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Medical marijuana license applications are voluminous beasts and are taking longer than expected to vet by state regulators, but Andrew Brisbo, director of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, says he hopes the first licenses will be awarded within the next six weeks.

“We have started inspecting facilities,” Brisbo said, noting that most are provisioning centers that have been operating under emergency rules. “There are more of these than anything else.”

The challenge has been scouring the folders and boxes full of documents that are required for a single medical marijuana business. In one case, that fills an 8-foot long folding table.

For one of the applicants, which is a business entity that wants growing, processing and dispensary licenses, there are 39 people associated with the business, Brisbo said, all of whom have to provide financial records, criminal background information, even social media accounts.

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