The state of Washington legalized both adult-use and medical cannabis. Persons 21 years and older may purchase and possess cannabis, while registered patients have access to medical cannabis. Access to cannabis is through state licensed businesses that are allowed to grow, manufacture and sell cannabis.
Washington legalized medical cannabis in 1998, through a Ballot, Initiative 692, which provided a legal way for qualifying patients in the state to access and utilize medical cannabis as a form of treatment for their ailment. In 2012, Washington legalized medical cannabis through a Ballot, Initiative 502, which provided a legal system and access to cannabis for persons 21 years and older.
When to Apply
March 1, 2023
WASHINGTON MARIJUANA BUSINESS LICENSES
Washington announced that the 30 day window to apply for a Washington Social Equity In Cannabis Retail License will open March 1, 2023. The WSLCB will reissue 44 retail licenses to qualified applicants that rank the highest on a points scale to prioritize applicants.
Washington Cannabis Cultivation – can grow cannabis plants and sell wholesale to other licensed Washington Cannabis Businesses. There are no state-wide limits on number of cultivation licenses available.
Washington Cannabis Manufacturing – can extract, process and produce cannabis products such as edibles, concentrates, tinctures, etc and sell to retail stores. There are no state-wide limits on number of manufacturing licenses available.
Washington Cannabis Retail – can purchase cannabis from licensed cultivation and manufacturing facilities and sell cannabis to persons 21 years and older or qualifying patients with a valid medical marijuana card. There is a limit of 556 business licenses for Washington Cannabis Retailers within the state.
HOW TO START A MARIJUANA BUSINESS IN WASHINGTON
To obtain a marijuana business license in Washington, you will be required to submit an application. As part of the application, some of the plans you will need to include the following:
- Security Plan.
- Environmental Impact Plan.
- Quality Control and Quality Assurance Plan.
- Business History Plan.
- Financial Plan.
- Community Benefits Plan.
- Research Plan.
- Cultivation, Manufacturing and/or Dispensing Plan.
- Labor Compliance Plan.
- Staffing and Training Plan.
Schedule for a complimentary 15-min consult with our licensing/application team to learn more about how we may be able to assist you.
1998 – Washington legalized medical cannabis
2012 – Washington legalized adult-use cannabis
2014 – First Washington cannabis business opened for adult-use cannabis sales
March 1, 2023 – Washington opens application process to reissue 44 retail licenses to qualified applicants
March 30, 2023 – Washington application process closes
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