OLYMPIA – Nov. 18, 2013 – Those completing an application for marijuana business licenses took advantage of the Washington State Department of Revenue’s convenient online process, submitting a total of 299 completed applications online by mid-afternoon Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
Monday was the first day to apply for producer, processor and retailer marijuana licenses. Applicants have through Dec. 19, 2013 to submit their application, which is available through the Business Licensing Service.
Applicants also applied in person at Revenue’s 12 offices across the state. The first day of the marijuana business licensing window went smoothly, with small numbers of people applying in person.
The numbers of online applications submitted by mid-afternoon Monday for the three licenses were:
- Producer – 16
- Processor – 62
- Retailer – 70
- Producer and processor – 151
Revenue is encouraging applicants to apply online, which is convenient, can be done in the privacy of their home and provides several payment options, including debit card, credit card and Master Card.
Those who plan to form a corporation or limited liability company must first establish their corporation with the Secretary of State’s office. This is a necessary step before filing an application with the Business Licensing Service.
Revenue manages the state’s Business Licensing Service and is accepting the applications on the state Liquor and Cannabis Board’s behalf.
Licenses will be approved by the Liquor and Cannabis Board. The Liquor and Cannabis Board will begin processing the licenses Nov. 20, 2013.
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The Department of Revenue is Washington state’s primary tax administration agency and has been nationally recognized for innovation and service quality. Many of Washington’s programs and essential services are supported by Revenue’s tax collection efforts. In fiscal year 2013, Revenue collected more than $18 billion from nearly 60 different tax sources. These dollars support public schools, social services, health care, corrections, public safety and natural resources conservation.