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State officials are eliminating nearly half of the applicants for licenses to open medical marijuana dispensaries. The applicants had been given provisional approval.
Those eliminated include the two proposed in Boston, and three put forward by former Massachusetts U.S. Rep. William Delahunt.
Eleven applicants will now be allowed to set up dispensaries for inspection. State officials say some of the facilities could open by November.
The companies that were rejected can submit new applications next year.
Voters two years ago approved a ballot initiative to allow up to 35 licenses statewide in the first round of dispensaries.