Regulatory switch will cost Washington state marijuana edibles producers $895

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Cannabis businesses in Washington state will need to pay an annual fee of $895 to produce cannabis-infused edibles starting next month.

The new charge stems from a special license endorsement that will be required of edibles makers starting April 1, when the state’s Department of Agriculture begins regulating infused product makers, according to a news release.

The fee will go toward enforcing the state’s sanitary processing requirements.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Edibles makers will have a 30-day grace period to apply for the endorsement.
  • Application will be accepted through the state’s Department of Revenue Business Licensing Service beginning March 29.
  • Businesses should expect to see an increase in inspections under the new system.
  • Although the state’s ag department will enforce sanitary standards, the Washington Liquor and Control Board will continue to regulate and license marijuana processors and edibles makers.