Medical marijuana in Alabama: Businesses showing their intent to participatePosted by On

Alabama’s establishment of a medical marijuana program has entered another phase, with businesses beginning to notify the state of their intention to participate in the seed-to-sale industry.

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission received 179 requests for applications for business licenses during the first six days after it began taking those requests Sept. 1.

Applicants can seek licenses as cultivators, processors, secure transporters, state testing labs, and dispensaries. Or they can seek licenses as integrated companies performing multiple functions.

The commission revealed the numbers at its meeting today, as well as a map showing the counties with the most requests for applications.

Jefferson County, the state’s most populous county, had the most license application requests with 28. Madison County was next with 19, followed by Montgomery County with 14, and Mobile and Tuscaloosa County with 13 each.

There were no application requests from more than 25 counties. But officials noted that it’s early in the process and the commission will continue receiving requests until Oct. 17.

(You can see a map of requests by county at the bottom of this story.)

The commission will send out applications on Oct. 24. Companies will have until the end of the year to submit their applications, then will have a window of opportunity next year to make revisions or corrections.

The commission will issue licenses next summer. Medical cannabis products could be available late next year or…

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