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​In 2007, SB 6032 directed the Washington Department of Health to adopt rules defining a presumptive quantity for a 60-day supply of marijuana for medicinal use. The law also expanded the health conditions for which marijuana use may be authorized, and revised the parameters of the documentation required from physicians. 

 

In November of 2012, I-502 passed and established a state regulated dispensary system for marijuana access for those 21 years and older, also known as adult-use. The Washington Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) regulates the marijuana dispensary system program which allows for parties to apply for producer, processor and retailer licenses. SB 5052 consolidated the medical and adult use programs. 

Key Dates

In an AP News article, Liquor and Cannabis Board Director Rick Garza discusses the 2 new proposals aligned with the “Cannabis 2.0” project. Cannabis 2.0 is Washington’s attempt to show what the legal marijuana market will look like in the next five years.

 

Reported on August 27, 2019, for the next session of the Legislature, the board has proposed two bills. One would create what some critics describe as a long-overdue “social equity” program, encouraging greater ownership of marijuana businesses by minorities, women and military veterans.  Another legislative proposal would allow struggling “tier one” producers to sell medical-grade product directly to the state’s 36,000 registered marijuana patients. There are no key dates at this time pertaining to these bills.

 

Application Fees/Start up costs

  • Marijuana Producer: 

    • $250 Application Fee (Non-Refundable) 

    • $1480 Annual Fee for Issuance and Renewal

 

  • Marijuana Processor: 

    • $250 Application Fee (Non-Refundable) 

    • $1480 Annual Fee for Issuance and Renewal

 

  • Marijuana Retailer: 

    • $250 Application Fee (Non-Refundable) 

    • $1480 Annual Fee for Issuance and Renewal

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Available License Types

Marijuana Producer: 

  • Tier 1 up to 2,000 square feet

  • Tier 2  between 2,000 square feet & 10,000 square feet

  • Tier 3 between 10,000 square feet & 30,000 square feet

 

Marijuana Processor: 

  • Process, package, and label usable marijuana and marijuana-infused products 

  • Blend tested, useable marijuana from various lots packaged for sale

 

Marijuana Retailer: 

  • Sell marijuana, marijuana-infused products, marijuana concentrates and marijuana paraphernalia 

  • Internet sales and delivery of product is not allowed.

 

Qualifying Conditions

Patients with terminal or debilitating medical conditions may, under their healthcare practitioner's care, benefit from the medical use of marijuana.

 

  • Cancer 

  • HIV

  • multiple sclerosis 

  • epilepsy or other seizure disorder 

  • spasticity disorders

  • Intractable pain

  • Glaucoma

  • Crohn's disease 

  • Hepatitis C 

  • Diseases, including anorexia, which result in:

    • Nausea, vomiting, wasting, appetite loss

    • Cramping, muscle spasms or spasticity

    • Seizures

  • Chronic renal failure requiring hemodialysis

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Traumatic brain injury 

Other State Information:

Products other than flower have experienced growth in Washington. Methods of consumption compared to flower sales for Q2 2017 are: 21% of Washington cannabis sales were concentrates, 9% were edibles, and 10% were pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes, with dried flower accounting for only 59%. 

 

The State of Washington collected a total of $367.4 million in legal marijuana income and license fees in fiscal year 2018, all but $5.4 million of it from the state’s marijuana excise, or sales tax. The data are in the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board’s FY 2018 Annual Report.

 

Some estimate that Washington cannabis market is projected to grow to $2.1 billion in 2020, a compound annual growth rate of 23%.

 

Amount/types of licenses issued/available

Application period closed. 

 

As of June 2019, there are 1,054 producer/processor licenses, 504 retailer licenses, 151 producer licenses, 221 processor licenses and 17 transportation licenses. Adult use/medical/CBD only/ALL/none

 

Adult-Use

In Washington, individuals age 21 and over may possess Marijuana, and state-licensed businesses may cultivate, process and dispense marijuana. Initiative 502 established a comprehensive regulatory structure for the licensing and taxation of marijuana production and  distribution.

 

Medical

SB 6032 directed the Washington Department of Health to adopt rules defining a presumptive quantity for a 60-day supply of marijuana for medicinal use. The law also expanded the health conditions for which marijuana use may be authorized, and revised the parameters of the documentation required from physicians. 

CBD oil derived from hemp can be purchased in Washington. However, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has provided clarification on CBD in food products. Recent federal and state legislative changes regarding hemp have generated many questions about cannabinoid extracts, like CBD, and whether or not they may be used as ingredients in food products. To be clear, CBD is not currently allowed as a food ingredient, under federal and state law. These rules are specific to food processors and distributors licensed by WSDA. Marijuana processors licensed by the state can continue to produce CBD infused edibles for sale in state licensed marijuana retail stores only.

how to start a marijuana business washington

If you are just starting your marijuana business, the next best step is to start a Business Plan to help educate your team and be ready to apply for a marijuana business license. If you are ready to apply for a Marijuana Business License in Washington, please Contact us or call our offices to set an appointment to get started. You can also select another State Opportunity, or fill out our Contact Form to discuss potential strategies such as Investment or Partnership Opportunities. 

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