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No Planned Medical Marijuana Dispensaries For 4 Mass. Counties

BOSTON — Almost two years after Massachusetts voters passed a medical marijuana law, four counties still have no proposed marijuana dispensaries: Dukes, Nantucket, Berkshire and Hampden.

By law, each county is required to have at least one but no more than five dispensaries.

Friday was the deadline for a handful of companies to apply, at the invitation of the state, for dispensaries in seven counties that have none of the facilities in the works.

The four groups submitted applications for dispensaries in Boston (Suffolk County), Taunton and Fairhaven (Bristol County) and Greenfield (Franklin County). Three of the four companies are proposing marijuana cultivation facilities in locations separate from the dispensaries: Shrewsbury, Holbrook and South Hadley.

The state Department of Public Health says it will approve or deny provisional registration certificates based on Friday’s applications in October. Eleven other dispensaries already considered provisionally approved are currently going through the permitting and inspection process.

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  • Argle_Bargle

    Much as this reporter often does perceptive, admirable work, the lede should be: Almost two years after Massachusetts voters passed a medical marijuana law, no counties in the state have opened a marijuana dispensary. While appalling, the ridiculous, malfeasant turns of the licensing ‘process’ are secondary to the state government’s failure to comply with the will of the people.

    Correction needed, final paragraph: the state of Massachusetts is now reduced to nine provisionally-licensed, extremely tardy, and non-functioning dispensaries for a population of more than 6.5 million people.

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