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Total Active Colorado Pot Licenses at All-Time High

Marijuana market report prepared by DU professor Paul Seaborn

The latest Colorado Marijuana Market Report finds the total number of active Colorado marijuana business licenses is at a record high of 3,038. The quarterly Market Report is produced by the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business Assistant Professor Paul Seaborn.

The report finds that retail dispensary, cultivation and manufacturing licenses have continued to increase in number since April 2017 while medical centers and medical cultivation have both decreased.

“The total number of active marijuana business licenses issued by the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) continues to grow and is now at an all-time record high of 3,038, up from 2,971 in April 2017,” Seaborn says. “50.7 percent of active licenses are for medical marijuana businesses (down from 52.5 percent in April 2017) and 49.3 percent are for recreational/retail businesses (up from 47.5 percent).”

Four new license categories were introduced in July 2017: Retail Transporter, Retail Operator, Medical Transporter and Medical Operator. However, less than five of each license type have been issued to date.

“Native Roots and LivWell continue to have the largest number of licenses operating under a single name with Native Roots operating 66 licenses and LivWell operating 45. Eight organizations have at least 20 active licenses,” Seaborn says.

The Colorado Marijuana Market Report is a quarterly publication by Seaborn analyzing the data from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) and other sources.


To learn more about Assistant Professor Paul Seaborn and his research interests, please click here.