Very excited to have the opportunity to showcase some of my artwork AT work. Thanks to Michael Endicott for having the vision to support local artists and putting it in the faithful hands of Miss Jenny Berry who’s executed on this vision and come up with a fantastic program that supports local artists like myself.
My work is now on display down at the shop in Tonasket so go check it out. All work are available for purchase.
I know it’s taken a long time, but good things come to those who wait. Pleased to finally see the latest addition to our concentrates lineup with some fantastic looking (and tasting) Terp diamonds from Especial / Canna Verde. Stop by Tonasket House of Cannabis to scoop some of these fantastic looking Terp diamonds. Thank for being both patient and persistent, Ian! 💯👊🔥
The day could not come fast enough. Today, the WSLCB announced the selection of technology company Franwell as the Apparent Successful Vendor (ASV) to replace the existing Biotrack seed-to-sale traceability system in Washington State.
I can’t believe they plan to migrate to an entirely new system/framework by October 2017. I don’t see how this can be done given my background and experience working in the enterprise software space, especially when dealing with government agencies and projects. I hope Franwell has some ninjas on their team because they are going to need some serious SQL coders to port from the underlying Biotrack data model. Unless they already have a migration tool/util already built.
New rules under consideration for i502 announced today. 314-55-045 has been expanded to include terms that define what rule, law, or violation history might prevent an applicant from receiving or renewing their marijuana license.
What timing – someone was just asking about this on one of my other posts. Gotta go back and tag em here.
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Because Biotrack is stupid and their database tables suck, this table doesn’t display the actual name of the Licensee that had the violation. Until I figure out a better way, here’s a nifty URL that you can use and just cut and paste the license number and add to the end of the URL to see who committed the violation.
https://502data.com/license/[paste license number here]
UPDATE: 2/10/2017 @ 11:47PM PDT: I just learned that the shops that were raided purchased CBD products from out of state that had no test results and were selling them under the regulated system, which is against the MCB regulations. These were isolated incidents pursued by the enforcement division of MCB. There is NO statewide ban on CBD products in legal marijuana shops. That being said, the fact that health food shops can sell CBD products purchased from out of state but Marijuana shops can’t seems illogical, and again, a double standard. While this is a relief, there will most certainly be more issues and action with respect to CBD products and how/where you can purchase them legally.
What a bunch of BS. Time to make some phone calls to my contacts up north. I agree that all cannabis-derived CBD products should go through the same scrutiny and testing as everything else, but to single out Marijuana businesses selling CBD, while allowing it to be sold in health food stores is complete bullshit.
Email: You can email the MCB at the following email address. NOTE: all emails will become part of the public record. firstname.lastname@example.org
Marijuana Control Board Members – https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/amco/MCBMembers.aspx
Each of the members below can be reached via the main phone line (ask operator to connect or lookup in directory) –
Phone: (907) 269-0350. The only option I found where I could leave a voicemail was for the administrative office at Option 7. I left a voicemail asking for the email and phone contact information for the board members below. I will update this post if/when I get this information.
1648 Cushman St., Suite 203
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone (907) 451-2748
Amanda Stonecipher, Investigator III
State Office Building, 9th floor
333 Willoughby Ave
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone (907) 465-2330
Steven Johnson, Investigator III
550 West 7th Ave, Suite 1600
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone (907) 269-0350
Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed over Lunch Hour 12-1
Closed Sat. – Sun.
and all State Holidays.
Cannabis industry folks, don’t sit back and let the uneducated make questionable legal decisions without being properly informed and educated on the issue at hand. Please take some time to contact the folks above and give them your opinion on CBD-related products.
What will the new Administration in Washington DC do?
With recent changes in Washington DC, the future remains uncertain for the fledgling Recreational Cannabis industry across the nation. Time will tell if our incoming Attorney General, Jeff Sessions will go after the cannabis industry. My gut tells me they won’t, but that’s coming at it from a logical standpoint, and from what I’ve seen so far coming from DC, logical deduction and hard facts seem to have been tossed into the dumpster.
Given the dollar amounts we are talking about in terms of taxes generated ($185 million in FY2016 for WA state), and the ensuing lawsuits that would follow, coupled with the enormous negative economic impact (jobs and productivity lost – especially in rural areas), I genuinely hope the incoming AG respects states’ rights and does not interfere with the legal Cannabis industry.
