This page provides an overview of Denver's marijuana laws, rules, and regulations, information about current marijuana policy development, and a history of marijuana policy in Denver.
Any form of business or commerce involving marijuana in Denver requires a license or permit. There are several medical and retail marijuana business licenses. Each type has different privileges, requirements, and rules. Businesses that do not follow the rules could be fined, face disciplinary action, or lose their license.
The city issues these new medical or retail marijuana business licenses or permits:
The city no longer issues new business licenses for:
Visit the Medical and Retail Marijuana Licenses and Permits webpage to learn more about how to apply for a marijuana license or permit.
Denver laws, rules, and regulations
Colorado laws, rules, and regulations
The Department of Excise and Licenses and Office of Marijuana Policy strive to keep stakeholders apprised of all ongoing policy development and opportunities for public input. Please sign up for our Marijuana Information Bulletin to be notified of policy updates. Virtual, public marijuana-related meetings held by the Department are recorded and can be viewed on the City and County of Denver’s Marijuana Public Meetings YouTube Channel.
2022 Marijuana Delivery Legislation
On July 19, 2022, the Department of Excise and Licenses announced a proposal to improve the marijuana delivery program for social equity businesses. View a recording of the meeting where the proposal was announced.
On August 31, 2022, the Department presented the proposal to Denver City Council. View a recording of the presentation.
On September 19, 2022, Denver City Council passed Council Bill 22-0960, codifying the proposal into law. The bill:
Replaces the three-year exclusivity period with permanent exclusivity for social equity transporters to conduct deliveries on behalf of stores in Denver; and
Reduces fees for transporter licenses and delivery permits for stores and transporters.
A timeline: marijuana legalization and highlights in Denver
Department of Excise and License
201 W Colfax Ave, Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202