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Opening Dispensary in Colorado

shq1

New Member
Hello All,

I am new to the forum and am fascinated by the vast amount on info. provided here!

I am interested in opening a dispensary in Colorado and read everything I could find, both on this site and others.

I have a few quick questions that I would greatly appreciate clarification on:

They are as follows:

1- When opening a dispensary does one have to be a care giver prior to opening a dispensary?

2- I know that on Colorado's government health website it says that the Registery does not give licenses to dispensaries, but is a specific license required other than a business/tax license?

3- How does the dispensary get their medicine? Caregivers, vendors/wholesalers? Do they grow themselves and if so how many plants are they allowed to grow?

4- Can they grow and at the same time buy from others to increase their inventory? Or is it one or the other to equal a total legal amount of plants?

5- Is it for profit or non-profit? Is it totally 1000% legal to open and operate without any gray areas?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Thank you
 

T-M-C

New Member
Hello All,

I am new to the forum and am fascinated by the vast amount on info. provided here!

I am interested in opening a dispensary in Colorado and read everything I could find, both on this site and others.

I have a few quick questions that I would greatly appreciate clarification on:

They are as follows:

1- When opening a dispensary does one have to be a care giver prior to opening a dispensary? Yes

2- I know that on Colorado's government health website it says that the Registery does not give licenses to dispensaries, but is a specific license required other than a business/tax license? Just the license to be a paitent or caregiver

3- How does the dispensary get their medicine? Caregivers, vendors/wholesalers? YES Do they grow themselves and if so how many plants are they allowed to grow? As many as thier paitents can cover.

4- Can they grow and at the same time buy from others to increase their inventory? Yes Or is it one or the other to equal a total legal amount of plants? There is a limitation for legal amount of product and plants per paitent which can vary from one to another.

5- Is it for profit or non-profit? Is it totally 1000% legal to open and operate without any gray areas? Either, and yes it totally 1000% legal to open and operate BUT THERE ARE GREY AREAS!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Thank you


Anytime :) Please feel free to email me if you have other questions Revedon_Malik@comcast.net
 

Borune

New Member
Hello All,

I am new to the forum and am fascinated by the vast amount on info. provided here!

I am interested in opening a dispensary in Colorado and read everything I could find, both on this site and others.

I have a few quick questions that I would greatly appreciate clarification on:

They are as follows:

1- When opening a dispensary does one have to be a care giver prior to opening a dispensary?

You need to either be an officially recognized patient or a caregiver in order to handle marijuana in the state of Colorado legally right now.

2- I know that on Colorado's government health website it says that the Registery does not give licenses to dispensaries, but is a specific license required other than a business/tax license?

Depends on where you will be selling it from. Will it be an official establishment? If so then you will also need to get clearance by places like the Fire Dept to make sure that everyone will be able to get out if it burns down. Its really not all that much different than any other business.

A good person to contact to get all the legal information is listed below along with a few more Departments and Divisions that you'll need to get clearance from.

Health Dept.
Fire department.
Permit dept.
Zoning Department
Public Works Department
Treasury Division

or you can write or call for free :
Vic Grassman, Business Development Specialist,
at 720-913-1624 or victor.grassman@ci.denver.co.us
Who will help you through the process.


3- How does the dispensary get their medicine? Caregivers, vendors/wholesalers? Do they grow themselves and if so how many plants are they allowed to grow?

This is a massive gray area. You can get your product from anywhere, but you "should" only have 3 flower and 3 veg plants (6 total plants) per patient. However Colorado law does state that until it is officially decided how much is appropriate to alleviate each debilitating condition that it is up to the patient to decide how much they need.

4- Can they grow and at the same time buy from others to increase their inventory? Or is it one or the other to equal a total legal amount of plants?

There is a law that is trying to be passed in Colorado where a dispensary will be required to grow 70% of their own. I don't know if it will pass but better safe than sorry in my opinion. As far as I know you can buy from any legal grower without obligation. I don't think its really checked if your suppliers are legal but be sure to get "health approved" by sending some of your cannabis into the labs to get tested. They don't just use color, smell, or other common ways to check the "quality" of the bud, they actually break it down and look at it at the chemical level.

Something that's a good read on this topic is:
Colorado's Green Rush: Medical marijuana - CNN.com


5- Is it for profit or non-profit? Is it totally 1000% legal to open and operate without any gray areas?

Being a registered grower who provides marijuana directly to patients is non-profit and is much more strictly watched and restrained than being a dispensary. As a dispensary you are only liable for random visits where you must account for all plants. If a plant ever gets stolen you will more likely than not be shut down. If a plant dies, you must report it within 10 days to stay legally safe.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Thank you
Your welcome! :rasta:

I seem to be a bit late responding, but i figured I may as well.

Always remember your doing something great:
The dispensaries are "paying taxes, hiring employees, renting out space, purchasing supplies and moving this economy along," Corry said (who has represented defendants in medical marijuana cases for years). "Local governments need to get on the bandwagon and start realizing this is a major source of revenue and it can help us cure our bankrupt governments."

I know so much because I soon plan to open a dispensary aswell. Have a good time and :goodluck:
 
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