Licensing delays cost Alaskan marijuana license applicants time, money

Applicants for cannabis business licenses in Alaska could be forced to wait up to five months for their paperwork to be reviewed, despite a state statute stipulating that licenses should be granted in roughly 90 days.

Prospective licensees told the Alaska Journal of Commerce the long wait times are costing them money.

One cultivation business owner told the Journal she has been waiting on her license for six months. She said she has been paying rent and insurance on a building she’s not using so she can show proof of occupancy for her application.

The wait time for licenses has increased since the first round of licenses were approved in June 2016; occasionally, the Journal reported, the lag time has been more than a year.

Erika McConnell, the executive director of the state’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office (AMCO), wrote in her director’s report to the Marijuana Control Board that the AMCO is understaffed and its workload overwhelming, the Journal reported.

AMCO staffers are spending an “inordinate amount of time” working with applicants on details in their applications, she wrote in her report, and applicants are sometimes “resistant” to advice, she noted.

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2 comments on “Licensing delays cost Alaskan marijuana license applicants time, money
  1. Gentle Jim on

    How many time will we see this exact same foot dragging, state after state, time after time, before we recognize it for what it is. It is a pattern used by big pharma and big business to take over the market as soon as others have made all the sacrifices to open this new market. Take notes, names and vote these people out of office.
    God bless all those who work to end the war on drugs.
    Gentle Jim

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