Harris Bricken’s cannabis practice began in Washington State’s vibrant and fast-growing cannabis community. Headquartered in Seattle but serving the needs of clients across Washington State, we are proud to remain on the front lines of the industry as an advocate and resource for local businesses as the state’s marijuana markets continue to evolve. In 2012, voters legalized the recreational use of cannabis through Initiative 502. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is charged with regulating the industry and determining when and how to issue marijuana producer, processor, and retailer licenses for the cannabis industry. Though the license application process for those licenses in Washington is currently closed, our cannabis attorneys regularly assist clients with the transfer and sale of licenses. The WSLCB also issues research and transportation licenses, and interested parties can still apply for those license types. To learn more about our licensing services, please go here. 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 huge 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 cannabis attorneys are well-equipped to set you up for success with your license and your business in general. Further, if you do receive license violations, our attorneys can work with the WSLCB to mitigate fines or represent you in administrative litigation if your license is in danger of being canceled. In addition to our extensive representation of cannabis clients, Harris Bricken’s Washington cannabis attorneys also speak and write regularly on Washington cannabis matters. To read more about Washington cannabis, please visit the Canna Law Blog.