GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The City of Grand Junction is gearing up to take the next step towards cannabis dispensaries within the city limits.

The cannabis lottery drawing is scheduled for 11 a.m. this Thursday at city hall.

Several aspiring business owners have their eyes set on the licenses, but only 10 are available. 31 applicants have been approved, and one is still awaiting a decision on an appeal. In the interest of timeliness, the city is going forward with the lottery despite the ongoing litigation.

Since High Colorado is still waiting for a decision on their appeal, if they’re selected in the lottery, an additional 11th applicant will be chosen as an alternate in case they lose their lawsuit with the city.

City council members unanimously approved an emergency ordinance on March 15, allowing the city to proceed with the lottery during the litigation.

The businesses selected in the lottery have 1 year to open their doors or they will forfeit their license.

Western Slope Now will continue to follow the progress of the cannabis licenses.