As part of Colorado’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the legal cannabis industry, the Marijuana Enforcement Division focuses on outreach and engagement resources to support such initiatives. The MED aims to increase diversity in dispensary owner licenses, with an increased focus on women and minority community owners. A person who meets the eligibility criteria for a Social Equity Licensee can participate in the Division’s Accelerator Program or apply to own and operate a regulated marijuana business.
A social equity applicant must be a resident of Colorado, and must not have previously owned a marijuana business that was subject to revocation. They also must meet one of the following conditions:
Colorado mandates that social equity licensees must hold at least 51% ownership of the cannabis business. You’ll find more information on how to apply for a social equity cannabis license and other resources related to funding on Colorado’s website.