Making Medical Marijuana Monopolies: The Pay-To-Play Licensing Trend

States are increasingly turning to medical marijuana programs designed with high barriers to entry and guaranteed profits for deep-pocketed players.




Hilary Bricken State-sanctioned medical marijuana operational licenses are increasingly becoming a “pay-to-play, greatest barrier to entry” model. In this sort of system, there is usually some combination of the following, all geared towards minimizing the number of licensed cannabis businesses and towards making sure all those who get such licenses are very well-funded: A difficult and…

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Hilary Bricken is an attorney at Harris Moure, PLLC in Seattle and she chairs the firm’s Canna Law Group. Hilary is also lead editor of the Canna Law Blog. You can reach her by email at [email protected].