Massachusetts to License 11 MMJ Dispensaries

Prescription bottle in front of a "Thank You" prescription bag. In the bottle is a couple of nugs and a joint from a dispensary in Massachusetts

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In a controversial choice by Massachusetts state officers on June 27, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) introduced that a mere 11 of 35 medical marijuana dispensary candidates statewide will obtain licensing. Voters permitted the Medical Use of Marijuana poll initiative in 2012 with 63 % of the vote and majority help in 349 of 351 cities and cities.

The report notes that these 11 accredited candidates would deliver 97 % of the Commonwealth’s inhabitants inside 30 miles of a registered marijuana dispensary, making certain affected person entry throughout the state. Yet the choice will depart a number of of the state’s largest, most populous cities — together with Boston, Cambridge, Springfield, and Worcester — utterly devoid of native dispensaries.

Green Heart Holistic Health & Pharmaceuticals was one of many dispensaries whose was denied. In an internet message from Andrew DeAngelo, president of the corporate, he shares “Green Heart is disappointed by the DPH announcement. Our only regret is that we will not have the opportunity to bring our pioneering best practices, gold standard industry model to the patients and greater community of Boston.”

It seems there have been a number of explanation why 24 of the dispensaries missed the mark within the eyes of state officers. One pervasive drawback throughout the nation that acts as an impediment to the legitimization of the authorized hashish commerce is the specter of seizure of funds from federally chartered banks by the federal authorities. Marijuana Business Daily stories that John Greene, founding father of the Massachusetts dispensary Greenway Wellness Foundation, proposed at 70 Southampton Street in Boston, encountered simply that problem. Greenway was rejected by the DPH — even after receiving a provisional license — and says the state eradicated them as a result of the corporate appeared to have inadequate funding. However, Greene maintains that he was pressured to return capital to buyers after a number of banks refused to take his cash.

It additionally seems that proposed dispensaries within the larger Boston space might have been plagued from the very begin. The Boston Globe reviews that Green Heart dispensary was the main target of political controversy from the second the state introduced in January that that they had made the preliminary reduce. City officers and neighbors of the location expressed concern about its proximity to a number of methadone clinics. City councilors additionally chided Green Heart for claiming of their license purposes that that they had officers’ help. Councilor Tito Jackson denying he backed Green Heart, as the corporate had claimed.

Karen van Unen, government director of DPH’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program, explains, “This process is designed to ensure only the highest quality applicants advance to meet the patient access and public safety needs of the Commonwealth.”

According to a press launch from the Massachusetts Health and Human Services Departments and Divisions, registered marijuana dispensary candidates will advance to the inspection part of the choice course of following the profitable completion of the division’s verification part, which incorporates enhanced background checks. In an interview with the Boston Business Journal DPH spokesman David Kibbe stated, “Any applicant not selected in June will be required to wait until next year when the next full application round is expected to be reopened.”

What do you consider Massachusetts opening solely 11 dispensaries? How do you assume it’ll impact sufferers? Tell us your ideas within the feedback under.


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