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Marijuana Licensing Reference Guide: 2017 Edition

Where can I buy the Marijuana Licensing Reference Guide: 2017 Edition?

To purchase the guide, just choose a format here and then complete checkout.

How much does the guide cost?

The digital download of the guide in PDF format is $395. The printed and bound guide in book format is $395. The price to purchase both the print and digital versions at the same time is $495.

Is there a free overview of the guide available?

Yes! You can download the free overview with over 20 pages of insights gleaned from the complete guide.

Who is this guide for?

This guide is for all marijuana industry stakeholders who need an understanding of where the rules and regulations play the biggest role in marijuana license and business growth potential, including owners and operators, investors, regulators, business professionals, CPAs, financial experts, lawyers, journalists, and more.

What is included in the guide?

The 143-page guide includes an introduction, executive summary, definitions, 27 state snapshot reports, 40 charts and tables, and 10 chapters covering the areas where rules and regulations play the biggest roles in marijuana license and business growth potential: mandated operating license and financial structures, taxes and fees, qualifying medical conditions, caregiver and patient cultivation, minors, reciprocity, marketing, products, possession limits, and local rules. The guide also includes questions that should be asked when evaluating a marijuana license or business based on each of the ten aforementioned areas.

Where did the data included in the guide come from?

Data in the guide came directly from the Cannabiz Media Database of over 10,000 marijuana licenses and a collection of primary sources, including state laws, regulations, and administrative codes.

What is included in each state snapshot?

Each state snapshot includes the state’s cannabis-related website URL, the state’s regulator, and when the state’s medical and recreational laws were passed as well as when the first dispensary or retail locations opened in the state. In addition, key metrics are listed about the number of patients, cultivators, producers, dispensaries, retailers, and testing facilities. Data is also provided related to license structures, profit or non-profit status, local rules, taxes, qualifying conditions, patient registration, minors, reciprocity, possession limits, caregiver and patient cultivation, marketing (price, advertising, signage, packaging, and state approval), and product forms.

Which states are included in the guide?

All 27 states that have approved medical and/or recreational marijuana at the time of publication are included in the guide.

  • AK Alaska (Medical & Rec)
  • AZ Arizona (Medical)
  • CA California (Medical & Rec)
  • CO Colorado (Medical & Rec)
  • CT Connecticut (Medical)
  • DC D.C. (Medical & Rec)
  • DE Delaware (Medical)
  • FL Florida (Medical)
  • HI Hawaii (Medical)
  • IL Illinois (Medical)
  • ME Maine (Medical & Rec)
  • MD Maryland (Medical)
  • MA Massachusetts (Medical & Rec)
  • MN Minnesota (Medical)


  • MO Missouri (Medical)
  • MT Montana (Medical)
  • NV Nevada (Medical & Rec)
  • NH New Hampshire (Medical)
  • NJ New Jersey (Medical)
  • NM New Mexico (Medical)
  • NY New York (Medical)
  • OH Ohio (Medical)
  • OR Oregon (Medical & Rec)
  • PA Pennsylvania (Medical)
  • PR Puerto Rico (Medical)
  • RI Rhode Island (Medical)
  • TX Texas (Medical)
  • VT Vermont (Medical)
  • WA Washington (Medical & Rec)


US States map

  • Medical
  • Recreational
  • Both

What does this guide include that other marijuana license reports and directories don’t provide?

This guide is unique because it provides helpful tables that show tax rates, fees and other metrics that are especially useful for industry participants who need a multijurisdictional perspective and need to compare rules, regulations and rates. This reference guide provides much more detail than other reports that focus only on market factors and ignore the rules and regulations that will really determine the long term success for operators.

Who wrote this guide?

The guide was written by the Cannabiz Media team of data and information industry experts with deep experience in providing detailed information on businesses in a variety of industry verticals including finance, news, and STM (scientific, technical, and medical) as well as human resources, safety, and environmental. All of these industries depend on timely, accurate, and comprehensive information to function, and Cannabiz Media has brought this expertise to the marijuana industry.

Who is Cannabiz Media?

The guide was compiled and written by Cannabiz Media. Cannabiz Media is the most comprehensive source for U.S. marijuana licensing information, acquiring and maintaining up-to-date data on over 10,000 marijuana licenses in the Cannabiz Media Database. Led by a team of content and data experts with domain expertise in regulatory and corporate information, Cannabiz Media helps journalists, regulators, researchers, business people, and investors understand and confidently operate in the evolving U.S. marijuana marketplace. Marijuana industry stakeholders use the Cannabiz Media Database to easily access and make sense of the industry so they can make informed business, regulatory, and reporting decisions. For more information, continue browsing

Who is BVR?

The guide was co-published by Cannabiz Media with BVR (Business Valuation Resources). Top business valuation firms depend on BVR for authoritative market data, continuing professional education, and expert opinion. Our customers include business appraisers, certified public accountants, M&A professionals, business brokers, lawyers and judges, private equity funds and venture capitalists, owners, and CFOs, among others. For more information, please visit