In an ideal world licenses would work through an applied stage, then pending, and then active. However, every state is different in terms of process and what they choose to disseminate to the public. 

Here are a few highlights:

California only shares active licenses, the same is true of Colorado. This means there are no pending licenses in either of those states. 

On the flip side are states like Alaska and Massachusetts. These states have many stages that the Cannabiz Media team has had to map on our own. 

Here's what we've learned about the process in Massachusetts:

  1. Submitted Application of Intent

  2. Add'l Info Requested for Application of Intent

  3. Invited to Submit MOP

  4. Submitted

  5. Add'l Info Requested for MOP

  6. Invited to Submit Siting Profile

  7. Submitted

  8. Add'l Info Requested for Siting Profile

  9. Proposed Dispensary Location

  10. PCR Issued

  11. FCR Issued

  12. Approved to Sell

It seems the first 9 steps are applied, the next two are pending and approved to sell is active.

The process in Vermont and Maine is a bit different as well. These states are currently not adding licenses. When they do it is usually one at a time and the state may announce an RFP or other such process.

Basically, there is no telling when a license might move from one status to another. We recommend using the list alerts in order to keep on top of status changes.

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