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.

LEADERSHIP

Founding Partner

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 finding of suitability applications and other financial disclosure applications

  • Development of standard operating procedures and implementation of industry best practices

  • Obtaining required state and local tax permits

  • Development of business plans, including market analysis and financial projections

  • Regulatory reviews of licensing applications and supporting documents

  • Representation at state and local licensing hearings

  • Development of community engagement and outreach plans and establishing of local support
  • 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:

  • California — Helped a client obtain approval for local storefront and delivery licenses in West Hollywood, where over 300 screening applications were submitted by more than 120 different applicants, and the city awarded only eight authorizations to proceed for each license type.

  • Colorado — In the city of Aurora, helped a client win one of 27 local adult-use cannabis business licenses, receiving the highest score of the 57 applications submitted.

  • Connecticut — Helped a client win a state medical cannabis dispensary license, when just nine were awarded and 73 applications were submitted.

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

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

  • Maryland — Helped a client win one of 15 state medical cannabis cultivation licenses and one of 15 medical cannabis processing licenses, when 145 cultivation applications and 124 processing applications were submitted, respectively. Also helped win three state medical cannabis dispensary licenses.

  • Michigan — In Northfield Township, helped a client win a local adult-use retail license and a medical provisioning center license, when only three of each license type were awarded.
  • Minnesota — Helped a client win one of only two state medical cannabis cultivation licenses that were awarded. 

  • Missouri — When the state awarded 24 medical cannabis dispensary licenses in each congressional district, VS helped clients win a license in District 5 (where 182 applications were submitted), District 6 (where 168 applications were submitted, and District 7 (where 141 applications were submitted). Also helped clients win four of the 86 state medical cannabis manufacturing licenses awarded (415 applications were submitted) and one of only 10 state medical cannabis testing licenses, receiving the highest score of the 17 applications submitted. Additionally, VS helped a client win one of 60 state medical cannabis cultivation licenses (554 applications were submitted) to achieve vertical integration.

  • Nevada — Helped clients win four of the 60 state cannabis businesses licenses awarded, receiving the highest and second-highest scores of the 109 applications submitted.

  • New York — Helped a client win a state medical cannabis cultivation license, when only four were awarded and 43 applications were submitted.

  • North Dakota — Helped a client win one of only two state medical cannabis cultivation/manufacturing licenses, receiving the highest score of the 19 applications submitted.

  • Ohio — Helped a client win one of only 12 large medical cannabis cultivation licenses awarded by the state, receiving the highest score of the 109 total applications submitted. Also helped win one medical cannabis processor license and three dispensary licenses.

  • Pennsylvania — Helped a client win a state medical cannabis dispensary license, when only 27 were awarded and 282 applications were submitted. In Erie and Pittsburgh, helped a client win local clinical registrant dispensary and grower/processor permits in a highly competitive application process that saw only one permit awarded in each locality.

  • Utah — Helped a client win one of eight state medical cannabis cultivation licenses (81 applications were submitted), as well as a state medical cannabis processing license.

  • Virginia — Helped a client win a vertically integrated state medical cannabis license, when only five were awarded and 51 applications were submitted.

  • West Virginia — Helped a client win state cultivation and processing licenses, when only 10 of each license type were awarded and dozens of applications were submitted. VS also helped a client win six of the initial 100 dispensary licenses awarded by the state. 

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Licensing Specialist

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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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