The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZHDS) has reported that 747 applications were submitted during the July 18-29 submission period for the 31 medical marijuana dispensary licenses that are available.
Applicants paid $5,000 per application, which means the AZDHS made $3.7 million in fees, the Phoenix New Times reports. The money will be added to the $2 million currently in the state’s medical marijuana fund.
All applicants denied a license for one of the 31 new dispensaries will receive a $1,000 refund.
A majority of the Community Health Analysis Areas (CHAA) – the locations in which the 31 dispensary licenses are available – are located in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas, as well as areas such as Lake Havasu and Yavapai County.
It will take over a month before the AZDHS announces the new dispensary licensees.
Currently, there are 92 Arizona dispensaries that are state-licensed and open for business.