The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission awards 21 licenses as the industry gets going

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission awards 21 licenses as the industry gets going

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WHNT) Alabama is one step closer to providing medical cannabis to patients, as the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission awarded licenses to businesses on Monday.

The state legislature legalized medical cannabis in 2021. Now, two years later, 21 companies in the state have been licensed to participate in the industry.

The most coveted concession was that for integrated structures, collecting 38 applications out of only 5 available. Companies labeled as integrated facilities license everything from seeds to sales and allow five dispensaries to operate.

Flowerwood Medical Cannabis Group is licensed and owner Christina McInnis says she’s ready to hit the ground running.

“We have to get to work today on the way home. So we have a lot to do, from the security system to websites, to other different things to make sure we can get the information out,” McInnis said.

The company is based in Baldwin County, and McInnis says he plans to open dispensaries in that county, as well as in Mobile, Monroeville, Gadsden and Montgomery.

However, other candidates weren’t so lucky. Antoine Mordican’s company, Native Black Cultivation, has been denied a grower’s license.

“We will do whatever it takes to appeal, investigate, whatever it takes to really understand why we weren’t screened to make sure we can do our best for the next round,” Mordican said.

The University of South Alabama evaluated each application, scoring them based on factors such as financial standing, facility safety, and quality control. The committee took these scores into consideration for their grades.

Senator Bobby Singleton co-sponsored the bill that made all of this possible. He says that once the sector is up and running, lawmakers may look to expand.

“Between now and the next five years, we may be looking to reopen this legislation, so we can grow this industry,” Singleton said.

He also says this could open the door to legalizing recreational cannabis down the road.

“I didn’t say that, but yeah,” Singleton said. “If you look at what other states have down, other states have come back within 18 months of passing the doctor on recreation, and tax dollars drive that. So it will be interesting to see what my colleagues see when the dollars start rolling in, when we start getting testimonials from people who say it helps.”

Successful applicants have 14 days to submit the fee to the commission, which will officially issue the licenses at its July 10 meeting.

Here is a complete list of companies that have obtained licenses:

  • License for integrated system
    • Flowerwood Medical Cannabis, LLC
    • Southeastern Cannabis Company, LLC
    • Sustainable Alabama, LLC
    • TheraTrue Alabama, LLC
    • VeranoAlabama, LLC
  • Grower’s license
    • Blackberry Farms, LLC
    • Gulf Coast Remedies, LLC
    • Pure by Sirmon Farms, LLC
    • Twisted Herb Cultivation, LLC
  • Processor license
    • 1819 Labs, LLC
    • Enchanted Green, LLC
    • Jasper Development Group Inc.
    • Organic Collection Laboratory, LLC
  • Dispensary license
    • CCS of Alabama, LLC
    • RJK Holdings AL, LLC
    • Statewide Ownership Holdings AL, LLC
    • Yellowhammer Medical Dispensaries, LLC
  • Safe Transport License
    • Safe Transportation of Alabama, LLC
    • International Communication, LLC
    • Tyler Van Lines, LLC
  • State testing laboratory license

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