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Requirements for Licensure:
Section 300 of the Colorado Retail Marijuana Code; 44-12-300 et. seq. Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.)* addresses licensing requirements
Series R 200 — Licensing and Interests of the Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 212-2, Retail Marijuana Rules
If you intend to own a Colorado Retail Marijuana Business you should also visit our Marijuana Business Owners and Investors Page to determine what, if any additional applications need to be submitted.
The MED cannot provide legal advice; you may want to seek legal counsel if you have questions regarding an interpretation of the above references.
* This link will take you to an accessible copy of the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) hosted by Lexis Nexis
Retail Marijuana Store: license type necessary to operate a business that sells Retail Marijuana to an individual twenty-one years of age or older as described in section 44-12-402 C.R.S.
Retail Marijuana Cultivation: license type necessary in order to operate a facility to grow and harvest Retail Marijuana plants as described in section 44-12-403 C.R.S.
Retail Marijuana Product Manufacturer: license type necessary in order to operate a facility that manufactures retail marijuana-infused products such as edibles, concentrates or tinctures as described in section 44-12-404 C.R.S.
Retail Marijuana Testing Facility: license type necessary in order to operate a facility that conducts potency and contaminants testing for other MED Licensed Retail Marijuana businesses as described in section 44-12-405 C.R.S.
Retail Marijuana Transporter: license type necessary in order to provide transportation and temporary storage services to Retail Marijuana Businesses as described in section 44-12-406 C.R.S.
Retail Marijuana Operator: license type necessary to provide professional operational services to one or more Retail Marijuana Businesses as described in section 44-12-407 C.R.S.
The Retail Marijuana Business License Application form is used to apply for all of the above license types - please use a separate application form for each license you wish to obtain.
Each facility is authorized to engage only in the type of activity for which it is licensed.
Once you have determined that you meet all requirements and your application packet is complete drop it off or have it delivered to the MED Lakewood Office at 1701 Cole Blvd., Suite 300, Lakewood Colorado, 80401 between the hours of 8:00 – 11:00 AM and 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
A Complete Application Packet Includes:
*Checks must be pre-printed by the financial institutions and will only be accepted in the name(s) of the individual(s) or business entity, which has an ownership in the business. No temporary or third-party checks will be accepted.
Fingerprints are required for all of the owners and investors or Colorado marijuana businesses. Third-Party Fingerprint Hard Copy Cards No Longer Accepted On or After Nov. 1, 2018! If you are NOT planning on having your renewal fingerprints taken at a MED office please visit our Third-Party Fingerprint Services webpage.
State Tax Licensing:
Applicants must also apply for the State tax license appropriate for the type of business they plan to operate. In order to get more information regarding the necessary tax license, visit the Marijuana Tax Account/License website.
Labor & Employment Requirements:
Anyone operating a business within the State of Colorado is required to meet specific State and Federal Labor and Employment requirements. Please visit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment's (CDLE) Starting a Business Website for more information. You may also find the "New Employer Checklist" helpful.
Local Authority Licensing: You must also confirm that the Local Authority where you plan to operate allows Retail Marijuana businesses to operate within their jurisdiction. The MED will not accept new Retail Marijuana business license applications for businesses located within a local authority's jurisdiction unless they have advised us that they are currently accepting new business license applications - local authorities that have advised the MED that they allow marijuana businesses to operate within their jurisdiction. Be aware that before your business may begin operation, you must also obtain a license from the Local Authority within whose jurisdiction you intend to operate. With this in mind, you may want to begin their license process at the same time you are pursuing your State Retail Marijuana business license.
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