Who We Are

WACA represents Washington's licensed and regulated cannabis and hemp businesses. WACA provides its members with general support and representation before regulatory agencies and the legislature.

As an association of hemp businesses and cannabis producers, processors and retailers who have gathered to promote the cannabis industry created by Initiative 502 as well as the burgeoning hemp industry following passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, our mission is to advocate on behalf of our member companies in the legislative, regulatory, legal and public policy arenas.

WACA is the oldest and best established trade association for cannabis and hemp businesses at the state and local level to the licensed cannabis industry. We get things done.

WACA has a dedicated, professional team that provides the following:

  • Effective, impactful lobbying of the legislature, Governors' office and regulatory agencies. 
  • A robust program to build member relationships with elected officials, including a "Day on the Hill." We have convened hundreds of meetings with lawmakers as part of our advocacy. In addition, our members provide testimony at every hearing that could have real impacts on the hemp or cannabis industries. In addition, WACA and a contingent of members make an annual trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with Members of Congress and key agency leaders and staff.
  • Dedicated local government lobbyists seeking opportunities to improve the business climate in Washington state across all local jurisdictions.
  • Dedicated communications and media relations staff focused on strengthening our government relations effort while also helping our members establish their presence in their local community and shaping the public profile of the hemp and cannabis industries statewide and with our national partners.
  • Annual policy conferences with dedicated access to regulators, elected officials, and professionals to share information, answer questions and increase awareness of the hemp and cannabis industries. 
  • Social events around the state providing members the opportunity to interact with each other and elected leaders.
  • And so much more.....find out more about membership by emailing [email protected] or click here.