More than 800 potential marijuana businesses have submitted at least partial applications for priority certification, which would give them a leg up in applying for a recreational license.
Three-quarters of them are economic empowerment applicants, from areas that have been disproportionately affected by marijuana enforcement. The rest are registered marijuana dispensaries.
The deadline to apply for priority certification ended last week. This is a category that allows certain businesses to apply for a license now, rather than waiting until May 1 or June 1, depending on the type of business. It also means that whenever they submit a license application, their application will be considered more quickly.
According to Cannabis Control Commission executive director Shawn Collins, economic priority applicants submitted 222 complete applications. Another 313 are incomplete, although commission staff intend to work with applicants to get additional information. Additional applications were withdrawn or are being worked on by staff.
There are 63 pending applications from registered medical marijuana dispensaries and 84 that are incomplete.
“It’s a nice healthy number,” said Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman. “We’re very pleased at the amount of interest not just from the (registered marijuana dispensaries)…but from economic empowerment applicants.”
The commission last week approved priority certification for 20 registered marijuana dispensaries. On Wednesday, it approved priority certification for another 26 registered marijuana dispensaries and nine economic empowerment applicants.
The names of the approved applicants will be released by 5 p.m., once commission staff notify the applicants.
“I’d rather applicants not learn about it on Twitter or from the media,” Hoffman said.
The approval process will continue until commission staff have reviewed all the pending requests.
The computer system that will process the actual license applications opened Tuesday. Anyone can start filling out an application online, but applications can only be submitted by a business that