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Medical Marijuana Licenses

Four types of medical marijuana business licenses exist in Denver:

  • Medical Marijuana Center
  • Medical Marijuana Optional Cultivation Premises
  • Medical Marijuana Infused Products Manufacturer
  • Medical Marijuana Testing Facility

Notice: On May 1st, 2016 a new ordinance was put into effect that permanently prohibits Denver Excise and Licenses from accepting new applications for medical marijuana center and medical marijuana optional premises cultivation licenses.

At this time, the department is accepting applications for new medical marijuana infused products manufacturer and medical marijuana testing facility licenses.

Applications for new licenses, or transfers or modifications of existing licenses will be accepted Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. 

Please bring your completed application package and all required documents when you come to Denver Excise and Licenses. Our staff can answer your questions about licensing processes, but cannot provide legal or business advice. An overview of the licensing process as well as required fees and forms can be found below.

Applying For a New Business License

Notice: On May 1st, 2016 a new ordinance was put into effect that permanently prohibits Denver Excise and Licenses from accepting new applications for medical marijuana center and medical marijuana optional premises cultivation licenses.

At this time, the department is accepting applications for new medical marijuana infused products manufacturer and medical marijuana testing facility licenses.

Businesses wishing to obtain a medical marijuana business license must follow these steps.

1. Submit a completed New Medical Marijuana Establishment License Application along with all supporting documents and application fees to Denver Excise & Licenses.

2. The business will be issued an inspection card that will need to be completed. Please refer to the section below titled "Inspection Card Process" for more details.

3. Return the completed inspection card and a copy of a valid corresponding State License to Denver Excise & Licenses. A license will then be issued.

Please Note – all applications will be administratively closed if not completed within 12 months.

Upon submission of an application for a new medical marijuana business license, applicants will be required to pay a $2,000 application fee, and a $3,000 license fee. Checks should be made payable to the "Manager of Finance". The city also accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and cash payments.

Please note - application fees are non-refundable. If an applicant does not successfully obtain a license, they may request a refund of the license fee by e-mailing a written request to licenses@denvergov.org                                           

In addition to the required fees, applicants will need to submit a completed New Medical Marijuana Establishment License Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents are:

  • A description of products and services to be provided by the establishment, including an indication of whether the establishment proposes to engage in the retail sale of food for human consumption.
  • Affidavit of Lawful Presence for each owner
  • A floor plan of the premise, drawn to scale on 8 1/2" x 11" paper, showing the layout of the establishment anf the principal uses of each section of the floor area. Please include dimensions, security cameras, and separate pages for each floor level. The floor plan must be stamped by the Zoning Department during its zoning permit reveiw and the intended premises must be contiguous and outlined in red. 
  • A security plan indicating how the business intends to comply with the requirements related to monitoring and securing the licensed premises as required by law.
  • Bylaws, Operation, Partnership Agreement (as applicable)
  • Copy of Burglar Alarm Permit
  • Copy of Burglar Alarm Monitoring Contract
  • Copy of Valid ID for each owner (Colorado Driver’s License or Colorado ID card) 
  • Copy of Zoning Use Permit
  • Lease or Deed (If leased, you must attach the written consent of owner to lease property to a marijuana establishment)
  • Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing
  • Secretary of State Statement of Trade Name (if applicable) 

Proposed facility locations must comply with the restrictions laid out in the Denver Zoning Code, the Former Chapter 59 Zoning Code, and the Denver Revised Municipal Code.

The Marijuana Facility Location Guide has been put together to assist applicants in choosing an acceptable location.

Upon submission of a completed application for a new medical marijuana business license, an inspection card will be issued. Before being issued a license, applicants will have to complete this inspection card by having five city agencies sign it. The signed inspection card serves as proof that the business is in compliance with the rules and regulations of the five involved city agencies.

We recommend that you enlist the services of a professional to develop plans for the building, zoning, public health, and fire prevention elements of your building.

The following city agencies sign off on all marijuana business inspection cards:

Community Planning & Development: Building Inspections Division

Community Planning & Development: Zoning Division

Environmental Health: Public Health Inspections Division

Excise and Licenses

Fire Prevention

A brief guide including multi-agency common marijuana business inspection requirements can be found here.

Renew a Business License

Denver marijuana business licenses are valid for one year. Businesses are required to renew their license within 60 days prior to its expiration date.

To renew a city-issued Medical Marijuana Business License, follow these steps:

1.   Complete the Medical Marijuana Business Renewal Application.

2.   Bring the completed application along with all supporting documents and the required annual license fee to Denver Excise and Licenses. 

