July 3, 2018

Cannbis regulators say legal pot applications incomplete

Photo | Matt Wright
Marijuana plants growing at Sira Naturals' Milford facility

As the Cannabis Control Commission continues to review license applications, its executive director on Monday pointed to another factor that could contribute to the slow rollout of the newly-legal industry.

Executive Director Shawn Collins told the commission on Monday that of the 63 license applications that had been submitted to the CCC in full, about a third of them were not actually complete.

"What we're seeing is that not everything, when submitted, is being included in the applications, that's about 20 or so applications," Collins said. "Folks have represented that it is, in fact, complete. As we dig in, what we're finding is some materials may be missing, some sections may be incomplete."

The executive director said the information that has been found to be missing is "all over the place" and noted that the CCC's license application process requires the applicant to submit a lot of documentation.

Collins said the CCC is working with applicants who submitted incomplete information so they know what more they must supply the CCC before it will consider its application. The CCC still has "probably 30 or so" applications that have not yet been reviewed for completeness, Collins said.

As of last week, the CCC had received 23 applications to grow marijuana, 19 applications for retail licenses, 15 applications to produce marijuana-infused products, three research laboratory applications, two applications from microbusinesses, and one application to transport marijuana, Collins said Monday.

The CCC approved three of those 63 applications on Monday -- one for retail, one for product manufacturing and one for transportation. The CCC had also previously issued a provisional cultivation license.

"By and large, of the 63, I think it's really fair to say we have been through the majority of them and we will continue to go through each of them as they come through," Collins said.

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