Welcome

Thank you for visiting Washington CannaBusiness Association (WACA). We hope our website provides information that helps inform about our efforts to build a safe, quality-controlled and fully-regulated marketplace for cannabis, and supports development of a robust industry for hemp in Washington State.

WACA is committed to engaging with local communities, elected officials and regulators to protect public safety and uphold community values that help keep cannabis away from kids. For responsible adults over the age of 21, WACA was deeply involved in developing standards for cannabis products that are safer for patients and non-patients.

What's New (February 19, 2024) - As our state's 2024 Legislative Session enters its final weeks, several priority bills continue to advance. From proposals to facilitate the allowance of low-THC infused beverages and legalize the sale of cannabis waste to supporting local control of retail sign dimensions, Washington CannaBusiness Association members continue to advocate for a safe, quality-controlled and well-regulated cannabis industry that keeps products out of the hands of children. 

"Federal Scientists Recommend Easing Restrictions on Marijuana," read a headline last month in the New York Times. The article reports that cannabis "is neither as risky nor as prone to abuse as other tightly controlled substances and has potential medical benefits, and therefore should be removed from the nation’s most restrictive category of drugs, federal scientists have concluded."

The emerging, regulated cannabis and hemp industries are still misunderstood by some. WACA works tirelessly to ensure its members acknowledge and embrace their responsibility to follow the law, earn public trust, and collaborate to strengthen the system that protects consumers and communities alike. As we reflect on the first 10 years of legalization and prepare for the next 10 years, we are proud to advocate on behalf of a regulated marketplace that directly employs 11,330 workers, supports 18,360 jobs in our state and in 2020 generated $660.8 million in state and local tax revenues for public services. Interested in learning more about the economic impact of the legal cannabis marketplace in Washington? Please reach out to us to receive a copy of our Economic Impact Analysis commissioned by WACA in 2021 and conducted by Dr. Spencer Cohen of High Peak Strategy.