Business licensing process continues as deadline for state officials looms
Last update: May 16, 2016
The Marijuana Control Board began accepting business applications in February, with state law mandating that the approval process must begin on May 24. According to the state’s website, applicants seeking cultivation and testing licenses receive top priority, with processors and retailer licenses following later in the year. For specifics on the state program, including a calendar with important benchmarks, an FAQ, and training videos for applicants, click here.
The board issued proposed rules for cannabis cafés and is now in the process of gathering public comments. If you wish to make your voice heard, you are encouraged to review the proposed rules here, and submit comments before the deadline of 4:30 p.m. on June 21. More information, including email and mailing address information for comments, is available here. Unfortunately, the business license review process was unnecessarily delayed earlier this year while board staff waited for authorization for national background checks for business applicants. While few oppose the idea of background checks, they are not required under the law.
The Marijuana Control Board began expediting the review process at its April 27 meeting, and that process will no longer slow the important work the MCB or local governments must do to conform to state requirements.
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