Why Legalizing Cannabis Has Not Yet Stopped the War on Drugs in Washington

The so-called War on Drugs was mostly a war on marijuana. Drug testing has mostly been marijuana testing, and when police arrested people for drug crimes, it was disproportionately black and brown people found in possession of, or selling, small amounts of marijuana which are now available legally in a very competitive retail industry. Those…

Enforcement Cannabis Reform

In 2019, Washington Legislature passed SB 5318, a bill dedicated to reforming the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“WSLCB”) and its role within Washington’s cannabis industry. After listening to numerous members of the community, including a number of Cultiva’s Clients. Thanks to the passage of SB 5318, the WSLCB will dedicate more focus on…

Advertising Regulation Overhaul Causes Mass Confusion in Washington Cannabis Industry

  The laws applicable to the advertising of legal cannabis and legal cannabis business are some of the most rapidly evolving not only in Washington state, but also across the country. Mass confusion resulted over these regulations in Washington state in the spring of 2017, when Senate Bill 5131 (SB 5131) passed pursuant to the request…

By The Numbers: A Survey of Trends in Marijuana Tax Revenues

Cannabis is big business, not only for industry participants, but also for the states and local jurisdictions where marijuana has been legalized and regulated through the levy and collection of excise and other taxes. A report from New Frontier Data, a cannabis-neutral policy and business analytic and reporting organization, titled Cannabis In the U.S. Economy:…

Righting the Wrongs of Past Marijuana Convictions

In some states, marijuana used to land you in jail; now it can land you on the Forbes list. Even though states across the country are decriminalizing marijuana and instituting their own medicinal and recreational cannabis programs, hundreds of thousands of nonviolent people – mostly black people – still currently sit behind bars or suffer…