The State of Massachusetts recently released the names of people/companies that are applying for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in it's state. After Phase 1 of the process a total of 181 applications were submitted. Below is a brief description of the process going forward:
"In this NAO DPH is soliciting applications from entities seeking authority to apply for a certificate of registration to provide services as Registered Marijuana Dispensaries, pursuant to 105 CMR 725.100(B)(1). This NAO is considered Phase 1 of a two phase application process. Applicants that respond to this Notice in a timely manner and satisfy the criteria in 105 CMR 725.100(B)(1) will be notified by the Department that it may proceed to Phase 2 of the application process. Phase 2 applicants whom are selected by the Department and pay the required registration fee will be issued a certificate of registration to operate a RMD, after the Department has completed an inspection and issued final approval."
To view who applied, click this link here. I'm not sure who a lot of these names are, but some are familiar from working in other states. I have never been to Massachusetts, so I am not sure how the state compares to other states in regards to how people get their medical marijuana. The fees are fairly steep, which will be a factor in the final price of medicine that is passed along to the patient. Hopefully those prices are low enough that everyone who needs safe access to medicine can get it.
According to the Boston Globe:
"Applicants are not required to provide the state with detailed information about their plans just yet. The first phase of vetting includes a criminal background check and a financial review.
In mid-September, the state will announce which applicants have been cleared for a more detailed review of proposed locations and operations. The applicants must then prove that they have local support."
"The applicants are competing for a maximum of 35 licenses allowed under a law voters approved in November, which will make marijuana available to patients with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, Parkinson's disease and AIDS."