First I would ask why you want to open a dispensary?  If part of your answer is the reward of helping people then go ahead.  The day to day operations with customers will we the most rewarding, then the money. If you do it solely for the money, Karma will come back and kick you in the dick or vag. Now let’s talk about the deets.

There are currently thirteen states who have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana. Each one of these thirteen states has different laws surrounding the purchase and distribution of marijuana. First you want to do all of your own research, but here is a quick break down of most states’ processes. Second you want to follow all state laws and don’t antagonize the feds who might still want to bust you, even though it is legal under state law.

  1. Get legal!This is just common sense plain and simple.
    • Business Acumen. This can be a long process, for example, Marijuana dealers in Arizona and New Mexico must go through the state to obtain a license. They must also acquire tax stamps showing that they have paid the state tax requirements on all sales of marijuana. Enjoy the Process :-).
    • Become a Patient. If you’re going to be in this field, your going to be around it so get yourself covered by Visiting a doctor, it’s easy. If you can, call around first to find one that will write you a script that will cover you for possessing more then the generally accepted legal limit if it’s possible. For example, if you live in California, you’re allowed to possess up to 6 mature and 12 immature plants in general but if a doctor recommends more then you’re allowed to possess more but never have more then 99 plants or 5 pounds because it brings federal charges.
  2. Incorporate. There’s a specific order of steps you need to follow. You need to create a collective as a non-profit corporation first, before you can get your licenses and permits. It’s recommended you form a collective and not a cooperative. legalzoom.com or hire a lawyer to make sure the paper work is right so their are no questions on liability.
  3. Sign a lease. You need to do this one last step before you can file for any licenses and permits. Why? The sellers permit and business license requires an address for your location; it’s no good anywhere else.
  4. Obtain a License. Ok, your finally ready to file for licenses and permits. Don’t skip this step, medical marijuana transactions are taxable by law. Usually, An annual fee of $100 is required to become licensed to sell marijuana.
  5. Pay Taxes. Tax stamps are $10 per every ounce you sell, don’t cut corners on this, pay your taxes, you will still be making money. All fees are payable to the Department of Revenue
  6. Open up for business!Don’t skimp out on security, it’s improtant. At least one security camera is required. Follow the law and keep a low profile, no matter what you do it’s still a risk in this business, but it is good to know that you are helping people. Good luck!
    • Security. Watch your parking lot. Not enough people do and it leads to trouble. People loiter, roll up and sell bud to their friends and it makes you a target

 

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  177 Responses to “How To Start A Medical Marijuana Dispensary”

  1. Hello all my name is Amanda and I live in Miami, I am interested in opening a business in multiple locations. I have a Bachelor Degree in Public Administration and a Master Degree in Criminal Justice. I am serious about this business opportunity if anyone is interested feel free to contact me at amandamod@yahoo.com.

  2. Hi my name is Diane – I’m originally from Jamaica and I have lived all over the world. I would like to start a dispensary in south Florida and I would like some help and guidance and a partner. I have known the benefits of weed for a very long time. I come from a business background and this has been a longtime coming it should have NEVER taken this long to legalize this medicinal plant to help people everywhere. The benefits of Kaya is not just in smoking form, but many other forms as we’ll and I am extremely excited that there is a possibility of it becoming legal. Anyone interested please email me. I was born to be the representative of the miracle herb!

    • Hello I am also looking to start a dispensary, I have been researching trying to get all the information I could in regards to starting one when it becomes legal in Florida. I don’t have your email but you can email me amandamod@yahoo.com.
      Thank you

  3. Hey my fellow weedgowers,
    I live in Texas and hoping one day it’s coming this way but have a feeling it’s gonna be a while. I own a corporation and have been wanting to get into the Buisness but need someone with there local details and someone that can run the Buisness. I have funding and am ready to start with someone who is serious and wants to make some serious money. I am not hear to be like every other weed shop. I’m ready to revolutionize the industry.

    Email me, respond to me.
    Let’s get this thing going!!!

