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Requirements by State

Alabama
Alabama
Medical
no
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Alaska-1
Alaska
Medical
yes
Recreational
yes
Age
21+
Application
License(s) Required

A marijuana establishment and each licensee, employee, or agent of the marijuana establishment who sells, cultivates, manufactures, tests, or transports marijuana or a marijuana product, or who checks the identification of a consumer or visitor, must obtain a marijuana handler permit from the board before being licensed or beginning employment at a marijuana establishment. 

Requirements & Application Process

Requirements: (1) Complete the marijuana handlers permit online application (2) Complete Marijuana Control Board approval Marijuana Handlers permit educational course (3) Obtain a Criminal History Background Check at any Alaska State Trooper Post (4) Pay application fee- $50 (5) Provide Passport photo (6) Provide Photo ID

Background Check Requirements

According to state law, people can't be dispensary agents if they've been convicted of an excluded felony. Anyone applying to be a dispensary agent must submit a full set of fingerprints to the Department as part of an application. The fingerprints may be used by the Department to conduct a criminal records check on the applicant.

Arizona-1
Arizona
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
Application
License(s) Required

Everyone must have a Dispensary Agent Registration Card to volunteer or work at a licensed dispensary.

Requirements & Application Process

Requirements: (1) Submit online application (2) Provide Arizona ID or proof of residence (3) Provide Passport Photo (4) Fill out and provide fingerprint check. 

Background Check Requirements

Fingerprint check required. 

Arkansas-1
Arkansas
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

You must have a Registered Identity Agent Card to work in at a Marijuana licensed facility. You must have a job offer with a company to apply.

Requirements & Application Process

Requirements: (1) You do not need to be Arkansas Resident (2) Must register with Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABCD) to obtain a Register Identity Card (3) Must have a completed Notice of Intent to Hire form from a licensed company (4) Provide Arkansas State Police background check (5) Provide fingerprints for an FBI background check (5) Pay application fee of $100 ($50 on application, $50 once approved)

Background Check Requirements

Must not be convicted of an excluded felony offense - Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABCD) will review all court records. Sealed or pardoned offenses do not count, violation of state or federal controlled substance law that was classified as a felony in jurisdiction where committed (10 yrs or longer is OK)

California
California
Medical
yes
Recreational
yes
Age
21+
License(s) Required

None required. 

Requirements & Application Process

None required. 

Background Check Requirements

None required. 

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Colorado
Medical
yes
Recreational
yes
Age
21+
Application
License(s) Required

To work in the Colorado Marijuana Industry you must have a MED Occupational License. There are two types: (1) Key Employee: Employees that make operational or management decisions (2) Support Employee: Employees that work in the business but do not make decisions.

Requirements & Application Process

Requirements: (1) Must be 21 years of age (2) Proof of Residency - CO Drivers License or CO ID (3) Application Fee - $250 for Key Employees, $75 for Support (4) Must disclose Felony Information (If you have a Felony: Explain in detail on page 4 and 5 using additional sheets as necessary. For each Felony offense for which you were arrested or charged, you must obtain official documentation from where the court where you appeared, showing the final disposition (outcome) of your case. This information will include whether you were found guilty or not guilty; the penalty (money fine, time in jail or prison, probation or deferred sentence)

Background Check Requirements

According to State law applicants cannot have a sentence for a conviction of a felony pursuant to any state or federal law regarding the possession, distribution, manufacturing, cultivation, or use of a controlled substance, including probation or parole, within the past 10 years, even if the conviction occurred more than 10 years ago. (Unless charge was prior to age 18 and was adjudicated as a juvenile). In the last 5 years, you cannot have been arrested, served with a criminal summons, charged with, or convicted of ANY non-drug or non-narcotic related crime or offense in any manner in this or any other country. When applying you must include ALL arrests, charges, and convictions in the last 5 years (unless charge was prior to age 18 and was adjudicated as a juvenile), regardless of the outcome, even if the charges were dismissed or you were found not guilty. You must include ALL arrests, charges, and convictions regardless of the class of crime (felonies, misdemeanors, and/or petty offenses). You must include ALL serious traffic offenses, including DUI; DWAI; reckless driving; leaving the scene of an accident (hit and run); driving under denial, suspension or revocation; or any other offense which resulted in your being taken into custody. NOTICE: Do not rely upon your understanding that an arrest or charge is “not supposed to be on your record.” A criminal record was not cleared, erased, sealed or expunged unless you were given, and have in your possession, a written order from a judge directing that action.

