Allows 12 cultivators

US (AL): City authorizes medical cannabis sites in city limits

The city of Cullman is preparing to authorize medical cannabis growing, processing, and dispensing locations. A resolution passed this week by the city council states the city "does hereby authorize the operation of medical cannabis dispensing sites by dispensary licensees and integrated facility licensees within the corporate limits of the City of Cullman."

The city of Tuscaloosa passed a similar ordinance last week. Some citizens' concerns were that allowing dispensaries could create an environment susceptible to crime. Luke Satterfield, an attorney with the city of Cullman, said dispensaries would be comparable to pharmacies.

Satterfield also said the sale of medical cannabis could benefit local municipalities and counties. "It's obviously tax dollars for the city," said Satterfield. "It's a highly regulated opportunity for those that face debilitating physical and mental illnesses."

The state will allow 12 cultivators, four processors, four dispensary licensees (that may operate three locations each), and five integrated facility licenses (where businesses may grow, process, transport, and dispense medical cannabis). The application process includes a background check, analysis of financial ability, moral character, and business background. The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission may pick and choose who is eligible for a license based on their analysis of these and other factors.

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