1 Colo. Code Regs. § 212-3-2-225

Current through Register Vol. 47, No. 10, May 30, 2024
Section 1 CCR 212-3-2-225 - Renewal Application Requirements for All Licensees

Basis and Purpose - 2-225

The statutory basis for this rule includes but is not limited to sections 44-10-202(1)(c), 44-10-202(1)(e), 44-10-203(1)(c), 44-10-203(2)(a), 44-10-203(2)(c), 44-10-203(2)(w), 44-10-203(2)(ee), 44-10-203(7), 44-10-305(2)(b)(l)(C). 44-10-307, 44-10-308, 44-10-309, 44-10-313, 44-10-314, and 44-10-316 C.R.S. The purpose of this rule is to establish the requirements and procedures for the license renewal process, including the circumstances under which an expired license may be reinstated.

A.License Periods.
1. Regulated Marijuana Business and Owner Licenses are valid for a period not to exceed one year from the date of issuance.
2. Medical Marijuana Transporters, Retail Marijuana Transporters, and Employee Licenses are valid for a period not to exceed two years from the date of issuance.
B.Division Notification Prior to Expiration.
1. The Division will send a notice of license renewal 90 days prior to the expiration of an existing Regulated Marijuana Business or Owner License by first class mail to the Licensee's mailing address of record.
2. Failure to receive the Division notification does not relieve the Licensee of the obligation to timely renew the license.
C.Renewal Deadline.
1. A Licensee must apply for the renewal of an existing license prior to the License's expiration date.
2. A renewal application submitted to the Division prior to the license's expiration date shall be deemed timely pursuant to subsection 24-4-104(7), C.R.S., and the Licensee may continue to operate until Final Agency Order on the renewal application.
D.If License Not Renewed Before Expiration. A License is immediately invalid upon expiration if the Licensee has not filed a renewal application and remitted all of the required application and license fees prior to the license expiration date. A Regulated Marijuana Business that fails to file a renewal application and remit all required application and license fees prior to the license expiration date must not operate unless it first obtains a new state license and any required local license.
1.Reinstatement of Expired Regulated Marijuana Business License. A Regulated Marijuana Business that fails to file a renewal application and remit all required application and license fees prior to the license expiration date may request that the Division reinstate an expired license only in accordance to the following:
a. The Regulated Marijuana Business License expired within the previous 30 days;
b. The Regulated Marijuana Business License has submitted an initial application pursuant to Rule 2-220. The initial application must be submitted prior to, or concurrently with, the request for reinstatement;
c. The Regulated Marijuana Business has paid the reinstatement fee in Rule 2-205; and
d. Any license or approval from the Local Licensing Authority or Local Jurisdiction is still valid or has been obtained.
2.Reinstatement Not Available for Surrendered or Revoked Licenses. A request for reinstatement cannot be submitted and will not be approved for a Regulated Marijuana Business License that was surrendered or revoked.
3.Reinstatement Not Available for Owner Licenses or Employee Licenses. A request for reinstatement cannot be submitted and will not be approved for expired, surrendered, or revoked Owner Licenses or Employee Licenses.
4.Denial of Request for Reinstatement or Administrative Action. If the Licensee requesting reinstatement of a Regulated Marijuana Business License operated during a period that the license was expired, the request may be subject to denial and the Licensee may be subject to administrative action as authorized by the Marijuana Code or these Rules.
5.Approval of Request for Reinstatement. Upon approval of any request for reinstatement of an expired Regulated Marijuana Business License, the Licensee may resume operations until the final agency action on the Licensee's initial application for a Regulated Marijuana Business license.
a. Approval of a request for reinstatement of an expired Regulated Marijuana Business License does not guarantee approval of the Regulated Marijuana Business Licensee's initial application; and
b. Approval of a request for reinstatement of an expired License does not waive the State Licensing Authority's authority to pursue administrative action on the expired License or initial application for a Regulated Marijuana Business License.
6.Final Agency Order on Initial Application for Regulated Marijuana Business.
a. If the initial application for a Regulated Marijuana Business License submitted pursuant to this Rule is approved, the new Regulated Marijuana Business License will replace the reinstated license.
b. If the initial application for a Regulated Marijuana Business License submitted pursuant to this Rule is denied, the Licensee must immediately cease all operations including but not limited to, Transfer of Regulated Marijuana. See Rule 2-270 - Application Denial and Voluntary Withdrawal; 8-115 - Disposition of Unauthorized Regulated Marijuana; 8-130 - Administrative Warrants.
