Cannabis bills pit regulatory agency against some Washington businesses

A hemp field. Thousands of conventional farmers, marijuana growers and rookie entrepreneurs likewise rushed to plant hemp, eager to cash in on a newly legal crop. But rather than making a fortune, many lost one as their crops failed and the skyrocketing hemp supply depressed prices.

January 12, 2022, 9:55am Business

An effort by state regulators to rein in sale of intoxicating cannabis that can be produced with materials outside their authority has some major business interests crying foul. Read story

Law enforcement officers with the Bureau of Indian Affairs inspect a cannabis garden Sept. 29 at Picuris Pueblo, N.M. A federal raid on a household marijuana garden on tribal land in northern New Mexico at Picuris Pueblo is sowing uncertainty and some resentment about U.S. drug enforcement priorities on Native American reservations.

Pot bust on tribal land highlights legal divide

Law enforcement officers with the Bureau of Indian Affairs inspect a cannabis garden Sept. 29 at Picuris Pueblo, N.M. A federal raid on a household marijuana garden on tribal land in northern New Mexico at Picuris Pueblo is sowing uncertainty and some resentment about U.S. drug enforcement priorities on Native American reservations.

November 21, 2021, 6:04am Nation & World

A federal raid on a household marijuana garden on tribal land in northern New Mexico is sowing uncertainty and resentment about U.S. drug enforcement priorities on Native American reservations, as more states roll out legal marketplaces for recreational pot sales. Read story

Bryan Houghton works on training marijuana plants at Cedar Creek Cannabis in Vancouver. The company’s sales have exceeded $4 million since legalization in 2014.

Cannabis is Washington’s 4th most valuable crop, industry report says

Bryan Houghton works on training marijuana plants at Cedar Creek Cannabis in Vancouver. The company’s sales have exceeded $4 million since legalization in 2014.

November 4, 2021, 7:36am Business

Apples may be Washington’s biggest cash crop, but legal cannabis is gaining ground. Read story

Marijuana is weighed for sale.

Washington easing rules for marijuana industry

Marijuana is weighed for sale.

September 27, 2021, 6:03am Business

After blocking dozens of people with criminal records from entering the legal marijuana industry, Washington officials managing the 9-year-old industry are preparing to chill out a bit. Read story

A sign inside Main Street Marijuana directs customers where to pick up their online orders on Aug. 24. Cannabis retailers had to suspend curbside and walk-up service last month, but the state Liquor and Cannabis Board announced Thursday that it would reinstate the allowances for another two months.

Clark County cannabis retailers welcome return of curbside service

A sign inside Main Street Marijuana directs customers where to pick up their online orders on Aug. 24. Cannabis retailers had to suspend curbside and walk-up service last month, but the state Liquor and Cannabis Board announced Thursday that it would reinstate the allowances for another two months.

September 4, 2021, 6:03am Business

Cannabis retailers cheered this week after the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board announced that it would reactivate an allowance for curbside service and other pandemic-era rule changes that had previously expired. Read story

Budtender/cashier Robert Emmons, in blue mask, assists a customer as they pick up an online order inside Main Street Marijuana in Uptown Village on Tuesday morning. The store has put up new signs advising customers that all online orders must now be picked up at indoor counters following a change to state rules three weeks ago.

Clark County cannabis shops kicked away from the curb

Budtender/cashier Robert Emmons, in blue mask, assists a customer as they pick up an online order inside Main Street Marijuana in Uptown Village on Tuesday morning. The store has put up new signs advising customers that all online orders must now be picked up at indoor counters following a change to state rules three weeks ago.

August 26, 2021, 6:03am Business

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived last year, alcohol and cannabis retailers in Washington were able to mimic their restaurant and retail brethren by embracing carry-out and curbside service models, thanks to temporary exemptions to the state Liquor and Cannabis Board’s normal sales rules. Read story

Seattle-based online cannabis marketplace Leafly to go public

August 10, 2021, 8:21am Business

In a historic year for Washington companies going public, Seattle-based Leafly, an online cannabis marketplace, will push the 2021 total even higher. Read story

A mechanized harvester is deployed in a Sauvie Island hemp field to strip off plant foliage, a raw material for CBD products.

Washington clarifies ban on hemp-derived cannabis products

A mechanized harvester is deployed in a Sauvie Island hemp field to strip off plant foliage, a raw material for CBD products.

May 2, 2021, 6:00am Northwest

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. Read story

The THC percentages of recreational marijana are visible on the product packaging sitting on a countertop, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Mamaroneck, N.Y. A debate about whether to set marijuana policy based on potency is spreading as more states legalize cannabis. Under a law signed last month, New York will tax recreational marijuana based on its amount of THC, the main intoxicating chemical in cannabis.

Should states set pot policy by its potency? Some say yes

The THC percentages of recreational marijana are visible on the product packaging sitting on a countertop, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Mamaroneck, N.Y. A debate about whether to set marijuana policy based on potency is spreading as more states legalize cannabis. Under a law signed last month, New York will tax recreational marijuana based on its amount of THC, the main intoxicating chemical in cannabis.

April 20, 2021, 2:50pm Business

As marijuana legalization spreads across U.S. states, so does a debate over whether to set pot policy by potency. Read story