Monthly Archives: May 2016

Cannabis Law & Policy Project’s First Report is Released

By Sam Mendez, Executive Director of the Cannabis Law and Policy Project


We here at the Cannabis Law & Policy Project worked hard to produce the report titled “Estimating Canopy Size for the Washington Medical Marijuana Market” that was released today by the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board (LCB). A joint press release was also published, which provides a summary of the report’s background and findings. MJ Headline News has reported on today’s release.

The report estimated that between 1.7 and 2 million square feet of canopy space (meaning, square footage of marijuana plants) would satisfy the current medical marijuana demand in Washington State. The LCB currently has allotted 12.3 million square feet of canopy for the entire regulated marijuana market, and we believe that that amount is enough to satisfy the current demand for marijuana, both medical and recreational.

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Hemp at Home and Abroad

By Daniel Shortt

Hemp Showing Fibers

Hemp stem showing fibers.

Hemp and marijuana are both derived from the cannabis plant. While there is no uniform definition of what constitutes hemp, it is usually described as a part of the cannabis plant with little or no THC. Hemp offers many useful applications and recent changes at the state and federal levels have allowed for U.S. farmers to legally cultivate hemp. Despite this, many U.S. businesses still import hemp from other countries with less restrictive hemp laws.  But as hemp cultivation expands across the U.S., U.S. businesses may move away from imported hemp.

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Hotel California: Movement for the Initiative for Legalized Cannabis

By Jason Liu, second-year stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton School of Law. 

Used under the Creative Commons License.

This week in California, a ballot measure legalizing recreational cannabis met the signature requirement to get on the Nov. 8th ballot. As California qualifies as the 8th largest economy in the world, there would be tremendous effects if recreational cannabis was legalized. This blog post looks at the regulatory structure of the initiative. Continue reading

Working in Weed: Labor and Employment Issues in the Cannabis Industry

This post by Daniel Shortt originally appeared on Canna Law Blog. 

Working in Weed - SLEJ PosterOn April 26, 2016, I moderated a panel discussion at the University of Washington School of Law called “Working in Weed.” The discussion focused on employment and labor issues in the cannabis industry. The panelists were as follows:

  • Robert McVay of the Canna Law Group
  • Lea Vaughn, Professor of Law at UW, with an expertise in labor and employment
  • Ronald Hooks, Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Sam Mendez, Director of the UW Cannabis Law and Policy Project.

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