3.   If your business has had disciplinary actions imposed by the Marijuana Enforcement Division within the last 12 months, you may be subject to a public hearing as part of the renewal process.

4.   You will be issued a new license upon receipt of any completed application and successful completion of any hearing requirements.

Please Note - Medical Marijuana businesses are also required to renew their state- issued license on an annual basis.

Please Note – all applications will be administratively closed if not completed within 12 months.

Upon submission of a renewal application for a medical marijuana business license, applicants will be required to pay a $3,000 annual license fee. Checks should be made payable to the "Manager of Finance". The city also accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and cash payments.                            

In addition to the required fees, applicants will need to submit a completed Medical Marijuana Business Renewal Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents are:

Businesses are allowed to renew their license up to 90 days after its expiration date. They will have to pay late fees as determined by the Denver Revised Municipal Code. Additionally,the following law found in Chapter 24 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code applies:

Except where the director has received a complete renewal application along with the requisite fees, it shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, distribute, transfer, transport, or otherwise remove medical marijuana or medical marijuana products from the premises of a licensed medical marijuana establishment after the expiration date listed upon the face of any local license issued pursuant to this article XII for that location.

 

Transfer of Ownership

A medical marijuana business must file for a Transfer of Ownership with Denver Excise and Licenses when the legal entity that owns the license changes. To file a Transfer of Ownership for a medical marijuana business license, follow the steps below:

1. Complete a Medical Marijuana Business Transfer of Ownership Application.

2. Bring the completed application along with all supporting documents and the required fees to Denver Excise and Licenses.

3. The business will be issued an inspection card that will need to be completed. Please refer to the section below titled "Inspection Card Process" for more details.

4. Return the completed inspection card and a copy of a valid State License with the new entity name to Denver Excise & Licenses. The state license will need to retain the same license number as it had before the transfer occured in order to be accepted. A city license be issued once these documents are submitted.

Please Note: If the business has a previous Transfer of Ownership application still pending, it will need to be withdrawn before a second Transfer of Ownership application will be accepted.

Please Note: All applications will be administratively closed if the application is not completed within 12 months.

Upon submission of a transfer of ownership application for a medical marijuana business license, applicants will be required to pay a $100 fee. Checks should be made payable to the "Manager of Finance". The city also accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and cash payments.                              

In addition to the required fees, applicants will need to submit a completed Medical Marijuana Business Transfer of Ownership Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents from the buyer are:

Upon submission of a completed application for a medical marijuana business transfer of ownership, an inspection card will be issued. Before being issued a license, applicants will have to complete this inspection card by having five city agencies sign it. The signed inspection card serves as proof that the business is in compliance with the rules and regulations of the five involved city agencies.

We recommend that you enlist the services of a professional to develop plans for the building, zoning, public health, and fire prevention elements of your building.

The following city agencies sign off on all marijuana business inspection cards:

Community Planning & Development: Building Inspections Division

Community Planning & Development: Zoning Division

Environmental Health: Public Health Inspections Division (Signature Required for Centers, MIPs, and Testing Facilities Only)

Environmental Health: Environmental Quality (Signature Required for Cultivation Facilities Only)

Excise and Licenses

Fire Prevention

A brief guide including multi-agency common marijuana business inspection requirements can be found here.

Transfer of Location

Anytime a medical marijuana business wishes to change the location of their establishment they must file for a Transfer of Location with Denver Excise and Licenses. 

To file a Transfer of Location for a medical marijuana business, follow the steps below:

1.     Submit a completed Medical Marijuana Transfer of Location form along with all supporting documents and application fees to Denver Excise and Licenses.

2.     Medical Marijuana Centers will have a public needs and desires hearing coordinated by Denver Excise & Licenses.

3.     After any hearing requirements are met, the business will be issued an inspection card that will need to be completed. Please refer to the section below titled "Inspection Card Process" for more details.

4.     Return the completed inspection card and a copy of a valid State License or change of location permit with the new address to Denver Excise & Licenses. A city license be issued once these documents are submitted if the new location complies with all applicable laws.

Please Note – The criteria for successully completing a transfer of location have recently changed with the passage of Ordinance 16-0291. We strongly recommend that you seek legal council to ensure compliance with the law.

Please Note – Transfers of location may not result in the violation of any law found in the Denver Zoning Code, the Former Chapter 59 Zoning Code, the Denver Revised Municipal Code, or Ordinancel 16-0291.

Please Note – all applications will be administratively closed if not completed within 12 months. 

