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Frequently Asked Questions

Top Common Questions

How much money can I make in the marijuana industry?

If we had a nickel for every time someone asked this, we'd close this company, buy an island and live off those sweet, sweet nickels for the rest of our lives.

Here's the real answer: You can make $0 or millions of dollars. It's the same as any business.

If you'd like to see projected revenues for your state and business type, check out our Business Plans that include 3 years of revenue projections.

Can you guarantee that I'll get licensed to start my business?

Since we are not the governing body - the people who approve or deny applications - it's impossible to guarantee that you'll be licensed. With that said, our success rate for Diamond customers is over 99%. (That's the actual number. We track it.)

How do I get into the recreational or medical marijuana industry?

You should be at least 18 years of age, not have a criminal background and be a resident of the state you wish to have your business in.

For more specific information, please check out our States Pages and our free Starter Package.

My state hasn't legalized marijuana yet. What can I do? When will it become legalized?

Check out your State's Page for more info about what you can do and the latest news about your state's legalization efforts. 

What's easiest to set up - a dispensary, a grow operation, or a delivery service?

This varies by the state. But in general, a delivery service tends to have less restrictive regulations and be easier on the whole to establish. It's cheaper to run, quicker to set up, and you don't have to have a specific location, like a storefront. But some states don't allow them, so it's best to understand what your state does and doesn't allow

Do I need to incorporate as an LLC or Non-Profit?

Almost all states with marijuana laws require a business structure put into place before being licensed to operate your business. Whether it has to be a Non-Profit or LLC or other entity type will depend on the state for your proposed business and what they require and allow. Check out our Form Your Company package for details.

Do I need a medical marijuana card?

It depends on your state, but if it's a medical marijuana state, you probably will. If it is, it'll be covered in the appropriate package or your Associate will let you know whether it's required or not.

Where is GreenZipp located?

We are located in Beverly Hills, CA and service all states with medical or recreational laws in place. See our About Us page for more details. 

Can I get a license for my business without a location?

No. During the licensing process for every business type, it is required for you to designate the place where the business will be housed and run out of. You can't simply apply a license to a location after the fact.

Do I have to be a resident of the state to own a business?

Most states with marijuana regulations requires that the owners/members of the company be a current resident of the state. There are exceptions, but again, it depends on your state. Check out our State Pages for details. 

I live in Canada. Can you help me?

Currently, we only serve customers in the United States of America. 

Can you give me a list of references or previous customers?

Absolutely! There's a 3rd party website that collects the reviews of our previous customers. You can check out our 5 out of 5 start ratings by visiting this page

 

Dispensary

How much does it cost to start a dispensary?

It depends on a multitude of factors, including what state, city and county it will be located in. The costs will depend heavily on exactly how you’ll run the business: How much product you need to sell, will you have a website, will you advertise, how many employees you’ll have, how big of a facility you will have and so on and so on.

To get the real-world costs of setting up a dispensary, and be shown typical setup scenarios, check out our Business Plans that will help you answer all of those questions as well as how much money you will potentially make.

What licenses do I need for a dispensary?

Depending on the state, you'll usually need a state, city and possibly county license in order to have a 100% legally compliant marijuana dispensary.

How long are licenses good for?

Licenses are usually valid for one year and will need to be renewed on a annual basis.

Why do some dispensaries get shut down?

Every dispensary you see getting shut down are violating the law in some way - either they're not properly licensed to conduct business, they're hiding money, they're not paying their taxes or they're funneling product to the black market or customers who aren't legally allowed to purchase there. If you're legally licensed and running your dispensary according to the state, city and county regulations, you will have no chance of being shut down.

Can you help me find a store to lease or buy?

If you're a Diamond customer, we can definitely help. Although, we're not a real estate company, so we always recommend our clients utilize local real estate agents, too. 

My city doesn't allow dispensaries, what can I do?

The laws and regulations are changing constantly and bans, also known as moratoriums, expire. Many of our customers choose to grow marijuana legally or start a delivery service instead since cities and counties across the nation do not usually ban them.

What does a Collective, Co-Op, Co-Operative, Collective of Patients mean?

A Collective is short for a collective of patients, or a collective of caregivers. A Co-Op, short for Co-Operative, is basically the same as a collective as far as the law is concerned. They're all basically the same thing. Those are different structures of how a dispensary can or is required to be run according the law. At the end of the day, if you dispense legal or medical marijuana to a patient or customer via a brick-and-mortar location, you are a Dispensary.

 

Growing/Cultivation

How much does it cost to setup a growing operation?

It depends on a multitude of factors, including what state, city and county it will be located in. Also, the costs will depend heavily on exactly how you’ll run the business: How much product you need to produce, will you have a website, will you advertise, how many employees you’ll have, how big of a facility you will have and so on and so on.

To get the real-world costs of setting up a growing business, and be shown typical setup scenarios, check out our Business Plans that will help you answer all of those questions as well as how much money you will potentially make. 

Can I grow in my house/apartment or other property?

It will depend on zoning ordinances in your city and county. Get a package and we'll show you how to find out or find out for you.

How many plants can I grow?

Same answer as the above question: It depends on your state, county and city and what regulations they have in place. See our State Pages for details.

Can you help me get clones, seeds or connect me with dispensaries, delivery services or other customers?

The two things we don't do as part of our packages is get you product and walk customers through your doors.

Can you tell me if I can grow at my location before buying?

Before you're a client, no. There's no hub or portal to go to that will tell you whether an address works or not. So it will take considerable effort to get a yes or no answer on any location.

 

Delivery Service

How much does it cost to start a Delivery Service?

It depends on a multitude of factors, including what state, city and county it will be located in. Also, the costs will depend heavily on exactly how you’ll run the business: How much product you need to produce, will you have a website, will you advertise, how many employees you’ll have, how big of an operation will you have and so on and so on.

To get the real-world costs of setting up a delivery business, and be shown typical setup scenarios, check out our Business Plans that will help you answer all of those questions as well as how much money you will potentially make.

Can I also be a grower and/or own a dispensary?

Possibly. It highly depends on your state, county and city. Check our state pages for more information. 

Can I ship marijuana?

The United States Postal Service as well as he other major delivery carriers strictly prohibit marijuana from being shipped, whether interstate or not. 

Can you give me a list of customers or growers to work with?

There's a few things we can't do as a web-based service: get you product and walk customers through your doors. That's when you're going to have to be like any other business owner and go out and get your customers and product.