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Is It the End for These Washington Cannabis Businesses?

Brace yourselves: regulations are coming in Washington state.

Starting July 1, 2016, all Washington state medical dispensaries will be required to have an I-502 license. The Liquor Control Board (soon to be renamed to the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board) plans to distribute about 480 licenses to cannabis businesses that meet the following criteria:

  • They received a business license before January 1, 2013
  • They are up-to-date with paying their state and federal taxes
  • They have applied and/or received a recreational license

The city of Seattle has released a list of the cannabis businesses that may be facing closure upon the implementation of Senate Bill 5052. This includes dispensaries, processors, and other related cannabis businesses. The list of businesses that face getting shutdown include the following:

 

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries:

  1. 12 Green
  2. A Greener Today Fremont
  3. Best Buds
  4. Better Day
  5. Capital Co-op
  6. Cesars Salad
  7. Cloners Market
  8. Clonerville Seattle
  9. Club Kushco
  10. Conscious Care Cooperative (2 locations)
  11. Delightful Care Givers
  12. Dry Climate
  13. Emerald Alternative Medical
  14. Emcrad
  15. Evergreen Bud & Glass
  16. Green Anne CG
  17. Green Dragon Collective
  18. Green Dragon Medical Cannabis, INC
  19. Green Leaf
  20. Green Magic Collection (GMC)
  21. Green Relief (2 locations)
  22. Green Rush (2 locations)
  23. iBud Collective
  24. Iconic Cannabis Collective
  25. Jollie’s NW, LLC
  26. King Kounty Kannabis Klub
  27. Locals Indoor Garden
  28. Lucky Ladyz
  29. Mary Jane Gardens House of Kush
  30. New Millennium North
  31. Northwest Alchemy
  32. Northwest Patient Resource Center
  33. NW Buddha Gardens
  34. Oh My Kush
  35. Pacific Coast Northern
  36. PDA Lounge
  37. Peoples Champz Collective & Edibles
  38. Pure Nirvana Caretaking
  39. Rainier Alternative
  40. Rich Buds
  41. Safe Access
  42. Seattle Caregivers
  43. Sodo Holistic Health
  44. Starbuds Cooperative
  45. Terra-Canna
  46. The Gas Station
  47. The Portal Seattle
  48. TopShelf
  49. Urban Roots Co-op
  50. Yup Yup Collectives
  51. OKC Collective
  52. SEED

 

Producers/Processors:

  1. Butterface
  2. Emerald City Organics
  3. Essence Extracts
  4. Golden Dragon Medicinal
  5. Mondo Medicinals
  6. Northwest Tinctures
  7. Cascade Cannabis
  8. The Homegrown Connoisseur

 

Other Cannabis Businesses:

  1. Apothecarius
  2. Atlas Salvage
  3. Beacon Buds
  4. Central Business District
  5. Contender Agriculture
  6. Emerald Industries
  7. Emerald Twins Herbs
  8. Fifty Plus
  9. Fuego Farms, LLC
  10. Green Joy
  11. Happy Kiss, LLC
  12. Jet City
  13. Kingsley, John P.
  14. Medbud Nu Old Skool Collective
  15. NW Hemp
  16. NW Molecular, LLC
  17. Phenotype Farmers
  18. R & L
  19. SJSJ, LLC
  20. Specialized Products Group
  21. The Greenhouse Group, LLC
  22. Top Shelf Gardens

Is your favorite dispensary on the list? Favorite edible company? When you saw the list, did your heart jump into your throat while you threw your hands up to the heavens, crying out, “Noooooooooooo!!!” and cursing the cannabis gods for your misfortune?

Well, here’s the good news:

This list is not complete, nor is it final. It's not the be-all, end-all for medical marijuana dispensaries and cannabis businesses. Some of these dispensaries will be given the chance to apply for and earn a state-issued license, and many of these, if they are forced to shutter their businesses, may be able to re-open as soon as they get their ducks in a row.

In the meantime, my medically legal Washington friends, brace yourselves. Steel your resolve. And, as always, #JustSayKnow