Applications Due Soon for Mass. Pot Dispensaries

BOSTON (AP) — Anyone hoping to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts has until Thursday to hand-deliver their initial application to the state Department of Public Health.

A law approved by voters last November allows for up to 35 dispensaries around the state to provide marijuana for people with certified medical conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease and AIDS.

There will be a two-step application procedure for selecting dispensary operators.

In the first phase, regulators will review each applicant’s financial viability and conduct background checks. Applicants must report if any member of their organization has been subject to a felony drug conviction.

Those who clear the initial screening can move on to a second phase where a selection committee will review final applications.

Thursday is the deadline for the first phase.

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  • alpinequeen

    There’s a big can of worms waiting in the wings dealing with all the repercussions from this decision, just like all the people who are addicted to gambling will suffer from the proposed casino.

    • dontcrankmeoff

      There are slight repercussions from legalizing any kind of medicine. However with pot they are minimal. Nobody ever died from a pot overdose. I have been able to give up 4 of 5 potentially deadly Rx’s I have taken for 8 years now. This decreases my chances of croaking off from a drug interaction considerably. Most back pain is not manageable with pot, except MAYBE in the muscle relaxing properties of edibles. But the other relaxing and theraputic things it can do are well known to other cultures for thousands and thousands of years. So before you accuse people of just wanting to get high, do some research on MM, and learn just how wrong you are about the good things it has to offer. Ask Sanjay Gupta.

      • alpinequeen

        I never said anything abut getting high. There will be more than just slight repercussions as you will have the criminal element involved, you will have the people who will wangle a way to get to even though they don’t need it, and you will have people close to those who get it who will partake of their medical “stash.” Marijuana will remain to be a controlled substance. Did you read the labels on the Cheetos bags that the cops handed out to people at the Hempfest? This is not just about “medicine”, it’s about a legalized controlled substance that will be abused and that’s where all sorts of repercussions will happen.