Marijuana license application period now open

Marijuana license application period now open


Kim Eastman, the Department of Revenue’s Business License Service Manager, hands someone a recreational marijuana business license application form. (Photo courtesy Department of Revenue)

A year after state voters approved the legalization of marijuana via Initiative 502, a month-long window is now open for Washington businesses and individuals to apply for recreational marijuana business licenses.

The application period began Monday morning, and will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19.

By 2 p.m. on the first day of the period, 299 people applied online, and about a dozen people applied in person at the Department of Revenue’s Tumwater office.

There are three ways to apply:
•    Online through the Business Licensing Service managed by the state Department of 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 12 field offices located in Bellingham, Bothell, Kent, Port Angeles, Richland, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Tumwater, Vancouver, Wenatchee and Yakima.

Our office’s Corporations Division has this helpful “Things to know” document about marijuana licensing. It covers how you apply for a marijuana business license, what it will cost ($250, plus $19 if you’re filing a business license application fee), and other issues.

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