As is the case with Marijuana Cultivation Facility licenses, the state has 45 to 90 days to respond. If the state approves the application, it will be forwarded to the local governments listed therein. Response times may vary from municipality to municipality.
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.
These are just the initial license fees. Each license needs to be renewed annually.
How to Start Growing Cannabis Legally
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 marijuana and a medical dispensary, where customers require medical marijuana 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 marijuana at a single location cannot sell to anyone younger than 21 at that location.
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.
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.
Fees for this type of application vary based on whether the application is for medical or recreational cannabis cultivation and the number of plants grown.
The updated application packets posted below should be used beginning May 26, 2017.
At the March 28, 2017 City Council meeting, the City Council of the City of Colorado Springs passed the final reading of a Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Licensed Location Cap Ordinance 17-28. In summary, this ordinance contains the following new provisions which will become effective on May 25, 2017:
To review the City Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Business License Code, review Chapter 2, Article 2, Part 1 of the City Code.
Forms of Payment accepted
Modification of Premises and Transfer of Ownership applications for all MMJ types are still accepted/allowed pursuant to current MED and City MMJ Code and Rules.
As a reminder, the City of Colorado Springs prohibits any Retail/Recreational Marijuana Establishments (Ordinance 13-47).
Medical Marijuana Licensing
Please contact the City Clerk’s Office for more information regarding Medical Marijuana Business Licensing, including Modification of Premises, Changes of Ownership, Change of Location, renewals, or more information regarding Marijuana Testing Facility licensing at [email protected] or 719-385-5106.
Only licensee company checks, personal checks from a principal of the licensee, certified checks, or money orders payable to City of Colorado Springs will be accepted. The City does not accept cash for MMJ fees transactions.