Marijuana Licensing Reference Guide: 2017 Edition is Now Available

Cannabiz Media officially launched the Marijuana Licensing Reference Guide: 2017 Edition at the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo (MJBIZCon) today with its publishing partner, Business Valuation Resources (BVR)—the leading provider of current business valuation news, tips, and resources.

The guide is the most comprehensive and up-to-date source for state-by-state marijuana licensing. It covers the in-depth details of critical factors that should be considered when evaluating marijuana licenses for both the medical and recreational licensing programs in 27 states.


The Marijuana Licensing Reference Guide: 2017 Edition is an essential resource for owners and operators, investors, business professionals, financial experts, regulators, lobbyists, government officials, journalists, and others who want to understand the opportunities and risks of this growing industry.

The information included in the guide comes from extensive research and analysis and is based on data from the Cannabiz Media Database as well as primary sources including state laws, regulations, and administrative codes.

Click here to download the FREE Overview of the Marijuana Licensing Reference Guide: 2017 Edition now and learn about five critical factors affecting marijuana business growth based on 10 key research areas.

What’s Inside the Marijuana Licensing Reference Guide: 2017 Edition?

The 143-page Marijuana Licensing Reference Guide: 2017 Edition includes all of the information you need to evaluate a marijuana license.

5 Key Factors

Through its research and analysis, Cannabiz Media identified five key factors that have industry-wide effects on marijuana business growth. You’ll learn about each in the guide:

  1. Volatility
  2. The trickle-down effect
  3. Innovation and growth
  4. Competition
  5. Accessibility

10 Critical Areas

You’ll get a complete understanding of the 10 critical areas Cannabiz Media has identified based on the data as having the most significant effects on the marijuana industry:

  1. Mandated operating license and financial structures
  2. Taxes and licensing fees
  3. Qualifying medical conditions
  4. Caregiver and patient cultivation
  5. Accessibility by minors
  6. Reciprocity among states
  7. Marketing regulations
  8. Product regulations
  9. Possession limits
  10. Local rules

40 Tables and Charts

You can see the data visually for quick reference and deeper analysis in the 40 tables and charts included in the guide:

  1. Operating license structures by state
  2. Operating structure share
  3. Testing lab license structure by state
  4. Financial structure by state
  5. Dispensary structure share
  6. Medical marijuana taxes by state and tax type
  7. Recreational marijuana taxes by state and tax type
  8. Cultivator fees by state and fee type
  9. Manufacturer/processor fees by state and fee type
  10. Testing facility fees by state and fee type
  11. Dispensary fees by state and fee type
  12. Caregiver fees by state and fee type
  13. Patient fees by state and fee type
  14. Patient initial and annual fees by state
  15. Number of qualifying conditions by state
  16. Medical marijuana patients by state as a percentage of state population and duration of medical marijuana legalization
  17. Correlation between number of conditions by state and percentage of state population registered
  18. Number of states covering each condition
  19. Percentage of patients citing conditions by state
  20. Number of states covering a condition vs. percentage of registrants worldwide
  21. Top four conditions approval state by state
  22. Penetration of top three conditions by state
  23. Approval of top four conditions and market penetration by state
  24. State restrictions related to caregiver and patient self-cultivation
  25. Personal growing share
  26. Caregiver growing restrictions by state
  27. Caregiver growing share
  28. Dispensary growing by state among states that require full or partial license stacking
  29. Dispensary growing share
  30. State restrictions on medical marijuana for minors
  31. Reciprocity to purchase and use by state
  32. Medical marijuana packaging regulations by state
  33. Regulations related to minimum distance between dispensary and schools and other locations by state
  34. Product price advertising regulations by state
  35. Advertising and marketing material pre-approval requirements by state
  36. Signage regulations by state
  37. Product visibility from exterior of store regulations by state
  38. Approved marijuana products by form and by state
  39. Medical marijuana possession and purchase limits by state
  40. Local authority limits by state

37 Evaluation Aids

Each of the 10 critical factors that affect marijuana business growth is accompanied by specific questions derived from complex data analysis that you can use to evaluate marijuana licenses with confidence.

27 States and 27 State Snapshot Reports

You can easily compare state programs side-by-side using the 27 state snapshots that include all of the relevant data from the full guide in easy-to-read one-page reports. The 27 states included in the guide are:

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Connecticut
  6. Delaware
  7. District of Columbia
  8. Florida
  9. Hawaii
  10. Illinois
  11. Maine
  12. Massachusetts
  13. Maryland
  14. Michigan
  15. Minnesota
  16. Missouri
  17. Montana
  18. Nevada
  19. New Hampshire
  20. New Jersey
  21. New Mexico
  22. New York
  23. Oregon
  24. Pennsylvania
  25. Rhode Island
  26. Vermont
  27. Washington State

Each state snapshot includes:

  1. State’s cannabis-related website URL
  2. State’s regulator
  3. When the state’s medical laws were passed
  4. When the state’s recreational laws were passed
  5. When the first medical dispensary locations opened in the state
  6. When the first recreational retail locations opened in the state
  7. Number of patients
  8. Number of cultivators
  9. Number of producers
  10. Number of dispensaries
  11. Number of retailers
  12. Number of testing facilities
  13. Medical license structures
  14. Recreational license structures
  15. Profit or non-profit status
  16. Local rules
  17. Taxes
  18. Number of qualifying conditions
  19. Chronic pain coverage status
  20. Patient registration
  21. Minors
  22. Reciprocity
  23. Possession limits
  24. Caregiver and patient cultivation
  25. Marketing – price
  26. Marketing – advertising
  27. Marketing – signage
  28. Marketing – packaging
  29. Marketing – state approval
  30. Product forms

Get Your Copy of the Ultimate Marijuana Licensing Reference Guide Now

The Marijuana Licensing Reference Guide: 2017 Edition is a must-have for industry participants who need a multijurisdictional perspective and want to compare rules, regulations, and rates, including tax rates, fees, and other metrics.

This guide provides much more detail than any other report available, particularly since other reports typically focus only on market factors and ignore the rules and regulations that will ultimately determine long-term success for owners and operators.

Get your digital or print copy of the Marijuana Licensing Reference Guide: 2017 Edition now through Cannabiz Media’s publishing partner, BVR (Business Valuation Resources). You can also download the free overview here.

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