New licenses will soon be issued to companies by the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) to conduct cannabis business in the state.

The licenses are broken into five classifications: integrated facility, cultivator, processor, dispensary and transport.

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Last week the Cannabis Commission selected those who will be receiving licenses, many of whom had already been selected in June. The previous licenses that had been issued were voided because of human oversights, according to the AMCC.

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“Since the Commission’s inception, we have worked to develop a fair, honest, and equitable process to select licensees,” AMCC Chairman Rex Vaughn told the AP. “It is regrettable that the tabulation errors occurred, however we have acknowledged the miscalculations and have taken the necessary steps to ensure that the data provided to the commission was accurate.”

Until recent years, there has been resistance to medical cannabis use in Alabama that ended in 2021, when the state legislature passed medical marijuana legislation. The provision allows medical patients to purchase controlled medical marijuana once they meet specific criteria.

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Those receiving licenses have 14 days to pay the fees required, and those who didn’t receive licenses will have 14 days to request the matter to be investigated.

The issuance of new licenses could play out in the court system. A company filed legal litigation this summer against the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission, alleging problems with the process of selection.

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