CannaBiz Resources

To date, 25 states and DC now have some type of legal medical marijuana and/or recreational marijuana program in place. Finding application and licensing fee information and state regulations for these MJ programs can be a daunting task.

Below is a list of cannabis business resources for grows and dispensaries we hope can help ease your search. As states come online, we’ll add their information. When it doubt, check the NORML website. It has detailed information for all medical and recreational cannabis laws and regulations by state. You can also check out the NCIA.

Cannabis Business Times State-by-State Guide to Marijuana Application and Licensing Fees  (download the PDF here)

Recreational & Medical MJ

Adults 21 and older can now transport, buy or possess up to an ounce of marijuana and six plants. On February 24, 2016, Alaska’s application window opened for license submission.
Alaska Recreational Marijuana Rules & Regulations
Measure 2 Summary (via MPP)
Alaska NORML

Since late 2012, when Amendment 64 went into effect, adults 21 and older have been allowed to possess up to one ounce of retail marijuana for personal use.
Colorado Medical Marijuana Rules and Regulations
Colorado Retail Marijuana Rules and Regulations
CDOR Marijuana Laws

Oregon went live for recreational use in the summer of 2015. Limited amounts of recreational marijuana (flower and dry leaf products, plants, and seeds) became available for purchase through medical marijuana dispensaries to adults 21 and older. As of Jan. 4, 2016, sales and license applications are being accepted for recreational dispensaries. Medical MJ facilities carry recreational until licenses are provided later in 2016. Measure 91, the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act, is the ballot measure that legalized the recreational use of marijuana.
Medical Marijuana: Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 333-008
– Medical Marijuana Patients, Growers, Processors, Dispensaries (Rules related to HB 3400)
Cannabis Regulation: Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 475B
General Oregon Recreational MJ Program Information
Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program

Under I-502 medical MJ laws, each patient may possess and use up to 24 ounces of usable marijuana, and may cultivate up to 15 marijuana plants. For recreational, under I-502, adults may possess up to one ounce of cannabis for their own private use.
Washington Marijuana Rules and Regulations (complete I-502 text)
Initiative 502 FAQs
WAC 314-55-083 (WA Licensee Security Requirements)

Medical MJ

Medical marijuana became legal in 2010, and recreational use will probably be on the 2016 ballot.
Arizona Medical Marijuana Rules and Regulations
AZ Medical MJ Industry info

After being the first state to legalize medical marijuana almost 20 years ago, California is implementing regulations across the industry. Being the largest MMJ industry in the country, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a set of bills (AB266, AB243 and SB643) into law on Oct. 9, 2015, which together comprise the California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA).
Assembly Bill 243
Assembly Bill 266
Senate Bill 643
– California County and City Ordinances –
Butte County Medical Marijuana Ordinance
Calaveras County Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance
Humboldt County Ordinance (Proposition 215)
Los Angeles County Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance
Santa Ana Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance
San Francisco Medical Cannabis Dispensary Program
San Francisco Medical Cannabis Dispensary (MCD) Inspection Program
Shasta County Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance
City of Oakland Medical MJ Ordinance
City of Santa Barbara Medical MJ Ordinance
City of Santa Cruz Medical MJ Ordinance
CA NORML Guide to Laws and Penalties

CT MMJ Rules
CT Laws and Penalties

Delaware MMJ Rules & Regulations
DE Medical Marijuana Program

The Hawaii State Department of Health released rules governing medical marijuana dispensaries, details on the application process, security needs, QC, etc. Applications were accepted January 2016. DOH expects to select and announce licensees by April 15, 2016. A licensed dispensary may begin dispensing medical marijuana no sooner than July 15, 2016, with the approval of the department.
HI Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licensing Program
HI MMJ Rules

On November 9, 2015, the Illinois Cannabis Pilot Program went into effect and MMJ dispensaries opened for sales.
Illinois Rules for Administration of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program
Medical Cannabis Pilot Program
Applications for Illinois’ cannabis programs are downloadable here.

Kentucky legislature legalized CBD oil in 2015, but an official MMJ program does not exist yet.

Maine’s MMJ Program was signed into law in 1999. It has a list of qualifying conditions for patients to be accepted into the program. Patients may possess 2.5 ounces at any given time.
Maine Medical Marijuana Laws and Regulations

House bill 881 passed in 2014. In 2015, the General Assembly, with the approval of Gov. Larry Hogan, enacted legislation to improve Maryland’s medical marijuana law. The hope is that the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will issue dispensary licenses in June 2016.
Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws & Regulations

Massachusetts was the eighteenth state to legalize medical marijuana in 2012 when voters passed a ballot. Recreational use is still not legal.Massachusetts MMJ Dispensary Rules & Regulations
MA NORML Laws & Penalties

MMJ Dispensaries are still technically illegal, but some do operate “under the good graces of towns of counties.”
MI Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Michigan MMMP

Minnesota Chapter 4770
MN Department of Health

Montana Marijuana Program

Approved for medical marijuana, Nevada’s Secretary of State Ross Miller announced enough signatures were submitted to qualify the Initiative to Tax and Regulate Marijuana for the November 2016 ballot — if the legislature doesn’t enact the measure first.
Nevada Medical Marijuana Statutes
Nevada NORML

New Hampshire:
NH Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Program

New Jersey:
New Jersey Medical Marijuana Rules
NJ Department of Health MMJ Program

New Mexico:
NM Licensing Requirements for Producers, Couriers, Manufacturers and Labs
NM Medical Cannabis Program FAQ

New York:
On Jan. 7, 2016, the medical marijuana program officially launched with eight dispensaries statewide.
NY Medical Marijuana Regulations
NY State Medical MJ Program

Rhode Island:
Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Regulations
State of RI Department of Health – Medical MJ Program

Vermont Medical Marijuana Rules

The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) passed in June 2013. The regulations establish conditions for a commercial industry responsible for production and distribution of medical marijuana.
Guidance Document – Application to become a Licensed Producer under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations
Building and Production Security Requirements for Marihuana for Medical Purposes
Inspections – What to Expect
LeafScience: MMPR 25 Questions Guide
Health Canada Medical MJ Program