While many Western states led the way in marijuana legalization, Arizona was reluctant to follow along. After 15 years of fighting, pro-legalization voters narrowly passed Proposition 203 by a margin of less than 1% in 2010. This allowed those with specific diseases and disorders such as cancer, glaucoma, and HIV/AIDS to possess marijuana for medical use. For those looking to start a growing operation in this state, there would need to do so as a dispensary. The Department of Health does not authorize Arizona marijuana cultivation facilities that are not also dispensaries.
However, outside of starting a dispensary, you could also get licensed as a product manufacturer or extraction service. Below is more information about starting a marijuana business in Arizona.
How to start a commercial grow operation in Arizona:
Arizona’s marijuana market
Arizona is a fast growing market that made nearly $115 million in 2014. As of 2016, there were only 99 medical marijuana dispensaries/growing operations licensed to operate in the state of Arizona. There were 115,000 patients in 2016, most of which reported suffering from chronic pain. In 2016, voters considered approving a recreational market in the state but were unsuccessful. It lost at the polls by a thin margin. Marijuana legalization may also not exist statewide, as individual cities can ban marijuana use.
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To receive a license to start a marijuana business in Arizona, applicants must have been residents for at least three years before the date of application. Dispensaries/grow operations are required to employ an Arizona-licensed doctor on staff. To ensure proper allocation throughout the state, the Department of Health will prioritize licensing in counties where a dispensary registration certificate does not exist.
Costs depend on many factors including location, facilities size, and the quality of products sold. Here is a breakdown of the application and licensing fees you may have to pay if you want to open a cannabis growing operation in Arizona. Costs depend on many factors including location, facilities size, and the quality of products sold. Here is a breakdown of the application and licensing fees you may have to pay if you want to open a cannabis growing operation in Arizona.
- Registration: $5,000
- Registration renewal: $1,000
- Change of Location of Growing Operation: $2,500
- Change of Location of Cultivation or addition of cultivation site: $2,500
- Dispensary Agent Registry Identification Card: $500
- Dispensary Agent Registry Identification Card Renewal: $500
- Amendment or Change to Registry Card: $10
- Replacement Registry Card: $10
The time frame varies greatly on how long it takes to get a cannabis growing operation up and running, but it is a good idea to allow at least a year to get finances in order, receive the required licenses, purchase the necessary supplies, and line up employees.
Links to consulting companies that can help open a marijuana growing operation in Arizona
Looking to start a marijuana dispensary/growing operation in Arizona? The consulting companies listed below provide a wide range of services from helping with state licensing requirements and applications to running and stocking your business.
- Canna Advisors
- Medicine Man Technologies
- Green Rush Consulting
- Quantum 9 Inc.
- Comprehensive Cannabis Consulting
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