Guide: Colorado Marijuana Licensing

Business License Types





Product Manufacturing

Testing Facility


Licensing Fees

Social Equity

  1. Applicants who have lived in an Office of Economic Development and International Trade designated opportunity zone or disproportionately impacted area for at least fifteen years between 1980 and 2010.
  2. Applicants who have direct family with a previous arrest and/or conviction related to a marijuana offense.
  3. Applicants whose recent household income falls below a level established by the MED.

Residency Requirements

Market Barriers

  1. Ricciardi, Tiney. “Colorado Marijuana Sales Hit a Record $1.75 Billion in 2019.” The Denver Post. MediaNews Group, Inc., February 18, 2020.
  2. McVey, Eli. “Chart: Percentage of Cannabis Business Owners and Founders by Race.” Marijuana Business Daily. Marijuana Business Daily, September 14, 2017.
  3. Ricciardi, Tiney. “What Is Social Equity in Colorado’s Cannabis Industry? Regulators Look to Level the Playing Field for Marginalized Communities.” The Denver Post. MediaNews Group, Inc., January 30, 2020.
  4. Mitchell, Thomas. “Denver Marijuana Business Owners Ready for the Challenges of Big Money.” Westword. Denver Westword, LLC., November 8, 2019.



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