Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission Pauses Licensing

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) on Friday voted to pause all proceedings related to the organization’s awarding of medical cannabis licenses that were announced on Monday.

On Monday, AMCC awarded medical cannabis licenses to 21 businesses selected from 90 applications submitted. Each business awarded a medical cannabis license was given a June 26 deadline to submit the appropriate license fees to the Commission, with the licenses to be officially issued at AMCC’s meeting on July 10.

However, that process is paused after AMCC said Friday it found “potential inconsistencies” in the tabulation of each application’s scoring data.

“The Commission will work expeditiously to investigate and identify inconsistencies in the score data,” AMCC Director John McMillan said in a news release. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending all current procedural timelines until those matters are resolved.”

AMCC will seek an independent review of all medical cannabis license application scoring data, according to the release.

With the medical cannabis license process on hold, applicants who were awarded a license are not required to pay the license fee by the June 26 deadline. Applicants who were denied a medical cannabis license, meanwhile, are not required to submit a request for an investigative hearing into the application scoring process. Medical cannabis licenses will also not be issued at AMCC’s meeting on July 10.

The pause on medical cannabis licenses will remain in effect until lifted by AMCC, according to the release. Once the pause is lifted, AMCC will reconsider which businesses to award licenses to, and will provide an updated timeline for the payment of license fees, requests for investigative hearings, and the ultimate issuance of licenses.

The 21 Alabama businesses that were originally awarded medical cannabis licenses on June 12 are:

Integrated Facility Licenses: Flowerwood Medical Cannabis; Southeast Cannabis Company; Sustainable Alabama; TheraTrue Alabama; Verano Alabama

Cultivator Licenses: Blackberry Farms; Gulf Shore Remedies; Pure by Sirmon Farms; Twisted Herb Cultivation

Processor Licenses: 1819 Labs; Enchanted Green; Jasper Development Group; Organic Harvest Lab

Dispensary Licenses: CCS of Alabama; RJK Holdings AL; Statewide Property Holdings; Yellowhammer Medical Dispensaries

Secure Transport Licenses: Alabama Secure Transport; International Communication; Tyler Van Lines

State Testing Laboratory Licenses: Certus Laboratories

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Zach Mentz

Zach Mentz is an editor at Flavor Fix, covering cannabis, CBD and alcohol news and featured stories. Previously, he worked as senior editor of Cannabis Business Times (CBT). Mentz is a graduate of the Tim Russert Department of Communication at John Carroll University.

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