35 Medical Marijuana dispensaries to legally open in Mass. - 158 licenses approved, will become only 35Submitted by Lawmanjed on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 17:32
Most applicants for medical marijuana dispensaries approved in first round review
By Kay Lazar / Globe Staff
The vast majority of the 181 applications competing to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts were approved Monday to continue on to the second and final round, when the number will be whittled to just 35 licenses.
The state public health department announced that 158 applications were eligible to continue in the competitive process. The initial round of applicants were reviewed for non-profit status, financial viability and compliance with other application requirements.
“This is a very competitive process and we required applicants to meet high standards to advance,” state public health commissioner, Cheryl Bartlett, said in a statement.
“We are fortunate that Massachusetts has a large field of serious applicants, who are capable of making a significant investment to benefit qualified patients and safeguard communities,” Bartlett said. “While no decision to deny an applicant was taken lightly, we wanted to ensure that those who advance could demonstrate the ability to operate a successful non-profit Registered Marijuana Dispensary.”
Continued at Boston.com