Alabama business owners detail process for medical cannabis license applications

DECATUR, Alabama (AS TO) – The deadline for Alabama business owners to submit an application to operate as a medical cannabis dispensary has come and gone – but some say the task of approval is daunting.

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) reports that 94 applications have been submitted by those applying for licenses to distribute medical cannabis products. This is a large increase from the nine requests initially reported.

Business owners say paperwork was the reason for the delay.

“The process was very tedious,” said Joey Robertson, president of Wagon Trail MedServ. “In all, we had planned between 500 and maybe 800 pages of paperwork, to start with preparing the application. We got closer to 1,500 pages.

Wagon Trail MedServ, a hemp farm in Hanceville, was approved by the Decatur City Council just two days before the application deadline. The commission received several types of applications – grower, processor, transporter, tester and dispensary.

“We’re aiming for integrated licensing that encompasses everything from cultivation to production to distribution,” Robertson explained. “It’s basically a seed-for-sale solution.”

The Alabama Cannabis Coalition (ACC), an advocacy group that supports the legalization of citizens growing their own marijuana for pain management, told News 19, even with the difficult application process completed – the state of ‘Alabama still has a long way to go before it catches up to programs in other states.

“It is long overdue for patients in the state of Alabama, citizens, to have access to medical cannabis, because there is so much out there that [it] remedies,” said Marty Schelper, president of the Alabama Cannabis Coalition.

“We just think it’s not enough,” he continued. “We believe citizens of the state of Alabama are allowed to grow their own medicine.”

The SMAC is expected to award the licenses as early as June 12.


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