– (1) Offsite Cultivation site – Cultivation Property
– (1) Offsite Manufacturing site – Manufacturing and Packaging Property
How much does it cost to apply? (2-3 mins)
– What does it (roughly) cost to start? $527,950 (500k liquid & min $27,950 in fees)
– What does the revenue stream look like for a retail dispensary?
– Financing a dispensary operation – investment and loan opportunities
– Local Banking known MJ friendly banks
Who qualifies? (Rules have not been set by AZDHS but we can speculate based on the available data) (5-7 minutes)
– Populations disproportionately affected by marijuana laws in AZ. Factors taken into account will likely be race, geographic area, income levels, and arrest record expungement by way of prop 207. These are just speculations.
–”Beginning July 12, 2021, an individual who was arrested, charged, convicted or otherwise adjudicated of certain enumerated marijuana-related crimes in the new law will be eligible to have their records expunged. What have the people of Arizona decided “expunge” means? Well, it really means at least five things:
(1) Vacates the judgment of adjudication or conviction.
(2) Expunges all records of the arrest, charge, conviction, adjudication and sentence.
(3) Restores all civil rights that were revoked as a result of the conviction.
(4) Notifies all involved prosecuting and law enforcement agencies of the expungement and requires them to seal all records.
(5) Requires that the clerk of the court seal all records relating to the expunged arrest, charge, adjudication, conviction or sentence and prohibit access to those records by anyone other than the accused or convicted individual.”
What are the application requirements? What is the process? Forms? (5 mins we can only see early applicant view in ADHS licensing portal)
– Sample application from early applicant phase (4 pages on AZDHS portal)
– Estimated dates: THIS IS NOT TO BE USED AS FACT JUST ESTIMATION
-Rules draft – posted 60 days before any SEOP applications will be accepted
-NOTE***Early application phase ends march 9th and final licenses for this phase will be awarded by May, 8th 2021 at the latest.
-Latest to begin accepting applications:
-60 days to post rules publicly + within 6 months (approx. 182 days) of adopting rules, AZDHS to begin accepting SEOP Applications.
-Roughly 30-60 day timeline after SEOP opens the application process will complete accepting all applications
– Licenses will be awarded to Eligible Candidates that have a substantive complete application and meet all requirements.
-NOTE*** IF THERE IS MORE THAN 1 APPLICANT AZDHS HISTORICALLY MAKES THE PROCESS A LOTTERY AMONG ELIGIBLE APPLICATIONS
Estimated first SEOP licenses to be awarded between Oct – Dec of 2021
(10 minutes) Questions from public and participants: received over 100 requests for more information about SEOP and about 5 questions that were a little more specific
What type of funding assistance is available with social equity licensing? (toss to panel)
Qualifications needed to qualify for equity programs? (unknown but we can speculate) Will there be a lottery or an RFP/Q ? (unknown but likely lottery) Any assistance with real estate for equity members? (panelists)
Are there any partnership opportunities with any of the other event registrants? (panelists time to network))
After review of the final rules for Marijuana establishment rules as posted on the AZDHS website we have calculated the Initial Cost of Applying for a Marijuana Establishment License, Early applicant and SEOP, is Approximately $527,950
-Must show a proof of liquid capital of $500,000
The following Fees are directly copied from the final rules document and formatted for viewing ease:
AZDHS Marijuana Establishment Fees by type as stated on website
Renewal per year
1. For a marijuana facility agent license:
a. For an initial license for an applicant submitting the applicant’s fingerprints on a fingerprint card, $300;
b. For renewal of a license for an applicant submitting the applicant’s fingerprints on a fingerprint card, $300;
c. For an initial license for an applicant submitting a copy of the applicant’s current level 1 fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1758.07, $150;
d. For renewal of a license for an applicant submitting a copy of the applicant’s current level 1 fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1758.07, $150;
2. For changing information on a marijuana facility agent’s license, $10;
3. For requesting a replacement marijuana facility agent license, $10;
4. For a marijuana establishment license:
a. An application fee for an initial license, $25,000; and
