10 states are now accepting new marijuana patients, including Washington, Oregon, California, Maine and Alaska.
Here’s what they look like: Washington state: State officials said Wednesday that they will accept new patients in January, and it will take six months for the state to process their applications.
The Washington Department of Health said it will be accepting applicants from February 1 through June 30.
The state is the first to issue licenses to medical marijuana growers.
Oregon: Officials said Wednesday they will begin accepting applicants on January 1, and they will process the applications in three to six months.
The Oregon Health Authority will process applications by June 30 and issue licenses by December 31.
The agency said it would process applications from February 2 through June 7.
Maine: Officials in the state said Wednesday it will begin processing applications by March 1, which will take about six months to process.
The Maine Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will process licenses by November 30.
Alaska: The state said it is also accepting new applicants on Thursday, and will take the process three to four months to complete.
Officials said it could take up to a year for the Alaska Department of Public Health to process the applicants.
Washington state’s approval of new marijuana applicants was delayed last month after an inspector general report found that the state was not doing enough to properly vet the applications.
At the time, officials said the state could be months away from issuing licenses, but that it is now accepting applicants and that the process could be completed by the end of March.
In addition, the inspector general’s report said that the medical marijuana industry was a “potential money-losing business for the federal government.”
Officials said the new state will have to review about 2,000 applications to ensure that the applicant was medically qualified and would provide proper documentation.
The report said the process will take three to five months.
Washington, which has had the nation’s most restrictive medical marijuana law since the 1970s, said it expects to issue at least 400 licenses by the time of the end, but it did not provide any timeline for when the process might begin.
The new state has also said that it will issue licenses through a separate, public process that is overseen by the Department of Revenue.
Officials in Washington also said they will not approve applications until they have “completed their own assessment” of the applicants, including how they would qualify for a specific marijuana cultivation license.
The department said the department will issue the licenses within the first three months.
Oregon, which had a strict medical marijuana system before recreational pot became legal in November, is among the states that have received approval from the department for its own licenses.
The governor’s office said Wednesday the department has received “several thousand” applications.
In Washington, the state’s Department of Food and Agriculture said it has issued “over 100 licenses” to medical and recreational marijuana growers since November and is still reviewing those applications.
Oregon and Alaska, both states that legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, said they are waiting for the final approval from Washington before they can begin accepting applications.
Officials at the Oregon Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement Wednesday that it had received a total of “severial thousand” applicants for its adult inmate facilities.
The bureau of prisons said that about 2.3 million inmates nationwide have been incarcerated for marijuana offenses.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in an emailed statement that it has received an estimated 3.2 million applications for its “marijuana-related firearms” program, which allows for the transfer of firearms to people with certain conditions.