Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
LARA has no purview over existing dispensaries; we are currently determining how we get them through the application process. We’re very much aware of the concerns of the existing facilities and patients in terms of continued access to medical marijuana. We are taking efforts to facilitate those concerns while also trying to implement the new regulations in a fair and efficient way so that we can issue licenses as quickly as possible in accordance with the new regulatory standards.
The emergency administrative rules do not authorize the operation of a medical marijuana facility, they simply do not consider the operation as an impediment to licensure under certain conditions. LARA and the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board expect to begin issuing state operating licenses by April 2018, if not sooner. Until that time, the operation of a facility is a business risk by the operator.
For additional information, refer to the Emergency Administrative Rules, specifically rule 19.