In some ways cannabis distribution serves as a business-to-business delivery license. In the few states that have these licenses, they serve as the link between license holders as cannabis moves along the supply chain. These licenses are most prevalent in California. Other states that have them include Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Puerto Rico, and Washington. 21 distribution licenses have been awarded in Missouri and this month Oklahoma rolled out a dozen.
The preponderance of these licenses exists in states with mature programs that include recreational cannabis. The fact that it is emerging in newer markets like OK and MO could signal that new states may include this in their proposed schemes as it does provide fee revenue. However, some states will face criticism for trying to create a multi-tiered model similar to alcohol regulatory schemes.
Perhaps owing to the size of the state and the likely number of license-holders, California dominates the leaderboard for currently active distribution licenses:
- California has issued 74% of the distribution licenses
- Many states do not explicitly license this activity. Some suggest that it is an implied license for growers and manufacturers.
- No firm has planted a license in multiple states, though Papa & Barkley scored 4 in California while A Happy Couple did the same in Colorado.
- Each state has its own name for the license: OK has settled on Medical Marijuana Transporter, CA uses Distributor-Transport Only or Distributor Annual License while Michigan adopted Secure Transporter.
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Ed Keating is a co-founder and Chief Data Officer of Cannabiz Media and oversees our data research and government relations efforts. He has spent his whole career working with and advising information companies in the compliance space. Ed has overseen complex multijurisdictional product lines in the securities, corporate, UCC, safety, environmental and human resource markets and focuses on workflow products over the last twenty five years. During that time he has worked for both startup and established information companies where he has led marketing, product management and sales organizations. These companies include Wolters Kluwer/Commerce Clearing House, CT Corporation, EDGAR Online and Business & Legal Reports. At Cannabiz Media Ed enjoys the challenge of working with regulators across the globe as he and his team gather corporate, financial, and license information to track the people, products and businesses in the cannabis economy. Ed graduated from Hamilton College and received his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.