Most Applicants For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Approved In First Round Review

The state public health department announced that 158 applications were eligible to continue in the competitive process. The initial round of applicants were reviewed for non-profit status, financial viability and compliance with other application requirements.

“This is a very competitive process and we required applicants to meet high standards to advance,” state public health commissioner, Cheryl Bartlett, said in a statement.

“We are fortunate that Massachusetts has a large field of serious applicants, who are capable of making a significant investment to benefit qualified patients and safeguard communities,” Bartlett said. “While no decision to deny an applicant was taken lightly, we wanted to ensure that those who advance could demonstrate the ability to operate a successful non-profit Registered Marijuana Dispensary.”

Twenty-two applicants did not meet the criteria to proceed in the process and one applicant withdrew, the state said.

Applications were denied for a wide variety of reasons, state officials said, including failing to incorporate as a non-profit or a lack of demonstrated financial viability.

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