b. A license fee for license renewal, $5,000;
5. For applying for an approval to operate, $2,500;
6. To change the location of a marijuana establishment’s retail site, cultivation site, or manufacturing site, $2,500;
7. To add a cultivation site or manufacturing site, $2,500;
8. To change the approved activities for a marijuana establishment’s retail site, cultivation site, or manufacturing site, $2,500; and
9. Proof of liquid capital – ADULT USE OF MARIJUANA PROGRAM FINANCIAL INSTITUTION STATEMENT (v. 1.0)
Total Licenses available for “Early Applicants” – (Approximately 143)
ADHS is required to accept applications for marijuana establishment licenses from early applicants from January 19, 2021, to March 9, 2021. Within 60 days after this period, ADHS needed to begin issuing licenses to qualified early applicants. Proposition 207 defined early applicants as nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries and entities in counties with fewer than two medical marijuana dispensaries. ADHS was allowed to charge fees for licenses, and the fee amount would be limited to actual costs of processing applications and no more than five times(no more than $25,000) the fee for medical marijuana licenses($5,000). Fees were to be deposited into the Smart and Safe Arizona Fund.
“Proposition 207 provided for dual licenses, which would be entities that hold both nonprofit medical marijuana and for-profit marijuana establishment licenses.”
DHS was authorized to revoke licenses for violations and penalize entities for violations.
(131) Adult use licenses prioritized for existing non-profit Medical marijuana dispensaries in good standing, which include: – 1 retail location (likely existing site or adjacent), (B) 1 Off-Site Cultivation, (C) 1 off site manufacturing processing and packing facility -Likely structured as a hub style:-Edibles manufacturing, likely Brand opportunities-Extraction Lab, Likely Brand opportunities-Packaging (Likely Ancillary opportunities) , Likely also used as admin and wholesale offices). (12 )- County based “Early Applications” – ANYONE CAN APPLY “issue no more than two marijuana establishment licenses in counties that contain no registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries; issue no more than one marijuana establishment license in counties with one nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries”
Methodology to determine 12 licenses: Compare the list from ADHS registered licensed operating non-profit medical dispensary locations to a county map: Apache County – 0 not for profit mmj dispensaries – (2) licenses Santa Cruz County – 0 not for profit mmj dispensaries – (2) licenses La Paz County – 0 not for profit mmj dispensaries – (2) licenses Greenlee County – 0 not for profit mmj dispensaries – (2) licenses Yuma County – 1 not for profit mmj dispensaries – (1) license Cochise County – 1 not for profit mmj dispensaries – (1) license Gila County – 1 non-porfit mmj dispensaries – (1) license Graham County – 1 not for profit mmj dispensaries – (1) license
Timeframe: Jan. 19th to March 9th Early Applicants may apply Within 60 days of turning in a qualified application a dispensary registration certificate must be issued. This is likely First-come first-awarded if qualified and acceptable application is reviewed as administratively complete and substantively complete to the process.
March 9th + 60 days = May 8th for last of early applicants to be awarded licenses
Social Equity Ownership Program Licenses: 26 available Likely to begin approx. July 7th 2020 (May 8th + no earlier than 60 days) to start accepting SEOP applications. may be later than that if rules are not established. (26) Prop 207 requires a Social Equity Ownership Program – ADHS will form the rules and program design
Rules Must be publicized on the ADHS website and to the public 60 days before any random selection
Jared Keenan, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Arizona, had the following reaction to Proposition 207 being passed in Arizona:
“Voters chose to move Arizona forward last night. As the state with the fifth highest incarceration rate in the country, the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana use will help Arizona reduce its bloated prison population while allowing those convicted of a past marijuana offense to have their record cleared. We will work to ensure that prosecutors across the state uphold the will of Arizona voters and end the practice of saddling people with a felony conviction for simple marijuana possession.”
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