    • What state are you located in im in Arizona and im really interested

      • I am looking to start with anyone whose interested I am looking to expand to more than one state. email me if anyone is seriously interested.

    • Hi Derek,

      I would like to get in on the ground floor of the business, but I need backing. We should talk, email me.
      Diane

  4. Hello my name is Ashleigh. I’m 22 and I’m from Detroit Michigan. I want to open up a dispensary here in Detroit. We have them but they’re basic and have no kick (what I’ve heard). I’ve never worked with weed before BUT I LOVE MARIJUANA. I love everything about it, not just smoking it. I love learning about it, smelling it, touching it, just everything. So I came up with this idea to open up a really cool dispensary. One that’s like the BEST. I’m looking for a business partner that just as interested and committed to this as I am so please email if your interested, or comment here and we can exchange info. Thanks guys,have a great day.

    • Hi I’m interested to,I live in the city to, call me

    • Ayo Ash we can get something poppin foreal, im from the city but I just moved toward the south of the state and from the sounds of it we pretty much have the same common goal… let’s talk business….

  5. Hey I’ve been doing my research on opening a despensiry and I wanna know to start how much money do I need to start????

  6. hi,I would like to open and dispensary in maryland. Can you please help me in guide me?

  7. Hello I’m in the city of el monte in California how do I get a permit to open a dispenser

  8. Missouri may be medical leagle soon. How hard is it to actually start a despencery ?

  9. I am interested in opening a dispensary In Chicago and don’t know how to get started. Can anyone help me? I am hoping at one point it will become just like Denver here and one day have a smokers bar as well.

  10. Hello to all! I’m here in Palm Beach, Florida. I’m very interested in opening up a dispensary. If anyone has access to land please email me @ jennimarie.c@hotmail.com so we can throw some ideas around. Only serious inquiries and those who truly care about the cause.

  11. Hey! Iv’e been looking at business opportunities surrounding legalizing of medical marijuana in the State of Georgia. Though it has not been passed YET im being pretty optomistic. I’m sure there are many things about the company that I could lear. Please get in contact. Like Ben, im needing help to scope out a plan for the future.

  12. Hello my name is Chris ouellette I don’t want a store I would like to stay low key and just uptaien a license to sell to the youth that have there medice card if the is anything you can let me knk to get started I’m all ears also my girlfriend and bother also have adhd and would love to help them and other please give me a head start on wear to start it would be grately appreciated

  13. I’m looking to opening a dispensary in New Jersey are there any risk TAKERS that wasn’t too jump on with me. Look for more of a silent partner.

  14. I’m a CPA that knows how to form business, and follow tax rules. I’m interested in working with someone that is good at marketing and sales to open a shop with in Florida – pending passing legislation.

    • What’s up? I’m also trying to start a business in Florida, probably we can help each other reach our goals.

      • What’s up I’m noah and I’m a senior in high school, medical marijuana is where I want to go after I graduate all the way, I know how to grow and sell bit know nothing about starting a business, I’d love to tag along with you and open our own dispensary(s). Anywhere in the United states is good with me, I want to move anyways ^.^

      • Hey all I am also in Florida and looking to start up a business. Email me if you’re interested.

    • hi my names scotty, and I have been in a network marketing company. very good with sales and marketing would love to partner up in florida great location to start up. unmarked territory

    • I will be moving to the Orlando area in a month or so. Been checking into the start up for a while. Would love to chat and make this dream come alive. I have so much passion for the movement and would love to have a business partner. Hope to hear from ya soon.

    • Hello Janice.

      I would be very interested in talking to you. I have a lot of sales, and marketing experience. I also have extensive knowledge and experience in the field. I live in the Volusia county area and would like a strong partner. If your interested, please let me know.

