As of April 1, 2018, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) assumes regulatory authority to license and regulate makers of food products that contain marijuana. This requires these processing businesses to apply for a special endorsement on their business licenses (see below).
Since implementation of Washington's recreational marijuana law in 2012, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) had been solely responsible for regulating processors making marijuana-infused edibles, or MIEs. Now WSDA will share that responsibility with the WSLCB.
Who can apply?
To add an MIE Processor License Endorsement from WSDA, you must:
- Currently have a WSLCB Marijuana Processor license
- Produce only MIE products at a single facility
- Add MIE products under a Food Processor license
- Process MIE products at a facility that processes non-marijuana food products
- Process non-marijuana food products at a facility that produces MIE products
How to apply
- Go to the Washington State Department of Revenue Business Licensing Service website
- Login to your licensed Marijuana Processing business account through My DOR
- Follow the steps to add a specialty license endorsement
- Complete and submit the MIE Processor License Endorsement and fee to Department of Revenue
- Complete the MIE Endorsement Application and email it to FoodSafety@agr.wa.gov
Other points to know
- WSDA will base endorsement approval on review of your information.
- If there are no changes to previously approved ownership, location and products, WSDA will not require an inspection or additional information for this initial application.
- WSDA will inspect your facility within the first 12 months of endorsement.
- Upon inspection, WSDA may request additional information.
- If MIE ownership, facility location or products changes are planned during the licensing period, both WSDA and WSLCB must be notified of the proposed changes. See contact information below.
- If you are a first-time MIE Processor applicant with a current WSLCB Marijuana Processor license, contact both WSDA and WSLCB to discuss the initial licensing process. See contact information below.
- Click here to amend the products on your MIE endorsement
What's WSDA's role?
WSDA's Food Safety Program regulates, inspects and provides technical assistance to food processors regarding product safety issues and now will conduct similar activities with MIE processors. These activities include assessing facility construction, equipment, cleaning and sanitizing practices, allowable products, labeling, and carrying out enforcement and recalls when necessary.
See WAC 16-131 for details on WSDA's MIE regulatory authority.