Will California Start Their Own Financial Institution For Marijuana

Gubernatorial candidate and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has called for the creation of a public bank and has discussed the idea with members of the cannabis industry. This week, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson said he wants to look into creating a city-owned bank that might serve cannabis businesses.

Cannabis Business Regulations Introduced in Los Angeles



Winter Garden first to ban medical marijuana shops — for now

Winter Garden, home to Knox Nursery, one of 17 medical marijuana growers sanctioned by the state, became the first city in Central Florida to ban cannabis dispensaries — but probably not the last.

Apopka, Maitland and Winter Park may vote next month on measures similar to the ban approved unanimously Thursday by Winter Garden city commissioners.

Winter Garden’s ordinance does not prevent residents from receiving prescription shipments at home or Knox from filling patient prescriptions through a delivery service for an additional cost.

City Manager Mike Bollhoefer said the action was intended to address zoning, not the efficacy of medical marijuana as an alternative medical treatment.



Maine Professionals For Regulating Marijuana: Alert

The Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee has been busy since our last newsletter, having met five times, with full-day sessions each time. They have examined a range of issues from cultivation to tracking, to public health and labor relations, to tax-related issues – all topic areas that the committee had not yet reached a consensus agreement on.

The Committee also hosted Andrew Freedman, former Director of Marijuana Coordination for Colorado- the head of Colorado’s program when the state first legalized adult-use there.

This week, the Committee spent a large part of their time deciding the tax rate and whether or how to share revenue with municipalities that have marijuana businesses in their jurisdiction.

The Committee will meet next Friday, August 4th, for what it hopes to be the last time this summer; topics will include public safety, including a perspective from the Chief of Maine State Police, Colonel Robert Williams. At that point, the Committee will do final review and discussion of LR 2395, An Act to Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act- the omnibus bill the committee has been working on. The language of LR 2395 is a product of informal straw votes the committee has taken during each working session, as it reaches consensus on each issue of reform.


Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board Alert – Azatrol Hydro Botanical Insecticide Not Allowed for Use on Marijuana in Washington

Date:               July 27, 2017

To:                  Marijuana Industry Members

From:              WSLCB

Subject:          Azatrol Hydro Botanical Insecticide Not Allowed for Use on Marijuana in Washington

Until further notice, Azatrol Hydro Botanical Insecticide (EPA Reg. No. 2217-836) and Gordon’s Professional Turf & Ornamental Products Azatrol EC Insecticide (EPA Reg. No. 2217-836) are no longer allowed for use on marijuana in Washington. Information received from the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and subsequent analysis of these pesticide products by Washington State Department of Agriculture, indicates that these products contains undisclosed pesticide ingredients not allowed for use on marijuana in Washington.

WSDA is issuing a statewide stop sale, use or removal order for these products in Washington.

Pesticide ingredients that are not allowed for use on marijuana could result in the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board confiscating and destroying marijuana if they are found on products above the adopted action levels. In addition, pesticide ingredients that are not allowed for use on marijuana could cause marijuana to fail the Washington State Department of Health pesticide testing requirements for compliant marijuana products.

WSDA has updated the allowed pesticides list, and will be working with the registrant to resolve this issue. WSLCB will provide the updated list to licensed producers as soon as it is available. The PICOL database will be updated to reflect this change.

Action Required


  • Immediately discontinue use of these products and remove these products from the licensed premises
  • Advise all processors to whom you have sold marijuana treated with these products that the marijuana may have been treated with pesticide ingredients that are not allowed


  • Provide a notice about the possible use of pesticide ingredients that are not allowed to retailers who carry your products that may have been treated with these products


  • Post the notice provided by the processor in a conspicuous location on your licensed premises


  • For information regarding the statewide Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order, please contact Joel Kangiser, WSDA at 360-902-2013 or
  • For any other questions, please contact your Liquor and Cannabis Board enforcement officer.