Med. Marijuana Enforcement Division buried, extends deadlines for MMJ employee licensing

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At 7 a.m. today, a source tells Westword, approximately 200 medical marijuana industry employees hoping to get their license applications processed by the July 1 deadline were lined up outside the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division offices -- but around 140 of them were turned away. Why? The volume of applicants has overwhelmed the MMED, which is extending deadlines.

According to MMED spokeswoman Julie Postlethwait, applicants didn't exactly rush to tackle the licensing chore. "We only processed twelve applications in May," she says. "Everybody waited until the last minute. It's been overwhelming."

When the flood started, the MMED discovered its processing capacity topped out at about sixty applications per day. But many more people than that have been showing up, including workers from dispensaries all over the state who've been traveling to Denver, since planned regional offices are not yet open. And as Postlethwait notes, "We can't have someone driving four hours to Denver only to be turned away."

The solution? MMED supervisors are now asking that applicants stop coming to the office until July 5 -- four days after the original deadline. Moreover, individuals who live outside the Denver area are being told to wait until regional offices planned for Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Fruita, on the Western Slope, are open, and then apply at the one nearest them. There's no firm date for the offices' debut: "We've had some lease-negotiation delays," Postlethwait notes. But she expects they'll be up and running sometime this summer.

As for people in Denver, their deadline has been extended, too, but not by as much. Postlethwait says they'll have until the end of July to get through the process, which should move faster given that folks from elsewhere in Colorado won't be lined up as well.

This situation is far from ideal, but Postlethwait sees it as a reasonable compromise. "We don't have the resources to increase staff or equipment," she says. "So we're going to accommodate public safety and the needs of the industry as best we can."

More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division top cop Marco Vasquez once in narcotics bureau."


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medical alarm
medical alarm

    Very useful info. Hope to see more posts soon!

medical alarm
medical alarm

 I apologise, but it not absolutely that is necessary for me.

wtfk
wtfk

The state is a farm, and you are their livestock.  Opt out of their insanity.

George Carl
George Carl

Any employee who applies to work at an MMC is a fool (sorry) because none of the MMCs has a LICENSE FROM THE STATE, so you all are potentially working for a CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE. And when the MMED comes to bust your unlicensed MMC, they will have your photo and fingerprints, allowing you to bypass the booking phase and GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL.

David
David

Deadlines are only for peasants.  Royalty can miss all the deadlines they want - peasants only once.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

This is only the beginning of this mess.  Wait until they have to track seed to sale.  They have had a year and nearly $10 MILLION to get this figured out.  Why did THEY wait until the last minute.  Looks like Matt Cook did a very poor job.  

Bastar
Bastar

How can the MMED say that people waited till the last minute when the vendor application wasn't even available until last week. The employee form was available in June so applying before then was IMPOSSIBLE.

Forestgump
Forestgump

8.5 million dollars (plus 50 fines) and a year later and the DoR doesn't have staff to process employees.   If you got turned away--be thankful and don't go back.  Your setting yourself up.

GetReal
GetReal

Yes!  Another weapon in addition to "overgrow the government"..bury them in their own paperwork!  I Love It!

Dutchess
Dutchess

you read this from CTI which likes to institute fear into people (because people don't care anymore).  It says an application on file is the same thing unless they tell you no-which they already did to 9 places so far.

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