The five applicants who will be offered licenses by the state to cultivate medical marijuana will be announced on Feb. 27 by the state Medical Marijuana Commission.
Department of Finance and Authority lawyer Joel DiPippa told the commission at its meeting last week in the Alcoholic Beverage Control conference room that the members of the board will get “depersonalized” applications — applications with names removed — for cultivator licenses on Dec. 15 and can begin their scoring of the applications then. DiPippa suggested the commission score the 95 applications by Feb. 1, but Commissioner Dr. Carlos Roman said that would not give him enough time to do a good job, and commission Chairwoman Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman agreed. While the applications are 25 pages, most have hundreds of pages of attachments.
The commission settled on 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 as a deadline to score the applications, at which point ABC staff will tabulate the scores to determine the top five scorers. Those top five will be announced at a meeting of the commission on Feb. 27. Should there be a tie for fourth place, the commissioners will be asked to independently re-review the tied applications.
Those who are not chosen will be refunded $7,500, half their application fee.
DiPippa informed the board that once the board is provided the 95 “depersonalized” cultivation applications, another set will be redacted and given to the press. DiPippa said the redacted applications, while they would not reveal Social Security or banking information, would include applicant names. Roman objected, saying public release of names to the media would compromise the anonymity of the applicants and possibly confer an advantage on some of the competitors. DiPippa, who said he’d had 80 requests for the applications under the state Freedom of Information Act, responded that he was still looking into