CURRENT/ASPIRING MARIJUANA ENTREPRENEURS

***ATTENTION WASHINGTON MEDICAL MARIJUANA (MMJ) GROWERS***

RIGHT NOW IS “THE GOOD OLE DAYS” OF MMJ IN WA.  IT WON’T BE LIKE THIS MUCH LONGER. 

LICENSING – AND ALONG WITH IT A MAJOR EXPANSION AND TIGHTENING OF THE RULES – WILL RESULT IN A VERY AGGRESSIVE STATE ENFORCEMENT POLICY AGAINST ILLEGAL MARIJUANA BUSINESSES FOR STATE TAX EVASION, DIVERSION TO MINORS, MONEY LAUNDERING, AND SO ON. 

THE DEA WILL REMAIN ACTIVE AGAINST ALL OUTLAW MARIJUANA BUSINESSES, BUT OUTLAW GROWERS WHO HAVE NEVER HAD TO WORRY MUCH WILL HAVE THE ADDED HEAVY BURDEN OF MULTIPLE STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, INCLUDING THE WASHINGTON STATE LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD (WSLCB), HOT ON THEIR TAILS.  TIPS AND COMPLAINTS WILL BE A MAJOR THREAT TO YOUR LIVELIHOOD AND FREEDOM. 

WOULD A LICENSED MMJ DROP A DIME ON AN ILLEGAL GROW IN HIS BACK YARD?  MAYBE, MAYBE NOT.  IT’S A MAJOR RISK TO BE EXTRA-LEGAL (OPERATE OUTSIDE THE LAW).

REMEMBER, THE STATE WILL BE GETTING HUGE TAX REVENUE FROM THE LICENSED 502 BUSINESSES.  UPON FORMAL REGULATION (LICENSING) OF MMJ WILL COME EVEN MORE FEES AND TAXES TO PROTECT. 

STATE AND LOCAL JURISDICTIONS WILL HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN SUPPORTING LICENSED MARIJUANA BUSINESSES AND STAMPING OUT UNLICENSED OPERATIONS.  WITH GLEE.

MOREOVER, YOU’LL STILL HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE FEDS, BUT A FAR BIGGER THREAT IS STATE AND LOCAL ENFOREMENT AFTER LICENSING FINALLY COMES TO MMJ.

WE HAVE 1-2 YEARS OF “THE GOOD OLE DAYS”…GIVE OR TAKE…MAYBE.

VERY FEW OF YOU WILL BE INTERESTED AND/OR FLUSH ENOUGH TO BECOME LICENSED AS A RECREATIONAL PRODUCER/PROCESSOR BY THE (WSLCB) UNDER I-502/WAC 314:55.

THE TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE INEVITABLE LICENSING AND TIGHTENING OF MMJ BUSINESSES IS NOW – NOT LATER.

YOU HAVE MUCH TO DO AND IT TAKES SOME TIME.  GET LEGAL AND GET ON THE BOOKS.  WE WILL HELP.  CALL US NOW.

Whether you are (or are interested in being) a…

  • Grower

(indoor/outdoor I-502/WAC 314:55 retail or indoor Chapter 69.51A RCW collective garden)

  • Processor

(including flower, edibles, “medibles”, infused drinks/candies, etc.), topicals, concentrates (oil, shatter, hash, etc.)

  • Storefront

(I-502 retail; MMJ “access point” or “dispensary”)

…the path to compliance must be individualized to the specific goals of the individual owners.  One size does not fit all.