Your State-by-State Guide to Cannabis Cultivation Business Application and Licensing Fees

Finding out what any particular state is charging prospective cannabis growers to get into the business can be daunting at times. Some states make their fees easy to find and easy to digest. Others can take some time digging through page after page on various websites.

Note, too, that some states are not always accepting any new marijuana cultivation business license applications. Those windows of availability open and close at different times in each state.

With that, here are the cultivation business application and licensing fees for the 33 states that allow medical cannabis and, in some cases, adult-use cannabis businesses. We will update this post as fee structures change in U.S. state-regulated markets; let us know what additional application and licensing information you’d like to see on this post.

 

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2015. It was last updated in February 2021.

Alaska 

New application fee: $1,000

Standard cultivation facility license: $5,000 (Renewal: $7,000)

Limited cultivation facility license (500 square feet or less): $1,000 (Renewal: $1,400)

Product manufacturing facility license: $1,000

Concentrate manufacturing facility license: $1,000

 

Arizona 

Application fee: $5,000 ($1,000 of which is refundable if unsuccessful in the application process)

Initial registration fee: $5,000

Annual registration renewal fee: $1,000

In Arizona, medical marijuana nonprofit licensees are permitted to marijuana. The fee for medical marijuana nonprofit dispensary licensees to move into the new adult-use market is $25,000. 

 

Arkansas 

Annual cultivation license fee: $100,000

Performance bond: $500,000

 

California 

Annual license application fees:

Specialty Cottage Outdoor $135

Specialty Cottage Indoor $205

Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 1 $340

Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 2 $580

Specialty Outdoor $270

Specialty Indoor $2,170

Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 1 $655

Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 2 $1,125

Small Outdoor $535

Small Indoor $3,935

Small Mixed-Light Tier 1 $1,310

Small Mixed-Light Tier 2 $2,250

Medium Outdoor $1,555

Medium Indoor $8,655

Medium Mixed-Light Tier 1 $2,885

Medium Mixed-Light Tier 2 $4,945

Nursery $520

Processor $1,040

Annual license fees:

Specialty Cottage Outdoor $1,205

Specialty Cottage Indoor $1,830

Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 1 $3,035

Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 2 $5,200

Specialty Outdoor $2,410

Specialty Indoor $19,540

Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 1 $5,900

Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 2 $10,120

Small Outdoor $4,820

Small Indoor $35,410

Small Mixed-Light Tier 1 $11,800

Small Mixed-Light Tier 2 $20,235

Medium Outdoor $13,990

Medium Indoor $77,905

Medium Mixed-Light Tier 1 $25,970

Medium Mixed-Light Tier 2 $44,517

Nursery $4,685

Processor $9,370

 

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Colorado 

New application fee: $4,000

New application for converting medical cultivation facility to adult-use: $1,750

Annual renewal fee (1,801 to 3,600 plants): $1,100

Annual renewal fee (3,601 to 6,000 plants): $1,800

Annual renewal fee (6,001 to 10,200 plants): $3,300

Annual renewal fee (10,201 to 13,800 plants): $5,300

 

Connecticut 

Initial application fee: $25,000

Cultivation license registration fee: $75,000

Annual cultivation license renewal fee: $75,000

 

Delaware 

Application fee: $5,000

Certification fee: $40,000 (paid every two years)

 

Florida 

Application fee: $60,830

In Florida, medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs) are authorized to cultivate, process, transport and dispense medical marijuana. A “supplemental licensing fee” of $174,844 was rescinded in 2018.

 

Hawaii 

Application fee: $5,000

Annual licensing fee: $75,000

In Hawaii, medical marijuana dispensary licensees are permitted to grow, process, transport and dispense marijuana. The state does not offer a cultivation license.

Illinois 

For early approval adult-use: Non-refundable permit

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