The fee for a medical license is $2,500. The fee for a recreational license is $6,500.
As is the case with Marijuana Cultivation Facility licenses, the state has 45 to 90 days to respond. If the state approves the application, it will be forwarded to the local governments listed therein. Response times may vary from municipality to municipality.
The bill authorizing recreational marijuana delivery services went into effect in January 2021. However, as is the case with most, if not all, marijuana legislation in Colorado, local governments were given wide discretion on how to implement it. Denver, for example, has made recreational delivery licenses available only to Social Equity Applicants until 2024.
How to Start Growing Cannabis Legally
Even if counties and municipalities decide to opt-in, they are still given discretion on how to implement marijuana policies. For example, while the state allows marijuana stores to be open until midnight, Denver requires theirs to close by 10 pm. Similarly, Colorado allowed recreational marijuana delivery services to apply for licenses starting January 2, 2021; but Denver has restricted access to these licenses to Social Equity Applicants until 2024.
While possession and cultivation of marijuana are legal at the state level in Colorado, counties, and localities are given substantial discretion on how to implement marijuana legislation. Each town and county can decide to ban recreational marijuana businesses if they so choose. As of April 2017, 272 of Colorado’s municipalities had decided to prohibit the sale of recreational marijuana within their jurisdiction.
After a completed MED Regulated Marijuana Business License Application is submitted, and the required fees paid, the state has 45 to 90 days to respond. If the state approves the application, it will be forwarded to the local governments listed therein. The specific local government’s response times vary but can be as long as six months.
Cannabis extracts are part of the fastest-growing segments of the legal marijuana market. Getting started requires either a Medical or Recreational Marijuana Products Manufacturer license as well as a license from a local licensing authority. The first step to complete the MED Regulated Marijuana Business License Application.
And charges that get dismissed can be sealed immediately. 6
The wait time to seal criminal records in Colorado depends on the type of conviction.
A subsequent illegal cultivation offense is a level 1 drug misdemeanor if there were no more than 24 plants. The sentence is six-to-18 months in county jail and/or fines of $500 to $5,000.
Medical marijuana patients can ask the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for an extended plant count.
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A first-time conviction of growing more than 12 plants is a level 1 drug petty offense under Colorado state law, punishable by up to $1,000.
6. How soon can the criminal record be sealed?
If a person under 21 lives in the home, the area where the marijuana is grown must itself be enclosed and locked. And if a person under 21 enters the home, access to the homegrown marijuana must be reasonably restricted from him or her. 1
Marijuana plants must be kept in an enclosed, locked area that can’t be viewed openly. This means the plants can’t be outside.
The laws are different for medical marijuana consumers.
Up to six plants are allowed per Colorado resident over age 21, with as many as three plants flowering at one time.
Don’t forget that counties and municipalities can pass stricter laws. For example, Denver limits a home grow to 12 plants, even if there are three or more adults over age 21 in the residence. Be sure to check your local laws for specific details.
At homes with residents under 21, any marijuana grow area must be enclosed and locked in a separate space that minors can’t access.
Coloradans can grow marijuana in their homes for personal use.
At homes without residents under 21, extra precautions must be taken to make sure any visiting youth don’t have access to marijuana plants.