Back in September, minutes before the publicized 10 a.m. opening of Los Angeles’ Phase 3 licensing round, more than 800 applicants were waiting for entry to the Department of Cannabis Regulation’s system and a shot at 100 coveted licenses. Two applicants were inadvertently granted early access when their passwords were reset, resulting in calls for an audit and even a suspension of the process.
The DCR now acknowledges that a dozen additional applicants were allowed in seconds before the scheduled launch.
- The city says that the early entrants have been “normalized” and treated as 10 a.m. arrivals, yet is conducting an audit regardless.
- Though Los Angeles claims transparency, applicants have packed City Hall, demanding that all 8oo applications be vetted. A change in city regulations would be required for such vetting.
- Yountville is set to get its first cannabis business, but that company might turn out to be something other than the expected dispensary. The town’s debut enterprise might just end up a spa.
Napa Valley Register