No Marijuana Licenses Approved By State Board In First Attempt
March 27, 2018
The first two medical marijuana facility applicants to go before the state’s licensing board didn’t fare well Thursday, as both walked away with no license.
Roughly three months after people could first begin submitting applications to be licensed to run a medical marijuana facility, the state’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board (
Bailey said the omission of these offenses from the application is what did it for him, and after the
But another faction of the board, led by
Cover said the board is going to have “a long year if we scrutinize every single applicant.”
“I just don’t think that we want this to be our opening statement and our opening direction. We have to give people a chance,” she said.
On the first applicant, LaMontaine noted this person filed an addendum explaining the situation, and that the offense “happened a significant time period ago,” and that he doesn’t think this is “adequate to hold against these folks.”
With the fifth
LaMontaine motioned to have the first applicant approved, which was Greentransport Services Inc., a proposed secure transporter business based in Riverdale tied to individuals Michael Ray Densmore and Amy Sue
But that vote failed 2-2, with Bailey and Johnson voting no and Cover joining LaMontaine in support.
On the next applicant, Bailey said a misdemeanor for possession of marijuana was found within the last five years, and that this applicant should be disqualified.
Bailey said state law precludes the
The applicant was
LaMontaine motioned to approve the prequalification license for
But after the
Bailey moved next to deny the application, which Cover seconded.
After staff to the
But both applicants could have another bite at the apple if they’re denied a license, thanks to the appeal process where they can request a “public investigative hearing” where they can establish by clear and convincing evidence their eligibility and suitability to have a license, said David Harns, spokesperson for the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR).
There were originally five applicants scheduled to be considered on the
Asked what that information was, Brisbo said he could not say. The three applicants pulled off the agenda were referred to as Arbors Wellness, Arbor Farm 1 and Arbor Kitchen.
Also at the meeting, Johnson asked Brisbo to get information about facility applicants to the
Other news and notes from the
– Brisbo said the state has now delivered more than 200 cease-and-desist letters to operating marijuana businesses that didn’t apply before the state’s deadline.
– There have been 411 prequalification applications submitted to the state for a medical marijuana facility, which represents step one of the process. Of the applications that have gone through the second step of the process, the facility type with the most applications in
– The state’s Medical Marihuana Review Panel will be considering 22 petitions wanting to add qualifying conditions to the approved list for medical marihuana patients during meetings scheduled for April 27 and May 4.
– The BMMR has determined that the regulatory assessment charge for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 will be $0 for safety compliance facilities, $10,000 for the smallest grower license and $48,000 for every other facility license type.