US (AL): Applicants line up for limited number of medical cannabis licenses

It was a long road for supporters of medical cannabis to persuade the Alabama Legislature to make it legally available in the state.

Now, more than a year after the legislature approved a program to grow, process, and distribute medical cannabis, the licensing application process is in full swing. There are plenty of interested businesses, and a key deadline is approaching.

Last month saw the deadline to file for an application, and December 31 is the application filing deadline, according to the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC). The commission has not formally announced when medical cannabis will become available, but given that the commission won’t vote on license awards until June 12, it appears that it will be late 2023 at the earliest before availability.

AMCC is taking applications for six major areas, including cultivation, processing, dispensaries, lab testing, distribution, and integrated facilities. The licenses don’t come cheap. A cultivator license costs $40,000 to start, and so does a dispensary license, and an integrated facility license is $50,000, but there are plenty of applicants.

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