Connecticut-1
CT
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
18+
Application
License(s) Required

To be employed by a dispensary facility or have access to dispensary facility, including contractors who are routinely on the premises you must apply to be a Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facility Employee.

Requirements & Application Process

Requirements: (1) You must have a position with a Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facility (MMDF) that has been awarded a license by the Department. The dispensary facility owner or manager must provide documentation confirming your employment. (2) You must be at least 18 years of age (3) Complete all sections of the online application - Applicants should be prepared to provide information/documentation for the following: Personal Information, Most Recent Employment Information, Dispensary Facility Information, Licenses, Permits and Registrations, Criminal Actions Photo Identifications (passport-sized photograph and copy of a valid US government- issued ID) (4) Application Fee: Initial Application Fee - $50, Annual Renewal Registration - $50

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Delaware
Delaware
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

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DistrictOfColumbia
District Of Columbia
Medical
yes
Recreational
yes
Age
21+
Application
License(s) Required
Requirements & Application Process

Requirements: (1) Fill out application and have notarized (2) Pay Application (Director, Officer, Member Incorporator - $200, Manager - $105, Employee - $75, Agent - $20). (3) Provide a copy of your medical marijuana training and education certificate (4) Provide 2 passport photos (5) Provide a copy of the organization's business license (6) Schedule a Criminal Background Check through Morphotrust.

Background Check Requirements

Applicants must Schedule a Criminal Background Check through MorphoTrust. 

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Florida
Florida
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

You must be sponsored through the licenses OMMU to work in the industry.

Requirements & Application Process

Requirements: (1) Florida Resident with a job offer from a Licensed OMMU (2) 21+ years of age (3) Pass a Level 2 Background Screening with the FL Department of Health - Office of Medical Marijuana Use (4) Livescan fingerprinting

Background Check Requirements

Must pass a Level 2 Background Screening with the FL Department of Health - Office of Medical Marijuana Use and submit to Livescan fingerprinting. 

Georgia
Georgia
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Hawaii
Hawaii
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

Employees must pass a background check. 

Idaho
Idaho
Medical
no
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Illinois
Illinois
Medical
yes
Recreational
yes
Age
21+
Application
License(s) Required

Board members, directors, executives, managers, employees, and volunteers must apply for a Marijuana Establishment Agent Registration.

Requirements & Application Process

Requirements: (1) 21 years of age or older; (2) never been convicted in the Commonwealth of distribution of controlled substances to minors or a like offense in another jurisdiction; (3) Fill out online application with the following information (a) individual’s full name, address, date of birth; (b) all aliases used previously or currently including maiden names; (c) a copy of the applicant’s driver’s license or other government-issued ID; (d) attestation that the individual will not engage in the diversion of marijuana products; (e) written acknowledge by the individual of any limitations on his/her authorization to cultivate, harvest, prepare, package, possess, transport and dispense marijuana in the Commonwealth; (f) background information including the following: description and dates of any criminal action that occurred in any jurisdiction which resulted in a conviction, guilty plea, plea of nolo contendere, or admission of sufficient facts; description and dates of any civil or administrative action that occurred in any jurisdiction relating to any professional, occupational or fraudulent practices; description and dates of any past or pending action on a license that occurred or is occurring in any jurisdiction; and description and dates of any past or pending disciplinary action or unresolved complaint that occurred or is occurring in any jurisdiction. (g) Nonrefundable application fee paid by the Marijuana Establishment ($50.00).

Background Check Requirements

Background information including the following: description and dates of any criminal action that occurred in any jurisdiction which resulted in a conviction, guilty plea, plea of nolo contendere, or admission of sufficient facts; description and dates of any civil or administrative action that occurred in any jurisdiction relating to any professional, occupational or fraudulent practices; description and dates of any past or pending action on a license that occurred or is occurring in any jurisdiction; and description and dates of any past or pending disciplinary action or unresolved complaint that occurred or is occurring in any jurisdiction.

