Hello, we're the Washington Cannabusiness Association (WACA).

WACA represents licensees and support businesses in the regulated cannabis sector in Washington State. As one of the first states to legalize and regulate cannabis, Washington has had ten years to develop and improve public policy for an industry that is still evolving nationwide. For ten years, WACA has been there every step of the way.

Learn more about what we do.

What's New (June 5, 2024) 

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Spring Conference in Walla Walla! We look forward to sharing more updates in the days, weeks and months ahead as our state's legal cannabis industry celebrates 10 years of legal operations following the first legal retail sales in June 2014.

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.

Upcoming events

    • July 15, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Open to all WACA Retail members 

    • July 15, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Open to all WACA Producer Members 

    • July 18, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Please save the date for the third rulemaking workshop for Chapter WAC 246-70Thursday, July 18th, 10am - 12:00pm. This will be a virtual meeting:

    WebinarClick here to join the meeting
    Phone: (564) 999-2000
    Phone Conference ID: 255 067 240 773

    About the Rulemaking

    The Washington Department of Health (department) filed a CR-101 Preproposal Statement of Inquiry on November 2, 2022, to consider rulemaking to:

    • Align quality assurance and control standards with recent WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board rule changes.
    • Consider updated terminology and requirements for products compliant for medical use, including product categories and quality assurance testing.
    • Consider changes to compliant product labeling and logos.
    • Address statutory sales and use tax exemptions for recognition cardholders.
    • Replace the term "marijuana" with "cannabis" in accordance with Second Substitute House Bill 1210 passed in 2022.

    Approach for the Third Workshop - Quality Assurance Testing
     (WAC 246-70-050)

    Since the last meeting, our team has evaluated feedback from participants and others, discussed policy options, and drafted language for Quality Assurance Testing under WAC 246-70-050. We are finalizing draft language and compiling an overview of proposed changes and questions we want to ask you.

    1-2 weeks prior, we will send materials for the workshop. You will have an opportunity to share input in writing as well as during the workshop.

    We will also discuss steps for the next workshop, during which we hope to cover Labeling and Logos (WAC 246-70-060 and -090).

    Loralei Walker
    Program Manager
    Medical Cannabis Program
    Washington State Department of Health
    Loralei.Walker@doh.wa.gov | 360-236-2820 | doh.wa.gov

Washington CannaBusiness Association


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