"Opportunities are like sunrises, if you wait too long you'll miss them.” -william Arthur Ward

Applications and Available Licenses

See the map to the right to see what types of cannabis businesses are legal in your state. Some states, like California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma have "rolling applications", which means they are always accepting new applications for cannabis businesses. Others have a designated window of time in which applications must be submitted.

The cannabis industry has many different types of businesses. Identifying which avenue you will take first is important so that you can match that with the appropriate application type.

The primary business categories in the industry are:

  • retail (dispensaries)
  • cultivation (cannabis growing facilities)
  • extraction/infusion laboratories
  • transportation

Note that some states might have different names for the same industry type. For example, some states call extraction and infusion businesses “manufacturing” and others call it “production”. This is why it's important to have a cannabis consultant on your side to explain the ins and outs of the industry. 

The application process is best completed with the help of a consultant, as it is a tedious, complex process that is difficult to accurately complete on your own. You have one shot to get it right, and chances are if you’ve made it to this point, you’ve already invested a lot of time, money, and energy in to the process. Winning a license is a competitive process and only a small percentage of people who apply actually get one. 

Contact Canna Business Services to book an appointment for help with any of these steps, and to provide you with the highest amount of certainty in an uncertain market.

Cannabis Legalization Map