So far the task of loosening marijuana laws has been left to individual states to implement. But that changed when the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives last month.
“The states have been carrying the water for the pro-marijuana forces for several years but that may finally start to change,” said Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish, a cannabis industry lawyer. “The federal government is about to get involved in a big way. Uniform national marijuana laws are certainly now on the table.”
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) on November 19, 2018, issued the state’s first license to produce, process, and possess marijuana for research purposes. The license was issued to Verda Bio Research in Seattle, which is conducting research on cannabinoid-based therapeutics.