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Colorado Cannabis Licenses

On November 6, 2012, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64, legalizing the use and regulation of recreational cannabis. Two years later, Colorado started issuing licenses, and since then, the cannabis business in Colorado has boomed. Sales have increased every year since the market opened in 2014, and they show no signs of stopping. Even the economic slowdown COVID-19 pandemic caused could not slow the industry down. In fact, cannabis sales in 2020 increased 25% to $2.19 billion when compared to 2019. 

In Colorado, there are two categories of cannabis business licenses – recreational and medicinal – each with four types of licenses available. A business can hold both a recreational license and a medical license, but will have to apply for each one separately.

Cannabis (Marijuana) Dispensary

Dispensaries are divided into two types, a retail or recreational dispensary, where customers at least assuming they at least 21 years old, and having a valid form of government ID like a driver’s license or a passport, can purchase cannabis and a medical dispensary, where customers require medical cannabis card to make purchases. While medical cards can technically be acquired by individuals over 18 but below 21, it is important to note that businesses selling both medical and recreational cannabis at a single location cannot sell to anyone younger than 21 at that location.

Cannabis Cultivation Facility

These businesses grow and cultivate cannabis for sale to marijuana stores or product manufacturers but cannot sell directly to consumers. A cultivation license allows such businesses to cultivate, prepare and package cannabis. Operating one of these businesses requires significant horticultural knowledge and typically requires material capital investments.

Cannabis Product Manufacturer

Manufacturers are allowed to purchase cannabis and incorporate it into new products, like edibles and oil. These products are then sold to dispensaries which sell them to consumers. Cannabis product manufacturing requires a separate license and is subject to additional regulations including regular testing of the product.

Cannabis Transporter

Businesses (or individuals) can be separately licensed to transport cannabis from one business to another, like from a Cultivation Facility to a Products Manufacturer. In addition, Colorado has recently began issuing retail cannabis delivery licenses pursuant to which delivery directly to homes and businesses will be permitted.

Cannabis Licenses in Colorado

Like all businesses, a cannabis-focused enterprise needs to first pick and name and incorporate with the Colorado Secretary of State. Cannabis companies can use any form of entity incorporate available in Colorado including corporations, limited liability companies, or limited liability partnerships. The choice of entity type could have significant legal and tax implications so we recommend speaking with one of CannDelta’s experienced consultants that have years of experience navigating cannabis law.

A consideration unique to licensed marijuana businesses in Colorado is that the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (“MED”) must be kept up to date on any changes made to the trade name or any DBA (doing business as) a business may undertake.

Before submitting any applications to the MED, a prospective cannabis business should have already:

  • established a business entity with the Colorado Secretary of State
  • applied for (and received) a Federal Taxpayer ID
  • entered into relevant corporate governance documents
  • created an organizational chart setting forth ownership percentages
  • if applicable, be prepared to provide proof of possession of the real estate where the business will operate, including:
    • facility diagrams with plans for the licensed premise
    • security and surveillance
    • a copy of the local license application

Business Fees in Colorado

To get started in the cannabis industry, a business is going to need a substantial amount of capital. To apply for the Regulated Marijuana Business License, for example, a business will already need to possess the property where the business will be located, which could be a costly endeavor. In addition, it will also need to pay several fees to state and local governments, among them are:

  • Business Entity fee: $50 – This fee is paid to the Colorado Department of State to register your business organization, be it a corporation, LLC, or Limited Partnership
  • Marijuana Occupational License Application Fee: $100 – This fee is paid to MED when submitting your application for a Marijuana Occupational License
  • Regulated Marijuana Business License Application Fees are payable to the MED when submitting your license application. The fee amount varies depending on the type of license you are seeking. Below are the fees for each license category: 
    • Medical Marijuana Store License: $7,000
    • Medical Marijuana Products Manufacturer License: $2,500
    • Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility Class 1 License (up to 500 plants): $2,500. Fees increase as the number of plants does.
    • Medical Marijuana Transporter License: $5,400
    • Retail Marijuana Store License: $7,000
    • Retail Marijuana Products Manufacturer License: $6,500
    • Retail Marijuana Cultivation Facility Tier 1 License (up to 1,800 plants): $6,500. Fees increase as the number of plants does
    • Retail Marijuana Transporter License: $5,400

These are the initial license fees. Each license needs to be renewed annually.

