D.C. culls applicant list for medical marijuana

139 remain in contention for 15 slots

Rick and John Genderson, owners of Schneider’s on Capitol Hill, had “absolutely no comment” when reached by phone about their intent to apply for three cultivation centers permits under the name “Organic Wellness,” according to letters of intent obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

The brothers’ wine and spirits shop on Massachusetts Avenue Northeast is a landmark in the historic neighborhood known for its extensive selection and multigeneration history stretching to 1949.

Going forward, representatives of the Department of Health, the Office of the Attorney General, D.C. Protective Services, District Department of the Environment and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will score each of the eventual applications based on a 250-point scale that examines criteria such as security and staffing at their facilities, their overall business plans and the opinions of local ANCs.

City officials used their Tuesday meeting to designate personnel to the panel, Dr. Akhter said.

Strict rules that forced officials to weed out hopeful applicants were intended to ensure that the names listed on letters of intent are “real people and they are submitting real applications,” he said.

Qualifying candidates have until Sept. 9 to submit their applications, once rules are published in the D.C. Register on Aug. 5.

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