Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2021

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Cultural and Environmental Resource Management

Committee Chair

J. Hope Amason

Second Committee Member

Toni Sipic

Third Committee Member

William Provasnik


This thesis provides an ethnographically grounded analysis of how existing regulations shape the legal recreational cannabis industry in Washington State. I examine the processes involved from seed to sale, including cultivation, processing, quality-control testing, and distribution of recreational cannabis. The goal of this research is to provide a greater understanding of how existing regulations were formed and how they shape social relations within the industry. This study seeks to answer the question: “How are the processes of production within the recreational cannabis industry, along with its labor force and its consumers, impacted by societal perceptions about cannabis, encapsulated within state regulations?”