Marijuana Licensing Requirements
The Town of Winter Park’s Town Council recently passed Ordinance 559 (see ordinance below for detail) regarding Marijuana Businesses and Licensing on July 20, 2021. Three licenses will be available, two in the Downtown District and one in Old Town (refer to the zoning map below or the ordinance for more details). The Town of Winter Park application process will be a two-phased application approach with a random selection process (lottery) system.
In April 2020, the voters of Winter Park approved the levying of a tax on marijuana sales within the community. The Town has worked over the past year to develop regulations governing the licensing and operation of retail and medical marijuana dispensaries in addition to other associated marijuana regulations. More details about the specific regulations can be found in the links below, Ordinance 559 and Resolution 1868.
Application Phase 1 Process - PHASE ONE APPLICATION PERIOD IS CLOSED. WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.
Marijuana Regulated Business License Application – Town of Winter Park has a two-phase application process with random selection process (lottery). Three licenses will be available, two licenses will be available in the “Downtown Zone” and one license will be available in “The Old Town Zone” (see zoning map below). The phase one application can be found below. The phase one application process will be open for 60 days, starting Friday, August 27, 2021.
The last day to turn in the phase one application to the Town Clerk will be 5 p.m. (MST), Monday, October 25, 2021. No applications will be accepted after this deadline.
The preferred way to turn in the phase one application is to set up an appointment via email with the Town Clerk, Dani Jardee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated Lottery Information as of January 3, 2022
The lottery is scheduled to take place on January 5, 2022, at 4 p.m. (MST) at the Winter Park Town Hall, 50 Vasquez Rd, Winter Park, CO 80482 in the Town Hall Council Chambers. It will also be broadcast via Zoom (find Zoom information in the 'Lottery Information' link below).
You are required to attend the lottery either in person or via Zoom. If in-person, you must wear a mask. If selected first or second, you will be required to choose your license location (Downtown Zone or Old Town Zone) at that time. The third applicant will be assigned the zone that remains available. Lottery spreadsheet has each applicant with their lottery numbers listed, linked below.
Updated Information as of December 14, 2021
Number of applicants currently in the Phase One Application process: 24
Number of applicants that have withdrawn from the Phase One Application process: 17
Applicants that were asked via email to provide more information for their supplemental Phase One Applications must turn in requested information by Tuesday, December 21 by 5 p.m. (MST) to Town Clerk, Dani Jardee.
Updated Information as of December 9, 2021
Deadline for Supplemental Phase One Application 5:00 p.m. (MST) Thursday, December 9.
Deadline for Withdrawing from the Marijuana application process for a Phase One Application Refund, 5:00 p.m. (MST) Friday, December 10.
Updated Lottery Information as of December 2, 2021
Town Council approved Emergency Ordinance 569 and Resolution 1935 at their Special Meeting which was held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. All Phase One applicants need to fill out the attached Supplemental Phase One Application.
Updated Lottery Information as of November 19, 2021
Random Selection "Lottery" Postponed Until Further Notice
As you know, the Town postponed the random selection process as part of phase 1 of its regulated marijuana business licensing framework due to fairness concerns raised by several applicants. Since that time, Town staff has been instructed to develop and propose amendments to Title 3, Chapter 7 of the Winter Park Town Code, or such additional rules or policies, as may be required to carry out the intent of Section 3-7-5(C) of the Code. Proposed Code amendments, rules, or policies will be presented to Town Council for consideration and possible adoption at the December 1, 2021, Special Town Council meeting at 5:00 p.m. (MST). Additional information about how pending applications will be handled and the next steps in the Town’s regulated marijuana business licensing process will be available at that meeting or shortly after.
Thank you for your patience as the Town ensures a fair process. I will be in touch with updates. You are, of course, welcome to attend or join via Zoom the December 1, Special Town Council meeting at 5:00 p.m. (MST).
Updated Lottery Information as of November 10, 2021
Random Selection "Lottery" Postponed Until Further Notice
The random selection process part of the Town’s regulated marijuana business licensing framework set for today, November 10, 2021, at 4:00 p.m., has been postponed due to fairness concerns raised by several applicants. The Town is reviewing its process and considering whether changes by rule, policy, ordinance, or otherwise are needed to ensure compliance with the spirit and intent of Winter Park Code, §§ 3-7-5(C)(1) and (2), which reads as follows:
The intent of the Phase 1 application process is to provide a fair opportunity for qualified and eligible persons and entities to be selected for a Phase 2 review and to potentially obtain a license in the Town. As such, the following restrictions apply:
1. Multiple Phase 1 applications by the same person or entity or applications by multiple entities with substantially the same ownership are prohibited and will be rejected. For purposes of this Chapter "substantially the same ownership" means that entities share fifty percent (50%) or more ownership in common, as determined by the Town Clerk.
2. No person or entity may apply on behalf of another person or entity. The applicant for a license must be the true applicant and may not be a shell or strawman for a third party. The selected applicant may not transfer an application to a third party at any time during the Phase 1 and Phase 2 review process.
During this time, the Town will be in touch with applicants who can be viewed as having business or family affiliations with other applicants, will investigate those relationships and will consider whether changes are needed to ensure a fair Phase 1 selection process. If it is determined necessary, all applications could be rejected, application fees could be refunded, and the entire Phase 1 application process could be started over under a revised process. Additional information will be emailed and posted on the Town’s website as it becomes available.
Original Lottery Information:
The lottery is scheduled to take place on November 10, 2021, at 4 p.m. (MST) at the Winter Park Town Hall, 50 Vasquez Rd, Winter Park, CO 80482 in the Town Hall Council Chambers. and It will also be broadcast via Zoom (find Zoom information in the 'Lottery Information' link below).
You are required to attend the lottery either in person or via Zoom. If selected first or second, you will be required to choose your license location (Downtown Zone or Old Town Zone) at that time. The third applicant will be assigned the zone that remains available. Lottery spreadsheet has each applicant with their lottery numbers listed, linked below.
The lottery process is laid out in Resolution 1911, linked below. Find more information in the Lottery Information link or contact Dani Jardee with questions.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Town Clerk, Dani Jardee at email@example.com.