Medical Marijuana FAQs - Business
Q: The City has received an emailed comment notification that several medical marijuana dispensaries that are within 1,000 feet of a school. There appears to be 4 dispensaries that are within 1,000 feet of Mapleton Montessori School which is located at 3121 29th Street. The dispensaries are located on 28th Street near Valmont Road as well as between 28th/30th South of Iris Ave. There is also a dispensary located in the Table Mesa Shopping Center within 1,000 feet of Community Montessori School located at 805 Gillaspie Drive.
A: State law allows city council to amend the state required 1,000 foot distance between schools and Medical Marijuana Businesses (MMB) through amendment in the Boulder Revised Code (BRC). City Council has amended the 1,000 foot distance measurement to 500 feet within the city limits of the City of Boulder between licensed MMBs and licensed day cares and schools as described in the BRC. In addition, if MMB businesses were in operation before December 1, 2009, existing MMB locations may be "grandfathered in" within 500 feet of a school or day care, but new businesses would not be able to locate either at that location or within the applicable 500 foot area. The related local law is found in BRC Chapter 6-14-7 (f) quoted here:
(f) Separation From Schools, Day Care Centers or Other Medical Marijuana Uses. No medical marijuana business license shall be issued for the following locations:
(1) Within 500 feet of any elementary, junior high, middle or high school or state licensed day care center. Distances shall be measured by the City on official maps as the radius from the closest points on the perimeter of the applicant's property to the closest point of the property of the school or day care center. This restriction shall not apply to any applicant who applied for a sales and use tax license for a medical marijuana business prior to November 5, 2009, such license was approved and the business has continuously operated such business since December 1, 2009. In the discretion of the city manager, a medical marijuana business license may be issued for a location where either the medical marijuana business or the school or licensed day care center is located within a parcel with several different users, and:
(A) the distance between the applicant's property and the property of the school or day care center is less than 700 feet, and
(B) the distance between the buildings in which the medical marijuana business and the school or licensed day care are located is more than 750 feet apart, and
(C) the city manager finds that the location of parking lots, sidewalks, streets, landscaping and other appurtenances between the medical marijuana business and the school or day care provide practical separation of at least 500 feet between the use and the medical marijuana business.
(2) Within 500 feet of three other medical marijuana businesses, except that this limitation shall not apply in Industrial zones.
(A) Distances shall be measured by the City on official maps as the radius from the closet points on the perimeter of the applicant's property to the closest point of the property of any other medical marijuana business.
(B) This restriction shall not apply to any applicant who submits an application for a license for a medical marijuana business prior to September 1, 2010, in any location where the same applicant had obtained a sales and use tax license for the business on or before January 1, 2010, regardless of whether the actual sale or other distribution of medical marijuana had commenced at that location as of January 1, 2010.
(C) To determine the proximity to other medical marijuana businesses and the priority of applications, businesses shall have priority in the following order:
(i) Businesses that are open and operating;
(ii) Businesses whose applications have been approved; and
(iii) Applications for medical marijuana business licenses that have been submitted by the applicant and declared complete by the City.
(iv) No other applications shall be considered "businesses" for this determination.
Q: Are there restrictions on hours of operation of medical marijuana businesses?
A: Yes, see Section 6-14-8(f), B.R.C. 1981.
Q: Can wine and beer be served in a medical marijuana business in the portion of the business premises that is not included as part of the licensed premises where medical marijuana is allowed?
A: No. Serving, providing, or consuming alcoholic beverages of any kind in a medical marijuana business is a violation of Section 6-14-13(a)(4), B.R.C. 1981.
Q: Are Boulder medical marijuana dispensaries allowed to sell seeds?
A: Seeds are within the definition of medical marijuana and can be sold in retail facilities.
Q: Can clones be sold?
A: No, no retail is allowed at a cultivation facility or MIP and no plants are allowed outside of a cultivation facility.
Q: If a licensee has several locations and a general manager that oversees all operations at all locations, does there need to be a manager at each location?
A: Yes. There needs to be an owner or manager on-site at each location during all times a medical marijuana business has persons inside the business Section 6-14-8(e), B.R.C. 1981.
Q: Is the location of my medical marijuana business "grandfathered" in since it was in operation before the City adopted an ordinance?
A: No, see Section 6-14-3(a), B.R.C. 1981.
Q: What are the advertising regulations in regards to Medical Marijuana images?
A: There are no requirements in Chapter 6-14, "Medical Marijuana", B.R.C. 1981. specifically regarding advertising of medical marijuana products and services. However, all businesses must comply with all applicable local and state laws. For instance, the hours advertised must be within the allowable operating hours designated by city law.
There are also local laws concerning signs, lighting, and other land use requirements in Title 9, "Land Use Regulations", B.R.C. 1981.
A resource for assisting new businesses in navigating through the applicable laws is Liz Hanson, Coordinator of the Economic Vitality Office, at (303) 441-3287. Information can also be found on the Economic Vitality website.
Q: Are there limitations to where medical marijuana businesses are allowed?
A: Yes. In general:
Q: Are there locations where a business license will not be issued for medical marijuana businesses?
A: Yes, see the four restricted locations below:
Q: Can a cultivation facility subdivide it's space for lease to another person?
A: Only if it follows the city's code requirements for doint so, prior to allowing the subtenant to locate any medical marijuana at the cultivation facility. In order to subdivide a cultivation facility, the licensee would have to file and be approve for a modification of premises with the city to reduce the licensed premises and make way for a new application in the vacated space. The subtenant would then have to apply for, and obtain, its own medical marijuana business license before locating any medical marijuana in the space it intends to sublet and proceeding to operate the subtenant business.
Q: The medical marijuana business for which this application is submitted will be a new business not previously in operation. How do I answer the last two questions on the Affirmation of Completion of Application?
A: For the entity not operating before August 2, 2010, the correct answer to the last two questions on the Affirmation of Completion is "No." Such a business is required to have a medical marijuana business license issued before operating the business (Section 6-14-3(a), B.R.C. 1981).
Q: What is the procedure for obtaining approval from the city to expand the licensed premises of a MMB?
A: Because a condition of a medical marijuana business license is to operate in a manner disclosed in the plans submitted with the application, it would be a violation of the license to make any changes to the plans without prior approval by the city. Any changes to any of the plans submitted with an application for a MMB must be submitted to the city for approval, and the applicant must receive approval, prior to the change(s) being made.
Q: What procedures do I need to follow to expand the space I am currently using for my medical marijuana business?
If the new space will be:
Then your business will continue under the same FEIN number, same state sales tax number, and same city sales and use tax business license number.
You will need to obtain
NOTE: Please be aware that if the addition of the new square footage results in your premise being too large, too close to a school, or not allowed by other zoning laws, then your addition may result in denial of your MMB license application.
If the new space is:
Then a new sales and use tax license and medical marijuana business license are required for the expansion.
A center and a cultivation facility or MIP are not both permitted uses in the same zone district, so it would be a violation of the applicable zoning laws if your expansion was to mix a center with a cultivation facility or MIP.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 15:50