Applicants for Cannabis Business License

At this time, the Commission has not awarded any license types.

Beginning September 1, 2022, a person may apply to the commission for a license for an integrated facility or for a license as a cultivator, processor, secure transporter, state testing laboratory or dispensary.

Request for Business Applications will be available September 1, 2022 – October 17, 2022.

Only applicants who submit a Request for Business Application will receive a Business Application Form. The Business Application Forms will issue to requestors on October 24, 2022.

The non-refundable application fee for all license types is $2,500.


License Types

Integrated Facility

No more than 5 licenses to be awarded. Each licensee may operate up to 5 dispensing sites.

An integrated facility license authorizes all of the following:

  • The cultivation of cannabis.
  • The processing of cannabis into medical cannabis, including proper packaging and labeling of medical cannabis products.
  • The dispensing and sale of medical cannabis only to a registered qualified patient or registered caregiver.
  • The transport of cannabis or medical cannabis between its facilities.
  • The sale or transfer of medical cannabis to a dispensary.

Annual License Fee: $50,000

Read more about the requirements to become an integrated facility in §20-2A-67. Additional details concerning the application process and operation requirements can be found HERE.

Cultivator

No more than 12 licenses to be awarded.

A cultivator license authorizes all of the following:

  • The cultivation of cannabis.
  • The sale or transfer of cannabis to a processor.
  • If the cultivator contracts with a processor to process its cannabis into medical cannabis on the cultivator's behalf, the sale or transfer of medical cannabis to a dispensary.

Annual License Fee: $40,000

Read more about the requirements to become a cultivator in §20-2A-62. Additional details concerning the application process and cultivation can be found in the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries rules found HERE and in the AMCC rules relating to cultivation HERE.

Processor

No more than 4 Licenses to be awarded.

A processor license authorizes all of the following:

  • The purchase or transfer of cannabis from a cultivator.
  • The processing of cannabis into medical cannabis which shall include properly packaging and labeling medical cannabis products, in accordance with the law.
  • The sale or transfer of medical cannabis to a dispensary.

Annual License Fee: $40,000

Read more about the requirements to become a processor in §20-2A-63. Additional details concerning the application process and processing can be found HERE.

Dispensary

No more than 4 Licenses to be awarded. Each licensee may operate up to 3 dispensing sites.

A dispensary license authorizes all of the following:

  • The purchase or transfer of medical cannabis from a processor.
  • If a cultivator contracted with a processor to process its cannabis into medical cannabis on the cultivator's behalf, the purchase or transfer of medical cannabis from the cultivator.
  • The purchase or transfer of medical cannabis from an integrated facility.
  • The dispensing and sale of medical cannabis only to a registered qualified patient or registered caregiver.

Annual License Fee: $40,000

Read more about the requirements to operate a dispensary in §20-2A-64. Additional details concerning the application process and dispensing can be found HERE.

Secure Transporter

No license limits.

A secure transporter license authorizes the licensee to store and transport cannabis and medical cannabis for a fee upon request of a licensee. A license does not authorize transport to a registered qualified patient or registered caregiver.

Annual License Fee: $30,000

Read more about the requirements to become a secure transporter in §20-2A-65. Additional details concerning the application process and transporting can be found HERE.

State Testing Laboratory

No license limits.

A state testing laboratory license authorizes the licensee to possess and test cannabis and medical cannabis products cultivated or processed at licensed facilities.

Annual License Fee: $30,000

Read more about the requirements to become a state testing laboratory in §20-2A-66. Additional details concerning the application process and laboratories can be found HERE.


Fees

Applicants and licensees will be charged various fees, including the following:

  • A non-refundable application fee when applying for a license
  • A license fee when approved for a license
  • The annual fee to renew a license

See the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission 2022-2023 Fee Schedule HERE.


Locality Resolutions and Ordinances

§20-2A-51: Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter to the contrary, the commission shall not permit a dispensary to operate a dispensing site in any municipality or unincorporated area of a county unless the municipality or county has authorized the operation of dispensing sites within its boundaries, as provided in subdivision (2).

