Obtaining Licensing in the Cannabis Industry


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Content length: 1h 29m
  1. 01. Obtaining Licensing in the Cannabis Industry
    20 Lessons

    Lesson contents:
    • Intro to Obtaining Licensing in the Cannabis Industry
      This video gives an introduction to the expert, Jay Czarkowski, and discusses his background and accomplishments.
    • Background on the Evolution of Licensing
      This video gives an overview and history on licensing. Cannabis licensing has been around for the last 10 years. Pioneers begin with the first business, establishing local acceptance, showing transparency, and gaining trust from local officials.
    • Why Do You Need a Cannabis License?
      This video reviews the importance of having license. It emphasizes that a license is a state requirement as well as a local requirement. The license also protects patients and consumers from unlicensed operators. Finally, having a licensed allows you to become a part of the business ecosystem and legalizes your business.
    • Types of Licenses
      This video discusses the three main types of licenses needed to get into the industry: cultivation, processing/manufacturing, and dispensary.
    • More Types of Licenses
      This video discusses the other types of licenses that you can acquire in the cannabis industry outside of the main three. These include home delivery, testing, transportation, consumption lounge and a microbusiness license.
    • How License Programs Differ from State to State
      This video reviews the types of license programs and how they differ from state to state. Each state has its own domain and set of rules. The licensing schemes may also differ from state to state.
    • State vs. Local Approval
      This video discusses the instances in which state and local licensing programs must co-exist.
    • Medical vs. Adult Use
      This video reviews the differences between adult use and medical use licenses. Medical licenses focus on education and medication for sick patients while adult use licenses are more focused on economic impact, requirements, and social justice.
    • Vertical vs. Horizontal Licensing
      This video discusses a vertical license, which is a signal license that allows you to do a variety of things that require businesses to be experts at everything. Horizontal licenses allow for people to specialize.
    • The Application Process
      This video discusses the application process and the timing on getting certain licenses. This process and its timing can vary from state to state.
    • Buying a License
      This video discusses an alternative to competing for licenses. You can buy and sell licenses as a way to get into the industry. They can sell anywhere from $200,000 to $53 million.
    • Competition for Licenses
      This video discusses the competition surrounding getting licenses in the cannabis industry. Some states issue a limited number of licenses and these states licenses become merit based.
    • How to Win a Competitive License-5 Pillars: Process
      This video discusses how you can win a competitive license that depends on your process as well as your SOP and regulations.
    • Social Equity
      This video discusses social equity and that most people coming into this industry are well-off. It focuses on programs to help those who have been impacted negatively based on the war on drugs.
    • How to Win a Competitive License: 5 Pillars: People
      This video discusses building an experienced competitive team, and how the people can ultimately win you a competitive license.
    • License Award
      This video discusses what to do after you have been awarded a license. This step includes financing, construction, compliance, and software.
    • How to Win a Competitive License: 5 Pillars: Facility
      This video discusses the facility or real estate for you cannabis business. The location matters when it comes to winning a competitive license.
    • How to Win a Competitive License: 5 Pillars: Local Support
      The video discusses the importance of local support as it can make or break your cannabis base industry.
    • How to Win a Competitive License: 5 Pillars: Finance
      The video discusses capital and financing for the business. It costs a minimum of $40,000 to acquire a license, with no guarantee of obtaining one. The video also discusses other capital costs that you may face.
    • How to Obtain Your License in Cannabis
      This article discusses how to obtain a license within the cannabis industry. It reviews the types of licenses, the requirements, how to maintain a license, and the application process. The article also provides professional advice.

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