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What is a marijuana producer license and what are the requirements and fees related to a marijuana producer license?

(1)(a) A marijuana producer license allows the licensee to produce, harvest, trim, dry, cure, and package marijuana into lots for sale at wholesale to marijuana processor licensees and to other marijuana producer licensees. A marijuana producer can also produce and sell:
(i) Marijuana plants, seed, and plant tissue culture to other marijuana producer licensees; and
(ii) Marijuana plants to members of a registered cooperative under the conditions provided in WAC 314-55-410.
(b) Marijuana production must take place within a fully enclosed secure indoor facility or greenhouse with rigid walls, a roof, and doors. Outdoor production may take place in nonrigid greenhouses, other structures, or an expanse of open or cleared ground fully enclosed by a physical barrier. To obscure public view of the premises, outdoor production must be enclosed by a sight obscure wall or fence at least eight feet high. Outdoor producers must meet security requirements described in WAC 314-55-083. An outdoor grow must be physically separated at least twenty feet from another licensed outdoor grow. Outdoor grows cannot share common walls or fences.
(2) The application fee for a marijuana producer license is two hundred fifty dollars. The applicant is also responsible for paying the fees required by the approved vendor for fingerprint evaluation.
(3) The annual fee for issuance and renewal of a marijuana producer license is one thousand dollars. The WSLCB will conduct random criminal history checks at the time of renewal that will require the licensee to submit fingerprints for evaluation from the approved vendor. The licensee will be responsible for all fees required for the criminal history checks.
(4) The WSLCB will initially limit the opportunity to apply for a marijuana producer license to a thirty-day calendar window beginning with the effective date of this section. In order for a marijuana producer application license to be considered it must be received no later than thirty days after the effective date of the rules adopted by the WSLCB. The WSLCB may reopen the marijuana producer application window after the initial evaluation of the applications received and at subsequent times when the WSLCB deems necessary.
(5) Any entity and/or principals within any entity are limited to no more than three marijuana producer licenses.
(6) The maximum amount of space for marijuana production will be imposed at a later date. Applicants must designate on their operating plan the size category of the production premises and the amount of actual square footage in their premises that will be designated as plant canopy. There are three categories as follows:
(a) Tier 1 – Less than two thousand square feet;
(b) Tier 2 – Two thousand square feet to ten thousand square feet; and
(c) Tier 3 – Ten thousand square feet to thirty thousand square feet.
(7) The WSLCB may reduce a licensee's or applicant's square footage designated to plant canopy for the following reasons:
(a) If the amount of square feet of production of all licensees exceeds the maximum square feet the WSLCB will reduce the allowed square footage by the same percentage.
(b) If fifty percent production space used for plant canopy in the licensee's operating plan is not met by the end of the first year of operation the WSLCB may reduce the tier of licensure.
(8) If the total amount of square feet of marijuana production exceeds the maximum square feet, the WSLCB reserves the right to reduce all licensee's production by the same percentage or reduce licensee production by one or more tiers by the same percentage.
(9) The maximum allowed amount of marijuana on a producer's premises at any time is as follows:
(a) Outdoor or greenhouse grows – One and one-quarter of a year's harvest; or
(b) Indoor grows – Six months of their annual harvest.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342, 69.50.345, 2016 c 170, 2016 c 171, and 2016 c 17. WSR 16-19-102, § 314-55-075, filed 9/21/16, effective 10/22/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-075, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-075, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15; WSR 14-10-044, § 314-55-075, filed 4/30/14, effective 5/31/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-075, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]
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