One applicant’s sharp headgear. (Michael S. Williamson/THE WASHINGTON POST)

But the District has loosened things up. A deadline for applications to operate a cultivation center or dispensary, originally set for Friday, has been extended to Sept. 30.

“We wanted to make sure it’s fair and give everybody the time to apply,” said department spokeswoman Mahlori Isaacs.

The applications, she said, are “complex,” and the department’s marijuana licensing specialists were getting inundated with questions, necessitating the extension.

A representative of one applicant, who asked not to be named so as not to affect the upcoming evaluation process, questioned why the deadline should be extended, noting that the most serious applicants have had their ducks in a row for the Friday deadline.

The extension, the person noted, could favor less well-organized applicants.

Isaacs said she had not heard any complaints about the extension.