    • Hello,
      I am a seasoned medicinal grower who is interested in opening either delivery services or a dispensary. I am not a teenager but a proven business woman having been in retail ownership from 350 sq ft to 28,000 sq ft,as well as having been in Investor Relations/Investment Banking, etc. I love what I do and majored in college in ornamental horticulture years ago specializing in greenhouse growing and management. I currently grow outdoors but can grow in any environment, hydro, indoors, greenhouse, outdoors. If you want to talk about Florida write to me.
      Jade

    • Hello, I live in Tallahassee and I would be interested in joining forces with someone on a venture. I have land in the rural town of Crawfordville

    • Hey Im in Orlando area. looking to partner up – Need like minded business person

      • Hello I’m moving to Orlando in a month. What kind ideas did you have in mind? I’m looking to accomplish this goal I have to open up the first weed business in Orlando. Email me if you are interested. Yusniel6449@yahoo.com

    • Hey, Janice! I’m Will from Southern California. I’m at the very beginning stages of researching Florida opportunities. I am extremely serious and would like to perhaps speak about where you are in your quest and if there are potential partnership opportunities. I have a wealth of experience here in California which will prove valuable for this endeavor. How can you be reached?

    • Hey, Janice! I’m Will from Southern California. I’m at the very beginning stages of researching Florida opportunities. I am extremely serious and would like to perhaps speak about where you are in your quest and if there are potential partnership opportunities. I have a wealth of experience here in California which will prove valuable for this endeavor.

    • I’m a hospital executive and my wife a doctor. We are looking for someone to join us in this business.
      Are you interested in talking?

      • I’m a chef and my dad a retired police officer our interest is much more than financial. I have had 2 back surgeries my brother has MS I also have fybermialgia and a friend whose 11 yr old has neuroblastoma. We all are touched by someone who would benefit from the legalization and distribution of marijuana. I agree with the school of thought that in creation our planet earth holds the key and cures for all disease. If you feel that we have a connection to possibly partner up in one of probably the most important movement of a lifetime or at least of our generation please email me so we can get to know more about each other and a good fit partner wise. thanks Leanne and Jim

      • Oh and what I forgot to mention is I am a very successful sales manager and can contribute the key element of sales and marketing. I hold multiple Florida State sales licenses. Thank you again Leanne and Jim.

        • Hi Leanna and Jim my name is Amanda and I am interested in speaking with you in becoming business partners. I have a Master Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor Degree in Public Administration, I have lived in Florida all my life and if you are interested please feel free to email me at amandamod@yahoo.com

      • Definitely, please send me your email or phone number.

    • Janice I am very interested in talking further w you. My name is Leanne I am a licensed realtor and hold a 215 life health and annuities. I know sales and marketing. I’m also a chef (culinary degree). My father and I are interested in cultivation and edibles. I’m in central florida.

  15. patrick, im about your sme age with the same dreams of opening a dispensary, i am a central michigan university student and am educated on the medical marijuana regulations and such, im also looking to link up with an ambitous bussiness partner. bartn1be@cmich.edu is the email, lets talk.

    • I would like to help people with there illness and not get them dependant on drugs. I live in Michigan and think this will be the next city to legalize Marijuana.

  16. I would like to do the same…..but where do I start?

  17. I am currently a college student at the University of Florida and i was looking into the medical marijuana laws that are set to be voted on in November of 2014! I began investigating and decided that i would want to open up a dispensary in south Florida once I graduate. Its a hard decision because marijuana is still illegal in Florida, and medical marijuana is still far from being legal here. I want to open up a dispensary not for the money or the abundance of marijuana, but the fact that i’ll be helping patients who need medical marijuana and that I would be providing them with that medical care. The dreadful thought of “what if they vote it down” has gone through my head a few times, and i was wondering if moving to a state with medical marijuana would be worth the adventure? I was also wondering how much it would be to start a dispensary? I could go on for days asking questions about starting a dispensary because its just so foreign to the south eastern part of the United States, but if anyone could help me with any questions or provide feedback that would be great. Thanks!

