The state of Colorado has led the way in decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana for residents and medical patients as well as business owners and entrepreneurs in establishing cannabis dispensaries and retail stores. If you need legal help starting your marijuana business, such as securing licensing, understanding and following regulations, and ensuring compliance with the government, you can turn to The Law Offices of Chris Matz P.C. Our firm understands and stays current with the changing legal landscape relating to marijuana. We can handle all the needs of dispensary operators, cultivators, and startups ensuring you are complying with all of the state’s laws, rules, and regulations.
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You will have to follow many rules in opening a marijuana business, starting with being at least 21 years of age and having a business storefront that complies with local zoning ordinances. You will also need city and state licenses for which you will be required to meet strict eligibility requirements. These requirements are lengthy. For example, those with a controlled-substance crime or felony conviction within a certain past timeframe are automatically disqualified. Before you can apply for a license, you will need to obtain a sales tax license.
Additional requirements can include applications and their fees, based on the type of license you need. Licenses are offered by the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED). This agency regulates the formation, licenses, and regulations of the state’s marijuana industry. It currently provides 13 different marijuana licenses including those involving retail as well as medical marijuana operations. Depending on your situation, you may need several licenses for your business.
Retail marijuana licenses can include licenses for:
- Professional operation services to retailers
Strict and voluminous regulations have been put into effect by the government to protect the public. These regulations can relate to public safety and licensing matters. Violations of regulations can lead to the loss of your license as well as expensive fines. An example of a violation would be selling to individuals under the age of 21. Our attorney can provide the help you need when confronted with the time-consuming application process, understanding the regulations that apply to you, fighting allegations of compliance violations, and any other issues you may encounter as a prospective or current marijuana business owner. e
Chris MatzFounding AttorneyI became a lawyer to be a voice for those who feel they are not being heard. Whether it is being charged with a crime, going through a divorce, or dealing with regulatory agencies, people often feel like no one is listening. I have made it my mission to ...