Application Window Extension (Mar. 24, 2023)
The Rules Team will bring an emergency rule proposal to extend the application deadline for social equity cannabis retail licenses from March 30, 2023 to April 27, 2023. This extension will be presented to the Board at its next regularly scheduled meeting on March 29, 2023.
Application Window Open (Mar. 1 - 30. 2023)
The application window is now open for the Social Equity Program. Qualifying applicants can submit an application through Department of Revenue's Business Licensing Services portal. You will need to use SecureAccess Washington (SAW) credentials. Review the applicant checklist for more information and preparation.
Rubric Descriptions Updated (Feb. 2023)
The LCB worked to add clarifying language to the Social Equity Program rubric. The rubric was determined in the finalized rules, but this document provides additional information and clarity around some of the qualifications.
Disproportionately Impacted Area (DIA) Maps (available Jan. 11, 2023)
One of the requirements for opening the social equity application window is identifying Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs) to determine applicant eligibility for the program. These are now available on our website and potential applicants can check their address history on the DIA map here.
Technical Assistance Program
FREE educational courses through MakeGreenGo! are available now. The modules were updated in Jan. 2023 to include information specific to the LCB application process. Sign up for these free modules on business basics, financial planning and cannabis industry specifics here.
Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force Final Report (Dec. 9, 2022)
The Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force provided their final report to the Governor and Legislature on Dec. 9, 2022. You can read the full report here.