Allows Medical marijuana?: Yes
Allows Adult-Use marijuana?: Yes
2018 Medical Sales : $0
2022 Projected Medical Sales : $0
2018 Adult Use Sales : $1,200,000,000
2022 Projected Adult Use Sales : $1,500,000,000
Noteworthy Information: The Washington medical program was subsumed into the recreational program. Recreational stores are open. Medical cardholders may purchase in certain recreational stores sales-tax free, and/or join a co-op (co-ops are limited to 4 members, and must be in a home). The state is planning to grant cannabis research licenses as well. Of note, there is a bill in the legislature to repeal cannabis use in the state.
Is there a Regulatory Structure? (State Agency): Medical - Yes (Washington State Department of Health)
Recreational - Yes (Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. Note: Applications are now processed through the Department of Revenue’s Business Licensing Service)
# of Dispensaries Allowed (# issued):
Medical: There are no longer medical marijuana dispensaries. Note: a patient who receives a medical marijuana recommendation and elects to be placed into the state database may purchase up to 3x the current sales limit, sales-tax free, at a licensed retail store that has a medical marijuana endorsement. (714 Consultant Certifications issued) (176 Active Stores)
State level - No Limit (556 total made available so far via rounds)
# of Cultivations Allowed (# issued): Producers are split in 3 tiers: Tier 1 (2,000 sq. ft. or less of dedicated plant canopy);
Tier 2 (2000-10,000 sq. ft. of dedicated plant canopy); Tier 3 (10,000-30,000 sq. ft. of dedicated plant canopy)
[Medical: 0 allowed. Commercial medical cultivations are no longer allowed.]
(166 Producer licenses issued)
(982 Producer/Processor licenses issued)
# of Manufacturers Allowed (# issued): [Medical: 0 Allowed. Commercial Medical Manufacturing is no longer allowed.]
Potentially unlimited # allowed, but not currently accepting new applications.
(158 Processor licenses issued)
(982 Producer/Processor licenses issued)
# of Testing labs Allowed (# issued): Recreational: No Limit (16 issued) (14 of those issued are reported to have completed the proficiency testing program)
Geographic Distribution of Licenses: No mandatory distribution is indicated
Recreational license (for producer, processor, or retailer) application Fee= $250
Adding a Medical Marijuana Endorsement to your Retailer license=$0
Marijuana transportation= $250
Business License Application= $19
Recreational license (for producer, processor, or retailer) annual renewal fee= $1,480
Recreational License Change of Location= $75
Recreational License Change of Ownership= $75
Registering your business name as a trade name=$5
Change in Trade Name=$5
Recreational Change in Producing Site and/or Operating Plan= $75
Change in Retail or Processing Site and/or Operating Plan $80
Change In Governing People, Percentage Owned and/or Stock/Unit Ownership=$75
All applicants applying for a marijuana license must have resided in Washington State for at least six months prior to applying for a marijuana license. All partnerships, employee cooperatives, associations, nonprofit corporations, corporations and limited liability companies applying for a marijuana license must be formed in Washington. All members of the business must meet the six-month residency requirement. Licensees must maintain Washington State residency.
Vertical Integration Allowed, Required or Prohibited:
Vertical Integration generally not allowed. (The law technically allows up to three licenses be held together, but the has stated in an industry email: "Since February 2014, as an interim policy, the LCB has restricted marijuana producers to a single license. That decision will later be put into rule.” Nonetheless, in an email to licensed producers they did indicate possibly allowing current producers to acquire other producers beginning in 2017.)
Medical Marijuana Qualifying Patient Conditions:
1. Cancer, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, or spasticity disorders.
2. Intractable pain, limited for the purpose of this chapter to mean pain unrelieved by standard medical treatments and medications.
3. Glaucoma, either acute or chronic, limited for the purpose of this chapter to mean increased intraocular pressure unrelieved by standard treatments and medications.
4. Crohn's disease with debilitating symptoms unrelieved by standard treatments or medications.
5. Hepatitis C with debilitating nausea or intractable pain unrelieved by standard treatments or medications.
6. Diseases, including anorexia, which result in nausea, vomiting, wasting, appetite loss, cramping, seizures, muscle spasms, or spasticity, when these symptoms are unrelieved by standard treatments or medications.
7. Chronic renal failure requiring hemodialysis.
8. Posttraumatic stress disorder.
9. Traumatic brain injury.
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State By State Licensing Information
Legality of Cannabis in the United States
Leary v. United States (1969)
Ravin v. State (1975)
Conant v. McCaffrey (2000)
Gonzales v. Raich (2005)
Moncrieffe v. Holder (2013)