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State laws and insurance requirements for cannabis businesses

Each state has its own laws and regulations for cannabis businesses. Make sure to research your local laws and consult with a licensed insurance agent. Check the links referenced below for updates, as laws are constantly changing.

How do state laws affect my cannabis business?

Each state determines whether cannabis is legal and to what extent. States can issue licenses for cannabis businesses, mandate certain types of insurance or bonds, or set limits on how many cannabis businesses can operate.

Additionally, cities and counties can prohibit cannabis businesses even in states where they are legal, and may have their own laws and insurance requirements for the industry.

Beyond regulating specific industries like cannabis, each state has its own insurance and licensing requirements for businesses, and penalties if you fail to comply. Check your state's laws and requirements or view our recommended policies for cannabis businesses.

Protect your cannabis business with the right insurance policies

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MALE VOICEOVER: When it comes to cannabis business insurance, having the right coverage can protect your business from accidents and lawsuits.

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Some policies or bonds may be required by your state or local government, while others are part of a smart risk management plan.

From theft of merchandise to a customer tripping and falling, a claim could financially devastate your business.

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So, what types of insurance should a cannabis business look for?

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Some of the most popular, and sometimes required, insurance policies are...

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General liability insurance, which protects against basic third party risks, such as a customer injury, or damage to their property.

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Product liability insurance will help pay for legal costs if a client sues over an adverse reaction to one of your products.

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Commercial property insurance which helps pay for property damage to your storefront or business personal property. This policy is often required by landlords.

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Commercial auto insurance covers vehicle theft, vandalism, and accidents involving your company's vehicle. Most states require this coverage for businesses that own vehicles.

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[video: Under above header, three bullet points display the text: "Physical damage and collisions"; "Injuries caused by your vehicle"; "Vehicle repairs due to weather or vandalism"]

Workers' compensation insurance is usually required for businesses with employees, and protects against workplace illnesses or injuries.

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[video: Under above header, three bullet points display the text: "Employee medical expenses"; "Disability benefits"; "Legal fees from lawsuits"]

Surety bonds guarantee that your cannabis business will fulfill contractual terms and pay suppliers. Many states require a surety bond as part of licensing requirements for a cannabis business.

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[video: Under above header, three bullet points display the text: "Compliance with laws"; "Fulfilled license requirements"; "Protection from breach of contract"]

Finished stock insurance covers the value of your cannabis inventory should it become damaged and unable to be sold.

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The specifics of your cannabis operations will help determine other types of insurance coverage that you may need. It's best to speak with your dedicated insurance agent to know which policies can meet your insurance needs and your budget.

Get free insurance quotes for your cannabis business with Insureon today.

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Click the link to get started.

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Insureon helps a wide range of businesses get the coverage they need from top-rated U.S. insurance carriers. Complete our easy online application to get free insurance quotes.

Our dedicated cannabis insurance agent can help you choose the best cannabis insurance policies that meet the needs of your small business.

You’ll typically be able to get coverage quickly and receive a copy of your insurance certificate on the same day.

How do I get insurance for my cannabis business?

Commercial insurance helps cannabis businesses comply with state laws and recover financially from fires, lawsuits, and costly accidents. Consult our licensed cannabis insurance specialist to get quotes for your business today.

Marijuana legal status and cannabis business insurance requirements by state

Most states allow medical use of cannabis, and an increasing number of states allow recreational use. Find out your state's laws, learn about any cannabis business insurance requirements, and explore resources specific to your state.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

Washington, D.C.

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Updated: March 8, 2024
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