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Pot shop robberies, deaths fuel calls for U.S. banking bill

UPDATED: Wed., April 20, 2022

A surge in robberies at licensed cannabis shops — including a pistol-whipping, gunshots and killings in Washington state last month — is helping fuel a renewed push for federal banking reforms that would make the cash-dependent stores a less appealing target.
News >  Marijuana

Washington cannabis regulators make last-ditch effort to set rules for hemp-derived products

A bill sponsored by state Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, revives regulation by the Washington Liquor Cannabis Board of intoxicating products that can cause effects similar to marijuana but are derived from federally legal hemp plants. A pair of bills proposed by state regulators, and one backed by the Washington Cannabusiness Association, failed to reach the floor before a deadline last month. 

‘Battle royale’: Cannabis regulation bills pit regulatory agency against some marijuana businesses

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 12, 2022

The rise in popularity - and strange legal position - of delta-8 THC derived from hemp prompted state regulators in Washington to attempt to rein in sales of products it wasn't clear they had authority to control. Now, with the backing of some industry players, the Liquor Cannabis Board is attempting to assert its position and initially prohibit such products until they can be studied. But at least one major industry group says that effort goes too far.

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