More Than 2,000 Apply for Various Pot Licenses
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More Than 2,000 Apply for Various Pot Licenses
Posted by CN Staff on August 03, 2010 at 06:59:12 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- More than 700 medical-marijuana dispensaries have applied for state licenses, providing for the first time a preliminary count of the businesses in the state.When the Colorado Department of Revenue's new medical-marijuana division closed its doors at 11 p.m. Sunday  the last day to apply for a state dispensary license  717 people had submitted applications. Another 271 had filed applications for a marijuana-products business, and 1,071 applications were filed for marijuana-growing facilities.
The 2,059 total applications brought in more than $7 million in fees.The numbers are preliminary because they do not include applications that were postmarked by Sunday but are still arriving at state offices.As those applications trickled in Monday, marijuana activists and regulators met in an emergency hearing to debate a key way in which those applications will be evaluated. The new law passed earlier this year creating the licensing process requires people wanting to open a dispensary to have been residents of the state since Dec. 15  or for two years if they moved here after that.Monday's hearing was to define what it means to be a Colorado resident. But at the hearing, Matt Cook, the department's senior director of enforcement, made clear that he reads the two-year residency requirement as applying to everyone who works at a dispensary, both owners and employees. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: August 3, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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