The Washington State Liquor Control Board will begin accepting applications for retail licenses on Nov. 18. From that date, you have 30 days to submit your application. If you fancy becoming a marijuana dealer, as they have been classically known (street corner entrepreneurs, friend of a friend with the best pot in town … that sort of thing), the legal market in Washington is not for you.
Instead, opening a retail store to sell cannabis will be a lot like firing up any other small business with all of the usual risks … but add on a few dozen caveats and the uncertainty that comes with thumbing your nose at federal laws against all marijuana everywhere.
Also, you’ll essentially be a cash-only business with very complicated taxes.
But let’s not get all down about it — some of these retail stores are going to make it and make it big, or at least that’s the plan. Click through the gallery to see what it will take to be a Pioneer in Legal Pot.
If you’d rather participate in the means of production, here’s the list of “21 things you’ll need to grow legal pot in Washington:”
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