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The MED Occupational License allows the holder to work within MED licensed Medical and Retail Marijuana facilities or for vendors that provide services to MED Medical and Retail Marijuana business licensees. There are two types of MED Occupational Licenses:
Key Employee: Necessary 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.
Application fee $250
Support Employee: Necessary for employees that work within 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
If you want to Upgrade your Support occupational license to a Key occupational license you must complete a new occupational license application. Then make an appointment at one of the MED offices listed below to come and submit your application. Please note that you cannot upgrade your license with an occupational license renewal application, you must submit a new occupational license application. You have two options in regard to paying for the upgrade of your license – you may pay to upgrade your current Support license and keep your current expiration date ($203.65) or you may pay the full Key occupational license application fee ($250.00) and receive a new expiration date two years from the new issue date - if your application is approved.
Both license types are good for two years from the date on which the license badge is issued.
If you are interested in obtaining a MED Occupational License please download the Occupational License Application and review it carefully to ensure you are eligible to hold this type of MED license.
All applicants for a new occupational license must come into a MED office to submit their application, have their fingerprints taken and pose for a photo that will be placed on their occupational license badge. To make an appointment to submit your application please contact one of the following offices:
Occupational Licensing FAQs
Be on time!
Bring a hard copy of your completed application, printed singled sided, as well as a signed and notarized where necessary. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Any supporting documentation to prove you are eligible for this license (for example, official documentation of the final disposition regarding any felony conviction)
A Colorado Drivers License or Identification Card (ID)
The full application fee in cash -exact change only, money order or check (no third-party checks) - the MED Lakewood office is the only MED office able to accept cash payments.
Once your application has been accepted and you pass the background check, your badge will be mailed to their home address of record - usually within three to four working days.
You are required to have submitted all necessary “disposition” documentation of any felony arrest/case with your application.
Disposition generally means the final outcome of the case. For example, if you were convicted of a felony and sentenced to five years of probation you must submit documentation that you have successfully completed your probation requirements – this documentation must include the date on which probation was complete. Another example is if the case was dismissed, in this instance, you must provide the MED with documentation that the case was dismissed.
Disposition documents can be obtained from the court where the case was filed and/or the disposition was issued.
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 email@example.com (Please note that there is an underscore between Dor and med: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Occupational License Renewal Information