A state licensed medical marijuana dispensary may open in Coralville, which would be the first.
The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Thursday it plans to award two new medical marijuana dispensary licenses — one to the Iowa Cannabis Company East in Coralville and one to the Cannabis Patient Network in Council Bluffs.
The firms have until Friday to accept. Otherwise, the state could choose among five other applications — including two in Cedar Rapids and two others in the Iowa City area — that met the state’s minimum criteria.
The new licenses follow the March closures of dispensaries in Davenport and Council Bluffs. The state still has licensed dispensaries in Waterloo, Sioux City and Windsor Heights. Iowa law allows only five dispensary licenses.
There have been other setbacks this year for medical marijuana entrepreneurs in Iowa.
Iowa Relief, a medical marijuana manufacturer in Cedar Rapids, closed earlier this year and turned in its license. It was one of two manufacturers licensed in Iowa to produce the medical marijuana products sold to qualifying patients at the dispensaries. The other is MedPharm Iowa of Des Moines.
Iowa Relief, owned by New Jersey-based Acreage Holdings,