How to open a Dispensary

There are many states with upcoming licensing opportunities and pending cannabis legislation this year, so how do you start business planning?

Conduct market research

How to Open a Dispensary’s Cannabis Market Analysis provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in states with cannabis programs. This document is designed for those looking for more information on open cannabis markets to either expand into or break into the cannabis industry. The document includes the following information for each market:

  • Overview of Legalization
  • Current/Projected Statewide Sales
  • Types of Cannabis Businesses (Existing and New)
  • Licensing Process
  • Application Requirements such as residency requirements, etc.
  • Application Fees for each type of business license
  • Application/Licensing Timeline
  • Source

Business Plan

Your business plan is the foundation of your business. It’s a roadmap for how to structure, run, and grow your new business. You’ll use it to convince people that working with you — or investing in your company — is a smart choice.

Fund your business

Your business plan will help you figure out how much money you’ll need to start your business. If you don’t have that amount on hand, you’ll need to raise capital. Visit our Cannabis Investments page to learn more!

Choose a business structure

The legal structure you choose for your business will impact your business registration requirements, how much you pay in taxes, and your personal liability. This could be an LLC, LLP, or another business structure.

Choose your business name

It’s not easy to pick the perfect name. You’ll want one that reflects your brand. You’ll also want to make sure your business name isn’t already being used by someone else and meets state regulations.

Register your business

Once you’ve picked the perfect business name, it’s time to make it legal and protect your brand. If you’re doing business under a name different than your own, you’ll need to register with the federal government, and your state government, too.

Get federal and state tax IDs

You’ll use your employer identification number (EIN) for important steps to start and grow your business, like opening a bank account and paying taxes. It’s like a social security number for your business. Some — but not all — states require you to get a tax ID as well.


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