Massachusetts Launches Application Process for Medical Marijuana Stores, Growing Operations

The state Department of Public Health on Friday launched an application process and finalized fees for organizations seeking to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts.

Application forms for the first phase of bidding for dispensaries are available at Completed forms must delivered by hand to the department in Boston on Aug. 22, the department said in a release.

Backers of the law expect dozens of applicants for dispensaries and the first dispensary to open sometime next year. Each dispensary is expected to have a retail store and growing operation with security.

“The department has created a solid regulatory framework for this new industry, and now we are ready to move forward with the competitive application process,” Cheryl Bartlett, commissioner of the public health department, said in a statement. “We are committed to a fully transparent process that respects patient needs, while ensuring safe communities.”

After the Aug. 22 deadline has passed, DPH will post the list of applicants and proposed dispensary locations online at

The program allows up to 35 non-profit dispensaries across the state, with at least one but no more than five in each county.

– Read the entire article at Mass Live.