THINGS TO CONSIDER

What should you consider when looking at your Cannabis Company? It is not as simple as it sounds.  Here are some things you should probably consider.

This is real advice, from real professionals for your I-502 Business.

WHAT IS IN YOUR BACKGROUND? Avoid the surprise. by Jennifer Hudson

No one wants to spend 6 months of their life negotiating deals, just to have them fail miserably due to a criminal background check or some hidden information.  If you are involved with Washington State Cannabis Companies, you've probably heard and seen how the LCB can get a little personal at times.  

As part of the vetting process for an I-502 Washington Cannabis application or license, the State has a fairly in-depth process that digs into all of your personal data... pretty much going back to the beginning of time.  Well, at least the beginning of you.

If you have any concerns about your history... too many speeding tickets even?.. one way to get started, is to request a criminal history record on yourself.  This process takes a few weeks, but is very inexpensive compared to the possible earnest money checks or attorney fees that you could spend just to get rejected.

We recommend pulling this report in advance, so that way there is no concerns.  Or, if there are... then it gives you time to find another route that makes your purchase possible.

HOW CAN YOU REVIEW YOUR ENTIRE RECORD?
The subject of the criminal history record information (CHRI) has three options to review his/her complete record including non-conviction information. Non-conviction information is CHRI which has not led to a conviction or other disposition adverse (negative) to the subject. Examples of non-conviction information include the information about charges that were dismissed or charges that were never filed in the court of law.

Option 1) Submit a completed record review/challenge fingerprint card and $12.00 to the Washington State Patrol Identification and Criminal History Section at PO Box 42633 Olympia, WA 98504-2633. A copy of your entire CHRI will be returned to the address on the completed fingerprint card. You may request a record review/challenge fingerprint card by contacting the WSP Identification and Criminal History Section at (360) 534-2000 Option 5, or crimhis@wsp.wa.gov. You may also obtain the fingerprint card at the time of fingerprinting if you are printed at another law enforcement or criminal justice agency.

Option 2) You may visit our office located at 3000 Pacific Ave Suite 202, Olympia, WA 98504, and request a review of your complete criminal history record. You will be asked to fill out a form and provide fingerprints. Upon successful determination that the record to be reviewed does belong to the subject, you will be provided with a copy of your criminal history record. A reasonable period of time, not to exceed thirty minutes, shall be allowed for a person to examine their state level CHRI. Retention or reproduction of CHRI is not allowed except for the purpose of challenge or correction of entries submitted by Washington State criminal justice agencies. There is no fee for this request. You may also choose to keep a copy of your record for a $12 fee. Any questions regarding the record will be answered by the Washington State Patrol staff.

Option 3) If you are unable to come into our Olympia office you may inspect your complete CHRI by having your local law enforcement office submit a completed fingerprint card with the reason fingerprinted indicated as RECORD REVIEW/CHALLENGE. The Criminal History Support Unit (CHSU) will then provide a copy of your transcript of record to the law enforcement agency for your inspection. A reasonable period of time, not to exceed thirty minutes, shall be allowed for a person to examine their state level CHRI. Retention or reproduction of CHRI is not allowed except for the purpose of challenge or correction of entries submitted by Washington State criminal justice agencies. There is no fee for this request.

Sellers, require your buyers and partners to complete a little due diligence.. and many request a copy of this report before you begin down the road negotiating with anyone.

We hope you find this information useful.  We sure do.  Cheers!

Jennifer Hudson