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Snoop effect? Local pot shop sees sales jump after rapper’s visit

The owners of retail pot shop Royal’s Cannabis may have money on the mind after a visit in December by rapper Snoop Dogg. The store posted a 10.6 percent sales increase last month compared to their sales in November, according to numbers reported by the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Marijuana farmers, including Spokane City Council member, hinge hopes on harvest

During last year’s outdoor-grown marijuana harvest, state farmers produced 38 tons of the drug. State officials say this year’s crop may be even larger, and it will include pot grown by Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton, who once again planted marijuana with her family after sitting out the 2015 growing season.

Decision on WSU alcohol sales delayed again

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board met Tuesday in Olympia to discuss Washington State University’s proposal to expand alcohol sales inside Martin Stadium to every area except the student section, but the decision was put off as the board had additional questions it wanted the university to address.

Marijuana sales top spending on wine and milk in Spokane County

Spokane County sold more than $5 million worth of legal marijuana for the month of March, the first time a monthly total has eclipsed that mark since legal sales began in July 2014. The ever-increasing market share of marijuana is set to eclipse live entertainment and the arts sometime in 2016.

Spokane lab finds pesticides in many marijuana products

Gordon Fagras said the findings produced by his chemical laboratory, which looks for hyper-specific contaminants on the state’s marijuana crop, will add value to the product. The state doesn’t require the specific level of testing Fagras provides yet, and some in the industry worry increased costs could upset a budding market.

Spokane County growers anticipate world’s largest marijuana harvest

Spokane County marijuana farmers are gearing up for what they anticipate will be the largest harvest of the crop anywhere in the world. But banking and safety concerns continue to nag the nascent legal market, and regulatory concerns linger as the state prepares to merge the medicinal and recreational markets.

Washington marijuana sales amount to $357 million in 15 months

One-third of a billion dollars. Sales of all marijuana products – from the plants grown in the fields, to the individual portions to smoke or eat processed in factories large and small, to their purchase by Washington residents and visitors – topped that figure in the first 15 months recreational marijuana has been available in the state.

Liquor and Cannabis Board changes marijuana numbers

Board spokesman said July sales figures did not include tax, which accounted for the reported dip in revenue. Those numbers have been corrected to show another increase in sales last month.

July pot sales end hot streak

Marijuana sales in Spokane County dipped in July, the first drop in month-to-month retail receipts since the drug became legal. The county’s 15 shops sold $3.8 million worth of marijuana products last month, according to reports on file with the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board. That total was less than June’s tally of $4.1 million in retail sales and ended a yearlong stretch during which the industry grew unabated.