August 5, 2011

DC Officially Accepting Applications For Medical Marijuana Cultivation Centers

August 5, 2011
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marijuana grow roomDistrict of Columbia Department of Health Public Notice

Medical Marijuana Program

Open Application Period for Cultivation Centers


Summary: The Director, pursuant to section 14 of the Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Initiative of 1999 (Act), effective July 27, 2010 (D.C. Law 18-210; D.C. Official Code §§ 7-1671.01, et. seq.), Mayor’s Order 2011-71, dated April 13,2011, and Title 22 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) that adds a new subtitle C entitled “Medical Marijuana,” hereby gives notice and announces that the Department will make applications available for operation of up to ten (10) medical marijuana cultivation centers on August 5, 2011 at 9:00 am ET. Only the individuals and entities that submitted timely Letters of Intent to the Director, meeting the requirements set forth § 5401.4 of the regulations, shall be permitted to submit an application for a cultivation center registration. These individuals have been notified by e-mail and certified mail.

The Department of Health (DOH) will begin accepting completed applications on Monday, August 15, 2011 at 9:00am ET. The application period will terminate on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12 noon ET. The application and required schedules shall be typed legibly [preferably in 12-point font]. All applications and required supporting documents shall be submitted to: The District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration, Department of Health, 899 North Capitol Street, NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002, Attn: Patricia M. D’Antonio. Please note that applications will not be accepted prior to Monday, August 15, 2011 at 9:00 am ET or after Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12 noon ET.

Each applicant shall file ten (10) printed copies and one electronic (PDF) copy of all application materials, accompanied by the application fee in the amount of five thousand dollars ($5,000), made payable to the DC Treasurer. Please note that two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) of the application fee shall be non-refundable.

Electronic copies of the application and the regulations related to the Medical Marijuana Program [22 DCMR Subtitle C] may be obtained from the Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program website:

Be advised that some of the application requirements have changed. The revised version of these regulations will be published on Friday, August 12, 2011 in the D.C Register and will also be available on the Department’s website on that date. This version of the regulations sets the standards that each application must fully comply with. You will not be allowed to amend, add to, correct, revise, or supplement your application after it has been submitted. Therefore, each applicant is strongly encouraged to read the revised regulations carefully before submitting an application.

The Department may approve up to ten (10) applicants for a registration to operate a medical marijuana cultivation center. It should also be noted that the Department reserves the right to deny any and all applications consistent with its duly established statutory and regulatory authority and prerogatives.

All costs involved in preparation and submission of an application shall be the responsibility of the applicant. The Department shall not be responsible for any costs incurred by an applicant in preparation or submission of an application.

Applicants should e-mail all written questions or requests for clarification regarding this announcement or the application process to with “MMP-CC Question” in the subject line. Questions and responses will be posted on the Department’s Medical Marijuana Program website: Questions will not be answered on an individual basis. Applicants should also monitor the Department’s Medical Marijuana Program website for questions/responses and other addenda to this announcement. Questions received after August 26, 2011 may not be answered. Phone inquiries will not be accepted.

The deadline for receipt of application materials filed in response to this announcement is 12 noon ET on September 16, 2011. This period will not be extended. Applications received after the deadline shall NOT be accepted for review. Applications should be submitted in a manner to ensure signed receipt.

Applicants may apply for more than one cultivation center registration, but must file a separate application for each registration sought. Only the individuals and entities that submitted timely Letters of Intent to the Director, meeting the requirements set forth in the regulations, and which have been notified in writing by the Department of being eligible to apply shall be permitted to submit an application for a cultivation center registration.

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