Contaminants testing may be on its way for medical marijuana patients

Contaminants testing may be on its way for medical marijuana patients

Julia Martinez, Contributing Writer

April 22, 2015


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Mold, E. coli and pesticides don’t usually come to mind when mentioning marijuana, but they have recently been the focus of unregulated medical marijuana market horror stories in Washington state. With legislation requiring medical marijuana testing making its way through the capitol, marijuana-testing laboratories will surely see an increase in the volume of product they receive.

Lower prices encourage business at Cannabis Central

Lower prices encourage business at Cannabis Central

Zac Hereth, Contributing Writer

April 13, 2015


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After 29 years in the car sales business, Rob Hendrix applied for a marijuana retailer’s license, along with his wife Diane Hendrix, in December of 2013. This led to the opening of Cannabis Central, then known as Ellensburg Apothecary, in August of last year. The idea came from Diane Hendrix’s...

Farmer Tom wants to save small farms everywhere

Farmer Tom wants to save small farms everywhere

Ashtyn Mann, Contributing Writer

March 10, 2015


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Tom Lauerman, a medical marijuana farmer and owner of Farmer Tom’s Collective, Vancouver, Wash., said his dream would be to one day have farmers everywhere be able to use his brand and market to their benefit. “Cannabis is the key to save a lot of small farms out there,” Lauerman said. ...

Cannabis business keeps coming to Eburg

Cannabis business keeps coming to Eburg

Kyle Fenton, Staff Reporter

March 3, 2015


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Kyle Fenton/Observer The marijuana business boom is officially here, and Washingtonians are in the thick of it. Entrepreneurs of all shapes and sizes are ready to take aim, and give their shot at this potential billion-dollar industry. Old McDonald’s Farm, Kittitas County’s latest marijuana busi...

Eric Cooper turns marijuana into family business

Eric Cooper turns marijuana into family business

Kyler Roberts, Contributing Writer

February 24, 2015


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// Post by Monkey Grass Farms. Eric Cooper is a man who has worked hard all of his life, and now he runs a successful marijuana producer/processor in Wenatchee called Monkey Grass Farms. Monkey Grass Farms was the largest producer-processor in the state last year, with more than $1 million i...

Lawyers are beginning to specialize in the cannabis industry

Lawyers are beginning to specialize in the cannabis industry

Kyle Kuhn, Contributing Writer

February 17, 2015


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Since the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington state, many lawyers have started to venture into the cannabis industry to help business owners navigate the new laws and regulations. Neil Juneja, founder of Gleam Law in Seattle, wrote in an email interview that 75 percent of the firm’s pr...

Creating a new form of tourism in pot states

Creating a new form of tourism in pot states

Zac Hereth, Contributing Writer

February 11, 2015


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Cannabis tourism is a new industry growing in Washington since the opening of recreational marijuana shops this past summer. Even New York Magazine has an article on the “need-to-knows” of buying weed in Washington. Some entrepreneurs have already started cashing in. Kush Tourism, a Kirkland-based...

Black market suffering as legal cannabis takes over

Black market suffering as legal cannabis takes over

Ashtyn Mann, Staff Reporter

February 4, 2015


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The legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington state may eventually force some illegal street dealers to go legit, says one Seattle dealer. For now, legalization appears to be a blessing for illegal street sales. “I think [marijuana] is a lot easier to sell illegally now because legal marij...

Washington legislators get first crack at pot laws

Washington legislators get first crack at pot laws

Kyle Fenton, Staff Reporter

January 28, 2015


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Two Washington state senators expressed confidence in merging the state’s current laws on medical and recreational marijuana last week with their own changes, of course. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles spoke about details of her soon-to-be-filed marijuana bill, portraying it as complementary to an existing...

Work in progress: Reconciling the medical and recreational marijuana markets

Julia Martinez, Contributing Writer

January 28, 2015


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OLYMPIA — “Who regulates the medical market?” Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, asked at the start of a hearing last week in on the Cannabis Patient Protection Act. Everyone in the audience who laughed at his question knew the answer: The medical market answers to no one. In an at...

Marijuana producers have difficulty harvesting during the winter

Kyle Fenton, Staff Reporter

January 21, 2015


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The majority of marijuana farmers in Kittitas County grow their crop during the summer months, in greenhouses or under the sun. This leaves the winter months for processing and finding buyers to purchase their product. Mike Graham, owner of Natural Mystic Farms, has noticed a fluctuation in the market...

A look at the edible industry

A look at the edible industry

Kyle Fenton, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2014


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Marijuana-infused edibles have brought about controversy to the recreational marijuana industry since Washington and Colorado legalized use. Last June, Maureen Dowd, opinion columnist for The New York Times, wrote about her experience with a cannabis-infused chocolate caramel bar. Throughout her opinion...

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