CCC Executive Director Shawn Collins told the commission Tuesday that 19 of the 55 businesses that had been approved for priority review have filed at least one phase of the license application with the commission. He said the applications aren’t necessarily complete and the CCC has not necessarily received payments from the applicants.
The businesses approved for the expedited application review have been allowed to submit their license applications ahead of May 1, when the CCC will begin accepting applications for cultivators, craft marijuana cooperatives, microbusinesses, transporters and independent testing labs.
Marijuana retailers and product manufacturers will be able to apply for licenses beginning June 1, the CCC has said. The CCC cannot issue a license until June 1 and expects legal sales to begin July 1.
Those applicants that are not seeking or are not eligible for priority review have since last week been able to begin filling out the CCC license application, but are not yet able to formally file it with the commission.
Collins said Tuesday that 155 other businesses have begun working on a license application.
The CCC on Tuesday approved another 47 businesses — 31 registered marijuana dispensary companies and 16 applicants who qualified for the commission’s economic empowerment program — for priority review. Tuesday’s approvals bring the total number of applicants approved for expedited review to 77 RMDs and 25 economic empowerment applicants.