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More than 1,500 applications filed for 26 cannabis dispensaries statewide

Marijuana plants in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren
Marijuana plants in Seattle.

Over 1,500 applications have been filed for the 26 social equity dispensary licenses that Arizona’s public health agency plans to issue under the state’s voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana.

The Department of Health Services is reviewing the applications and the department has said a random selection process to award the social equity licenses will be conducted next spring. However, a department spokesman said it’s too soon to say when the review process will be completed and a license winners selected.

The licenses will be issued under the 2020 ballot measure’s provision to set aside 26 licenses for “people from communities disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of previous marijuana laws.”