Boston Medical Marijuana Dispensary Is Now Open
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 11/10/2014 in Medical Marijuana Laws
State health officials in Massachusetts recently approved Boston’s first medical marijuana dispensary, awarding the highly coveted license to, Patriot Care Corp, which plans to operate its facility near Downtown Crossing.
Patriot Care Corp, was already provisionally approved to open a dispensary in Lowell, also recently won permission for a location in Greenfield, making them the only entity set to open 3 dispensary locations. Dennis Kunian, spokesperson for Patriot Care, said “We have a lot of work to do and we are very excited. We want to do the city proud.” The company does not have a timeline as to when they will be ready to open their doors to patients in Boston, but they are in the process of seeking approval from city officials about its proposed location at 21 Milk St.
No dispensaries have opened as of yet, despite state officials initial indications that they would be open by summer of 2014. Reason for this being that repeated disclosures, from media and competing applicants, concerning the questionable backgrounds and misrepresentations of some company officials, have considerably slowed down the licensing process. But sate officials have indicated that they would also be willing to allow another company to potentially move forward, with plans to open in Brookline and Northampton.
Chief executive of the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program, said in a news release that, “I am pleased with the steady progress we are making and expect the first dispensaries to open later this winter.” She went on further to say that the state hopes to start accepting more applications for dispensaries, by the spring of 2015.
To date, the state has conditionally approved 15 applications across the territory, however these applicants must still pass inspection, as well as win local zoning approval, before they can actually begin the process of growing and selling medical marijuana. “We are concerned about underserved counties,” van Unen said in a brief telephone interview. At present there are still no dispensaries selected for the counties of Hampden, Berkshire, Dukes, and Nantucket.
Dennis Kunian, spokesperson for Patriot Care, said “We have a lot of work to do and we are very excited. We want to do the city proud.” The company does not have a timeline as to when they will be ready to open their doors to patients in Boston, but they are in the process of seeking approval from city officials about its proposed location at 21 Milk St.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s press secretary, Kate Norton, issued a statement saying, “The City will work with our partners at the state level to ensure that any dispensary in Boston complies with all local regulations and guidelines.”
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