Changes in Washington State
Here in Washington state, there are a number of interesting proposed changes coming out of Olympia this session that would have a significant impact on the industry at large.
HB 5102 – Out of state ownership and investment
The first change has to do with allowing outside sources of funding (non WA residents) for i502 Businesses. Currently there are funding and lending restrictions that limit the amount of investment capital can flow in from outside the state. House Bill 5102, clarifying residency requirements for licensed marijuana businesses, has been introduced and is in committee. There is a public hearing scheduled for
The key changes in verbiage in HB5102 have to do with limiting the percentage ownership by out of state interests to 50% ownership and allowing “managers or agents” aka owners who are exempt from the residency requirement.
…with the exception that only those holding fifty percent of all ownership interests must meet the residency requirement;
A person whose place of business is conducted by a manager 21 or agent, unless the manager or agent possesses the same 22 qualifications required of the licensee, with the exception of the residency requirement.
House Bill 1092 would amend the i502 Legislation to allow any Washington state resident 21+ years old to cultivate up to 6 marijuana plants and possess up to 24 ounces of dried plant material from the personal cultivation. For any single residence if there are 2 or more adults 21+ or older, you may have up to 12 plants and 48 ounces of dried plant material. You may only leave your residence with up to an ounce of “home grown” at a time.
(4)(a) Subject to the requirements in this subsection (4), the possession by a person twenty-one years of age or older of no more than six marijuana plants and up to twenty-four ounces of useable marijuana harvested from lawfully grown plants is not a violation of this section, this chapter, or any other provision of Washington state law, provided:
(i) The plants are grown and possessed only within the premises of the housing unit in which the person resides; and
(ii) The useable marijuana has been harvested from plants lawfully grown within the premises of the housing unit in which the person resides and is not removed from the premises in amounts exceeding one ounce.
(b) No more than twelve marijuana plants and forty-eight ounces of useable marijuana may be possessed, in the aggregate, by the adult residents of a single housing unit, regardless of the number of persons twenty-one years of age or older residing in the housing unit.
(c) This subsection (4) does not apply to marijuana plants or useable marijuana possessed at a location other than the premises of the housing unit in which the marijuana plants were lawfully grown.
Regardless of where you stand on legal cannabis, please take a minute to acknowledge that there are tens of thousands of business owners, employees, and fellow Washingtonians who are pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into being successful in this industry. As we have in the past, we continue the journey into uncharted waters. Onward we go!
For many i502 business owners, it’s been an uphill battle to get fair (and easy) access to the Federal Banking system. As a result, i502 businesses have gotten creative in their approaches to managing money. In some cases, this puts them at odd with the Feds, with the Banks, and with consumers. It’s a no win situation that needs to change.
In the old MMJ days, it wasn’t uncommon for MMJ dispensaries to be shuttling around garbage bags of cash in their trunk. Thankfully, now most i502 retailers have access to basic banking and credit unions that suppor – on premise ATMs, and even some basic debit transactions (with usual ATM-like fees per transaction). Most transactions are still cash and the vast majority of retail shops only accept cash.
One improvement over the past year or so were changes that allow 3rd party security and armored truck companies to pickup and transport cash from retail shops to their place of deposit.
Another recent development here in Washington state is a push by state legislators to block i502 businesses from doing transactions using Bitcoin. This news just broke in the past 2 weeks. Senate Bill 5264 effectively bans Bitcoin from being used in i502. I’ve seen a few “automatic” menu/ordering kiosks at a few retail shops that appear to take Bitcoin. I have not tried to conduct a transaction using Bitcoin. Read more on this issue here: http://www.geekwire.com/2017/washington-state-legislators-look-ban-bitcoin-pot-business/
Because I’m not an i502 business owner, I’m less up on how well (or poorly) the insurance companies do with underwriting i502 businesses. I know that Lloyds of London was a highly used insurance underwriter, but I also heard that they were getting out of the industry. I would be curious to hear from i502 business owners on your experience in securing and paying for insurance.
We live in uncertain times. I feel for each and every legitimate business owner working so hard to realize their dreams in legal cannabis. Onward we fight.
As I transition my i502 data mining project from my laptop to the cloud, I’m working on a conceptual framework for offering competitive briefs, reports, charts, and drill-down maps on i502 Producers, Processors, and Retailers. This will include insight, commentary, and a sizeable chunk of data factoids about your closest competitors.