Thank you for visiting Washington CannaBusiness Association (WACA). We hope our website provides information that helps inform about our efforts to build a safe, quality-controlled and fully-regulated marketplace for cannabis, and supports development of a robust industry for hemp in Washington State.

WACA is committed to engaging with local communities, elected officials and regulators to protect public safety and uphold community values that help keep cannabis away from kids. For responsible adults over the age of 21, WACA was deeply involved in developing standards for cannabis products that are safer for patients and non-patients.

What's New (September 18, 2023) - WACA Board Members Andy Brassington and Joseph DuPuis, owners of Evergreen Herbal and Doc & Yeti, respectively, are featured in a Tacoma News Tribune story on the relationship between our state's manufacturing zones, the cannabis industry and job creation. "I think it speaks to what’s happening in the world, and what’s happening in Tacoma. The old days of our lumber industry and our manufacturing power — those jobs are gone overseas, and those companies are no longer doing it locally — so in the absence of industry, the creation of the new cannabis industry was just a natural evolution, breathing new life into these aging, industrial zones." - Joseph DuPuis.

The emerging, regulated cannabis and hemp industries are still misunderstood by some. WACA works tirelessly to ensure its members acknowledge and embrace their responsibility to follow the law, earn public trust, and collaborate to strengthen the system that protects consumers and communities alike. As we reflect on the first 10 years of legalization and prepare for the next 10 years, we are proud to advocate on behalf of a regulated marketplace that directly employs 11,330 workers, supports 18,360 jobs in our state and in 2020 generated $660.8 million in state and local tax revenues for public services. Interested in learning more about the economic impact of the legal cannabis marketplace in Washington? Please reach out to us to receive a copy of our Economic Impact Analysis commissioned by WACA in 2021 and conducted by Dr. Spencer Cohen of High Peak Strategy.


Social Equity

The Washington CannaBusiness Association (WACA) reempashized its support in early 2021 of the important work underway led by the Social Equity Cannabis Task Force to address systemic inequity in the cannabis industry and shared a number of potential pathways for the Task Force and the legislature to consider in support of its goals.

We developed in good faith a position paper on Social Equity in Cannabis with a goal of capturing our experience in the regulated market since the passage of Initiative 502 so it could be used for its best and highest purpose to support the work of the Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force, as they saw fit. 

WACA's Medical Access Fund is now distributing grants! Click below to learn more about the program, submit an application, or make a donation. 

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