GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The City of Grand Junction accepted 26 applications to advance to the next stage of deciding who gets to sell cannabis in Grand Junction.

47 applications were submitted and 21 were denied because the application was incomplete in some way, shape, or form.

“The next phase of the review process is done by several different departments,” said City Clerk Amy Phillips. That will include reviewing their proposed security and ventilation plans, along with making sure all their finances are in order.

“In this next phase, we have 90 days to take each one of the applicants through the hearing process,” said Phillips. And if city officials deem all 26 applicants worthy they will be put into a lottery to decide who gets the ten licenses.

Applicants who were rejected can appeal their rejection within ten days of receiving their denial.

“We’re hoping that within the next year you will start to see some of the cannabis retail stores open,” said Phillips.

Until then you’ll have to make a trip out to Palisade or De Beque for all your cannabis needs.