How to Start A Marijuana Dispensary

Do you want to open a Medical Marijuana Dispensary?

There’s hardly a business with the national buzz that rivals the cannabis industry. To date there are 23 states and the District of Columbia having legalized the drug for medicinal use. Several states that have taken legislation a step further by implementing recreational marijuana laws. Entrepreneurs see huge opportunities to get involved.

Producing and selling medical marijuana has become a booming industry, but there are many things to keep in mind if you decide you want to start your own medical marijuana dispensary.

Determine whether it is legal to start-up a medical marijuana dispensary in your state.

Many states have legalized the operation of dispensaries, but the laws also vary by county and city. Start with the Department of Health Services in your state, and then check with your municipal offices to be sure that you are allowed to legally operate a dispensary in your area.

Applying for medical marijuana dispensary license is not a easy task and a strategic plan is necessary because you have only one chance to succeed once your dispensary application is submitted in your chosen state.  

Research your local zoning laws.

Because a marijuana dispensary is considered a business, it will need to be located in a commercial zone. You will need to acquire the appropriate permits and other documents for your dispensary permit application.

Background checks and state residency may be required.

Most states require background checks not only for the operator(s) of a dispensary, but also for all investors and owners. Prior felony convictions, as well as other drug-related charges, may disqualify you from being able to obtain an operating license. Many states also will require at least one owner must be a resident of the state, by submitting specific documents.

Prepare a quality business plan

If you will need to find investors, providing them with a clear description of your company’s goals, assets, plans, and projections will definitely help secure the funds needed to open your dispensary.

The demand for medical cannabis dispensaries has continued to grow at the speed of light as more states adopt medical cannabis programs that permit the use of cannabis products for the treatment of chronically and terminally ill patients. In 2009, in Los Angeles County alone, there were over 1,000 dispensaries operating. Denver has nearly 250 cannabis dispensaries. These numbers are growing rapidly as more states legalize medical cannabis. The necessity is undeniable. Patients with critical health issues must have access to affordable, safe, regulated cannabis medication or are you planning to move to a state where medical cannabis is legal at a state level?

If and When Texas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and the remaining states adopt  medical marijuana laws, will you be ready to apply for your medical marijuana dispensary in your state?


A complete and comprehensive Dispensary Application ready to submit to your state.

Our complete package includes:

• Dispensary Environmental Plan
• Dispensary Fire Safety Plan
• Suitability of Proposed Facility Plan
• Dispensary Patient Record Keeping Plan
• Dispensary Cultivation Facility Plan
• Dispensary Patient Education Plan
• Dispensary Product Safety
• Dispensary Inventory Control Plan
• Dispensary Security Plan
• Dispensary Staffing Plan
• Dispensary Financial Plan
• Medical Marijuana Dispensary Operations Plan
• Cannabis Dispensary Business Plan

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