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Marijuana License Applications and Renewals

Concerning procedures for the issuance of marijuana licenses, and, in connection therewith, clarifying that the state licensing authority may refund licensing fees when an application is denied and allowing applicants the opportunity to renew a state license while local jurisdiction approval is pending.
2023 Regular Session
Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
Local Government
State Government
Bill Summary

A person applying for a marijuana license is required to pay both an application fee and a licensing fee. The act clarifies that the state licensing authority may issue a refund of a licensing fee if the marijuana license application is denied. Furthermore, the act states that the state licensing authority must retain the applicant's application fee, but a local licensing authority can choose to retain or refund an applicant's application fee.

Current law requires a marijuana license applicant to obtain both a state license and local jurisdiction approval, and the state license is conditioned on local jurisdiction approval. The act provides an applicant the opportunity to renew, for up to one year, a state license that would otherwise expire because of failure to receive local jurisdiction approval at the discretion of the state licensing authority.

For state fiscal year 2023-24, the act requires the state treasurer to transfer from the general fund an amount equal to the unused general fund appropriation in the department of revenue's IDS print production line item at the end of state fiscal year 2022-23 to the department's marijuana cash fund.

APPROVED by Governor June 5, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. N. Hinrichsen, Sen. K. Van Winkle
Rep. W. Lindstedt, Rep. R. Weinberg



Sen. J. Gonzales
Rep. M. Snyder, Rep. A. Valdez

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details