How to Be a Compliant Grower in Washington

How to Be a Compliant Grower in Washington

How to be a compliant grower in Washington State has become a topic of importance in 2015 with the passing of Initiative 502 (I-502). I-502 has enabled Washington to be one of 4 states currently that allows for recreational marijuana use in adults 21 and older. From the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML): Fifty-six percent of voters approved Initiative 502, permitting an adult to possess up to one-ounce of cannabis (and/or up to 16 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form, and 72 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form) for their own personal use in private. The public consumption of marijuana is subject to a civil violation and fine. The law took effect on December 6, 2012. Yet for growers the initiative has just begun to take shape as recreational marijuana is becoming more available to citizens in the state. The following article will outline information about growing and what every grower needs to know when starting out in Washington State. The main advocacy group responsible for the passage of I-502 is New Approach Washington.

Washington State Marijuana

Marijuana in Washington is regulated by the Washington State Department of Health and socially regulated by the Liquor Control Board for the state. To produce, process and retail marijuana it is necessary for individuals to obtain a license through the State of Washington Business Licensing Service. From their official website:

There are three types of marijuana licenses:

  • Marijuana producer
  • Marijuana processor
  • Marijuana retailer

No business may hold all three licenses. A licensee may hold both a producer and processor license. However, a producer or a processor may not also be a retailer. The number of retail licenses will be limited. Marijuana Retailer: A Marijuana Retailer business may only sell marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia at licensed marijuana retailer locations.

New Approach Washington has a great summation for growers located here but the main stipulations are:

  • Washington farmers and businesses will be allowed to apply for special licenses to grow and sell marijuana.
  • Marijuana will only be available in stores that sell no other products, are located at least 1,000 feet from schools, playgrounds, and parks, and do not display marijuana in a way that is visible to the public.
  • State employees will not be involved in growing, distributing, or selling marijuana.
  • State agencies will regulate numbers of stores per county, operating hours, security, quality control, labeling, and other health and safety issues.

Tips for Washington Marijuana Growers

  • Make sure that you understand and have read all the Washington State Laws about marijuana and educate yourself as much as possible if you intend to become a grower in the state. Research is your best friend!
  • Research the best methods and attend a show like the one being put on by the platform of Canna Group Inc., Canna Group University’s Grow Better Cannabis Seminar!
  • Research and obtain the proper equipment and location for growing, there are lots of resources available on the internet to find out or connect with people to obtain information and leads to equipment. Check out our main site to connect with business professionals currently operating in the cannabis industry as well as entering entrepreneurs just like you
  • Make sure you learn about compliance in Washington State by attending seminars and workshops and connect with consulting companies like Canna Group Inc. to help set up your grow check out this great video about marijuana entrepreneurship in washington state:

If you are an entrepreneur and looking to enter into Washington State and become a grower there are several things you need to keep in mind. The first being to educate yourself about the laws for Washington, the second is to educate yourself about marijuana and growing cannabis, the third is to learn compliance for growing in the state by attending seminars and workshops, the fourth is to obtain a license and set up your grow, and then the learning process finally begins by growing cannabis first hand. This article is full of resources to get you started and there are a multitude of consulting companies and educational platforms that will help you learn what you need to succeed as a grower in the State of Washington!


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    Getting an understanding of the laws and regulations in your area is a good way to stay compliant. Thanks for all of the great tips!

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