Washington State Issues First Ever License for Legal Cannabis Business
Washington state issued its first legal cannabis business license Wednesday, launching a new phase in the state’s effort to regulate the recreational cannabis market.
Sean Green, the recipient of the license, proclaimed the document “beautiful” as it was handed to him at a state Liquor Control Board meeting in Olympia.
The license will allow Sean to grow 21,000 square feet of cannabis at his Spokane facility. He’ll be able to sell this cannabis to state-licensed retail outlets, once they begin to open; until then, he’ll be selling starter plants to other growers.
“Cannabis prohibition is over,” Green declared to applause after receiving the license. “I’m coming home with jobs, Spokane.”
The Liquor Control Board said Green got the first license because he was the first applicant to complete the process.
The board also received more than 2,200 applications for cannabis retail outets; a total of 334 will be allowed statewide.
Recreational cannabis sales are expected to begin in Washington State later this year.