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Requirements for Licensure:
Section 300 of the Colorado Retail Marijuana Code; 12-43.4-300 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 12-43.4-402 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 12-43.4-403 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 12-43.4-404 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 12-43.4-405 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 12-43.4-406 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 12-43.4-407 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.
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.
Once you have determined that you meet all requirements and your application packet is complete (including all necessary ownership/investor applications) send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org in order make an appointment to come into the Lakewood Office at 1701 Cole Blvd., Suite 300, Lakewood Colo, 80401 to submit your application and meet with a background investigator who will review your application, and if it is complete your application will be accepted.
*This includes your local licensing application fee which statute requires be paid to MED at the same time your State application fee is paid - if you a paying by check you will need two separate checks, one for the State application fee and on for the Local Authority application fee.
If your application is deemed incomplete, MED will not accept it; you will be provided with a list of information needed to complete your application and once you have done so another appointment can be scheduled.
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.
MED Applications and Forms Page