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Cannabis Associated Bed and Breakfast: Questions for a CO Resident

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Hello!

I'm a WA resident that's speaking to a local legislator on Wednesday, 7/21 about amending our laws to allow for me to open up a cannabis based bed and breakfast here in Washington.

I sent an email proposing this last night about 10pm and heard back from Legislator Wicks first thing this morning to set up a meeting. I want to be as educated on this as possible. I've read through every section of the current laws that could possibly apply to me on the states cannabis laws and have some questions. Mainly concerning about what I might be about to go through. Main questions:

1 - If you've gone through this process what angles are important to cater to when working on finding a mutual ground on operational details (inventory allowances, culinary dosing limitations, how much flower/concentrates you're allow to provide the guest per night)?

2- Roughly how long did this process take?

3-Does your business act as a b+b that provides one package that these products are apart of or as a b+b that also sells it as an add on (aka would you be looked at as a dispensary at that point?) Does it make a difference?

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ALEXANDER-BESPALKO: Hello!

I'm a WA resident that's speaking to a local legislator on Wednesday, 7/21 about amending our laws to allow for me to open up a cannabis based bed and breakfast here in Washington.

I sent an email proposing this last night about 10pm and heard back from Legislator Wicks first thing this morning to set up a meeting. I want to be as educated on this as possible. I've read through every section of the current laws that could possibly apply to me on the states cannabis laws and have some questions. Mainly concerning about what I might be about to go through. Main questions:

1 - If you've gone through this process what angles are important to cater to when working on finding a mutual ground on operational details (inventory allowances, culinary dosing limitations, how much flower/concentrates you're allow to provide the guest per night)?

2- Roughly how long did this process take?

3-Does your business act as a b+b that provides one package that these products are apart of or as a b+b that also sells it as an add on (aka would you be looked at as a dispensary at that point?) Does it make a difference?

HI Alexander! Great questions all around as I have quite a few contacts trying to break into a similar space in the Colorado market - congrats on getting a meeting with your legislator! I have a few thoughts from watching the Colorado process that may be helpful if you want to talk to the legislator about other markets that have successfully issued licenses for consumption spaces.

1 - To my knowledge, all cannabis products must still be purchased via a dispensary and dispensaries are not allowed to have consumption on site. Any consumption related space (for example The Coffee Joint in Colorado) have recommended or partner dispensaries where they advise customers go to pick up their products that they can then bring to the Coffee Joint and enjoy. (note that all smoking must still occur outside so consumption spaces have designated smoking areas defined). In my experience, legislators feel much more comfortable knowing that the purchase of cannabis will remain within the license and purview of a dispensary and that dispensaries will stay separate from consumption.

2. I don't have a lot of insight into the process other than anecdotal comments that the license process is incredibly challenging and local governments have made achieving a consumption license one of the hardest to get. In preparation to ask about license holdups, do you already have a location in mind? Many times the legislation around location (such as being at least 1000 feet from a school, public park, place of worship, etc) can really limit the available real estate and location certainty will drive speed in the licensing process.

3. I am not sure on the regulations for WA but I have doubts that dispensaries are allowed to offer onsite consumption and therefore the BnB would have to operate as a stand alone entity and customers would need to purchase their cannabis elsewhere and bring it onsite. I imagine you would also need the full establishment to be considered "cannabis tourism" rather than just those that choose a "cannabis package" as you would need specific rules such as everyone who enters the property must be over the age of 21?

I wish I could be of more help but thank you for posting as I am really looking forward to more consumption spaces working through the process and paving the way for this avenue of cannabis business growth! In the same vein, I know that THC infused cannabis spas have so far been blocked by legislation but I am excited to see how that opportunity continues to grow. (Note that there are LOTS of spas now using CBD however I don't know of any infusing with THC as well).

Good luck with the meeting!

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