Window for cannabis retail licensing opens Nov. 18

Washington businesses and individuals can start applying with the state’s Department of Revenue for recreational marijuana business licenses at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 18. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19.

All complete business license applications filed at any point in this window will be considered, according to department officials. The Department of Revenue provides the initial licensing service for state business licenses, then forwards license applications to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, which will review and approve applications for the three recreational marijuana endorsements: producer, processor or retailer.

Those interested have three ways to apply:

– Online through the Business Licensing Service managed by the Department of Revenue. Kimberly Eastman, manager of the Business Licensing Service, is encouraging people to apply online, saying it is “the easiest and most flexible” method.

– Mail completed paperwork and fees to: State of Washington, Business Licensing Service, PO Box 9034, Olympia, WA 98507-9034.

– In person at any of the Department of Revenue’s field office locations.

Application materials will not be available online or in offices until 8 a.m. on Nov. 18.

Those who plan to form a corporation or limited liability company must first establish their corporation with the Secretary of State’s office. This is a necessary step before filing an application with the Business Licensing Service. Department of Revenue officials suggest businesses take this step before of Nov. 18.

For more information:

– The Business Licensing Service has a webpage set up providing information on the application and licensing process.

– The Liquor Control Board has related information posted on its website, along with other facts.


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