Marijuana Retailers & Home Growers

What kind of marijuana licenses are issued by the City of Denver? 

  • Answer - Denver issues licenses for:

    • Retail Marijuana Stores
    • Retail Marijuana Products Manufacturing Facilities
    • Retail Marijuana Cultivation Facilities
    • Retail Marijuana Testing Facilities
    • Medical Marijuana Centers
    • Medical Marijuana Optional Premises Cultivation Facilities 
    • Medical Marijuana Infused Products Manufacturing Facilities
When did retail sales begin in licensed stores? 
  • Answer - The first retail sales were legally authorized to begin on Jan. 1, 2014, in licensed stores, subject to inspections, hearings and other criteria. 

Who is eligible to apply for a retail marijuana license?

  • Answer - In Denver, only existing medical marijuana centers, manufacturers and cultivators that were operating in good standing as of Oct. 1, 2013 can apply for a retail license before Jan. 1, 2016. These facilities can convert to a retail license or add a retail license to their existing medical marijuana license.

    For additional information on becoming a licensed retail store, please visit the Colorado Department of Revenue and Denver Excise & Licenses.

What is the process for transitioning a medical marijuana center license into a retail store license?

How do I verify a license?

  • Answer - To verify the status of a medical or retail marijuana business license located in Denver please contact Denver Excise & Licenses by calling 311 (or 720-913-1311 if outside Denver). Please have the business name, address, or business file number of the requested license available.

How do I modify an existing license?

  • Answer - To make a physical modification to an existing licensed premise, transfer the location of your license to new premises, or change the ownership of an existing license you must complete the required application process with the city and the state.

Any proposed physical modification and any new location to which an existing licensed business is transferred must fully comply with spacing and zoning requirements and will require another round of inspections. If you plan on making a physical modification of the premises, you must contact Denver Development Services to obtain the proper construction permits and get all required inspections to receive the Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or final approval before you can occupy a building. Additionally, any change in the use of a building may require a new zoning permit and the Denver Fire Department requires operational permits for the installation of new systems.   

Do I need a license to transport marijuana? 

  • Answer - Yes. The only persons authorized to transport marijuana or marijuana products are those licensed by the State Licensing Authority and Denver Excise & Licenses. 

How are inspections conducted?

  • Answer - Once all application forms and requirements are satisfactorily completed, Denver Excise & Licenses will issue an Inspection Card to the applicant. Applicants must schedule and complete inspections with the following City of Denver departments prior to issuance of the license:
    • Fire Department
    • Environmental Health
    • Community Planning & Development - Neighborhood Inspections Services
    • Community Planning & Development - Building Department
    • Excise & Licenses 

Any construction (i.e., new walls, electrical circuits, grow lights, commercial kitchen appliances, mechanical work, etc.) requires construction permits. All construction permits are required to be finalized and you must receive a Certificate of Occupancy or final approval prior to issuance of a business license. Before submitting an application for licensing or occupying a building, you must obtain a zoning permit for use from Community Planning & Development’s zoning permit counter and ensure that the proposed location is in full compliance with spacing and zoning requirements.

What kind of products can a retail marijuana store sell?

  • Answer - A retail marijuana store may only sell “retail marijuana,” as defined by the Colorado Department of Revenue, which has been sourced from a licensed Retail Marijuana Cultivation Facility or a Retail Marijuana Products Manufacturing Facility. A retail marijuana store may not sell or give away any consumable product that is not a retail marijuana product including, but not limited to, cigarettes or tobacco products, alcohol beverages, and non-alcohol beverages or food products that are not retail marijuana product.

How much marijuana can be sold to an individual in a retail store? 

  • Answer - Colorado residents 21 and older can purchase and possess up to 1 ounce of retail marijuana at a time.

    Non-residents are limited to ¼ ounce. 

How are marijuana-infused foods regulated?

Can I legally grow marijuana at home?

  • Answer - Yes. Adult residents can grow up to 6 marijuana plants per person, with no more than 3 in the mature/flowering stage at any time. No more than 12 total plants are allowed per residence regardless of the number of adults living there. Marijuana plants must be kept in an enclosed, locked area.

    Take extra precautions to ensure that only authorized adults have access to the marijuana plants. You must be 21 and older to have or use retail marijuana. Children and pets should be kept away from plants at all times. 

Is there a limitation on the number of plants that I can grow at my home?

  • Answer - Yes. Adult residents can grow up to 6 marijuana plants per person, with no more than 3 in the mature/flowering stage at any time. No more than 12 total plants are allowed per residence, regardless of the number of adults living there.

Can I sell home-grown marijuana to others?

  • Answer - Home grown marijuana, no matter the form, may not be sold to others.

    Take extra precautions to ensure that only authorized adults have access to marijuana plants. You must be 21 and older to have or use retail marijuana. Children and pets should be kept away from plants at all times. 

Is it legal to grow plants outside? 

  • Answer - Marijuana must be grown in a fully enclosed and locked space, whether indoors or outdoors.