Washington state set to accept marijuana business applications

Washington businesses and individuals may start applying for recreational marijuana business licenses at 8 a.m. on Nov. 18. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. All complete business license applications filed at any point in this window will be considered.


There are three ways to apply:

• Online through the Business Licensing Service managed by the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue)


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


• In person at any of Revenue’s field office locations


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


Washington voters approved Initiative 502 in November 2012, legalizing the production, sale and use of recreational marijuana. Revenue provides the initial licensing service for state business licenses and forwards the license application to the Liquor Control Board (LCB), which will review and approve applications for the three recreational marijuana endorsements.


Revenue encourages applicants to apply online. “The easiest and most flexible way to apply for a business license is through the online application,” said Kimberly Eastman, manager of the Business Licensing Service.


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. Revenue suggests businesses take this step ahead of Nov. 18.


More details about applying for a marijuana business license – including the nonrefundable fees – are on Revenue’s website at Visit the Liquor Control Board’s website for I-502 implementation information:


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