MED Occupational License - Industry Employees

Before You Apply, be aware that having a MED Occupational License and working within the Colorado Regulated Marijuana Industry may have adverse Federal Immigration consequences.

The MED Occupational License allows the holder to work within Colorado Regulated Marijuana Businesses or for vendors that provide services to such business licensees.  There are two types of MED Occupational Licenses: 

  • Key Employee: 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. Application fee $250
  • Support Employee: employees that work in the business but do not make operational decisions.  An example of such an employee would be a budtender - the majority of occupational license holders are in this category. Application fee $75

Each license type is valid for two years from the date the license is issued.  

You may apply for either license using the MED Occupational License Application.  Please download the application and review it carefully to ensure you are eligible to hold this type of MED license. 

New Occupational License Applicants must come into one of our four offices in order to:
  • submit their application, 
  • present a current Colorado State Driver License or ID Card
  • pose for the photo that will be used for your badge, 
  • have your fingerprints taken, and 
  • pay your application fee. 

Office Locations and Dates of First Available Appointment:

*All Offices can accept Checks, Money Orders and Credit Cards, however, credit card payments will incur a service fee of $.75 + 2.25% of the amount charged.  Only the LAKEWOOD office can accept cash payments. 


Be aware that by applying for an occupational license you have agreed that if your application is approved, you will keep the MED informed of any change of your home address and other contact information.  You can do this via email at 

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