The Columbian / Associated Press

Washington issues its first marijuana research license

OLYMPIA — The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board says it has issued the state’s first license to grow marijuana for research.

Verda Bio Research in Seattle says it will be growing cannabis to conduct basic research on some of the plant’s lesser-known compounds.

Chief Executive Jessica Tonani said Verda intends to breed cannabis plants to emphasize compounds that currently exist only at low levels, so that those compounds can then be studied for potential therapeutic uses.