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Washington State has 21 agricultural commissions. Commissions were established in the 1930’s explicitly to provide a way for farmers to pool their resources to address their cultivation issues and improve their market conditions. Commissions represent 100% of the farmers that grow the crops; hops, wine grapes, blueberries and, of course, apples are all represented by a commission.
Some commissions do strictly research, education and representation; some focus on marketing and some do both. A recent JLARK study of various Washington commission members found value in their participation. Farmers across various commodities are happy to have their commissions at their backs.
The commission will act in an advisory capacity to local, state, and federal agencies in respect to all cannabis related matters representing the interests of the farmers.
Objectives center on research to the benefit of the cannabis cultivators. Research will lead to future patented intellectual property made available as a benefit to all members while allowing licensing to others. Educating licensees, agencies, and the public is also an objective.