Upon submission of a transfer of location application for a medical marijuana business license, applicants will be required to pay a $750 fee. Checks should be made payable to the "Manager of Finance". The city also accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and cash payments.                                  

In addition to the required fees, applicants will need to submit a completed Medical Marijuana Business Transfer of Location Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents for the new premises are:

  • Affidavit of Corresponsing Retail License (CENTERS CO-LOCATED WITH RETAIL STORES ONLY)
  • Affidavit of State License Change of Location
  • A floor plan of the new premises, drawn to scale on a 8 ½" x 11" paper, showing the layout of the establishment and the principal uses of each section of the floor area. Please include dimensions, security cameras, and separate pages for each floor level. The floor plan must be stamped by the City and County of Denver Zoning Department during its zoning permit review and the intended licenses premise must be contiguous and outlined in red.
  • An area map, drawn to scale on a 8 ½ x 11" piece of paper, indicating within a radius of one-thousand feet from boundaries of new property upon which establishment is located, the proximity of the property to the property of any school or child care establishment; to any other marijuana center or store, to any drug treatment or rehabilitation facility, or to any residential zone district (CENTERS & CULTIVATION FACILITIES ONLY)
  • A security plan, indicating how the business intends to comply with the requirements related to monitoring and securing the licensed premises as required by law.
  • Copy of Burglar Alarm Permit for new premises
  • Copy of Burglar Alarm Monitoring Contract for new premises
  • Copy of State License (at current premises)
  • Copy of Zone Use Permit for the new premise
  • Distance Waiver (CENTERS & CULTIVATION FACILITIES ONLY)
  • Lease or Deed (if leased, you must attach the written consent of owner to lease property to a marijuana establishment)
  • Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing
  • Secretary of State Statement of Trade Name (if applicable)

Proposed facility locations must comply with the restrictions laid out in the Denver Zoning Code, the Former Chapter 59 Zoning Code, and the Denver Revised Municipal Code.

The Marijuana Facility Location Guide has been put together to assist applicants in choosing an acceptable location.

The map at the bottom of this webpage displays active medical marijuana center and retail marijuana store licenses.

A list of pending marijuana applications can be found on the Denver Open Data Catalog.

A list of proposed locations for pending medical marijuana center and retail marijuana store transfer of locations can be obtained by e-mailing marijuanainfo@denvergov.org.

A list of active child care facility licenses can be found on the Denver Open Data Catalog.

Please Note – The criteria for successully completing a transfer of location have recently changed with the passage of Ordinance 16-0291. We strongly recommend that you seek legal council to ensure compliance with the law.

Upon submission of a completed application for a medical marijuana business transfer of location, an inspection card will be issued. Before being issued a license, applicants will have to complete this inspection card by having five city agencies sign it. The signed inspection card serves as proof that the business is in compliance with the rules and regulations of the five involved city agencies.

We recommend that you enlist the services of a professional to develop plans for the building, zoning, public health, and fire prevention elements of your building.

The following city agencies sign off on all marijuana business inspection cards:

Community Planning & Development: Building Inspections Division

Community Planning & Development: Zoning Division

Environmental Health: Public Health Inspections Division (Signature Required for Centers, MIPs, and Testing Facilities Only)

Environmental Health: Environmental Quality (Signature Required for Cultivation Facilities Only)

Excise and Licenses

Fire Prevention

A brief guide including multi-agency common marijuana business inspection requirements can be found here.

Modification of Premises

Anytime a medical marijuana business wishes to modify their premises they must file for a Modification of Premises with Denver Excise & Licenses.

To file for a Modification of Premises for a medical marijuana business, follow the steps below:

1. Complete a Medical Marijuana Business Modification of Premises Application.

2. Bring the completed application along with all supporting documents and the required fees to Denver Excise and Licenses.

3. The business will be issued an inspection card that will need to be completed. Please refer to the section below titled "Inspection Card Process" for more details.

3. Return the completed inspection card and proof that the State’s Marijuana Enforcement Division has approved the modification of premises to Denver Excise and Licenses. The city will then update the businesses file to reflect the completed modification.

Please Note – modifications that expand a licensed premise must not result in the violation of the laws found in the Denver Zoning Code, the Former Chapter 59 Zoning Code, the Denver Revised Municipal Code, or Ordinance 16-0291.

Please Note – all applications will be administratively closed if not completed within 12 months. 

Upon submission of a modification of premises application for a medical marijuana business license, applicants will be required to pay a $150 fee. Checks should be made payable to the "Manager of Finance". The city also accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and cash payments.                                   

