Check if you can apply for a cannabis business permit

Only Equity Applicants, Equity Incubators, or preexisting cannabis businesses can apply for a permit now.

What to do

1. Check if you are eligible

You can apply for a cannabis business permit now if you:

  • Are verified as an Equity Applicant, where you do not pay fees for the initial permit but will pay for renewals
  • Are an Equity Incubator helping an Equity Applicant
  • Operated to support medical cannabis, but closed because of federal pressure
  • Existed as a cannabis business in 2017, and are already verified by the Office of Cannabis

If you are not any of these, you can apply after we open applications to the public.

Our goal is to issue half of all cannabis permits to Equity operated businesses before opening permit applications to everyone. 

Please note that Ordinance 200144 went into effect on July 23rd, 2023, and prohibits the Office of Cannabis from accepting any new applications for Storefront Retail, Delivery-Only Retail, Medicinal Retail, and retail-related Microbusinesses. This legislation is set to sunset on December 31, 2027.

2. Get a link to apply for a cannabis business permit

The Office of Cannabis will send you the link after you either

3. Get ready to apply

If you can apply for a permit, prepare for the process by referring to our checklist.

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Last updated August 7, 2023