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Occupational License Information

Occupational License Applications are accepted Monday - Friday
Between the hours of 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM and 1:00 and 2:00PM
At MED Headquarter Office
455 Sherman Street, Suite 390
Denver, CO 80203


We make every effort to accomodate all applicants on the day of their arrival
Occupational License Applicants will NOT be processed after 2:00PM


State statute and rule mandates that anyone working within the Medical Marijuana industry be licensed by the MED in order to ensure that they meet specific statutory requirements (C.R.S § 12-43.3-307; C.R.S. §  12-43.3-202 (2) (VIII) and C.R.S. §   12-43.3-401 (1) (d)).

These statutory requirements include:


  • Applicants must be age twenty-one or older,

  • Applicants may not have any Controlled Substance Felony Convictions or any other felony convictions that have not been fully discharged for five years prior to applying,

  • Applicants may not have any delinquent governmental or child support debt, AND

  • Applicants must be a Colorado resident at the time of application. 



Therefore, all occupational license applicants must undergo a background check, the depth of which is dictated by the level of the individual's involvement in the business; the two types of Occupational Licenses available are:


Key Employees:  this license is for employees that make operational or management decisions that directly impact the business.  An example of such an employee is a master grower that determines what or how much of a particular strain to produce or an individual whose decisions have an significant impact on the business and its operations, but does not have an ownership interest in the business.  Note that two years of tax information is required for this type of occupational license.


Support Employee: this license is for employees that work within the business but do not make operational decisions.  An example of such an employee would be a bud tender.  The majority of occupational license holders are in this category.


All applicants initially applying for an occupational license must come into a MED office at 455 Sherman Street, Suite 390, Denver, CO 80203, to submit their application, have their fingerprints taken and pose for a photo that will be placed on their occupational license badge  - if they pass the background check and are approved for an occupational license.  The information provided on the application is used to conduct a background check to determine if the applicant meets the statutory criteria.   

Come Prepared


When applying for your license be sure to bring your completed application (Key or Support) all supporting documentation (such as tax documents, proof of residency or court dispositions), AND the full amount of your application fee - we cannot accept credit cards so the fee must be paid in cash or with a check made out to the MED or the Colorado Department of Revenue.


Once you have received your occupational license keep in mind that by completing the application you have entered into an agreement to advise the MED, in writing, of any criminal conviction or charge pending within ten days of any arrest, summons or conviction.  Additionally, you must advise the MED of any change in your home address should the MED need to contact you - this is especially important when the time comes to renew, as the MED will send any renewal information to this address.  

 NEW Occupational Renewal Process Begins September 15, 2014 - click HERE for details

Occupational License Renewal

Sixty days prior to the expiration date of your occupational license badge the MED will notify you via First Class mail, sent to the home mailing address of record with the MED - the home address you provided at the time you applied for the license or any updated address you have provided to the MED.  This notification will consist of a renewal packet intended to provide the MED with the necessary information to confirm that you still meet the statutory criteria allowing you to hold an MED Occupational License.  Please complete and sign the enclosed application, attach any necessary supporting documentation requested and mail the completed packet and your renewal fee to the MED at 455 Sherman Street, Suite 390, Denver, CO 80203.


If your application is approved the MED will mail you a renewal sticker to place on your badge. 


If you fail to pass the background check you will have an opportunity to request a meeting to resolve any issues that arise. If you choose not to pursue this option you must return your expired badge to the MED and discontinue your employment within the Medical Marijuana industry.


PLEASE NOTE: if your MAILING ADDRESS has changed it is YOUR responsibility to notify the MED of your address change - YOU can do this by letter or email.  Please provide your full name, badge number, your previous address and your current address, along with the date you moved.  You may email this information to dor_mmedaddresschange@state.co.us. If you do not keep your address of record current and therefore do not receive or complete the renewal packet prior to the expiration date on your badge it will expire and you will be required to apply for a new badge.


Individuals wishing to upgrade a Support Occupational License to a Key Occupational License will need to complete a Key Occupational License Application and come into the MED Office in order to complete the in-depth background check necessary.  Support badges cannot be upgraded to Key badges via the mail-in renewal process.


Medical Marijuana Occupational License Application Fees, July 1, 2014