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.
1998 – Washington legalized medical cannabis
2012 – Washington legalized adult-use cannabis
2014 – First Washington cannabis business opened for adult-use cannabis sales
WASHINGTON MARIJUANA BUSINESS LICENSES
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.
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