Applications for Dispensary Licenses Trickle In
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Applications for Dispensary Licenses Trickle In
Posted by CN Staff on February 27, 2010 at 04:36:55 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- The torrential flood that Denver officials expected when the city started accepting medical-marijuana dispensary-license applications mostly turned out to be a steady trickle.By the end of the business day Friday, the last day dispensary owners in the city could apply for a license without having to shut down operations while their application is pending, Denver officials had received 235 applications. That is no small number  it eclipses the number of liquor stores in the city.
But the number is also surprisingly low considering it is less than half the number of dispensaries that have applied for sales-tax licenses with the city.New rules the City Council passed earlier this year require all dispensaries in Denver to obtain a special operating license in addition to their standard sales-tax license. To get the license, dispensary owners have to provide security plans, lease documents and floor plans, undergo an on-site inspection, submit to a criminal-background check, and pay $5,000 in application and annual fees.It will take several weeks for dispensaries to receive their licenses, but dispensaries that applied for a license by Friday will be allowed to stay open while they wait.Dispensaries that didn't apply yet may still do so but will have to close until they have their license in hand.It is not yet clear what's responsible for Denver's dispensary deflation. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: February 27, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by TroutMask on February 27, 2010 at 06:46:04 PT
"It is not yet clear what's responsible for Denver's dispensary deflation."The answer is "To get the license, dispensary owners have to ... submit to a criminal-background check." The criminal-background check eliminates many of the dispensaries, which are run by convicted criminals.Now if they can just find a way to stop the California-grown marijuana from flooding the Colorado markets...
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