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The holder of an Cannabis Cultivator license is permitted to cultivate, harvest, dry/trim, and cure cannabis. They may hold a Cannabis Processor license and a Cannabis Distributor license. Similar licenses include the Cannabis Micro-business and Nursery license.


A holder of an Cannabis Processor license is permitted to buy, store, and process cannabis (i.e. perform cannabis extraction or the infusion into edible cannabis products). They may also sell cannabis products to licensed distributors.


A holder of a Cannabis Retail Dispensary license is permitted to buy cannabis products to licensed Cannabis Distributors and sell to the public in their Adult-Use Cannabis Retail Dispensary store. Click the button below to learn how to get a weed license!



A holder of an Cannabis Distributor license is permitted to buy, store, and sell cannabis products from Cannabis Processors At least 21 years of age; A U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Have a motorized vehicle; Have no major felony convictions.


A cannabis consumption lounge is a legal, controlled environment where adults can consume cannabis products. Starting such a venture requires a thorough understanding of complex regulations, for which a consultant can be invaluable. They help refine your business plan, navigate local and national laws, assist with the application process, and ensure ongoing compliance after securing the license. Their expertise enables you to create a legally sound, operationally feasible, and successful lounge, helping you transform your vision into reality while reducing the burden of compliance and licensing issues. Their support is an essential asset in launching and maintaining your cannabis lounge business.

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The Cannabis Laboratory Analytical Testing license is needed for individuals and corporations who wish to possess cannabis and to alter the chemical or physical properties of cannabis for testing purposes. Before applying, it’s important to determine if this license is needed, as the applicant may already be authorized to conduct analytical testing activities under the terms of an existing license (e.g., in-house testing for THC and CBD). Analytical testing may include but is not limited to testing for chemical and microbial contaminants, cannabinoid content, dissolution/disintegration, sterility, stability and pesticides, including assurance that requirements are being met by license holders bound by the cannabis mandatory testing requirements. Cannabis Laboratories often require ISO17025 certification to apply!

Pre-License Services

CannDelta can help you determine the right location for your cannabis facility or your site. Popular services include: Site Suitability, Regulatory Due Diligence, Leases, Mergers & Acquisitions, Audits, Floor Plan Design and Site Layout, Process Flow, Physical Security, and more. All of these services are standard in our turn-key cannabis application packages for new applicants.

Get help with turn-key licensing cannabis application. CannDelta will assist you with obtaining permits and provide consulting support for all cannabis license types.

CannDelta writes customized SOPs, and will train your team on industry best-practices and regulations. This includes training for Quality Management Systems (QMS), Deviations, Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA) reports, regulatory audits, and cannabis security protocols.

We can create customized business plans to help forecast your company’s success and predict when you will receive a return on your investment. Our plans contain pitch decks & customized logos, branding, and a marketing plan.

LIcense application Types

A medical cannabis cultivator license allows for the holder to acquire, grow, cultivate, and harvest medical cannabis in an indoor, enclosed, locked, and secure area. The terms “cannabis cultivator”, “cultivator”, or “micro-cultivator” also have the same meaning.

Cannabis manufacturers and processors are responsible for converting raw cannabis plant material into a variety of products for the cannabis market. Some of the activities permitted for a cannabis manufacturer and processor may include:

  1. Extraction: This involves the use of solvents or other methods to extract cannabinoids and other compounds from the cannabis plant, which can then be used to create a wide range of products, including oils, tinctures, and concentrates.

  2. Infusion: This process involves adding cannabis extracts or oils to a variety of products, such as edibles, beverages, and topical products.

  3. Packaging and labeling: Cannabis manufacturers and processors are responsible for packaging and labeling their products in compliance with state and local regulations. This includes ensuring that all product labels are accurate and contain the required information.

  4. Testing: Cannabis manufacturers and processors are required to test their products for potency, purity, and safety before they can be sold to the public. This is to ensure that products are safe for consumers to use and meet the standards set by regulatory agencies.


A cannabis dispensary is permitted to sell cannabis products to customers who are of legal age, and may also be permitted to offer additional services such as educational resources, consultations with staff, and delivery services. However, it’s important to note that the activities allowed for a cannabis dispensary will be subject to local laws and regulations, and may also be subject to licensing requirements and other restrictions

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