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Marijuana Enforcement Division

Visit the state's marijuana enforcement webpages for details regarding the latest guidance from the state during the public health crisis.

Effective Aug. 2, 2021, the Aurora Marijuana Enforcement Division will no longer be requiring background checks for employees working in the city. Aurora’s ordinance was effectively changed to mirror the state’s requirements. If they have a state badge issued by the state of Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, they are cleared to work for a marijuana business in Aurora. Requests that have been submitted up through July 30, 2021, will be processed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lori Lukone at 303.739.7833 or or Robin Peterson at 303.358.7912 or

All renewals and payments will be made through the city's new Customer Portal. A video tutorial is available to walk you through the process. You must have your invoice that was sent via email with the renewal packet to ensure proper receipt to your account. For assistance with the new Customer Portal, contact Robin Peterson at 303.358.7912 or Dusty Allen at 303.859.7391.

The Aurora Municipal Center remains closed due to COVID-19. AMED staff will continue to be available by phone at 303.739.7833 and email at to assist with licensing.

Retail Marijuana Delivery and Social Equity Program

On Jan. 23, 2021, Ordinance No. 2020-65 became effective, allowing Aurora licensed marijuana stores and transporters with delivery permits issued by the state and the Aurora Marijuana Enforcement Division to conduct deliveries to Aurora residents and residents in jurisdictions that allow delivery. Aurora is presently the only city in Colorado that allows retail marijuana deliveries.

The ordinance also allows non-Aurora licensed marijuana stores and transporters with delivery permits issued by the state, and if required, local jurisdictions that have enacted an ordinance or resolution to deliver retail marijuana and retail marijuana products into Aurora.

The delivery program includes a social equity component.

Program details and application links are now available on the Forms, Regulations and Publications page.

Aurora Marijuana Enforcement Division
15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Fifth Floor
Aurora, CO 80012

The Aurora Marijuana Enforcement Division (AMED) is the local licensing authority responsible for overseeing the regulated marijuana and hemp industries in the city of Aurora. AMED comprises members of several city departments with expertise in the areas of city government most relevant to the industry, including law enforcement, tax compliance, planning and zoning, building regulations and neighborhood services.

Regulated marijuana businesses include all regulated marijuana license types except for medical marijuana centers, which are not permitted to operate within the city. The difference between marijuana and hemp is the THC content. The federal definition of hemp is anything with less than a 0.3% delta -9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration, which is the primary intoxicating component of marijuana. Read more about hemp on the city's Industrial Hemp webpage.

For questions regarding home growing, please contact the Aurora Police Department's Narcotics Section at 303.739.1650.

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