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Licensing Information

The Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) is responsible for the regulation of both the Medical and Retail Marijuana industries, each of which have separate and distinct statute and rules under which they operate.  Both industries were legalized by popular vote supporting an Amendment to the Colorado Constitution allowing the use of marijuana within the confines of the State of Colorado.  


In order to participate in either industry you must first submit an application for a MED Business License specific to the industry within which you wish to operate.  Under current statute*, only those individuals that own a Medical Marijuana facility in Good Standing may submit an application for a Retail Marijuana Business License - this requirement will sunset on July 1, 2014.


*12-43.4-104 Applicability
On or after October 1, 2013, a person who is operating in Good Standing a Licensed Medical Marijuana Center, an Optional Premises Cultivation License, or a Licensed Medical Marijuana-Infused Products Business or a person who had a pending application with the State Licensing Authority prior to December 10, 2012, has paid all applicable licensing fees, and has not yet had that application approved, may apply for a Retail Marijuana Establishment License under this article.

 Current MED Fee Schedule

Medical Marijuana Licensing Information Retail Marijuana Licensing Information

For Information on Occupational Licensing click HERE