Alabama Regulators To Begin Issuing Medical Cannabis Business Licenses

Alabama Regulators To Begin Issuing Medical Cannabis Business Licenses

Alabama regulators took a big step this week toward launching a new medical cannabis industry in the state, with plans to begin issuing licenses to businesses on Monday.

Local news station WIAT reported. The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission has announced it will begin the process of awarding licenses from among the 90 applications it has received.

“Earlier this year, the group began reviewing applications for cultivators, processors and pharmacies, along with other areas of the industry. The University of South Alabama worked with the committee to evaluate the application. .” The agency reported.

The Medical Cannabis Commission said in April: “We voted to formally consider 90 applications submitted,” he said. After the commission considers these applications “properly submitted, amended and amended,” it “proceeds through the review, evaluation and scoring process,” it said.

“Applications for a medical cannabis business license closed on December 30, 2022. Applications submitted in a timely manner were reviewed by the following agencies.” [Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission] Applicants were given notice if their application was incomplete. Applicants must file an amended proposed application by March 3, 2023, or request additional time to file such an application,” the panel said in April. “Furthermore, applicants may file a petition to amend the terms of their application. Amendments and/or amended applications must be filed by May 24.”

Commission director John McMillan said at the time that the commission was “thrilled to be one step closer to implementing the program.”

“Now that we have a formal list of applicants, the 60-day period for reviewing applications has begun,” McMillan said.

The commission later announced that it plans to “grant licenses in each license category” at a meeting scheduled for Monday.

“Once a business license is issued, physicians can begin the accreditation process to recommend medical cannabis to eligible patients,” the commission said at the time.

The 90 applications formally filed include 12 cultivator applications, 11 processor applications, 18 dispensing pharmacy applications, 9 safe transport equipment applications, 2 state inspection agency applications, a general Thirty-eight facility applications were included.

The Commission explained how the evaluation and allocation of licenses would unfold.

“The examination, evaluation, and scoring of applications informs the Board’s decision regarding the granting of licenses. This information is based on the merit of each application represented by a ranked score. Asked the University of South Alabama to establish a team of academic evaluators and other qualified individuals to review, evaluate and score license applications. set limits) and have complete discretion over which applicants are granted licenses,” the April announcement said. “After evaluating the application, the Commission may grant up to 12 cultivator licences, 4 processor licences, 4 compounding licences, 5 integrated facility licences, and an unspecified number of licences, as per statute. Yes, it is licensed for safe transportation and state testing laboratories.”

Alabama will legalize medical marijuana for eligible individuals in 2021, when Republican Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill into law.

“This is certainly a sensitive and emotional issue that is being continuously researched,” Ivey said in a statement after the bill was signed. “At the state level, there are research groups looking into this issue, and I’m interested in how medical cannabis can benefit people with chronic illnesses, or how it can improve the quality of life of people with chronic illnesses. I am interested in what can be done to” in their final days. ”

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