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1st Illinois Dispensaries Will Likely Launch in 2015

Posted on  June 24, 2014 by  News Admin

The first dispensaries in Illinois might not launch until well into next year, months later than many entrepreneurs envisioned after the state passed its medical marijuana law in 2013. “It’s going to be spring or early next summer before patients have access to this medicine,” Ali Nagib of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)  told a local TV station. At this point, it appears that the first crop of cannabis businesses in the state will receive licenses in the fall or even winter. It will then take several more months for cultivators to produce the first harvest. The state did not set an initial timeline for when dispensaries would open. Nagib said it became clear shortly after the law passed that dispensaries might not be able to open until 2015. But many observers still expected dispensaries to be up and running in Illinois sometime this year, even though it often takes longer than expected to get a regulatory framework in place. Illinois has released draft rules (and already revised them) covering the industry and is now holding public hearings to discuss the proposed regulations. It will accept written comments through June 2. Once it gets feedback from the public, officials must hammer out final rules and then launch the application process for business licenses, which will likely occur later this year. That process – including the vetting of applicants – could take several months to play out. Illinois will license up to 60 dispensaries and 21...

Applicants Seek Permits for Medical Marijuana Shops

Posted on  April 24, 2014 by  News Admin

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Doors opened at 6:30 a.m. Thursday at the Development Services Department near City Hall for people that wanted to obtain a legal medical marijuana shop permit in San Diego. People camped out for three days just to be some of the first through the door.Last month, the City Council approved a set of zoning regulations that would allow up to four collectives to legally exist in eight of nine city council districts, meaning a total of only 36 permits will be issued.The restrictions on distances between dispensaries and houses, schools, churches and the like preclude any from being in council President Todd Gloria's district, which includes downtown, Hillcrest and North Park.About 45 people applied for a conditional use permit to operate a legal medical marijuana shop. Hundreds more are expected. First in line, Michael Banki camped out with his family for three days despite midterm exams."We've been here since Sunday," said Banki. "There's been this stigma against cannabis but it helps on so many levels by just ingesting the plant itself the raw leaves," Banki said.Until the city starts issuing the conditional use permits, all collectives in the city are considered illegal. The mayor's office said the permit process could cost $100,000 and take six months to one year.Dispensaries also are banned from having on-site medical professionals so they don't become one stop shops."Hopefully we can get some good actors in place here who can show the community at large that this is a real...

Nevada MMJ Businesses Scramble to Meet Application Deadline

Posted on  April 23, 2014 by  News Admin

Not one business submitted its preliminary review form to the Clark County Department of Business on Wednesday, which is when the office began accepting applications for dispensary and cultivation licenses. The deadline to submit 12 copies of the form - which must include a business plan, financial statements and an FBI-approved background check for each business owner – is 3 p.m. on April 22. There are 10 dispensary licenses currently up for grabs in unincorporated Clark County, though there are no caps on the number of cultivation facilities. Those 10 dispensary licenses do not cover cities such as Las Vegas, where local lawmakers are drafting medical marijuana regulations of their own and hope to finish by early summer. Al Marquis, a lawyer who is working with several businesses, said entrepreneurs are struggling to get their paperwork in order due to the short window to apply. Clark County announced its application process on March 19. After filing the preliminary review form, businesses must then submit an application for a special use permit on May 2. That application must show that the business does not violate zoning or land use rules. Each application also carries a nonrefundable $5,000 fee. Local officials have not provided a date for when they will name the winners.

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