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PDFWAC 314-55-015

General information about cannabis licenses.

(1) To be issued and maintain a license to produce, process, or sell cannabis at retail, a person or entity applying for a cannabis license must meet all of the qualifications described in this chapter.
(2) All applicants, licensees, and employees working in each licensed establishment must be at least 21 years of age. No one under 21 years of age may enter or remain on a cannabis licensed premises except as provided in RCW 69.50.357.
(3) Mandatory signs must be conspicuously posted at all cannabis licensed premises consistent with the requirements in WAC 314-55-086.
(4) The privileges of a board issued cannabis license may be used only after the board issues official written approval.
(5) The board will not approve an application for a cannabis license under any of the following circumstances:
(a) The proposed cannabis location would limit law enforcement access without notice or cause, including a personal residence;
(b) The proposed cannabis business would be located on federal lands;
(c) The proposed cannabis business would be located within the exterior boundaries of the reservation of a federally recognized tribe without the express written consent of the tribe consistent with WAC 314-55-020(4).
(d) The application for a cannabis retail license is located within another business unless that other business is a research license as described in WAC 314-55-073. More than one license may be located in the same building if each licensee has their own area separated by full walls with their own entrance, or if the same business entity holds a producer license and a processor license at the same location under a single license number. Product may not be commingled.
(6) The board may impose special conditions to an approval for a cannabis license. Special conditions include, but are not limited to, involvement of any former licensee in the operations of the licensed business, their former employees, or any person not qualifying for a cannabis license.
(7) All cannabis licensees must conspicuously post and keep posted its license, or licenses, and any additional correspondence issued by the board describing special conditions.
(8) A cannabis licensee must use sanitary practices in the production, processing, storage, and sale of all cannabis products.
(9) Cannabis licensees may not allow the consumption of cannabis or cannabis-infused products on or within the licensed premises.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.335, 69.50.336, 69.50.342, and 2022 c 16. WSR 22-21-058, § 314-55-015, filed 10/12/22, effective 11/12/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.342, 69.50.345, and 69.50.369. WSR 18-22-055, § 314-55-015, filed 10/31/18, effective 12/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-015, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-015, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-015, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]
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