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How to Start A Marijuana Business

How to start? Depends on what you want to do. There are five general industry categories for the major links in the supply and retail chain:

  • Dispensary
  • Delivery
  • Grower/Supplier/Vendor
  • Edibles and Concentrates
  • Infusion, Testing, Regulations
  • Security and Logistics

There are differing regulations and stipulations between all states, and expectedly between

  • Recreational
  • Medical

Explore TWB member pages for state specific laws and specifics.

Some businesses run full service operations, but for those new to the marketplace consider your strengths and your experiences, along with your interests to start with specializing in one arena.

Consider these selected questions from the FAQ page, and start learning more about what type of business owner you want to be.

  • Can I sell weed I grow to a dispensary?
  • I am interested in starting a mmj delivery can you please let me know the appropriate steps.
  • Can I get a Job in the WEED business?
  • I am interested in selling medibles to dispensaries here in AZ. Do I need a license to do that?
  • I don’t use or smoke but I’m interested to know or have information to do a business legally?
  • If you are selling packaged edibles or hash cartridges to a dispensary, do you need any special licenses?
  • My state is about to legalize, what should I do?

 

{ 59 comments… add one }
  • nick hint August 30, 2016, 12:18 pm

    i am looking for knowledgable person to be partner in business in san diego ca

  • Lenard Paul July 25, 2016, 10:47 am

    Hello Thomas, I could really use your advice on being a marijuana broker in Denver, CO ?
    Can you advise me ?

  • TheHungryChef July 22, 2016, 1:42 am

    Hi,

    I am a chef trained in pastry and savory looking to start a packaged marijuana infused edibles business that I see potentially growing to include all areas of legalization. I would also like to start a marijuana “dinner” party business that travels to all areas of legalization. We would work with the client to create a custom marijuana infused menu and bring the service to them (doesn’t have to be a dinner party) and provide a night of a truly unforgettable experience for the client and their party guests. If there is anyone interested please let me know as I am looking for investors, business partners, and culinary school trained individuals to make this a reality.

    • TheHungryChef July 22, 2016, 1:43 am

      my contact info is thehungrychefnyc@hotmai..com

  • Ann B. April 13, 2016, 2:53 pm

    Willing to relocate to Oregon. Passed the background…needing an investor, as the goal is to be a Producer first, then (24 months) later open a General Dispensary.
    please contact.
    Thanks.

  • Trevor Zachary March 1, 2016, 12:49 pm

    Hey everyone. My name is Trevor Zachary and I’m currently looking for ways into this great industry. Whether it’s growing, delivering, opening up a dispensary, or just anything to start my career. Weed has helped me through hard times in my life and I know it can help others. I just want to become a part of it. Please email me at trevorzachary12@gmail.com if you have anything you could tell me or help me do to get my foot in the door and start doing what I love. Thank you all for taking your time to read this.

  • Carter November 26, 2015, 2:06 pm

    Hello I’m looking for a serious business partner to start a delivery service in los angeles,ca looking for grower, or someone who has experience in the business.

    • Seth KaleKamuela Russell December 23, 2015, 5:16 pm

      Hi saw your post I to am also looking for a partner for my startup if you’d like a business plan send me an email and we can further discuss the matter

      • NONA February 5, 2016, 6:39 pm

        I am seeking a partner that would like to grow Marijuana. if interested please email me

        • Thomas February 13, 2016, 9:22 am

          I have 26 years experience in every aspect of the mmj industry, from my own way to propigate to all allvtge regular forms of propagation. Furthermore, I know all about cross breeding, CBD extractions, just about everything science knows this far, plus a few that have to yet come to light. Please get back to me, this is a life long passion. I have two degrees an would rather work in this field than any other!!!!

          • shirley February 15, 2016, 7:59 am

            hi i live in SWFL with commercial land to invest lets talk.

          • Mark March 7, 2016, 8:37 am

            I am looking to start my own buisness here in MI. I’m also looking to grow indoors and do everything by the book, I have 2 possible investments waiting on my decision just need someone’s help with getting everything started. Trying to do it lightly no short cuts and would like to start soon. Email me at mark.l.biggs@gmail.Com to get in touch thanks.

