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Expand Your Business Portfolio At This Years Kush Marketplace

If you’re tired of cold calls, unanswered emails and need to stimulate your business connections, the Kush Marketplace is the place you need to be. Kush Marketplace is a cannabis business tradeshow that was designed to connect 502 producers and retailers. An event primarily servicing 502 producers, processors, retailers, media and subsidiary cannabis businesses, this event is strictly for people trying close deals and expand their business reach.

The annual market is the largest licensee event in the state. More than 50 of the 502’s top cannabis brands will be behind tables spitting knowledge about their brand.  The goal for the day is to network and close deals! The event is modeled after the medical farmer’s markets and is a must attend for industry professionals looking to expand their contact list and diversify their portfolio.

Expand Your Business Portfolio At The Kush Marketplace

“It was a fantastic event. Quality people, quality leads. We highly recommend participating in the next event!” -Leah, Baked Smart

This year’s Kush Marketplace is in Seattle at AXIS Pioneer Square on June 13th and August 8th in Portland, Oregon at the Melody Ballroom. Events that promote collaboration within Washington’s cannabis industry

For the Seattle event, we’re excited to support some of our favorite cannabis retailers. KushMart, Destination HWY 420, Fweedom Cannabis, Unkle Ike’s, and the Pot Stop are just a few notable retailers that will be in attendance.

Register To Attend Kush Marketplace Here Or Check Out The Facebook event!

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

Why Cannabis Possession And Purchase Limits Are Important

At the end of 2018, Colorado completed a complex investigation involving the Sweet Leaf cannabis retail chain for egregious “looping” violations. Looping is a term for what I described above, buying the legal limit of cannabis, taking it to your car, and returning to the store to buy more. The raid was carried out by state law-enforcement agents and resulted in 13 employee arrests, 10 of which were charged with either misdemeanor or felony distribution of cannabis, The Cannabist reports.  During the investigation, the Denver Police Department conducted stings involving undercover officers posing as “loopers.” During the sting, budtenders, and door people were open about looping policies and gave loopers tips like parking outside of the buildings surveillance system. One undercover officer bought 6.6 ounces of cannabis during the same day and during a stake-out, officers witnessed an out of state customers purchase three-pounds of cannabis. After this customer was arrested, police soon discovered the customer planned to repackage and sell Sweet Leaf’s cannabis in a different state’s black market.

What Are The Limits?

Washington has strict purchase limits just like Colorado. Washington’s recreational cannabis possession limits directly from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis board are as follows:

Adults 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of usable cannabis flower, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis drinkables, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrates.

The cannabis possession limits for medical patients are different. They are also allowed to cultivate their own weed or issue other medical patients a caretaker license to grow weed for them.

Three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

Why Washington Needs To Take Cannabis Possession Limits Seriously

These limits may seem arbitrary, but it doesn’t matter. They’re the law and they have to be followed. Budtenders and store owners need to adhere to them for several reasons. Cannabis prohibition is still alive and well in many places in this country. Contributing to that issue with Washington product makes our state look careless for contributing to the violence that is connected to illegal cannabis sales. It’s also extremely unfair to farmers and processors. They expect their products to be consumed in the state, not to be contributing to crime and potential violence is another state.

Ever since the state’s traceability system hasn’t been working properly, cannabis products have become even harder to track. This puts even more emphasis on retail owners and budtenders to sell within the confines of the law. It’s illegal to take Washington cannabis outside of Washington, so if a customer does, it’s on them, there’s nothing you can do about it. But if you sell that customer more than the legal limit, and they get busted out of state, that’s on the budtender that sold the product as well. Oregon and Idaho have reported more cannabis being confiscated during traffic stops involving cars coming from Washington, The News Tribune reports. We want to set a good example for our state representatives who stand up for voters rights and other states looking to follow our lead and legalize cannabis themselves. We have politicians who stand up for cannabis in our state. Jay Inslee and Bob Ferguson have gone out on limbs to defend cannabis rights against the federal government.

These laws keep customers who are uneducated about cannabis laws from getting in trouble. Many customers trust and expect budtenders to know what the law is. If a budtender takes advantage of a customer to make the business more money or hustle a bigger tip, and that customer gets pulled over by the police, they could be in trouble just because they trusted the wrong budtender. This makes it important for business owners to take hiring practices seriously and trust employees before you leave them on the floor unattended.

