Headquartered in Seattle, Harris Bricken launched our now nationally known cannabis advisory practice in Washington State, way back in 2010, two years before Washington (along with Colorado) became the first U.S. State to permit recreational use of cannabis.
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) regulates the industry and controls the issuance of producer, processor, and retailer licenses for the cannabis industry. Though the application process for those licenses in Washington is currently closed, we regularly assist clients with the transfer and sale of existing licenses. The WSLCB also issues research and transportation licenses, for which applications remain open. To learn more about our licensing services, please see our State Licensing & Registration page.
Because of the closure of the application process for producer, processor, and retailer licenses and the profitable and competitive nature of the industry, Washington cannabis licenses are valuable assets that require thoughtful protection through strict regulatory compliance and the proper corporate agreements and governance. Failure to comply with Washington law and WSLCB regulation can result in severe penalties, including license cancellation.
Our Washington State cannabis attorneys are expert at providing clients with the legal planning, regulatory support, corporate guidance, and compliance strategies they need to grow their businesses smoothly, but when obstacles do arise, we work with the WSLCB to mitigate possible fines or represent clients in administrative litigation that may affect licensing.
Beyond advising individual businesses, our cannabis attorneys are committed to fortifying, defending, and building credibility for the industry as a whole. We speak to business groups, academic institutions, and government bodies on a variety of cannabis legal issues, and our cannabis lawyers are frequently quoted by global and local media outlets. To read more about cannabis industry issues in Washington and elsewhere, please visit the Canna Law Blog.