WASHINGTON: Room B was the second overflow room at the WA State Convention Center. It was not nearly as packed — or as lively — as Room A. One of the workshop presenters remarked that it was too bad these seats weren’t full, as many eager marijuana business license applicants were turned away at today’s Washington Liquor Control Board Workshop. The Green Rush is red hot in the state of Washington.
There are only 334 retail licenses, but an unlimited number of grower, grower/processor, and processor licenses available until the quota is met.
If you are looking to get in on the hottest industry in town, you have to be diligent. There is a lot to learn and not much time to get your business application together. The WSLCB has scheduled a number of these workshops, restricted to those who are actually going to apply for a license
Here’s some of the highlights of what I learned in WLCB I-502 Application Class:
The majority of the application will be done electronically at DocuSign will charge $15 or $25 per month for electronic signature verification. All applicants will be fingerprinted and have a background check through the State of Washington. (Additional fees may apply). A financial audit of an applicant’s spouse will also be closely examined. And in keeping with the digital theme, I-502 applicants can also expect a telephone interview — not a face-to-face meeting — to take place during the application review process. And it is first come, first serve; completed applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received by the board.
There are only 334 retail licenses, but an unlimited number of grower, grower/processor, and processor licenses available until the quota is met. After that, the person or entity’s name will go into a lottery. All applicants will be assigned a representative to guide them through the application process, once it is open on November 18 through December 17, 2013.
Seattle’s first crop of potrepreneurs were eager networkers, busily exchanging business cards in the hallway and at the bottom of the escalator between sessions. When I asked the members of the WSLCB how they felt they had been treated by the applicants, one said, “Well, we’ve met a few really nice people,” suggesting perhaps many people in the new marijuana industry are still a little cautious of the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
Reporting by MJNN Contributing Editor, Morgan