The obvious reason for everyone to follow cannabis laws to the letter is to keep Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions’ watchful eyes out of our state. If you don’t think he wasn’t paying attention to what happened to Sweet Leaf in Colorado, you’re out of your mind. Justin Costello, hedge fund manager and CEO of Pacific Merchant Processing told me something once that is hyper-relevant here, and it’s if you think your enemies are stupid, you’re stupid. Sweet Leaf seemingly thought the Denver Police department was stupid and it cost them their livelihood. If Washington budtenders and business owners think the WSLCB isn’t paying more attention to the industry’s adherence to state laws after the Sweet Leaf situation, you’re stupid.

Last week, WSLCB agents raided a cannabis farmers market in Tacoma. The Patient Cannabis Exchange (PWE.) Cannabis medical card holders were exchanging cannabis with their caretakers. Caretakers are other medical card holders that are granted permission to grow weed strictly for themselves and other patients. Agents arrested people that had outstanding warrants and confiscated all product and money. The owner of the PWE said there was nothing illegal happening and no cease and desist order was served before the raid occurred. Maybe the PWE was breaking the law, but some believe this was the WSLCB flexing their authority to crack down on untaxed cannabis transactions, Komo News reports.

It’s unfortunate the PWE was raided, but recreational employees should heed this as a warning. If the WSLCB is willing to raid a small medical farmers market that may or may not have been breaking the law, why would they hesitate to raid a recreational dispensary for actually breaking state law?

Cannabis is still a schedule I drug under the Controlled Substance Act and illegal on the federal level. Federal cannabis protections no longer exist since the Cole Memo was rescinded. Federal prosecutors have permission from AG Jeff Session himself to go after state cannabis operations that aren’t in accordance with federal law. Smoking cannabis in our state isn’t a right, it’s a privilege. A privilege that can be seriously tested if Washington’s cannabis industry isn’t careful. I for one don’t want to buy weed at some random guys house anymore, so let’s keep it straight

 GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

Washington’s Cannabis Industry Is Still Waiting For LeafData

Respect My Region previously reported that LeafData would black out temporarily during its initial launch on Jan 1. That turned out to be incorrect because LeafData never launched and instead was delayed a second time.

LeafData’s newest projected release is February 1st.

It’s been over three months since the Washington State Liquor Cannabis Control Board (WSLCB ) gave MJ Freeway an estimated $3.1 million to replace Washington’s cannabis traceability system.  With little to show for it, the collective cannabis industry is frustrated.

Some worry the WSLCB  is putting the entire industry at risk during a time when Attorney General Jeff Sessions has increased anti-cannabis rhetoric and rescinded federal marijuana protections, also known as the Cole Memo. Washington’s cannabis industry has generated over $2.9 billion dollars in total revenue since its inception. It’s created thousands of jobs and is funding numerous state programs such as law-enforcement, Medicaid, public health programs and cannabis research.

The WSLCB increased all producer/processor fees to pay for LeafData’s creation. An I-502 producer/processor who wishes to remain anonymous told Respect My Region their annual fee increased by 38 percent. Senate Bill 5130came into effect on June 30, 2017, and increases licensee renewal fees until June 18, 2018.

MJ Freeway is the technology and data consulting company that built LeafData for Washington’s recreational cannabis industry. All cannabis products must be tracked from seed to sale. This means that each product has a strict chain of custody it must go through at each stop on it’s path to retailers. This helps the state prove to the federal government that product is staying out of the black market.

While MJ Freeway and the WLCB finish LeafData, there’s no state provided traceability system in place, but there is a contingency plan in effect. The WSLCB ’s contingency plan consists of manually filling out spreadsheets they generate. The amount of information required for traceability compliance is unrealistic to complete by hand. Some retailers don’t accept WSLCB  generated spreadsheets according to an anonymous I-502 producer/processor. This forces producer/processors to pay for the third-party contingency system.

BioTrackTHC launched the Unified Contingency System (UCS) to help licensees with data collection during this time. The UCS is a completely privatized clone of BioTrack’s traceability system. It was created with cooperation other third-party traceability software providers: WeedTraqr, Greenbits, GrowFlow, TraceWeed, MisterKraken, S2Solutions, and DopePlow. This allows licensees to conduct traceability work on BioTrackTHC without manually filling out spreadsheets. The data is collected and will be transferred to LeafData’s system when it’s ready.  BioTrackTHC is asking for a $50 monthly fee from all licensees using the UCS.

It’s important to note that BioTrackTHC is under no obligation from the WSLCB or anyone to operate the UCS.

BioTrackTHC held Washington’s previous traceability contract. They were replaced by MJ Freeway when they couldn’t come to terms with the state for a contract extension. BioTrackTHC’s CEO Peter Vo wasn’t confident in the newest bidding terms laid out by the WSLCB and pulled out. He wasn’t confident the newest contract followed the Cole Memo’s strict conditions, which could be detrimental to the entire industry.

