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By PBN Staff
By PBN Staff
BOSTON – The Mass. Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced the selection of the first 20 registered marijuana dispensaries on Friday, including two in Bristol County.
The dispensaries, authorized under the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program, were chosen after review of 100 applicant finalists and extensive background checks. Twenty dispensaries were selected for approval based on overall quality of the application, appropriateness of the site, local support, and the applicant’s ability to meet patients’ health needs “while ensuring public safety,” the Office of Health and Human Services said.
Three sites operated by Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts Inc. were approved as registered dispensaries, including a location in Taunton. The other medical marijuana dispensary in Bristol County is located in Fairhaven and operated by Brighton Health Advocates Inc.
“We are pleased to announce that qualified patients will soon have full access to marijuana for medical use in Massachusetts,” said Karen van Unen, executive director of the Medical Use of Marijuana Program. “Only dispensaries with the highest quality applications were selected to be a part of this new industry, which will create hundreds of jobs while maintaining community safety.”
The other 18 approved dispensaries are located across nine different counties:
The law that established the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program allows for up to 35 dispensaries across the state. All approved applicants are nonprofit entities responsible for seed-to-sale control of the business, including the dispensary and secure cultivation facility, the Office of Health and Human Services said.