HI-Blog

September 14, 2017

Retail Performance Assessment

This is to inform my readers that I am going to be shifting the focus of HI-Blog to issues related to Retail Performance in Washington’s State-legal Cannabis market. While this will shift the emphasis in HI-Blog away from the “labs” and from the failed integration of Medical Cannabis into the state’s regulated system, I expect to continue writing on those topics in other industry publications. In no particular order, the topics I expect to cover in HI-Blog’s Retail Performance series will include assessments of: wholesale purchase pricing by retail stores […]
August 22, 2017

The Hempfest Bump – Retail Sales Increase

During the 3 days of Hempfest weekend, Statewide retail sales (not counting taxes) at the Retail Access Points were: Friday $3,495,000 Saturday $2,928,000 Sunday $2,258,000 These represent (relative to the same day the prior week), increases of 4.8%, 7.1% and 1.2%, respectively. It is not every week one sees increases like this. That Hempfest likely drove that bump is really neat. Given what I saw and learned over the weekend, Hempfest is more relevant than ever. Long live Hempfest … and when are we going to see more of those […]
August 14, 2017

Risk Assessment Methods

Over the past 10 days, I have posted on HI-Blog relating to the recent suspension of the certification of PEAK Analytics to test State-legal Cannabis in Washington. Those posts and subsequent communications have alerted the WSLCB, the public, and industry participants to the exposure risk stemming from the continued availability of PEAK-tested product in Retail Access Points. They also allude to the non-zero risk of morbidity and mortality associated with such exposure. Some of the comments I’ve seen relating to my work regarding PEAK’s inadequacy in testing for “Total Coliforms” […]
August 12, 2017

PSA #8: Patients can now almost fill a stadium

As of this past Wed. (Aug. 9), the Washington State Dept. of Health has released data which indicate that over 25,000 people are now in their patient registration database. If you ever want an update on how the regulated medical infrastructure is rolling out (now 13+ months into it’s infancy), check out the DOH Statistics and Data page here In the meanwhile, here is what the DOH has to say, followed by a tiny bit of context-setting, courtesy of moi. . This represents 0.35% of all Washingtonians (or 1 in […]