Vo is speaking about the WSLCB ’s request that MJ Freeway allows for larger “lots” entered into the system. A “lot” is a labeled batch of flower that has been tracked through all its various production stages and is on its way to the retailer.

The Cole Memo allowed a five-pound lot limit. BioTrackTHC’s system wouldn’t allow you to enter lots into the system above five-pounds. The WSLCB  asked MJ Freeway to allow larger lot entries but with the  Cole Memo out of play, it’s possible this might not matter anymore.

When MJ Freeway was awarded Washington’s traceability contract, LeafData wasn’t built yet. A common practice in the technology industry is to build the platform after the contract is awarded. This allows MJ Freeway to build LeafData to the WSLCB’s exact specifications for the interface, tracking, alerts, audits, reports, etc., Jeannette Ward said. Ward is the Global Marketing & Communications Vice President for MJ Freeway.

The original rollout date of Oct. 1 was aggressive and “shorter and faster than any system had been rolled out,” Ward said.

The October 1st goal was set because it was the end date of BioTrackTHC’s contract. The WSLCB  delayed LeafData for further system tests. Around this time, Vo and WeedTraQR CEO David Busby conducted a personal investigation into a suspicious email sent from LeafData to several cannabis retailers. It contained information not publicly available and suggested that LeafData and MJ Freeway’s data security could have been compromised.

MJ Freeway was already dealing with security breachesservice outages and losing a Nevada contract in 2017, leading critics to question if MJ Freeway was capable enough to handle Washington’s traceability needs and if the WSLCB had made a mistake awarding them the contract.

The WSLCB  said the Washington State Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) assessed the security risks, but Vo says the WSLCB  declined to give him physical proof of OCIO’s check. The date was pushed back to January 1st and was set to allow for three months of additional testing, but that deadline was missed as well.

According to Ward, the WSLCB  pushed back LeafData’s installation to February 1st so third-parties would have more time to integrate and licensees would have more time to train on LeafData. Ward also believes the lack of integration was due to lackadaisical licensees, not LeafData’s system stability. She says their system was ready to go, citing two successful integrations prior to the recent delay.

“Some people don’t do their homework until the night before,” Ward said.

GrowFlow representative Tom Wilson told Respect My Region the reason for the most recent delay was because LeafData, simply isn’t ready.

“There are around 30 outstanding bugs in the system, and the WSLCB  did not want to go live with such a buggy system,” Wilson wrote in an email.

If LeafData does go live on Feb. 1, there is a timeline of events that are supposed to happen. These events break ground for the LeafData installation. One of these events, known as a “code freeze,” was scheduled for January 14th and there isn’t sound proof that happened, per an anonymous I-502 producer/processor. This leads some to fear another delay is inevitable or the system will launch with unresolved bugs.

LeafData might only serve roughly one-fourth of licensees. Around 75 percent of licensees use a third-party traceability providers that are helping with the UCS. Critics argue I-502 producer/processors were forced to pay for LeafData when most won’t use it, to begin with, plus those who want to use it can’t because it isn’t operational.

Diego Pellicer is a Seattle cannabis retailer currently using the UCS, but is planning on switching to LeafData when it launches. Jesse Leach is the General Manager and says the UCS is working fine, although it’s adding more work for the inventory crew.

Leach believes the WSLCB did their best when they were forced to scramble and find a new traceability suitor after their first option, Metrc, didn’t work out. Leach says Metrc bailed on the contract and forced the WSLCB to find a new suitor. An anonymous I-502 producer/processor says they and other producer/processors raised hell and forced the WSLCB to find something better than Metrc. The next closest bid was MJ Freeway.

At the end of the day, the industry is still trudging along. Several budtenders Respect My Region spoke to have no idea there is a traceability problem, to begin with. This means the UCS is working. But, the cannabis industry didn’t pay millions of dollars for a contingency plan, they paid for LeafData. The industry simply won’t know if LeafData will work properly until February 1st arrives, or if it will even arrive at all.

“We’re all just trying to get back to the way it was,” Leach said.

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

Vermont and To Legalize Cannabis Despite Jeff Sessions

The United States cannabis legalization movement shows no signs of slowing. Vermont and New Jersey are set to legalize cannabis for adults this year despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ best efforts. At the beginning of the month, Sessions made headlines by putting cannabis legalization in danger by rescinding federal cannabis protections. These protections are colloquially known as the Cole Memo. The Cole memo was set up to keep state recreational cannabis industries culpable for black market activities involving legal cannabis products.

