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From Seed to Sale: Cultivating Innovation in Every Corner of the Cannabis Industry

Licensed Professional
Architectural Firm in Kentucky

Application period opens on July 1, 2024

Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of building a successful cannabis business in Kentucky.  From dispensaries and cultivation facilities to processing centers and beyond, we offer comprehensive design and project management services that ensure compliance, optimize functionality, and maximize profitability. Partner with us to bring your vision to life in this rapidly expanding cannabis market.

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Medical Cannabis Licensing Guide

As of April 18, 2024, Kentucky has established legislative processes to legalize the sale and distribution of medical cannabis to registered cardholders to begin January 1, 2025.


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License payment due within 15 days of invoicing

Initial License Availability

The Kentucky Medical Cannabis Program offers four types of business licenses for conducting activities related to specific responsibilities: Cultivators, Processors, Dispensaries, and Safety Compliance Facilities.

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*Tier IV cultivator and producer licenses will not be available during initial license application period.

Following license approval, license fees must be paid by credit card or ACH/echeck to the Cabinet within fifteen (15) calendar days of invoice receipt. Licenses will not be issued to businesses that fail to timely pay the associated licensing fee.

Kentucky Medical Cannabis Application Information

During the initial licensing period, applications will be limited to ONE business type (Cultivation, retail, processor, OR safety compliance facility)

For dispensary applications, one application per region will be allowed (11 regions in KY in total)

For cultivation applications, one application per cultivation tier will be allowed (Tier IV will not be available during the initial application period).


An existing lease/deed or contingency agreement is needed for application approval.

Location Buffer

1000 ft. from public school, nonpublic school, or daycare.


(Measured by a straight line to and from the nearest property line)

Required Documents for Kentucky Medical Cannabis Application

  • Site plan

  • Financial plan

  • Timeline of startup operations

  • Intended operation plan summary

  • Business entity formation documents

If Applicable:

  • Management service agreement

  • Summary of KY business operation experience

Have questions about:

  • Licensing

  • Site Selection

  • Site Plan

  • Municipal Approval & Local Permitting

  • Security Requirements

We have answers. 

Let our team of trusted industry experts help you navigate the Kentucky Medical Cannabis market. 

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Are you ready to begin working on your project?  Maybe you're still in the early stages of planning.

No matter how far along in the process you may be, VALERE is ready to help your project become a reality. 

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Established in 2021, the VALERE team has a combined 25+ years of professional architectural design experience and is licensed in 15 states. We specialize in cultivation, manufacturing, delivery, and retail dispensary design for the cannabis industry in Kentucky.  VALERE meets the needs of our clients in this rapidly expanding market.

Matthew O'Boyle, RA, AIA

CEO + Founder

James B. Sowell

Vice President

Andrzej Skonieczny

Marketing Manager

VALERE really did cover all the bases and took everything into consideration that we wanted and didn't add anything we didn’t, which to me is almost even more important.

Rich Ferrara,


Greenerside Dispensary

We rely on VALERE to not only bring our architectural vision to reality but also to identify things which we would otherwise not have thought to consider.

Aaron Marks,


Aurum Botanics

When choosing an architect, it's important to find someone with the experience and the eye for design, and with VALERE, it's the complete package.

Mike Albert, 


Pioneer Valley Trading Co.




We'll help you every step of the way. Our team has designed dispensaries & retail spaces from 250 square feet to 5,000+ square feet with start-up budgets to high-end retail experiences for both new construction and renovation projects. 

  • Boutique

  • High-volume

  • Curbside pickup

  • Online pickup

  • Security

  • Efficient flow


VALERE's specialty!  We've worked on over 500,000 square feet of cultivation facilities including greenhouses, hybrid greenhouses, existing warehouses/mill buildings, and new construction using  aeroponics, hydroponics, and live soil cultivation systems.  If you need an expert, we're at your service.

  • New construction

  • Renovation

  • Tier 1 boutique facilities

  • Tier 11 facilities

  • 1-3 tier flower


The professionals at VALERE have extensive experience in Cannabis Manufacturing Facilities ranging from small 1,000 square feet testing laboratories to 30,000 square feet manufacturing facilities. Let us help you get started.

  • Extraction labs 

  • Commercial kitchens

  • Bio labs

  • R&D labs

  • Testing labs

  • Packaging facilities


Whether you're creating a local cannabis delivery company and need a new facility or you're establishing a state-wide delivery network, VALERE knows how to ensure your facility doesn't slow you down.

  • Regulatory compliance

  • Strategic facility design

  • Security-focused

  • Shelf-stable storage

  • Cold storage

  • Freezer storage


A consumption lounge is a place where people can buy and consume cannabis on the premises, similar to a bar or restaurant. These lounges offer a unique experience beyond a traditional bar setting.

  • New construction or renovation

  • Interior design

  • Private consumption rooms

  • Regulatory compliance

Retail Dispensaries
Cultivation Facilities 
Manufacturing Facilities
Delivery Service
Consumption Lounges


At VALERE Architects, cannabis industry work is what we specialize in.  Our cannabis industry projects include cultivation, manufacturing, and retail environments with projects ranging from factory building renovations, to new construction retail facilities.


Whether you are looking to build new, renovate, or a combination of the two, VALERE can assist in your cannabis facility project.


Greenerside Dispensary

Greenfield, MA


EMBR Dispensary

Springfield, MA


Wizzy’s Dispensary

Scotch Plains, NJ


Aurum Botanics

Pemberton, NJ


Merida Capital Phase I & II

Bridgeport, CT


Rooted Dispensary

Victory Gardens, NJ


102 Elm Street, Suite 8
Westfield, MA 01085

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