Indiana
Indiana
Medical
no
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Iowa
Iowa
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Kansas
Kansas
Medical
no
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Additional Links
Kentucky
Kentucky
Medical
no
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Additional Links
Louisiana
Louisiana
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Maine
Maine
Medical
yes
Recreational
yes
Age
21+
Application
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

Criminal background check required annually. 

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Maryland
Maryland
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

Dispensary Agent Cards must be sponsored and registered by the licensee.

Requirements & Application Process

Requirements: (1) Be at least 21 years old (2) Be registered with the commission before the agent may volunteer or work for a dispensary (3) Obtain a State and national criminal history records check in accordance with § 13-3312. --- To get a card a dispensary must apply to the Commission for the registration card for each dispensary agent but submitting the name, address, and date of birth of the agent.

Background Check Requirements

Must obtain a state and national criminal history records check in accordance with § 13-3312.

Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Medical
yes
Recreational
yes
Age
21+
License(s) Required

Board members, directors, executives, managers, employees, and volunteers must apply for a Marijuana Establishment Agent Registration.

Requirements & Application Process

Requirements:(1) 21 years of age or older; (2) never been convicted in the Commonwealth of distribution of controlled substances to minors or a like offense in another jurisdiction; (3) Fill out online application with the following information (a)individual’s full name, address, date of birth; (b) all aliases used previously or currently including maiden names; (c) a copy of the applicant’s driver’s license or other government-issued ID; (d) attestation that the individual will not engage in the diversion of marijuana products; (e) written acknowledge by the individual of any limitations on his/her authorization to cultivate, harvest, prepare, package, possess, transport and dispense marijuana in the Commonwealth; (f) background information including the following: description and dates of any criminal action that occurred in any jurisdiction which resulted in a conviction, guilty plea, plea of nolo contendere, or admission of sufficient facts; description and dates of any civil or administrative action that occurred in any jurisdiction relating to any professional, occupational or fraudulent practices; description and dates of any past or pending action on a license that occurred or is occurring in any jurisdiction; and description and dates of any past or pending disciplinary action or unresolved complaint that occurred or is occurring in any jurisdiction. (g) Nonrefundable application fee paid by the Marijuana Establishment ($50.00).

Background Check Requirements

Background information including the following: description and dates of any criminal action that occurred in any jurisdiction which resulted in a conviction, guilty plea, plea of nolo contendere, or admission of sufficient facts; description and dates of any civil or administrative action that occurred in any jurisdiction relating to any professional, occupational or fraudulent practices; description and dates of any past or pending action on a license that occurred or is occurring in any jurisdiction; and description and dates of any past or pending disciplinary action or unresolved complaint that occurred or is occurring in any jurisdiction.

Michigan
Michigan
Medical
yes
Recreational
yes
Age
21+
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Minnesota
Minnesota
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Mississippi
Mississippi
Medical
no
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Missouri
Missouri
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

The employer is responsible for listing employee information in their license application. 

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

All owners who hold any portion of the economic or voting interest of the facility who will also have access to medical marijuana or the medical marijuana facility, and all officers, directors, board members, managers, and employees identified in the application must submit fingerprints for a criminal record check within the six months prior to submission of the facility’s application.

Montana
Montana
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
Application
License(s) Required

To be employed in Montana you must secure a Medical Marijuana Employee Badge.

Requirements & Application Process

Requirements: (1) Submit Online Applicatio (2) Provide properly oriented photo (3) Background Checks and LiveScan fingerprints must be approved before the application is accepted (4) Copy of MT Divers License, MT State ID, Tibal ID, or Passport. If using a passport, include a proof of residency document (5) Pay Application Fee ($10)

Background Check Requirements

Background Checks and LiveScan fingerprints must be approved before the application is accepted. 

Nebraska-1
Nebraska
Medical
no
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Nevada
Nevada
Medical
yes
Recreational
yes
Age
21+
Application
License(s) Required

All employees must have a Marijuana Agent Card.

