Massachusetts Approves Boston’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary

State health officials on Friday approved a highly coveted license for Boston’s first medical marijuana dispensary, selecting Patriot Care Corp. to run a location near Downtown Crossing.

The company, which was already set for a similar facility in Lowell, also won permission Friday for a Greenfield location, making it the only company in position to run three dispensaries in the state.

In addition, state officials said Friday that they would allow a company to move forward with plans to open dispensaries in Brookline and Northampton. The Patrick administration put those plans “on hold” after The Boston Globe reported that the company’s chief executive had falsely claimed to be a college graduate on the company’s applications to the state.

In a news release, Karen van Unen, who runs the state medical marijuana program, said, “I am pleased with the steady progress we are making and expect the first dispensaries to open later this winter.”

Two other companies received permission Friday from state health regulators to move forward with medical marijuana dispensaries: Coastal Compassion in Fairhaven and MassMedicum in Taunton.

– Read the entire article at The Boston Globe.