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Simple Steps to Getting Your MED Badge

If you’ve been considering a career in cannabis, then you’ll probably notice that the majority of job postings contain the phrase, “must have current MED badge.”

Don’t know what that is or how to get one? Not to worry. We’ll break it down for you so you know exactly what to expect, how much it costs, and if you potentially qualify, so you can figure out which path your cannabis career will ultimately take.

So what exactly is an MED Badge?

Well, MED specifically stands for the Marijuana Enforcement Division, and an MED Occupational License (also known as a “badge”) allows the holder to work within MED licensed Medical and Retail Marijuana facilities or for vendors that provide services to MED Medical and Retail Marijuana business licensees.  There are two main types of MED Occupational Licenses:

  1. Key Employee:  Necessary for employees that make operational or management decisions that directly impact the business.  An example of such an employee is a master grower that determines what or how much of a particular strain to produce or an individual whose decisions have a significant impact on the business and its operations, but es not have an ownership interest in the business. (Cost $250)
  2. Support Employee: Necessary for employees that work within the business but do no makes operational decisions.  An example of such an employee would be a bud tender – the majority of occupational license holders are in this category. (Cost $75)
Both license types are good for two years from the date on which the license badge was issued, but you’ll want to make sure you pass the following minimum requirements before taking the time to fill out and submit your application. Make sure you:
  1. Are at least 21 years old.
  2. Are a current Colorado resident (a valid driver’s license will be required)
  3. Can pass a background check where they will verify:
    • You haven’t been convicted of a felony related to the possession, distribution, or use of any controlled substance.
    • Have not served a sentence, including probation or parole, of any felony in the last five years.
  4. Are not a licensed physician making patient recommendations.
  5. Have never had your authority to act as a primary caregiver revoked by the state.
  6. Are not the spouse or child, living in the house with any employee of the MED.
  7. Are not a police officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff, or prosecuting officer.
  8. Are not an officer or employee of the marijuana state licensing authority or a local licensing authority.
  9. Are okay with getting fingerprinted!

If you don’t meet one or more of the requirements above, we suggest looking into other options within the cannabis space. Nowadays there are so many opportunities to become part of the community without even needing an official badge – think sales, marketing, design, etc. – that this shouldn’t discourage you from continuing your cannabis job search.

But if you DO meet the above mentioned requirements, you can follow the following link to download the application, get details on exactly how and where to submit it, and what to expect as move through the process.

It’s actually pretty easy as long as you have all of the correct documentation and your application fee ready when you go in for your appointment, so don’t sweat it. Just read the state’s information page thoroughly, and you’ll be receiving your badge in the mail in no time!

Click Here for the Official MED Badge (Occupational License) Information Page

Click Here to download the MED Badge Application

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9 thoughts on “Simple Steps to Getting Your MED Badge

  1. Melanie Hickson on Reply

    My only obstacle in getting my badge is traveling expenses because I don’t know how to drive and have to use Uber to get to Colorado springs which is the closest office! Got my application filled out already too just in case I get lucky with a ride there.

  2. Hank on Reply

    I’m from Texas but i do have misdemeanor convictions within the past five years but no felonies. If i moved to Colorado wil i have to be a resident for a certain amount of time to get the badge and will my misdemeanors in Texas affect me?

    1. HAC on Reply

      Hi Hank,

      I believe the main thing CO looks for is felonies in the last 3 years, so you should be ok to apply for your badge as soon as you decide after you get here to change your license over to a Colorado license. You can change your residency right away once you get here 🙂

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