The Associated Press

Mass. Says Pot Outlets Must Show Local Backing

BOSTON — State public health officials say proposed medical marijuana dispensaries will be required to verify they have support from local officials before they are granted final licenses.

The Department of Public Health on Jan. 31 awarded 20 provisional licenses to operate dispensaries, the first in Massachusetts under a voter-approved law that allows marijuana to be used by patients with certain medical conditions.

The Boston Globe reported that two groups awarded provisional licenses for dispensaries in Boston and Haverhill may have misrepresented in their applications the level of support they had with local officials.

DPH said in a statement Thursday that it would take very seriously any allegation that an applicant provided false information.

The agency said all applications for dispensaries were signed under the penalties of perjury.

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  • SensiblePolicyMike

    So does this mean that DPH has granted itself the authority to give non voter supported authority to “local authorities” to grant or deny any dispensary licenses? This is very bizarre….. Are there any attorneys reading that can comment on legality of this self granted authority that had the potential to eliminate any legal access to medicine? I’m baffled by this, and I hope this is not the end of the reporting….

  • SensiblePolicyMike

    Will this department mandated change entitle applicants to a refund of “non refundable” application fees? It clearly drastically changes the process for approval and places the final approval decision in the hands of municipal officials, which was not the in the written process prior to accepting application fees.

  • Hitched

    If Obamacare is so important to Obama, why has he only met with Kathleen Sebelius once in the last four years?

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