These businesses grow and cultivate marijuana for sale to marijuana stores or a product manufacturer but cannot sell directly to consumers. A cultivation license allows such businesses to cultivate, prepare and package marijuana. Operating one of these businesses requires significant horticultural knowledge and typically requires material capital investments.
Marijuana Cultivation Facility
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 Newburn Law’s experienced business lawyers prior to taking this step.
Even if counties and municipalities decide to opt-in, they are still given discretion on how to implement marijuana policies. For example, while the state allows marijuana stores to be open until midnight, Denver requires theirs to close by 10 pm. Similarly, Colorado allowed recreational marijuana delivery services to apply for licenses starting January 2, 2021; but Denver has restricted access to these licenses to Social Equity Applicants until 2024.
Maximize your chances of a successful application, stay compliant, and see road bumps before they happen with an experienced, capable business lawyer from Robinson & Henry.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture, not the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) is the government division that registers and inspects industrial hemp cultivation, meaning there is a different set of rules to abide by. However, recent legislation passed that was designed to make the cultivation and harvest of industrial hemp easier.
Hours: 8:00 – 11:00 AM and 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday.
If you’re in the Denver metro area, the city has a complete set of documents and requirements located here.
Tips for a Successful Application
MED Lakewood Office at 1701 Cole Blvd., Suite 300, Lakewood Colorado, 80401
The first step to getting a marijuana business license is completing relevant applications. Which ones you need will depend on what type of marijuana business you intend to open.
A Colorado marijuana business lawyer from Robinson & Henry, P.C. can answer your questions and walk you through each step of the process to license and legitimize your marijuana enterprise. A business attorney will also help you stay informed and compliant on new regulations or laws which appear in the years to come, and help you and your company maintain a good relationship with the state licensing authority—maximizing your chances of staying in the business long-term. Proceeding without legal advice is not only ill-advised, but will be looked down upon by the Marijuana Enforcement Division as a source of unpreparedness.
In this guide, you’ll learn about how to get a relevant Colorado Marijuana business license and how to keep it.
In Colorado there are three sections of cannabis law. Medical marijuana is the first, retail the second, and industrial hemp the third.