KITTERY, Maine – In two months, the city will hold a raffle to determine which pre-applicants for a commercial marijuana license could potentially open the city’s first three cannabis storefronts.
The pot store lottery, triggered by the city council’s passage of the marijuana retail ordinance on Monday, August 9, will take place on Thursday, October 28 at 5 p.m. in the hotel’s boardroom city.
On Wednesday, September 8, the Retail Marijuana Ordinance will become law: 30 days after its passage, in accordance with the city charter.
City manager Kendra Amaral said on Friday that the city had aroused great interest from “a number of entities” who prepared to submit a bid for the lottery, though unwilling to speculate on the number of pre-applications that could be submitted to the city.
“We are doing everything we can to make the process clear and objective on the basis of the order that has been approved,” she said.
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What are the rules for the retail marijuana prescription process?
A guidance document released by the city on Thursday afternoon answers questions about the retail marijuana application process, which begins with filling out a pre-application by individuals or businesses to participate in the lottery. Three retail licenses will be distributed to three different lottery pre-applicants, one in each of the three urban areas approved for retail marijuana operations – C-1, C-2 and C-3.
District C-1 encompasses the area of Ripley Road and Route 1, while C-2 lies on Route 236. District C-3 includes the bypass of Route 1 and shares Old Post Road as a border with a neighboring district.
The fee for submitting a pre-application is $ 750 (it is non-refundable). There is no limit to the number of candidates who can participate in the lottery. Kittery officials will begin accepting pre-applications at 8 a.m. on the day the order is officially promulgated and the deadline for submitting them is Thursday, October 21 at 6 p.m.
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If errors on the pre-applications are identified during the review period by city staff before the lottery, or information is missing, the applicant will be notified and will have the opportunity to have them corrected by now. Wednesday October 27 at 6:00 p.m.
Once passed, the ordinance stipulated that all pre-registrations must be received by the city between 30 and 45 days after the opening of the registration period, and that the lottery must take place within 10 days of the date. pre-registration period limit.
Could an entity submit multiple pre-applications to the lottery?
Any entity with a tax identification number will be allowed to submit a pre-request, but may not submit more than one for each of the three separate lottery draws for each applicable urban area.
Entities that submit a pre-application zone will also not be able to obtain more than one retail license. If a fortuitous entity is selected for more than one license in more than one urban area during the lottery, it will not be eligible to receive a second license.
How will the lottery process work?
According to the city’s help document, each applicant will be assigned a “unique identification number”.
“These numbers will be selected at random by a third party without knowledge of the candidates or of the number corresponding to a candidate,” said the document. “Three separate draws will be held to select a lottery winner for each authorized area.”
From there, those selected for the lottery will have the first chance to enter a full license application within 30 days of the lottery, which falls on Saturday, November 27. The full license fee is $ 6,000.
Driven by the lottery process, a waiting list of license holders will be formed once the three potential retail businesses have been removed from the draw, with a waiting list formed in each of the three applicable zones.
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Can applications be submitted even after the city lottery?
Pre-applications for cannabis retail businesses will continue to be accepted by the city even after the lottery is over. “Once the wait list is established, any new marijuana retail store application will be added to the end of the wait list for the appropriate area,” the city document said.
If a license in one of the three urban areas becomes available after the lottery, the first applicant on the waiting list in that specific area will be offered a period of time to complete the application.
“If that applicant does not submit a full application within 30 days of the invitation, the city will move on to the next applicant,” the city said. “Applications will not be processed from the waiting list if there have been significant changes in ownership, as noted on the affidavit of ownership, or if there is a change in location of use. proposed. “
All pre-application and full license application fees are non-refundable.
Some interested candidates “not satisfied” with the lottery process
Previous discussions regarding the city’s retail marijuana ordinance planning process focused on five retail licenses distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. This long-discussed plan was abandoned on the evening of the municipal council vote and revised by several amendments.
Amaral said the city had received a respectfully presented reluctance on the decision to give everyone an equal chance in each area to obtain a license.
“We have certainly heard from groups that had planned to submit an application that they are not happy with the lottery,” she said.
With the guidelines unveiled and the process slated to begin shortly, luck will no doubt play a role in opening a retail marijuana business, whether medical or recreational, in Kittery.
“We just have to wait and see,” Amaral said.