Speech to Text for Nine Month Backlog on Recreational Marijuana License Applications
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federal kate houston/medford: "the olcc says occasional surges in recreational marijuana applications have turned into a steady stream that they can't keep up with. as of this morning there are 1,290 applications waiting to be processed." the olcc says there are three main reasons for the backlog...and it's because their projections for the new market were too low. mark pettinger/marijuana program, olcc: "we've received more applications than we ever expected, and given the tightness in the market we actually expected people not to be inclined to submit an application." initially they thought around 12-hundred applications would be submitted, and they would issue around 800 licenses. in reality they got more than 36-hundred applications, and have issued almost two thousand. since their projections were smaller than expected ...so was their staff. and because they only get funding every two years, they could not hire more people to pick up the slack. mark pettinger/marijuana program, olcc: "we're learning just as much as the industry is." mark also says that they didn't anticipate renewing licenses to take as long as they do. mark renewal process going to look like cause we were just trying to get it up off the ground." when i asked if pausing application processing for a backlog will create another backlog, mark said that depends on how many apply, and the resources they get from the legislature next year. kate houston/medford: "any applications submitted after june 15th will be set aside until the olcc can process their backlog. reporting in medford, kate houston, newswatch12." the olcc plans to hire almost 100 people