More than one-quarter of Portland’s would-be cannabis retailers face disqualification

By PENELOPE OVERTON

More than one-quarter of the applicants seeking a municipal permit to sell cannabis in Portland are facing disqualification for failing to satisfy basic eligibility requirements, such as failing to pay local taxes or fees on time or wanting to operate their shop too close to a school or in a land-use zone that doesn’t allow it.

Portland received 43 retail cannabis license applications, and a preliminary staff review suggests 12 of those will be disqualified before the city even considers how, or if, it will use its legally embattled scoring matrix to decide which applicants will land one of its 20 coveted retail marijuana licenses.

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