Denver, alongside our regional partners, requires masks in indoor settings for most businesses and venues. Businesses can opt to verify vaccinations before entry, in which case masks would not be required.
This page provides an overview of Denver's marijuana laws, rules, and regulations, information about current marijuana policy development, and a history of marijuana policy in Denver.
Any form of business or commerce involving marijuana in Denver requires a license or permit. There are several medical and retail marijuana business licenses. Each type has different privileges, requirements, and rules. Businesses that do not follow the rules could be fined, face disciplinary action, or lose their license.
The city issues these new medical or retail marijuana business licenses or permits:
The city no longer issues new business licenses for:
Visit the Medical and Retail Marijuana Licenses and Permits webpage to learn more about how to apply for a marijuana license or permit.
Denver laws, rules, and regulations
Colorado laws, rules, and regulations
The Department of Excise and Licenses and Office of Marijuana Policy strive to keep stakeholders apprised of all ongoing policy development and opportunities for public input. Sign up for the marijuana information bulletin to be notified of policy updates. Virtual, public marijuana-related meetings held by the Department are recorded and can be viewed on the City and County of Denver’s marijuana public meetings YouTube channel.
2021 marijuana rulemaking
In June 2021, the Department of Excise and Licenses convened a Marijuana Rulemaking Work Group. It provided input on agency rules related to drive-up and walk-up windows at marijuana stores and secure storage of marijuana at marijuana stores and hospitality and sales businesses. Learn more about the scope of the work group in the work group scope and call for applications.
A timeline: marijuana legalization and highlights in Denver
Department of Excise and License
201 W Colfax Ave, Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202