When the dispensary PharmaCannis submitted its application to meet the June 2015 deadline for New York’s medical marijuana program, the Illinois-based company needed a U-Haul truck to transport 22 boxes that contained 44,000 pages of application materials for one of the most restrictive schemes in the nation.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had signed the bill legalizing the medicinal use of the drug in 2014, and the program required companies seeking a license to submit a $10,000 application fee and a $200,000 check to be refunded if the applicants were not selected.

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