First Alabama medical marijuana business licenses announced – Alabama’s News Leader

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WBMA) — The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) on Monday announced its selections for medical cannabis business licenses.

The commission voted on which applicants would be awarded the licenses during a meeting.

“There was no shortage of qualified individuals and entities who provided applications for us to consider,” explained Commission Chairman and Oncologist, Dr. Steven Stokes. “Based on the evaluators’ assessments and the Commission’s considerations, we believe that we have selected an outstanding slate of inaugural licensees to represent Alabama’s new medical cannabis industry.”

The commission said it engaged the University of South Alabama (USA) to coordinate the application review process and recruit evaluators to assess the scored exhibit items for all 90 applicants. USA used 66 evaluators to review one of eight scoring categories: (1) Financial Ability; (2) Business/Management Approach; (3) Operations Plans & Procedures; (4) Facility Suitability and Infrastructure; (5) Security Plan; (6) Personnel; (7) Quality Control and Testing; or (8) Marketing and Advertising.

The commission said each scored exhibit was independently reviewed by two evaluators to assess the applicant’s solvency, stability, suitability, capability, projected efficiency, and experience, both in relation to any baseline set, as well as in comparison with other applicants.

“The Commission has worked diligently since the

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