Statewide dispensary moratorium ends, new applications slow to come in

A statewide moratorium on new medical-marijuana businesses ended Sunday, but don't expect to see many new dispensaries popping up right away.

Legislators approved the two-year moratorium as they were creating a regulatory framework for the booming industry in 2010, thinking it would give local municipalities and the newly created Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division some time to catch up.


Tom Downey, now the director of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, says that as of July 3 he had received exactly one new medical marijuana center application, and he doesn't expect to see a huge flood to come pouring in anytime soon. "I expect some, of course, but it's not that there has been a huge group of people waiting," he notes.

Downey thinks that the majority of requests for new licenses will actually come from existing businesses that have been forced out of another municipality. MMJ businesses shut down by local bans have already been allowed to move under state law, but shops forced to close after receiving letters from U.S. Attorney John Walsh, for example, had to voluntarily withdraw their state and local licensing. They'll now have to reapply as new ventures in order to open in different locations.

And unlike centers that opened prior to the passage of regulations in 2009 and 2010, new medical marijuana dispensaries and infused-product manufacturers must now be licensed before they can begin operations -- just like any other business.

In order to do that, they must have their applications processed by the state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division -- which still has plenty on its plate.

As of early last month, the MMED had only approved and licensed 113 medical marijuana centers; it had 464 applications waiting approval. Of those, 229 need local approval before the MMED can move forward; the rest are in varying phases of background checks from the division. The MMED has also licensed ten infused-product manufacturers, with 183 still waiting approval or denial.

More from our marijuana news archives: "Medical marijuana dispensaries can't deduct business expenses on state tax returns"; "Medical marijuana patient Bob Crouse acquitted: Another wasteful prosecution?"


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Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay like.author.displayName 1 Like

Yet it was YOU who initially started the FALSE rumor that I was Laura. Idiot.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Very dim -- Laura Kriho has been one of Colorado's most able activists in the fight against Prohibition and has acted forthrightly and publicly; Donkey is an Internet lurker, and as far as we know has never advocated for anything using his true name or in public.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay like.author.displayName 1 Like

Why did the chicken cross the rote ?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay like.author.displayName 1 Like

You're still single, aren't you Justin ?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay like.author.displayName 1 Like

Non-responsive.

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

your california dispensary posts are just not worthy of a response

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Long Beach California police -- not your confabulated "Dedicated Pot Police"!

guest
guest like.author.displayName 1 Like

Donkey Hotay is John Galt.

Fuck
Fuck

Laura khiro all the way. she lives with.her parents. Just watch any video with her in it and youll soon see that snarky rhetoric of the donkeys cunt. She acts like she hates pot to keep her identity secret I mean the best evidence I.have is THAT IS NOT A MAN . ITS A,BIG FAT SMELLY coooder

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay like.author.displayName 1 Like

Why are you so fixated on superficial popularity ?

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

An idiot liked your video!  Amendment 64 does not institute any new laws, penalties, or law enforcement agencies, and your video is of Long Beach, California police -- liar!

Nemopunk15
Nemopunk15

 I hear your that crazy chick that Irvin Rosenfeld has doing gofer work. I really hope that is not true, i have all the respect in the world for Irvin, and your a crazy person.

Olga
Olga

For example in my case it is decent and logical to hate Communists who tortured and killed my father for expressing views against Communist regime. But the point was that you do not have a decent or logical reason to hate marijuana as you do. You should try marijuana sometime, it could be a positive thing for you. If you still hate marijuana, then don't use. But do not try to insult those of us who love it. Your insults don't really hurt other than it take slightly longer to find intelligent comments on this board when I must page through your space-filler.

Donkey Hotay
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As of early last month, the MMED had only approved and licensed 113 medical marijuana centers; it had 464 applications waiting approval. Of those, 229 need local approval before the MMED can move forward; the rest are in varying phases of background checks from the division. Mooooooon Riiiiiiiver !! How's that "legitimization" feeling now ? PS: Billy B., if you limited your weekly reviews to ONLY the licensed facilities, it'd still be 2+ years before you were able to cover them all.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay like.author.displayName 1 Like

Name a "decent" reason to hate, numbnuts.

Donkey__Hotay
Donkey__Hotay

This is my life! Anonymously ripping on people and hating on marijuana, a harmless plant that I hate for no really decent or logical reason, or at least one that I can explain without grade-school / reefer madness type insults against "stoners" etc.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient like.author.displayName 1 Like

Industry in shambles: check Patients (or customers as they call them) scared about police database and fleeing the registry: check DEA harassment: check IRS & State of Colorado harassment over taxes: check "Industry Groups" lobbying to ban advertisement: check Why anyone would be stupid enough to open a MMC is beyond me. At this point there is ONE sucker thinking MMJ=Riches

ice Pick
ice Pick

registry patients is rising, please check your facts. also just because Denver has no applicants does not mean the state does not. just wait until ft Collins changes ban in favor of mmcs and watch a bunch of new apps... likely from current mmc owners.

Donkey Hotay
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MedPot Millionaires .... investing in Iraqi Dinars ... Now's the Time to BUY!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay like.author.displayName 1 Like

Are you upset at not being included in this group of "fools and tools" ?

Corey's Mom
Corey's Mom

Get a life, Donkey. You clearly have nothing better to do than sit around and spit vitriol and false claims on multiple internet boards all day long. This means you are either living with your parents, or are financially independent. And guessing from your lack of grace and sophistication - I am guessing you are living with your parents.

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

Who was predicting an explosion of new applicants?  Certainly not me.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay like.author.displayName 1 Like

Got your application ready to go, Ryan ?

Ryan Cordova
Ryan Cordova

 I see, so because I pointed out that it's only been a couple of days and you're jumping to conclusions..... You jump to the conclusion that I must be filling out an application myself? Does that even make sense in your own head?

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