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Boston Could Still Be Getting A Medical Marijuana Dispensary

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On Friday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health began reviewing applications for a new process that allows prospective dispensaries to try and open its doors in counties where none of the 11 provisionally certified registered marijuana dispensaries were designated. Three applicants have been approved to compete for the right to set up shop in Suffolk County, all of which are eying Boston in particular.

Back in July, Karen van Unen, executive director of the Medical Use of Marijuana Program, announced that MassDPH had whittled down applicants from the initial 517 down to 158, followed by 100, then 20 and now to just 11. Licensure for the 11 applicants is still contingent on site visits and various inspections, so that number could be reduced yet again come the fall.

During the press conference, van Unen also explained that because not all of the Commonwealth's 14 counties would be getting a dispensary — Massachusetts law allows for up to five per county, yet just 35 total statewide — some of the applicants that were considered qualified would be able to vie for a roster spot in one of the vacant ones.

MassDPH noted that they'll be considering the likes of "appropriateness of the site, geographical distribution of dispensaries, local support, and the applicant's ability to meet the overall health needs of registered patients while ensuring public safety," among other factors, much as it did with the previous process.

It's unclear, however, if this process will be conducted with more transparency than last. It came to light that DPH Commissioner Cheryl Bartlet had forged a working relationship with former Congressman William Delahunt, who put in for three of the coveted licenses. His applications failed to move on to the final round and he is now suing to reverse that decision. The integrity of the process was also called into question when the guidelines used to determine the standing of applications seemed too subjective to those filing through them.

Though Mayor Marty Walsh has expressed his distaste for medical marijuana dispensaries (though will abide by the will of the people who voted for them), the Boston City Council has proven to be rather open-minded. In March, the City Council held a hearing in which two prospective Boston dispensary operators testified in favor of the dispensaries in Boston. And while several councilors expressed various concerns for their own districts and the city at large, many acknowledged that some of these problems stemmed from inefficiency in MassDPH.

MassDPH estimates the open county application selections to be made by October, while they also anticipate the first dispensaries to open their doors for the first time around then as well. No hard date has been circled on any calendars, so stay tuned to BostInno for more updates on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Source: Bostinno.streetwise.co
Author: Nick DeLuca
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Website: Massachusetts Open County Application Medical Marijuana Dispensary | BostInno
 

sully508

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On Friday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health began reviewing applications for a new process that allows prospective dispensaries to try and open its doors in counties where none of the 11 provisionally certified registered marijuana dispensaries were designated. Three applicants have been approved to compete for the right to set up shop in Suffolk County, all of which are eying Boston in particular.

Back in July, Karen van Unen, executive director of the Medical Use of Marijuana Program, announced that MassDPH had whittled down applicants from the initial 517 down to 158, followed by 100, then 20 and now to just 11. Licensure for the 11 applicants is still contingent on site visits and various inspections, so that number could be reduced yet again come the fall.

During the press conference, van Unen also explained that because not all of the Commonwealth's 14 counties would be getting a dispensary – Massachusetts law allows for up to five per county, yet just 35 total statewide – some of the applicants that were considered qualified would be able to vie for a roster spot in one of the vacant ones.

MassDPH noted that they'll be considering the likes of "appropriateness of the site, geographical distribution of dispensaries, local support, and the applicant’s ability to meet the overall health needs of registered patients while ensuring public safety," among other factors, much as it did with the previous process.

It's unclear, however, if this process will be conducted with more transparency than last. It came to light that DPH Commissioner Cheryl Bartlet had forged a working relationship with former Congressman William Delahunt, who put in for three of the coveted licenses. His applications failed to move on to the final round and he is now suing to reverse that decision. The integrity of the process was also called into question when the guidelines used to determine the standing of applications seemed too subjective to those filing through them.

Though Mayor Marty Walsh has expressed his distaste for medical marijuana dispensaries (though will abide by the will of the people who voted for them), the Boston City Council has proven to be rather open-minded. In March, the City Council held a hearing in which two prospective Boston dispensary operators testified in favor of the dispensaries in Boston. And while several councilors expressed various concerns for their own districts and the city at large, many acknowledged that some of these problems stemmed from inefficiency in MassDPH.

MassDPH estimates the open county application selections to be made by October, while they also anticipate the first dispensaries to open their doors for the first time around then as well. No hard date has been circled on any calendars, so stay tuned to BostInno for more updates on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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News Moderator - The General @ 420 MAGAZINE ®
Source: Bostinno.streetwise.co
Author: Nick DeLuca
Contact: Contact Us
Website: Massachusetts Open County Application Medical Marijuana Dispensary | BostInno

the mayor has no commpassion for cancer patients and others w/ real medical problems. we have the best hospitals in boston the dana faber cancer center, brigham and womens, beth israel , harvard med, mass general hospital, the shriners for burns.all within a ten mile radius. they should have at least one in this area. all mmj patients would have easy acess to the kind they need. while going to see their doctors/appointments. meanwhile the new 3 democrats running for gov. want to start over because they feel its badly flawed. due to politicians trying to make money and open dispensaries. we didnt screw up. they did. the residents of massachusettes voted almost 2years ago and there is still no dispesaries and we are no closer now than we were a year ago. the state hasnt even started giving out patient id's yet. no one really knows. everytime they give an approximate month. it just gets pushed another 6 months down the line. all this money and time invested in the mmj program. and they want to start over. then as soon as one opens, the people will start to try to get it out of their towns. mass patients and caregivers could do a better job w/ this program than the state house or boston city hall where nothing gets done.:peace:
 

NEPharmer

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^I agree, I'm getting fed up with all of the bs. It seems like they will never open. I have renewed my card already months ago, yet I still haven't been able to use it to get Meds. Let them open already.
 
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