Requirements & Application Process

Agents must be at least 21 years of age. Agents must not have a criminal record containing excluded felony conviction(s). Applicants must not have had a previous agent registration card revoked. Agent registration cards cannot be approved if the applicant is subject to a court order for support of a child and is not in compliance with the court order. Denials or revocations of agent registration cards will include a notification to the applicant of the specific reasons for the action. With the exception of contractor agents, a person to whom an agent registration card is issued may only be employed by or volunteer at the type of establishment for which he or she is registered. Contractors may contract with any registered Nevada marijuana establishment. Establishments must provide agents with training before they begin to work or volunteer. Training topics for all establishment types include security measures, emergency procedures and confidentiality. Further, each establishment type has specific training topics that must be covered. Issuance of a Nevada marijuana agent registration card does not exempt the holder from prosecution under federal law. NRS 453A and NRS 453D provide exemption from prosecution under state laws. It is recommended you discuss the limitations and liabilities that are associated with existing federal laws with your personal attorney. An agent registration card is valid for one year from the date of issue. Renewals must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the expiration date to avoid expiration and possible lapse in employment. Renewals involve the same process as applying for the first time; the cost is $75.00. Nevada marijuana agent registration cards are not transferrable. 

Background Check Requirements

Must be 21 and pass a state and federal background check. Agents must not have a criminal record containing excluded felony convictions(s). Applicants must not have a previous agent registration card revoked. Agent cards will not be approved if the applicant is subject to court order for child support. 

NewHampshire
New Hampshire
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

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NewJersey
New Jersey
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

NewMexico
New Mexico
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Application
License(s) Required

Employees must receive a MCP License ID Card (employers apply for employees). 

Requirements & Application Process

Applicants must submit the following with the application: (1) Photocopy of Identification (2) State Criminal Background Check (3) Nationwide Criminal Background Check (4) HIPAA Certification (5) Food handler safety certificate - if applicable.

Background Check Requirements

Applicant must pass a State Criminal Background Check and Nationwide Criminal Background Check. 

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NewYork
New York
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

NorthCarolina
North Carolina
Medical
no
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

NorthDakota
North Dakota
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Additional Links
Ohio
Ohio
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
Application
License(s) Required

Designated Representative - Key and Support Licenses required. 

Requirements & Application Process

Requirements: (1) 21 years of age (2) State of Ohio resident (3) Pass background and fingerprint check

Background Check Requirements

Applicants must fill out and pass this background check

Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Oregon
Oregon
Medical
yes
Recreational
yes
Age
21+
Application
License(s) Required

Anyone employed in the OLCC-Licensed recreational marijuana industry must have valid Marijuana Worker Permit.

Requirements & Application Process

Requirements: (1) Submit Online Application (2) Review all educational materials provided and pass an educational test with at least 70% correct. Then you will be issued a Certificate of Completion (3) Pass background check requirements (4) Upload valid photo ID and Certificate of Completion. (5) Pay $100 application fee

Background Check Requirements

Applicants must pass a background check. 

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

The employer submits employee information to the state. 

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

The employer must submit fingerprints for a background check for each employee. 

RhodeIsland
Rhode Island
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

SouthCarolina
South Carolina
Medical
no
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

SouthDakota
South Dakota
Medical
no
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Tennessee
Tennessee
Medical
no
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Texas
Texas
Medical
no
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Additional Links
Utah
Utah
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Additional Links
Vermont
Vermont
Medical
yes
Recreational
yes
Age
21+
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

Employees must pass an FBI fingerprint background check. 

Virginia
Virginia
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Washington
Washington
Medical
yes
Recreational
yes
Age
21+
License(s) Required

No license required. 

Requirements & Application Process

Must be 21 years of age. 

Background Check Requirements

Some employers may require a criminal background check. 

WestVirginia
West Virgina
Medical
yes
Recreational
no
Age
21+
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Additional Links
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Medical
no
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

Wyoming
Wyoming
Medical
no
Recreational
no
License(s) Required

N/A

Requirements & Application Process

N/A

Background Check Requirements

N/A

This data is for information only. It is not meant to be all inclusive and is provided using the best information available by state regulators.
It is also not updated in real time, therefore some small inaccuracies may exist.
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