In addition to the required fees, applicants will need to submit a completed Medical Marijuana Business Modification of Premises Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents are:

  • A floor plan of the current licensed premise and a floor plan of the proposed changes to the licensed premise, drawn to scale on a 8 ½" x 11” piece of paper, showing the layout of the establishment and the principal uses of each section of the floor area. Please include dimensions, security cameras, and separate pages for each floor level. The floor plan must be stamped by the Zoning Department during its zoning permit review and the intended licensed premise must be contiguous and outlined in red.
  • A security plan indicating how the business intends to comply with the requirements related to monitoring and securing the licensed premise as required by law. 
  • Copy of your Zoning Use Permit
  • Distance Waiver (CENTERS & CULTIVATION FACILITIES ONLY)
  • Lease or deed ( If leased, you must attach the written consent of owner to lease property to a marijuana establishment) 
  • Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing
  • Secretary of State Statement of Trade Name (if applicable).

Upon submission of a completed application for a medical marijuana business modification of premises, an inspection card will be issued. Before being issued a license, applicants will have to complete this inspection card by having five city agencies sign it. The signed inspection card serves as proof that the business is in compliance with the rules and regulations of the five involved city agencies.

We recommend that you enlist the services of a professional to develop plans for the building, zoning, public health, and fire prevention elements of your building.

The following city agencies sign off on all marijuana business inspection cards:

Community Planning & Development: Building Inspections Division

Community Planning & Development: Zoning Division

Environmental Health: Public Health Inspections Division (Signature Required for Centers, MIPs, and Testing Facilities Only)

Environmental Health: Environmental Quality (Signature Required for Cultivation Facilities Only)

Excise and Licenses

Fire Prevention

A brief guide including multi-agency common marijuana business inspection requirements can be found here.

Corporate Structure Change

Anytime a medical marijuana business wishes to modify its corporate structure they must file for a Corporate Structure Change with Denver Excise & Licenses.

To file for a Corporate Structure Change for a medical marijuana business, follow the steps below:

1. Complete a Medical Marijuana Business Corporate Sturcture Change Application.

2. Bring the completed application along with all supporting documents and the required fees to Denver Excise and Licenses.

3. Return to Denver Excise and Licenses with proof that the State’s Marijuana Enforcement Division has approved the corporate structure change. The city will then update the businesses file to reflect the new corporate structure.

Please Note – all applications will be administratively closed if not completed within 12 months. 

Upon submission of a corporate structure change application for a medical marijuana business license, applicants will be required to pay a $100 fee. Checks should be made payable to the "Manager of Finance". The city also accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and cash payments.                                   

In addition to the required fees, applicants will need to submit a completed Medical Marijuana Business Corporate Structure Change Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents are:

Surrender a License

A marijuana business may decide to surrender its license at any time. In order to complete this process, please follow the steps below.

1.     Complete the Affidavit of Surrender form.

2.     Either bring the completed form to Denver Excise and Licenses, or e-mail it to EXLRecordsManagement@denvergov.org

3.     Your license status will be updated to reflect its surrender.

Please Note – When a city license is surrendered, the corresponding state license should also be surrendered with the State’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.

Withdrawing, Extending or Appealing the Denial of an Application

A marijuana business may decide to withdrawn an application at any time. In order to complete this process, please follow the steps below.

1.     Complete the Request for Voluntary Withdrawal of an Application form.

2.     Either bring the completed form to Denver Excise and Licenses, or e-mail it to EXLRecordsManagement@denvergov.org

3.     Your application status will be updated to reflect its withdrawl.

Please Note – When a city application is withdrawn, the corresponding state application should also be withdrawn with the State’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.

All license applications expire if not completed within one year. A marijuana business may request an extension of an application within 30 days prior to its expiration date. In order to complete this process, please follow the steps below.

1.     Complete the Request for Good Cause Determination form.

2.     Either bring the completed form to Denver Excise and Licenses, or e-mail it to EXLRecordsManagement@denvergov.org AND CAOExciseandLicense@denvergov.org

3.     Your request will be reviewed, and Excise and Licenses will contact you with their decision.

You may request an appeal hearing within 10 days of the mailing date of an Order of Denial by following this process:

1.     Complete the Request for Appeal Hearing form.

2.     Either bring the completed form to Denver Excise and Licenses, or e-mail it to EXLRecordsManagement@denvergov.org AND CAOExciseandLicense@denvergov.org

3.     Your request will be reviewed, and Excise and Licenses will contact you with details regarding your requested appeal hearing.

 

Medical and Retail Marijuana Map

This map displays both licensed medical and retail marijuana stores in the City and County of Denver.