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Cannabis producer licensePrivileges, requirements, and fees.

(1)(a) A cannabis producer license allows the licensee to produce, harvest, trim, dry, cure, and package cannabis into lots for sale at wholesale to cannabis processor licensees and to other cannabis producer licensees. A cannabis producer may also produce and sell:
(i) Cannabis plants, seed, and plant tissue culture to other cannabis producer licensees;
(ii) Immature cannabis plants or clones and cannabis seeds to members of a registered cooperative, qualifying patients, or designated providers under the conditions provided in this chapter; and
(iii) Immature cannabis plants or clones and cannabis seeds to a licensed cannabis researcher under the conditions provided in this chapter.
(b) Cannabis 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 20 feet from another licensed outdoor grow. In addition, outdoor grows cannot share common walls or fences.
(2) The application fee for a cannabis producer license is $250. 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 cannabis producer license is $1,000. The annual fee for issuance and renewal of a cannabis producer license is $1,381. 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 is responsible for all fees required for criminal history checks.
(4) The application window for cannabis producer licenses is closed. The WSLCB may reopen the cannabis producer application window at subsequent times when the WSLCB deems necessary.
(5) Any entity and/or principals within any entity are limited to an interest, as defined in WAC 314-55-035, in no more than three cannabis producer licenses.
(6) The maximum amount of space for cannabis production cannot exceed the amount licensed. 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 4,000 square feet;
(b) Tier 2 – Four thousand square feet up to 10,000 square feet; and
(c) Tier 3 – Ten thousand square feet up to 30,000 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 50 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 cannabis 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 cannabis 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.
(10) A producer may not treat or otherwise adulterate useable cannabis with any organic or nonorganic chemical or other compound whatsoever to alter the color, appearance, weight, or smell of the useable cannabis.
(11) A cannabis producer must make quality assurance test results available to any processor purchasing product. A cannabis producer must label each lot of cannabis with the following information:
(a) Lot number;
(b) UBI number of the producer; and
(c) Weight of the product.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 2022 c 16 § 168. WSR 22-14-111, § 314-55-075, filed 7/6/22, effective 8/6/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 21-14-113, § 314-55-075, filed 7/7/21, effective 8/7/21. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.342, 69.50.345, and 69.50.369. WSR 18-22-055, § 314-55-075, filed 10/31/18, effective 12/1/18. 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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