    • Patrick,
      it’s now January 2014 and it looks like we’ll have the signatures to get a vote in Nov.
      As long as the court OK’s the “wording”??? We are waiting on them.
      Send me an email about starting up a co-op in Fla. when it does pass. No law against researching the future.
      djamesatl@yahoo.com

      • I’m also very interested I’m this matter, I live in south florida, I’ve been thinking about it for a while and I’ve done research but feel I’m lacking knowledge on the matter, but if you guys want to talk and start planing I’ve got a couple guys that are in too,

        Email me, twinacid@bellsouth.net

        Look forward to talking

      • Hi patrick my name is Jennifer Tomlinson an I’ve been awaiting the day florida legalizes green. There is 2 main reasons for why I wanna open a dispenser of medical green for the state of Florida. Back In 1999 my father was arrested for the cultavation of green he had fields in Fargo Georgia he used his hunting camp as a decoy to hide what he done for a living as long as I can remember my father always talked about his farm an how great his aka tomato plants were doing as if I really new what a pot plant looked like. My father took pride in farming his pot plants witch he sold to 3 states so he had a pretty big buissness. It all came to an end as the FBI took him down, my father was looking at the rest of his life behind bars so he changes his name an fled to Mexico. For 12 or 13 years my father lived over there in such poor conditions, he made a new life an new family an left us behind I talked to him maybe 10 times in the 12 to 13 years. My father missed everything an being daddy’s lil girl it hurts. Last year In august my father got really ill so my oldest brother tried to get him home with out the government knowing who he was needless to say he ended up turning himself in. My fathers health went down hill very instantly an in jan of this year my father past away. I got to see him before the past an his health deteareated. I missed his funeral on purpose cause I wanted to remember him how he was the last time I saw him for the first time in 13 years. My father missed out on everything he’s never meet my 8 year old daughter. I’m very very disgusted with our government for taking my father from me so I wanna give back to him by turning my 5 acers of land he gave me in white springs florida into a grow farm despencery for medical marajanna an call it t-bone nation from story’s I hear bout his pot it was truely the best around I wish I could get back all the time that was taken from us but unfortunately all I can do is move forward so my father is the main reason I want to start this company an I want to donate proceeds to family’s that had there loved ones taken from them cause grew medicine to help others. My father was not in it for the money he lived as if he was poor he knew that this mighty plant sent from our lord was medicine. My father mike Tomlinson never even took a Tylenol for pain he was this dedicated to the pot an was sure it helped in so many ways for so many illnesses way before any government started broadcasting what pot was good for. My father deserves an award an before my time is here to go to heaven to be with him I will if in my power make sure my story is herd every where. If u can please point me in the right direction to get stared on this despencery or anything at all please I need some guidance. Thank u for taking the time to read my long comment. My e-mail is Jen.tomlinson83@ gmail.com or friend request me jennifer Tomlinson thanks bunches

    • I am dreaming of the same thing! My mother works for a cancer center and she is so passionate when it comes to her patients. It hurts her to see them in so much pain and discomfort. We are looking forward to Florida legalizing marihuana so we can help her patients and many others like them by opening a dispensary in central Florida. I’m currently looking into information about licenses and steps I have to take to get this done. If anyone can help I’d greatly appreciate it. Jshiine813@gmail.com

  18. I want to open a dispensary in phoenix, can you help

  19. Im in Cleveland ohio how to get license to sale marijuana

  20. i’m interested in opening up a dispensery in los angeles,ca. and i would really appreciate any guidence or suggestions you can share with me, it will be very helpfull. Thank You… Hope to hear from you soon.

  21. i would like to open a shop in new mexico im just not trying to go to prison or anything like that whats the best way to supply enough products without getting a trafficking charge?? n how do i become a D.O for cannabis?

    • I too am interested in opening a dispensary in New Mexico. From what I understand the dispenser is also the grower. My friend and I have land and money but what we will need is a grower with knowledge.

      • I am a grower with knowledge, I’m 17 and graduate next year.

      • I am a grower with knowledge, and I am not right out of high school. I am old school but high end. I know what I am doing and I do it well. At this particular juncture I am open to relocation with a short window which is rare. Feel free to contact me.
        Jade

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