Any county commission, by resolution, may authorize the operation of dispensing sites in the unincorporated areas of the county, and the governing body of any municipality, by ordinance, may authorize the operation of dispensing sites within the corporate limits of the municipality. The county commission or municipal governing body shall notify the commission not more than seven calendar days after adopting the resolution or ordinance.

This subsection does not prohibit a municipality from adopting zoning ordinances restricting the operation of dispensing sites within its corporate limits.

Resolutions/Ordinances Received by the Commission:

Counties and municipalities may submit resolutions or ordinances here.


Resources for Applicants

Coming Soon


Application/License FAQs

Does AMCC plan to publish the application form prior to October 24, 2022?

No.

What is the timeline for applications and licensing?

See Appendix A to Chapter 3 of AMCC’s Administrative Rules and Regulations.

Is it the AMCC’s intent to have annual license renewals?

Yes. §20-2A-53(a)(8) Establishes annual license fees for each type of license, provided the fee shall be not less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) and not more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), depending on the category of license.

Can I apply for more than one license type?

No.  538-x-3-.03-1 No person or entity may apply for more than one category of license at a time; an applicant who withdraws an application may reapply, so long as the application is timely, in accordance with Rule 538-x-3-.05.

Is an applicant, at the time of application, required to propose specific property where each facility will be located for the applicant’s proposed cannabis business?

Yes. The AMCC rules require an applicant, at the time of application, to show proof of authorization for the applicant to occupy the property where each facility is proposed to be located. The rules also require additional information specific to each proposed facility. See Rule 538-x-3-.05-3.m.(12).

Is an applicant, at the time of application, required to show that it has satisfied all requirements of the AMCC rules regarding its proposed operations (including facilities and equipment)?

No. The AMCC rules require the applicant, at the time of application, to submit plans demonstrating that its operations will, prior to issuance of a license, satisfy the requirements established by the rules. The applicant, at the time of application, must provide an estimated construction completion date for each facility (if applicable), and the number of days, if awarded a license, within which the applicant reasonably projects it will commence operations as to each facility identified in the application.

Will there be a social equity component for medical cannabis business licenses?

Alabama law provides that at least one-fourth of all licenses for cultivators, processors, secure transporters, dispensaries, and state testing laboratories, and at least one-fifth of all licenses for integrated facilities, be awarded to business entities that are (1) at least 51 percent owned by members of a minority group or, in the case of a corporation, at least 51 percent of the shares of the corporation are owned by members of a minority group, and (2) managed and controlled by members of a minority group in its daily operations. “Minority group” is defined as individuals of African American, Native American, Asian, or Hispanic descent. Ala. Code § 20-2A-51(b)

Are applicants permitted to contact members of the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission to inquire about the application and licensing process?

No. The integrity of the application and licensing process is of paramount importance to the Commission and will not be compromised. Throughout the application process, applicants (including all employees, agents and representatives of applicants and any other individual acting on an applicant’s behalf) must not initiate communication with any member of the Commission or any AMCC staff, officials, or representatives regarding the application, except through the email listed in the contact information provided below. See Rule 538-x-3-.04.

How does an applicant submit the application fee?

The non-refundable application fee of $2,500 must be paid, via the online licensing portal, when the applicant files its business application. The deadline to file a business application is December 30, 2022.


Contact

The integrity of the application and licensing process is of paramount importance to the Commission and will not be compromised. Throughout the application process, applicants (including all employees, agents and representatives of applicants and any other individual acting on an applicant’s behalf) must not initiate communication with any member of the Commission or any AMCC staff, officials, or representatives regarding the application, except through the email provided below.

As the Commission may deem helpful, questions submitted by applicants to the AMCC website, along with AMCC’s response, may be made public for the benefit of other applicants as part of the FAQs listed above.

Questions concerning the application or application process may be submitted to applications@amcc.alabama.gov

Any unauthorized contact with the Commission or its staff, officials, or representatives during the course of the application process may disqualify the applicant from further consideration.