Washington was one of 2 states to legalize adult-use for the first time during the 2012 election. Their medical cannabis program was immersed into the recreational program making the cannabis market 1 entity as opposed to 2 separate operations.
Medical Use: Yes
Adult Use: Yes
Washington State has one of the oldest cannabis markets in the country. There are many well established brands, so it is difficult to penetrate the market.
No caps and no mandated distribution.
Extremely competitive. Prices are low because there is too much supply.
1 excise tax that is extremely high.
Washington Cannabis Details
106.3 sq. miles
2020 Medical Sales
2022 Projected Medical Sales
2020 Adult Use Sales
2022 Projected Adult Use Sales
Washington State Department of Health
# of Dispensaries (allowed/issued)
Medical: 468 Issued | Retail: 553 Issued
# of Cultivators (allowed/issued)
# of Manufacturers (allowed/issued)
# of Testing Labs (allowed/issued)
Generally not allowed
Must have lived in WA prior to applying for the license
Combined Tax Rate
Retail Sales Tax
Local Sales Tax
State Sales Tax
Licensing Fees (per year)
*Varies based on gross revenue