    • Justice March 21, 2016, 8:22 pm

      I’m looking for a serious business partner as well, have experience in growth and the business but of coarse there is always something new to learn… Get back to me… Thanks

  • shirleymarley November 22, 2015, 5:39 pm

    hi i live in fl and looking to partner please contact me thank you

    • Seth KaleKamuela Russell December 23, 2015, 5:21 pm

      I am currently looking for a partner for my start up please feel free to contact me for business plans

      • shirley December 27, 2015, 5:05 pm

        Hi Seth, looking forward to networking with you.

        Shirley

      • Nick January 1, 2016, 5:50 pm

        Hey I just turned 20 and am from Milwaukee. All I’ve ever wanted to do is grow and be part of this business. I would love to start something and am willing to move to get things going. I am very motivated.

        • luna April 12, 2016, 12:15 pm

          Yo nick what up I’m luna. I live I cali. What do you have to offer? Get to cali and lets grt land I’ve got the master plan yeee! 710

  • Marie Tocchini November 18, 2015, 2:31 pm

    Wanted to start a delivery service then open a dispensary because I don’t have Capitol. Out of work for 3.5 years

  • Rolando September 16, 2015, 5:43 pm

    I want to start growing here in AZ and sell to dispensaries. Just don’t know where to start

    • BYoung March 4, 2016, 8:25 am

      As I understand the AZ statutes, you have to be a licensed dispensary to be able to sell to another dispensary. If you grow for yourself as a patient or for someone else as a caregiver, any extra product cannot be sold to a dispensary. It must be gifted, as in given away for free.
      Please correct me if I am wrong, but I have been researching this for quite a while, even talking to people at local dispensaries. This sucks as I would like to like to pursue a smallish, boutique grow operation.

  • Seema August 16, 2015, 12:46 am

    I am interested selling MM in Orange County area CA. What would be the first step to take?

  • Nick G August 12, 2015, 1:09 pm

    Hey I’m from Wisconsin and I have what I think would be a great business idea in recreational states, I want to find out how to go about starting so nobody takes my idea

  • Jill White July 24, 2015, 3:28 am

    Help getting new business (Dispensary) in Detroit Michigan

    • Seth KaleKamuela Russell December 23, 2015, 5:22 pm

      I am looking for a partner for my start up as well if you would like a business plan please feel free to contact me

      • Thomas February 13, 2016, 11:34 am

        Please, get back to me, I’m very knowledgeable in all area’s of this industry, an ia my life passion to become a part of it and actually make a living at it instead of a hobby!!!!! I have knowledge in all aspects…..

      • Mark nepomuceno November 5, 2016, 5:31 pm

        Hi,how much do i need to start up a medical marijuana dispensary?or partnership.ty

  • Robin Hurd June 1, 2015, 5:29 pm

    Like to know how to become a Grower/Supplier/Vendor. It’s not Legal yet in Tx.

  • Thomas "DUTCH" Van Gilder May 26, 2015, 7:49 am

    Looking for a job as a counselor at a dispensary, or any job there is to get my foot in the door…. I am experienced in all areas of the cultivation of Cannabis and its medicinal values…

    I am currently a resident of Pennsylvania looking for a job in the MMJ industry. I am also a student at Colorado Technical university, where I am almost completed with my Bachelors in criminal justice, social filed. I have been focusing on juveniles with a dual diagnosis; chemical dependency and mental disorders. I have lived a rough life and only want to contribute what I have learned back into the youth of our nation and to the adults that have yet to learn how to cope without self-medicating.
    Furthermore, I have been a coinsurer of marijuana since the first time I had ever smoked it. I have learned, and continue to learn cultivation methods, curing methods, strain potency and origin of the specific strain or cross of strains. In all honesty, I am not sure if the job I am looking for even exist yet, but I would really like to be a counselor at a dispensary, that helps patients and recreationalists’ figure out what strain or cross of strains would be the most suitable for their condition or conditions. I am very educated about the different strains there are out there and what there medicinal values are. If anyone can guide me in the right direction I would be most grateful. Thank everyone that reads this posting and is of any help in the search for this lifelong goal I have… Thank you!!!

    Thomas.VanGilder@yahoo.com
    5/26/2015

    • Trent hunter January 28, 2016, 2:47 am

      I have faith that you will fulfill just that. i sure could use someone like yourself when i open up shop.

      • Thomas February 13, 2016, 9:35 am

        I’m still available!!!

  • andres luciano April 28, 2015, 8:59 pm

    i got some money for invest , how i can invest money and make money on this?.

