Medical and Retail Marijuana Licenses and Permits

On April 20, 2021, Mayor Michael Hancock signed Council Bills 21-0216(PDF, 399KB) and 21-0217(PDF, 326KB), making significant changes to the city’s marijuana laws. These changes include: 
  • Combining Denver's medical marijuana code and retail marijuana code;
  • Removing the cap on store and cultivation locations; and
  • Creating licenses and permits that allow for social consumption and delivery of marijuana.

The bills also created a social equity program that reduces barriers to entry into the marijuana industry by:

  • Allowing only Social Equity Applicants to conduct marijuana deliveries for three years (until July 1, 2024);
  • Ensuring that Social Equity Applicants have exclusive access to most marijuana licenses for six years (until July 1, 2027); and
  • Waiving application fees and reducing license fees for Social Equity Applicants. 

The information below provides answers to frequently asked questions and step-by-step processes for applications. It also includes information about required forms and fees for applications.