Retail marijuana licensees

For all the information you need on operating a retail marijuana business, go to the Department of Revenue’s Retail Marijuana Licensing Information Page
  • It’s important to cross-reference state rules on retail marijuana licensing with your local rules, which may be stricter.
  • Learn more about how marijuana laws differ in each county and town across Colorado.
  • All applicants must pass background checks. Applicants who are owners with day-to-day control over the business must establish and maintain Colorado residency. Additionally, to qualify for a Social Equity License, individuals must demonstrate Colorado residency. Learn more about license rules and regulations in your area by visiting the Department of Revenue’s website.
  • For a list of existing license recipients in the state, visit the Department of Revenue’s website. Please keep in mind, licensed does not mean operating. A marijuana business must be licensed by both the state and their local jurisdiction before being allowed to operate. 
  • The state recently released guidance on the use of pesticides in commercial marijuana grow operations.

Working in the industry

Regulations and requirements apply to anyone who wants to work in the marijuana industry. All applicants must:
  • Be age 21 or older.
  • Pass criminal background checks.
You can learn more about employment within the medical and retail marijuana industries from the Department of Revenue
For information about becoming a caregiver for medical marijuana patients, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
For information about medical marijuana centers, visit the Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.