Q. Will every pharmacy in the state dispense medical marijuana?
A. No, pharmacies will not be licensed to dispense marijuana; only licensed pharmacists will be able to apply for and obtain a dispensary license from the Department of Consumer Protection.
Q. Who will grow the marijuana?
A. Only producers licensed by the Department of Consumer Protection will be authorized to cultivate marijuana. At any one time, the number of licensed producers shall be at least three and not more than 10. The Department has established regulations that set out the qualifications for licensed producers and has issued Requests for Applications (RFAs). Among other things, any person applying to be licensed as a producer will have to demonstrate they have the financial capacity to build and operate a secure indoor facility that could grow pharmaceutical-grade marijuana and the ability to maintain adequate controls to prevent the diversion, theft or loss of the marijuana in their facility.
Q. Can I use the application form currently available from the Department of Consumer Protection for a Manufacturer or Wholesaler of Drugs, Cosmetics or Medical Devices to apply to be a producer or dispensary of medical marijuana?
A. No. The appropriate application forms are now listed on our "License, Permit & Registration Forms" webpage.
Q. I have been contacted by, or saw an advertisement for, someone offering to help me set up a medical marijuana dispensary or production facility. Is there a way for me to find out if this company is associated with the Department of Consumer Protection?
A. The Department is not working with anyone outside the agency on the selection process or on development of dispensary or production facilities. As with any other time when you may consider hiring a consultant, contractor or vendor, we strongly encourage you to do your homework first. You should research the business you will be dealing with, ask for references and then contact those references. If you are asked to sign a contract, read that contract, or have your lawyer read that contract, carefully before you sign it.