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Pursuant to its powers under § 10 of Cannabis Law, the Cannabis Control Board (Board) has the discretion to limit the number of licenses for each type of license issued.
In addition to AUCC and AUCP licenses that are eligible for transition, the Office estimates that over 1,000 licenses in the licensing application window opening on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, including provisional and final licenses may be issued. These estimated allocations include:
• Retail Dispensary: 500 – 1000
• Microbusiness: 220
• Indoor Cultivation (Tier 1): 20
• Indoor Cultivation (Tier 2): 20
• Processor (Type 1: Extracting, plus all activities of Types 2 and 3): 55
• Processor (Type 2: Infusing and blending, plus all activities of Type 3): 100
• Processor (Type 3: Packaging, labeling, and branding, including for the performance of white labeling agreements only): no allocation limit, Office will review on a rolling basis
• Distributor: 30
The cannabis license applications contain general questions about your business, ownership, participation in workforce or training programs offered by the Office, premises, and operating activities.
If you are applying as a Social and Economic Equity (SEE) applicant, you will have additional questions and documentation to upload. The SEE application section collects information from applicants seeking to determine whether the applicant is SEE-qualified. More information about the SEE program is available on the Office’s website, and additional information on the SEE application section is available in the “Social and Economic Equity” section below. .
Information about your True Parties of Interest (TPI) will be collected via your applicant entity disclosure in the TPI Portal. This is a separate process that can only be completed once your cannabis license application has been submitted. After submitting your application, you will receive an email with a link to the TPI Portal to complete this step. More information about TPI and the TPI disclosures is available in the “How to Complete the Application” section below and at the TPI Guidance.
All applicants must submit proof of control over a proposed premises to complete the application and be considered for a final license, except applicants for retail dispensary and microbusiness licenses.
You can prove that you have control over a premises by uploading an executed deed if you own the property, or by uploading an executed lease agreement if you are leasing the property. These documents must outline all common terms associated with a lease agreement and must show that the applicant possesses or has the right to use sufficient land, buildings, and other premises as specified in the application to properly carry out the activities for which a license is sought.
The application window for the cultivator, processor, distributor, retail dispensary and microbusiness licenses will open on Wednesday, October 4th, 2023. The application window will close on Monday, December 4, 2023, at 5:00PM Eastern Time. To be considered, all applications must be submitted before 5:00PM on December 4, 2023.
For retail dispensary and microbusiness applicants that are applying with proof of control over the proposed licensed premises, there will be an expedited application window that will close on Friday, November 3, 2023, at 5:00PM Eastern Time. The Office will begin the review of applications submitted during this window to expedite the review of retail dispensary and microbusiness applications. The retail dispensary and microbusiness application window will remain open after November 3, 2023, until December 4, 2023, for applicants that apply after November 3, or are applying for a provisional license (without proof of control over the proposed licensed premises). You can submit a provisional license retail dispensary or microbusiness application anytime during the open application window.
Applicants who are not issued a license in this application window, must resubmit an application to be considered in a future application licensing window.
The application window opening on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 will not be using a scoring process to determine which applicants are issued a license but rather a random order “queuing” process. More information on this random order queuing process is available in Question 10 above. Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria and submit a complete application to be issued a license.
Please note, that the Board may create applications with competitive or scored elements in future application windows.
Applications require payment of a non-refundable $1,000 application fee, except for applicants applying as SEE, which require payment of a non-refundable $500 application fee. Per the regulations, SEE applicants receive a 50% reduction in application and licensing fees. If an applicant applies as a SEE but is unable to provide the required documentation to prove SEE status, the applicant will not be considered for licensure in this application window.
Due to the pending litigation challenging the validity of the CAURD program, provisional CAURD licensees may want to apply for an adult-use retail dispensary license during this application window. Applicants should apply with the business entity that will operate the license. If this business entity is different than the entity that applied for under the CAURD program, the Office will request additional information to support the change from the CAURD entity on file with the Office.
Applicants must submit their CAURD application number as supplied by the Office in their complete format, with all dashes, letters, and numbers for proper identification. Please note, a provisional CAURD licensee will not be issued two licenses if they are selected and able to move forward under the CAURD program and the general licensing process.
Additionally, such applicants will have to pay the $1,000 non-refundable application fee to complete submission. Applicants who qualify for SEE will be eligible for a 50% reduction in application and licensing fees. The Office is actively exploring options for waiving future licensing fees for eligible CAURD licensees.