How to start a commercial grow operation in Arizona

While many Western states led the way in marijuana legalization, Arizona was reluctant to issue marijuana growers licenses. The state’s department of human services didn’t issue licenses for new dispensaries until 2012. Now, after years of fighting, Proposition 207 legalized recreational marijuana in Arizona. This is in addition to the previous law that permitted the use of marijuana for conditions such as cancerglaucoma, and HIV/AIDS.

For those looking to start a growing operation in this state, there would need to do so as a licensed marijuana establishment or medical marijuana dispensary. The Department of Health does not authorize Arizona marijuana cultivation facilities that are not licensed establishments or dispensaries. Currently, there are 124 licensed marijuan establishments in Arizona

However, outside of starting an establishment or dispensary, you could also get licensed as a product manufacturer or extraction service. Below is more information about starting a marijuana business in Arizona.

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    Arizona’s Marijuana Market

    Arizona’s marijuana market
    Arizona’s marijuana market

    Arizona’s marijuana market

    Arizona’s medical marijuana market was very successful and made nearly $112 million in 2014 according to the Arizona Department of Health Services end of year report. Now that voters have approved a recreational market, the success of this market is expected to improve.

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    To ensure proper allocation throughout the state, the Department of Health will prioritize licensing in counties where a dispensary registration certificate does not exist.

    Financial requirements

    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.

    Marijuana-License
    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
    Applying for Approval to Operate: $2,500
    Fingerprints: $300
    Fingerprint Renewal: $300
    Replacement Registry Card: $10

    Timeframe

    The time frame varies greatly on how long it takes to get a cannabis growing operation up and running. However, it is a good idea to allow at least a year to get finances in order. That way, there is time to receive the required licenses, purchase the necessary supplies, and line up employees.

    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.

    marijuana growing consulting companies
    Canna Advisors
    http://thinkcanna.com/
    DispensaryPermits.com
    http://dispensarypermits.com/
    GreenZipp
    https://greenzipp.com/pages/states
    Medicine Man Technologies
    http://www.medicinemantechnologies.com/
    Green Rush Consulting
    http://greenrushconsulting.com/open-a-dispensary/
    Quantum 9 Inc.
    https://quantum9.net/portfolio/cannabis-consulting-services/
    Comprehensive Cannabis Consulting
    https://www.3ccannabis.com/

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      Faq about marijuana business in Arizona?

      Do you need a license to start marijuana business in Arizona?

      Yes, you need a license to start a commercial marijuana grow operation in Arizona.

      Do you have to be a resident of Arizona to start a marijuana business?

      Yes, all applicants must have been residents for at least three years before the date of application to start a commercial operation in Arizona.

      How much is the registration fee to start a marijuana commercial operation in Arizona?

      Registration fee to start a commercial operation in Arizona is $5000

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        5 comments on “How to start a commercial grow operation in Arizona”

        1. I’m looking to join a team of growers. I’m from Oregon and have many years in of growing experience. If someone could point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated

        2. Great info thanks I am looking to start a growing operation on a 40 acre plot need information on how to ascertain the licensing to do so