Washington state grants first legal marijuana business license
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state granted its first legal marijuana license Wednesday.
The first legal pot license was granted to Sean Green, who has run medicinal marijuana dispensaries in Spokane and a Seattle suburb known as Shoreline, according to the Associated Press.
At a state Liquor Control Board meeting in Olympia, Wash. on Wednesday, Green received his official license, proclaiming it as “beautiful.”
“Cannabis prohibition is over,” he said to his enthusiastic supporters in the room.
The state-issued license allows Green to grow 21,000 square feet of pot at his Spokane dispensary, which will be the first batch of retail weed to be grown under the voter-approved, taxed system, reported AP.
Washington anticipates opening its first legal dispensary in June or July, and the board said it expects to dole out 334 retail licenses across the state.
Unlike Colorado, which also legalized retail pot in 2012, Washington did not already have a medical marijuana system set in place, and had to build policies from scratch.