Licenses for marijuana businesses are not easily available. The state licenses a single facility known as the First State Compassion Center, which is authorized to cultivate and distribute marijuana. It is unclear right now when or how the state will authorize additional compassion centers. Common barriers to starting marijuana business include the high application fees, strict regulations, and stringent financial reporting. Be sure to check current licensing requirements with both the state and local governments before getting started. Consultation with an attorney whose practice includes the representation of marijuana businesses at an early stage can be very helpful.