Colorado

Amendment 64 ( A64 ) is a initiative ballot measure to amend Colorado's constitution that outlines a new drug policy for marijuana. A64 passed in November 2012 to set up retail marijuana sales to all adults over 21.

 

Opening a medical marijuana dispensary or becoming a cultivation facility producer is initiated through an application process at the Colorado Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division. 

 

Regulations have been signed by the governor. The regulations enables retail and cultivation sites and distributes the 10% tax to all counties with a retail facility. 

 

Existing Medical Marijuana license holders were able to apply for new licenses as of October 1, 2013 and new applicants were able to submit their notice of intent to apply as of January 1, 2014. The Marijuana Enforcement Division ( MED ) will process new applications starting July 2014.

 

 

 

General analysis on application requirements to open a dispensary 

 

Regulatory Structure

 

  • For one year, applications for adult‐use (Amendment 64) marijuana licenses will be limited to current medical marijuana licensees in good standing. 

  • There are two separate licenses, dispensary certificate and approval to operate certificate. All additional members or workers in the dispensary or cultivation site must be registered dispensary agents.

  • State licenses for adult‐use marijuana establishments will be conditional upon local government approval and authorization. 

 

 

Licensee Requirements

 

  • Requirements for adult-use marijuana licenses and medical marijuana licenses will be the same.

  • Licensees must be residents of Colorado for at least two years prior to date of application. 

  • All other staff must be Colorado residents on the date of license application. 

 

Medical Marijuana Business License for Medical Marijuana Centers

 

  • Medical Marijuana Center: Retail operation from which Medical Marijuana Registry patients purchase Medical Marijuana and Medical Marijuana infused products. Medical Marijuana cannot lawfully be grown and infused products may not be produced with this license or within this facility’s premises.

 

  • Type 1: 1 - 300 Registered Primary Patients

    Type 2: 301 - 500 Registered Primary Patients

    Type 3: 501 and above Registered Primary Patients

     

  • Medical Marijuana Optional Premises Cultivation (OPC): facility which grows, harvests and process raw Medical Marijuana product to sale in retail Centers or for use in infused products. Cultivations may only provide their raw product to the Center or MIP to which it is identically licensed (attached) and may only cultivate Medical Marijuana.

     

  • Medical Marijuana Infused Product Manufacturer (MMIP): facility which produces Medical Marijuana infused products such as edibles, tinctures and beverages. These facilities are only able to sell their products to Licensed Medical Marijuana Centers wholesale. Medical Marijuana cannot be lawfully cultivated with this license or within this facility’s premises.

 

 

Current MED Fees and Charges

 

Aplication Fees:

 

  • Medical Marijuana Business License Applications

Type 1: 1 - 300 Registered Primary Patients......................................................$7,500.00

Type 2: 301 - 500 Registered Primary Patients.................................................$12,500.00

Type 3: 501+ Registered Primary Patients.......................................................$18,000.00

Optional Premises Cultivation...........................................................................$1,250.00

Infused Product Manufacturer...........................................................................$1,250.00

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  • Retail Marijuana Business License Applications                                                 

Medical marijuan business owner*.......................................................................$500.00

Retail Marijuana Testing Facilities.....................................................................$5,000.00

Retail Marijuana Testing Facility Individual Owner Application Fee.......................$1,000.00

 

  • Occupational Licenses                                               

Occupational Key Employee................................................................................$250.00

Occupational Support Employee............................................................................$75.00

Vendor Registration.............................................................................................$250.00

 

*Under current stautte, only owners of currently operating Medical Marijuana businesses are allowed to apply for a Retail Marijuana Business License prior to July 1, 2014.

 

  • MED Business License Fees​

Type 1 Center / Retail Store..............................................................................$3,750.00

Type 2 Center / Retail Store..............................................................................$8,750.00

Type 3 Center / Retail Store.............................................................................$14,000.00

Optional Premises Cultivation............................................................................$2,750.00

Infused Product Manufacturer/Product Manufacturer............................................$2,750.00

Retail Marijuana Testing Facility........................................................................$2,750.00