Will we see more national and celebrity brands of weed in 2016?

So 2015 was a helluva year for weed in Washington State: Cannabusiness became serious business, medical marijuana began its official demise, some weird and wonderful new products arrived on the market, and a whole lot of other madness happened. And while we've worked out a few kinks since we legalized pot, there's still a lot more to accomplish. I asked people in the marijuana industry to dust off their Ouija boards and consult the spirits about what's in store for 2016.

"We're going to see banking open up even more, less initiatives like the one in Ohio (no capital cronyism), and more states embracing robust regulation to satisfy the Feds. We'll also likely see more [Native American] tribes jump into state compacts to try their hand in the business." —Hilary Bricken, editor of Canna Law Blog and attorney at Canna Law Group

"The big question is what will happen to the illegal delivery services. I doubt there will be a way for legal delivery this year—maybe a few years out. I think there is a huge illicit market for delivery now that has the potential to undercut the legal 502 shops unless something is done about it." —Ian Eisenberg, owner of Uncle Ike's Pot Shop

"Much like the trend to organic food, we'll see more of a trend to organic cannabis, both in production and consumer demand. In 2015, it was good enough to just have the luxury to walk into stores to legally buy weed, but excitement has since waned and minds have begun to ponder new issues, for example, what's in or on the pot. As news rolls in about pesticide detections and heavy carbon footprints from cannabis, demand for third-party-tested, organic and/or sun-grown cannabis will rapidly rise." —Jerry Lapora, director of operations at Emerald Twist

"I think we'll see the entry into the market of new brands that look and feel more national in scope. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a couple of the celebrity brands being launched here, like Marley Natural and Snoop Dogg's leaf product." —Patrick Devlin, cofounder of and zootologist at Zoots Premium Cannabis Infusions

"I believe 2016 is going to be a different ball game for legal cannabis in Washington. So many patients are holding their breath, hoping that they will still have plenty of convenient access points to get their meds... We [at SCI] are excited because this will be a big year for education in the industry. With the expectation of knowledge-certified consultants selling MMJ, I hope we will see a stronger, more consistent knowledge base at play to assist patients... On the innovation side, I will be interested to see more from the evolving world of extraction and preservation of the plant's real terpenes... The more we know about the plant, the more I expect we will want to deliver it in as unadulterated a form as possible." —Trey Reckling, cofounder of the Science of Cannabis Institute

"Patients/recreational users will seek out educational/appreciation opportunities about cannabis. Their increased knowledge base will create a demand for better labeling of all cannabis products. Patients and their advocates need to continue to be politically active. Their individual voices need to be heard so that appropriate legislation is designed and implemented. I predict less than 50 percent of existing patients join the medical marijuana authorization database that becomes operational July 1, 2016." —Lisa Buchanan, cannabis nurse and owner of Paisley Nursing Group

"New testing standards will reveal a pesticide and fungicide issue in 502 products. There will be new market growth in concentrate products. Overall market growth will be less than 20 percent." —Hoby Douglass, Clarity Farms

"I believe that the public perception of cannabis use will change noticeably. Furthermore, I believe the professional opportunities in the cannabis industry are going to expand and become much more attractive to your average member of the workforce." —Will Ritthaler, account manager of the Goodship Company

"One prediction rather important to me is the standardization of analytical methods combined with the introduction of pesticide and heavy-metals testing. Implementation of these mean that our citizenry not only has legal access to cannabis in Washington State, but the cannabis itself is the cleanest and best quality it has ever been." —Bobby Hines, chief technical manager and owner of Confidence Analytics

"I predict the emergence of dope bars at parties alongside cocktail bars. I was at a private soiree last weekend with a dope bar front and center tended by professionals who knew all about flower strains, edibles, topicals, et cetera. It's nice to see this come into the light with legalization." —Jody Hall, owner of the Goodship

"I think most of the large black-market grows will, unfortunately, be shutting down. The sad thing is most of these operations were simply mom-and-pops operating legally under the medical laws. But now that legal weed has pushed out medical, the local medical grower's only choice is to stop. Small operations will most likely continue as long as their profits stay humble. It seems the corporate state—the One Percent, the Illuminati, or whatever you want to call them—wants complete elimination of any competition so they can cash out big time. Small-time growers aren't a cause for concern, financially." —Fred, underground grower recommended