    • Seth KaleKamuela Russell December 23, 2015, 5:23 pm

      I am currently looking for investors and partners for my business start up have a business plan ready if your interested feel free to email me

      • Issa Joseph December 29, 2015, 1:19 am

        Contact me lets talk.

      • NONA February 5, 2016, 6:41 pm

        Hi Seth,

        i am interested please email me

      • Mary February 17, 2017, 6:56 pm

        Where you looking at ? from pa here

    • Thomas February 13, 2016, 9:37 am

      Get back to me, I have a great idea that needs to put into action before someone else does it…. Get back to me.

  • andres luciano April 28, 2015, 8:58 pm

    i got some money for invest , how i can invest money and make money on this?

    • Kam September 30, 2016, 7:01 am

      Hi, I’m Kam. I see that your post is a year and a half old; I just got on this site today for the first time, but I have land in Colorado and a team of people experienced in the industry ready to start growing, and if you are still ready to invest, we need you on the team! I would be interested in discussing this further. Dude text or call me, (816) 469-6740.

  • garth April 21, 2015, 2:07 pm

    I live in pa and would like to know how I could grow and sell medical weed to bring an income in for my family

  • garth April 21, 2015, 2:07 pm

    I live in pa and would like to know how I could grow and sell medical

  • Bianca April 17, 2015, 5:54 am

    I to know how to get in for delivery ?

  • Nicole dabish April 11, 2015, 1:33 pm

    Hi I’m interested in finding the ins and outs of opening up a medical dispensary either in San diego north county area or in Orange county. I have owned previous franchises before but nothing like this. Where can I get informative info from other owners and the exact steps to take.

  • Nicole dabish April 11, 2015, 1:32 pm

    Hi I’m interested in finding the ins and outs of opening up a medical dispensary either in San diego north county area or in Orange county. I have owned previous franchises before but nothing like this. Where can I get informative info from other business owners and the exact steps to take.

  • josh kalani March 4, 2015, 12:33 am

    need to know how to be ready with a dispensary for ohio weed boom before it goes legal. thx

  • Ali January 8, 2015, 3:11 pm

    I make medicinal rubs. What do I need to do legally to sell them to clubs and web sight sales?

  • ELIZABETH NIEVES October 9, 2014, 10:32 pm

    looking to open a dispensary in orlando area looking for a partner

    • Don P October 17, 2014, 10:40 pm

      Hi, I was about to move to Colorado, to start a Cultivation business and came to Florida to visit my Mom, in Lady Lake and noticed amendment 2. on the ballot. I’m rethinking my choice of cities, pending the election results. Also looking for a partner. Thanks Don

      • Donnie J May 25, 2015, 12:34 pm

        Tell me more about what you seek in partner, Donnie

      • Seth KaleKamuela Russell December 23, 2015, 5:30 pm

        My name is Seth KaleKamuela Russell I am looking for a partner to open up a store as well I have business plans if you wish to further discuss email me

        • Thomas February 13, 2016, 9:40 am

          I’m very interested, I have more knowledge then most, 26 year’s experience!!!!

      • NONA February 5, 2016, 6:43 pm

        IF you still looking for a partner please email me

    • Seth KaleKamuela Russell December 23, 2015, 5:27 pm

      I too am looking forward to go finding a partner I have some business plans if you would like to further discuss feel free to email me

      • Thomas February 13, 2016, 9:32 am

        Hello, I also have some great ideas, an know more than most anyone about this wonderful herb that’s created this awesome business, I’ve always dreamed of working in….. I’m game for anything, try me….

        • Thomas February 13, 2016, 9:51 am

          Let me know when a good time for us to get to gather and discuss the endless possibilities!!!!

      • Thomas February 13, 2016, 9:48 am

        I’d love to talk with you sometime soon whenever you have time, I have a tone of experience an ideas in every area of this industry. Can’t wait to hear from you!!! Have a Grateful Day!!!!

        • Thomas February 13, 2016, 9:58 am

          Anyone, needing help in any part of this business, please contact me, I’m the oat ambitious and knowledgable person ur gonna meet. This an every aspect of the business has my full direct attention. Also I have two degrees and also horticulture certified from Penn State University

      • Mark nepomuceno November 5, 2016, 5:40 pm
    • shirley March 20, 2016, 3:42 pm

      hi contact me lets talk i land near orlando

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