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A Recipe for Mixing Medical and Recreational Marijuana in Washington

Last month I noted that marijuana legalization in Washington state has been hampered by the decision to create a new industry from scratch instead of building on the cannabusinesses that have been serving patients there for years. Last week state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle), a longtime advocate for medical marijuana users, told The Seattle Times she plans to introduce legislation that aims to rectify that error by incorporating unregulated dispensaries into the system recently created for recreational consumers.

Medical dispensaries—which generally operate as “collective gardens,” an arrangement authorized by a 2011 law that Kohl-Welles wrote, although she did not intend that provision to cover commercial suppliers—outnumber and undersell state-licensed marijuana stores. Seattle, for example, has something like 200 medical marijuana suppliers (including delivery services as well as storefronts) but just a handful of recreational outlets. Recreational prices are nearly twice as high as medical prices, partly because of the hefty taxes imposed by the state: 25 percent at each of three levels, on top of standard sales taxes, which in Seattle total 9.5 percent. [Read More]

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Rob Meagher

Rob Meagher, CBE’s Founder, President and Editor-in-Chief is a 30 year veteran of the media world. His career has spanned from stints representing the Washington Post, USA Weekend, Reader’s Digest, Financial World & Corporate Finance to the technology world where he worked at International Data Group and Ziff Davis where he was part of the launch team for The Web Magazine, Yahoo Internet Life, Smart Business and Expedia Travels before starting his own marketing and Publisher’s Representative Firm. He also ran all print and online media sales and marketing for the Society for Human Resource Management before partnering with Forbes and then Fortune to create Special Sections covering a variety of topics. Rob, who started CBE Press in 2014, can be contacted at [email protected]

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