Washington’s recreational cannabis program is operated by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). Washington’s medical cannabis program is primarily operated by the state’s Department of Health, which is also responsible for the application and registration process for medical cannabis patients. The official state Cannabis Traceability System is MJ Freeway.
Grower/Cultivator licenses allow licensees to cultivate, dry, trim, or cure and package marijuana for sale to a processor or dispensary.
Cultivator Licenses (not available currently)
Tier 1 License – Up to 2,000 square feet of dedicated plant canopy.
Tier 2 License – 2,000-10,000 square feet of dedicated plant canopy.
Tier 3 License – 10,000-30,000 square feet of dedicated plant canopy.
Processor licenses allow licensees to purchase marijuana from a grower and extract resin from the marijuana or create a marijuana-infused product for sale and transfer in packaged form to a dispensary or a caregiver.
Processor Licenses (not available currently)
Testing licenses allow licensees to receive cannabis from a cultivator or primary caregiver and test it for contaminants and other substances.
Established medical labs in Washington can act as 3rd party testing labs for testing both medical and recreational cannabis if they meet certain certification criteria.
Secure transporter licenses allow licensees to store cannabis and transport it between facilities for a fee.
Retail/Dispensary licenses allow licensees to purchase cannabis from a grower or processor and sell, supply, or provide cannabis to patients, directly or through the patient’s caregiver.