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Dozens Of Washington Cannabis Licenses Issued To Growers And Processors


washington state medical marijuana raidsImplementation of cannabis legalization in Washington has been a long time coming. Washington State legalized cannabis in November 2012, but has yet to make its first recreational sale. Colorado started selling legal recreational marijuana January first of this year. The Washington State Liquor Control Board recently announced lottery winners for recreational store licenses.

At least 35 cannabis growers have already been issued their licenses, and about the same amount of licenses have been issued for cannabis processors. That is a very small number when you consider the fact that there were over 7,000 applications total. So what’s the hold up?

From the The News Tribune:

A much larger group, more than 2,200, are still under investigation. And another 640 applications haven’t yet been assigned to an investigator. They are sitting in a queue waiting for a spot to open up on an investigator’s docket. The liquor board received an update from staff this week on the latest numbers. Eighteen investigators are doing the vetting, each handling more than 120 cases.

While dozens of marijuana licenses is progress for Washington State, there is still a lot of work to be done. Hopefully, Washington State meets its goal of making its first legal adult commercial sale by July. That way the cannabis industry in Washington can get off the ground, and flourish. Washington, like most states, needs the jobs that come with a booming cannabis industry, as well as the tax revenue it will generate. It will be great to see another state join Colorado in legalizing cannabis commerce and then another and another until the rest of the United States soon follows suit. The sooner the United States ends its War on Cannabis, the sooner a true global cannabis industry can prosper.

Source: International Cannabis Business Conference


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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.


  1. Ok, I just looked at the lottery winners for King county and 10 of the first 30 winners are the same plot of land, some with identical addresses. The plot of land is barren. Ironically, it used to be the location of a homeless village several years ago. Something very fishy here. Were the lottery entries not verified at all? It’s obvious somebody tried rigging the lottery by placing a large number of entries for the same entity. If you eliminate these 10 winners, there’s not even one location close to downtown Seattle or any of the immediate surrounding neighborhoods.

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