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Washington Cannabis Regulation Compliance Overview

Washington:  Adult-use cannabis since 2014


Washington Cannabis Regulatory Overview

On November 6, 2012, Washington voted in favor of Initiative 502 that "[t]akes marijuana out of the hands of illegal drug organizations and brings it under a tightly regulated, state-licensed system similar to that for controlling hard alcohol."  On July 8, 2014, Washington began permitting adult-use cannabis sales.

Washington Cannabis License Overview

Washington issues three types of adult-use cannabis licenses:  (1) marijuana producer licenses; (2) marijuana processors (encompassing cannabis products manufacturing); and (3) marijuana retailers.  It should be noted that third-party testing labs must meet specified certification criteria. 

Washington Cannabis Key Regulator

Washington's lead regulator for adult-use cannabis is the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.  

Washington Cannabis Locality Options

Local communities have the ability under Washington's adult-use cannabis law to opt-out of commercial cannabis activity or to impose certain reasonable regulations on adult-use cannabis activity.