Application for New License

Allowed Licenses
Only Medical Marijuana Centers, Medical Marijuana Infused Products Manufacturers, Medical Marijuana Cultivation Operations, and Retail Marijuana Cultivation Facilities are allowed in the City of Rifle. All other marijuana businesses are prohibited.

In addition, only those businesses that had City of Rifle Medical Marijuana Cultivation Operation licenses as of November 2013 are eligible to apply for City of Rifle Retail Marijuana Cultivation Facility licenses.

Contact the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division First
A City of Rifle Marijuana Business License is not valid if the licensee does not have a valid license from the State of Colorado to operate its marijuana business. Before you apply for a City Marijuana Business License, please contact the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division and begin the process of acquiring a State of Colorado Marijuana Business License.

Check the Zoning Regulations
A Medical Marijuana Center can be located only in the Central Business District, the Community Service Business District, or the Tourist Commercial District.

A Medical Marijuana Infused Products Manufacturer and a Medical Marijuana Cultivation Operation can be located only in the Light Industrial Zone District. One must also have a Conditional Use Permit from the City for these uses.

A Retail Marijuana Cultivation Operation can be located only in the Light Industrial Zone District or the Industrial Zone District. One must also have a Conditional Use Permit from the City for this use.

You can view a map showing where these zone districts are located (PDF).

Contact the Planning Department to learn how to apply for a Conditional Use Permit.

Application Information
An application for a new marijuana business license (PDF) consists of the following items:
  • City of Rifle Marijuana Business License Application, including applicable items on the checklist on page 4 of the application
  • The following documents completed by each individual applicant, officer, stockholder, director, managing member, member, partner, or center/operation/manufacturer/facility manager
    • City of Rifle Fingerprint, Background Check, and Disclosure Notice
    • Affidavit Concerning Criminal History
    • Fingerprints submitted to the Rifle Police Department
  • City fees
Application Process
The application process includes the following steps:
  1. Preliminary conference with City Clerk
  2. Completion and submission of application forms by applicant
  3. Review of documents for completeness by staff
  4. Background investigation by staff
  5. Review of results of background investigation by staff
  6. Decision by City Manager
  7. Submission of application to state by City Clerk
  8. State approval
  9. Issuance of licenses by City Clerk
The process generally takes 3 - 4 months. For additional information, please contact the City Clerk.