State-by-State Recreational Cannabis Licensing Procedures

Whenever possible, we linked to official state websites; however, not every state's licensing practices have been well documented by state officials
List will be updated as more information becomes available


Alaska:

$1000 application fee and $1000-7000 annual licensing fee depending on the size and role of the facility

California:

Licensing fees and processes depend on the type of license; cultivation licenses go through a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture and typically cost around $1 per square foot of cultivation on top of other fees

Colorado:

Licensing fees range a lot depending on size and type (and number of patients served for medical facilities), but are between $9,000 and $22,000 annually for medical facilities and between $2,000 and $8,000 annually for retail facilities

Illinois:

Still in the process of being set up, but IL has proposed a $25,000 application fee and a $100,000 annual cultivation licensing fee. Process for other types of licenses is still being discussed

Massachusetts:

$100-600 application fee and a $625-25,000 annual licensing fee depending on facility size, role, and whether the facility is indoor or outdoor(for cultivation facilities)

Maine:

Licensing system still in progress, but proposed that smaller cultivations pay annual fees per plant ($9-17) or per canopy ($250-500) with limits on the plants in a canopy; larger facilities would pay a base annual fee of $15,000-30,000

Michigan:

$6000 application fee and $3,000-50,000 annual cultivation fee based on size

Nevada:

$5000 application fee and $10,000-30,000 fee for a 6 month license

Oregon:

$250 application fee and a $1,000-5,750 annual fee depending on business type and size

Vermont:

No recreational licensing structure because the tax system isn't in place yet, but medical licensing is $20,000-25,000 annually

Washington:

$250 application fee and a $1480 annual license fee for cultivations

Washington DC:

No licensing system in place due to laws preventing use of government time and money to set up cannabis tax and licensing systems