Sessions didn’t outwardly tell federal prosecutors to go after cannabis, but he did remove any restrictions if they choose to do so themselves. Chills traveled down the collective cannabis industries spine, wondering if a bustling billion dollar experiment was about to come to an end. Especially after California opened America’s largest recreational cannabis industry.

Several state governments have held firm in their defense of votes decisions to legalize cannabis. It didn’t take long for Washington and Colorado lawmakers like Cory Gardner, Jay Inslee, and Bob Ferguson to defend their states cannabis laws and encouraged the industry to resist and continue business as usual. Not only has the industry continued with business as usual, other states are still hopping on the cannabis legalization wagon.

Vermont is the first state to legalize cannabis through legislation, rather than leaving it up to voters. The bill was passed by the Vermont legislature last week and Gov. Phil Scott is expecting to sign into law. This would allow adults 21 and over to grow and possess small amounts of cannabis. There’s no talk of a regulated recreational industry at this time, but Vermont senators hope this is a step in that direction.

New Jersey is set to be the second state to legalize weed through the legislature after the inauguration of Gov. Phil Murray. Dubbed the “anti-Chris Christie,” Murray campaigned on promises to make cannabis legal and it doesn’t look like he’s wasting anytime keeping them. This bill could be signed as early as late-January and will allow adults to possess and grow small amounts of cannabis. The bill includes scaffolding for the potential recreational sale of cannabis starting in 2018.

Sessions might be an unlikely ALLY in the quest for full cannabis legalization. It’s apparent state governments would rather listen to the 60 percent of citizens who live in cannabis safe states; rather than help an old man impose his destructively dated moral code. At this stage, the cannabis industry is poised to change state and federal economies. Thousands of jobs will be created and billions of dollars in revenue will be made. Washington has generated over $2 billion dollars in cannabis revenue alone.

Sessions’ attack against legal weed is an attack on the economic growth of the states and the country.

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

Learn About The Big Wicked Sugar Wax

Big City Lights is the pungent purple offspring of Dark Desire and Frisco OG. Dark Desire is a complex and vibrant plant. It was created by a well-known breeder, Gooeybreeder. This plant is cooperative for growers and smokers alike. Its color is there from the onset, there is no need to manipulate variables to bring out the color. The smoke is pungent with a long lasting high, SeedFinder reports. Frisco OG is known as a sticky hybrid with great flavor and giggle-inducing effects, per SeedFinder.

The result of crossing these two strains is a sativa-hybrid with noticeable pain-relieving waves. Big City Lights has loud berry terpene profile that matches her brilliant purple color, she’s “oozing berry goodness,” according to GreenRush Lead Grower, Blake Brush.

Big City Lights has a high rate of plants that turn into hermaphrodites, meaning the plant starts growing male and female parts and this ruins the flowering process, but she is so good that it’s worth the risk. So, if you’re lucky enough to find some of it in concentrate form, you better hop on it. One dab of these potent golden crystals will feel like you just smoked an entire eighth of Big City Lights. The berry terpenes are pouring out of these wet crystals. Take a dab after work to relieve some pain without crashing for the rest of the night.

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

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9 Pound Hammer Strain Spotlight

Green Rush’s 9 Pound Hammer strain is a three-way cross between Gooberry, Hell’s Angels OG and Jack The Ripper. This strains effects match the reputation you’d expect when you hear its name and genetic profile.  This indica-hybrid hits you like the name suggests and is for the veteran smokers out there.

In one word, “dank” comes to mind when Green Rush’s Lead Grower Black Brush describes  9 Pound Hammer. It’s the frostiest, most snowcapped strain in the garden “with wicked tints of purple up each calyx,” Brush described.  There are purple layers of flowers under a coat of wet trichomes. This strain is so coated in in trichomes, when you set a flower on the table, the trichomes actually hold it up like an army of ants carrying a giant leaf.

9 Pound Hammer Strain Spotlight

9 Pound Hammer Strain Spotlight

The Gooberry’s terpene profile is dominant within the 9 Pound Hammer, with berry and grapes scents pouring off the flower. Hell’s OG brings with it the intimidating psychoactive effects. Jack The Ripper brings a sour diesel like aroma and compounding sativa effects. The final aroma profile for the 9 Pound Hammer is a berry kool aid with hints of sour motor oil. The berry and grape flavor comes through the smoke entirely, coating your pallet. You can taste the terpene profile on your lips even after you’re done smoking it.

9 Pound Hammer has equally hellacious mental stimulation and body relaxation. This strain would be great for binge watching a new Netflix series in a couple sittings. You will have a one tracked mind while you melt into the couch for the next couple hours.

*GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

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