E.Voluntarily Surrendered or Revoked Licenses Not Eligible for Renewal. Any License that was voluntarily surrendered or that was revoked by a Final Agency Order is not eligible for renewal. Any Licensee who voluntarily surrendered its license or has had its License revoked by a Final Agency Order may only submit an initial application. The State Licensing Authority will consider the voluntary surrender or the Final Agency Order and all related facts and circumstances in determining approval of any subsequent initial application.
F.Licenses Subject to Ongoing Administrative Action. Licenses subject to an administrative action are subject to the requirements of this Rule. Licenses that are not timely renewed expire and cannot be renewed.
G.Documents Required at Renewal. A Regulated Marijuana Business and all Controlling Beneficial Owner-Entities must provide the following documents with every renewal application:
1. Any document required by Rule 2-220(A)(1) through (9) that has changed since the document was last submitted to the Division. It is a license violation affecting public safety to fail to submit any document that changed since the last submission for the purpose of circumventing the requirements of the Marijuana Code, or these Rules;
2. A copy of the Local Licensing Authority or Local Jurisdiction approval, licensure, and/or documentation demonstrating timely submission of and pending local license renewal application;
a. For renewal applications submitted after August 8, 2023, the State Licensing Authority may renew a License that has not yet received Local Licensing Authority approval prior to the expiration of the state-issued License if:
i. The Applicant submits a renewal application in accordance with this Rule; and
ii. The Applicant submits written documentation that demonstrates the Licensee has taken action to obtain local approval and demonstrates why local approval has not yet been obtained or a local license issued.
3. A list of any sanctions, penalties, assessments, or cease and desist orders imposed by any securities regulatory agency, including but not limited to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission or the Canadian Securities Administrators;
4. A Regulated Marijuana Business operating under a single Entity name with more than one License may submit the following documents only once each calendar year on the first license renewal in lieu of submission with every license renewal in the same calendar year:
a. Financial statements required by Rule 2-220(A)(10);
b. If the Regulated Marijuana Business is a Publicly Traded Corporation, the most recent list of Non-Objecting Beneficial Owners possessed by the Regulated Marijuana Business;
c. A copy of all management agreement(s) the Regulated Marijuana Business has entered into regardless of whether the Person is licensed or unlicensed; and
d. Contracts, agreements, royalty agreements, equipment leases, financing agreements, or security contracts for any Indirect Financial Interest Holder that is required to be disclosed by Rule 2-230(A)(3).
H.Controlling Beneficial Owner Signature. At least one Controlling Beneficial Owner shall sign the renewal application. However, other Controlling Beneficial Owners may be required to sign authorizations and/or requests to release information.
I.Accelerator Program Renewal Application Requirements.
1.Accelerator License Renewal. Accelerator Cultivator, Accelerator Manufacturer, and Accelerator Store Licenses are required to be renewed annually. In addition to the documents and information required to be submitted with a renewal application, an Accelerator Licensee must also disclose to the Division copies of any agreements between the Accelerator Licensee and the Accelerator-Endorsed Licensee under which it operated during the previous year.
2.Accelerator-Endorsed Licensee Additional Renewal Requirements.
a. An endorsement issued to an Accelerator-Endorsed Licensee is required to be renewed annually.
b. At the time of submitting a renewal application for the endorsement, an Accelerator-Endorsed Licensee must submit the following:
i. The name and License number of any Accelerator Licensee for which it served as an Accelerator-Endorsed Licensee during the previous year;
ii. The equity assistance proposal if there have been any updates or amendments since the proposal was last submitted to the Division;
iii. Copies of any agreements between the Accelerator-Endorsed Licensee and the Accelerator Licensee(s), including the equity partnership agreement; and
iv. Any required Local Jurisdiction approvals.
c. In addition to any other basis for denial of a renewal application, the State Licensing Authority may also consider the following facts and circumstances as additional bases for denial of an endorsement renewal application:
i. The Accelerator-Endorsed Licensee violated the terms of any equity partnership agreement it entered into with an Accelerator Licensee;
ii. The Accelerator-Endorsed Licensee ended the equity partnership agreement with an Accelerator Licensee prematurely; and
iii. The Accelerator-Endorsed Licensee provided false or misleading statements, records, or information to an Accelerator Licensee.

1 CCR 212-3-2-225

42 CR 23, December 10, 2019, effective 1/1/2020
43 CR 21, November 10, 2020, effective 1/1/2021
44 CR 07, April 10, 2021, effective 5/1/2021
44 CR 13, July 10, 2021, effective 8/1/2021
44 CR 23, December 10, 2021, effective 1/1/2022
45 CR 21, November 10, 2022, effective 12/1/2022
46 CR 17, September 10, 2023, effective 8/8/2023, exp. 12/6/2023 (Emergency)
46 CR 22, November 25, 2023, effective 10/27/2023 exp. 2/24/2024 (Emergency)
46 CR 23, December 10, 2023, effective 1/8/2024