Licensing

Vicente Sederberg LLP is a national leader in cannabis business licensing. We have helped clients obtain all types of licenses — cultivation, processing, retail, testing, delivery, etc. — including many through highly competitive application processes. We also routinely help clients secure licenses through non-competitive state and local processes, and we have been doing so for over a decade.

VS started helping entrepreneurs obtain cannabis business licenses back in 2010, after firm leaders helped establish the nation’s first state-regulated cannabis market in Colorado. Since then, our attorneys and professional staff have developed extensive experience navigating state and local licensing processes across North America. Their active participation in shaping state and local cannabis laws and regulations provides them with unique insights into these complicated licensing systems. As a result, we have an unparalleled track record of success: VS has helped clients successfully obtain licenses in 23 states and dozens of localities across the U.S. and Canada (see the "Experience" tab below for details).

VS provides assistance with all types of state and local licensing applications, including applications for new business licenses, license renewals, social equity and economic empowerment programs, changes of ownership, changes of location, modification of premises, and occupational licensing. We oversee the application process, create work plans, draft narratives, and play a critical role in the production of business plans, financials, and operating manuals, providing confidential legal and strategic advice related to all facets of the process and your business. We have also developed comprehensive industry-specific manuals and intellectual property to assist clients when applying in new markets. From the initial completion and review of applications to complex processes involving existing facilities, our team can quickly assess a client's needs and provide them with the guidance and practical knowledge necessary for continued success.

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Services

  • Assistance with all types of state and local licensing applications, including applications for new business licenses, license renewals, changes of ownership, changes of location, modification of premises, and occupational licensing

  • Assistance with pre-suitability applications, Permitted Economic Interest applications, and other financial disclosure applications

  • Obtaining required state and local tax permits

  • Regulatory reviews of licensing applications and supporting documents

  • Representation at state and local licensing hearings

  • Renewal tracking and assistance for all license types

Experience

VS has assisted clients in obtaining all types of cannabis licenses:

  Cultivation
  Delivery
  Hospitality
  Processing / Manufacturing

  Retail / Dispensary
  Testing
  Transport / Distribution

We have helped clients successfully secure licenses in the following 23 states, as well as dozens of localities across the U.S. and Canada:

  Arkansas
  California
  Colorado
•  Connecticut
  Florida
  Hawaii
  Iowa
•  Maryland
•  Massachusetts
•  Michigan
  Minnesota
  Missouri

  Nevada
  New York
  North Dakota
  Ohio
  Oklahoma
  Oregon
  Pennsylvania
  Utah
  Virginia
  Washington
  West Virginia

VS has helped clients obtain licenses through some of the most competitive state and local application processes in the country. The following is a sample of our track record:

  • Helped a client win a medical cannabis dispensary license in Connecticut, when 73 applications were submitted and only nine licenses were awarded.

  • Helped a client win one of the first medical cannabis cultivation and distribution licenses in Florida, when 28 applications were submitted and only five licenses were awarded.

  • Helped a client win a medical cannabis dispensary license in Hawaii, when 66 applications were submitted and only eight licenses were awarded.

  • Helped a client win a medical cannabis cultivation license in Maryland, when 145 applications were submitted and only 15 licenses were awarded.

  • Helped a client win a medical cannabis processing license in Maryland, when 124 applications were submitted and only 15 licenses were awarded.

  • Helped a client win one of only two medical cannabis cultivation licenses that were awarded in Minnesota.

  • Helped a client win a medical cannabis cultivation license in Missouri, when 554 applications were submitted and only 60 licenses were awarded.

  • Helped clients obtain four medical cannabis manufacturing licenses in Missouri, when 415 applications were submitted and only 86 licenses were awarded.

  • Helped a client win one of only 10 medical cannabis testing licenses awarded in Missouri. VS's client received the highest score of the 17 applications that were submitted.

  • Helped three clients win one of 24 medical cannabis dispensary licenses awarded in each Missouri congressional district, including District 5, where 182 applications were submitted; District 6, where 168 applications were submitted; and District 7, where 141 licenses were submitted.

  • Helped clients win four licenses in Nevada, when 109 applications were submitted and 60 were awarded. VS's clients received the highest and second-highest scores.

  • Helped a client win one of only four medical cannabis cultivation licenses awarded in New York, when 43 applications were submitted.

  • Helped a client win one of only two medical cannabis cultivation/manufacturing licenses awarded in North Dakota — and receive the highest score — when 19 applications were submitted.

  • Helped a client win one of only 12 large medical cannabis cultivation licenses in Ohio — and receive the highest score — when 109 applications were submitted.

  • Helped a client win one of 27 medical cannabis dispensary licenses awarded in Pennsylvania, when 282 applications were submitted.

  • Helped a client win one of eight medical cannabis cultivation licenses in Utah, when 81 applications were submitted.

  • Helped a client win one of only five vertically integrated medical cannabis licenses awarded in Virginia, when 51 applications were submitted.

  • Helped a client win cultivation and processing licenses in West Virginia, where dozens of applications were submitted and only 10 of each license type were awarded.

  • Helped a client win one of 27 adult-use cannabis business licenses awarded in Aurora (Colorado) — and receive the highest score — when 57 applications were submitted.

  • Helped a client win clinical registrant dispensary and grower/processor permits in Erie and Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) in a highly competitive application round where only one clinical registrant permit was being awarded in each locality.
  • Helped a client win an adult-use retail license and a medical provisioning center license in Northfield Township (Michigan), when only three of each license type were awarded.

  • Helped a client obtain approval for storefront and delivery licenses in West Hollywood (California). The city received over 300 screening applications from more than 120 different applicants and awarded only four authorizations to proceed for each license type.

 

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News

Can't-miss Cannabis Business Opportunities in New and Growing Markets

By Jerrico Perez
Aug 21, 2020

Vicente Sedeberberg LLP continues to identify exclusive licensing opportunities for our clients. With more winning merit-based applications than any other law firm in the country, our team’s work ethic, dedication, and experience can help elevate your application above the competition.

Cannabis Business Licensing Opportunities Amidst COVID-19

By Jerrico Perez
May 13, 2020

Vicente Sedeberberg LLP continues to identify exclusive licensing opportunities for our clients. With more winning merit-based applications than any other law firm in the country, our team’s work ethic, dedication, and experience can help elevate your application above the competition.

Public Companies Can Now Own Cannabis Licenses in Colorado

By Charles Alovisetti, Jessica Scardina, Ben Leonard, Carl Werner, and Justin Johnson
Nov 18, 2019

HB-1090 is live and Colorado's cannabis industry is officially open to publicly-traded companies and out-of-state investors. Find out what we've learned so far about this brand-new system.

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