Businesses Will Need New License Endorsement To Produce Marijuana-Infused Edibles In Washington...
Thursday, Mar 22, 2018

As of April 1, statutory authority to regulate the makers of marijuana edibles will be added to the administrative responsibilities of the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), a move that will require these businesses to apply for a special endorsement on their business licenses.

Ultimate regulatory authority for marijuana operations remains with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB), but this adjustment in law and rule will allow WSDA to focus on ensuring these operations comply with state sanitary processing requirements.

The endorsement carries an annual fee of $895. WSDA is providing a 30-day grace period for businesses to obtain the MIE (marijuana infused edible) Processor license endorsement. The application for the endorsement must be made through the Department of Revenue Business Licensing Service. Businesses can visit beginning March 29 to complete the application online.

Since Washington’s recreational marijuana law began in 2012, WSLCB has been responsible for regulating MIE processors. Under an agreement with WSLCB, the WSDA Food Safety Program has been inspecting MIE businesses for sanitation and reporting to WSLCB, which then determined whether to license operations to produce marijuana-infused edibles.