Medical marijuana dispensary licenses issued

Photo Courtesy: MGNonline/United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo Courtesy: MGNonline/United States Fish and Wildlife Service

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP)  - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has approved provision licenses for 20 corporations interested in opening up medical marijuana dispensaries around the state.

Results of the Phase Two application process were announced late Friday morning.  According to the Department of Health, two corporations have been chosen to open up dispensaries in western Massachusetts.

Debilitating Medical Condition Treatment Centers, Inc. was issued a license to open a dispensary in HolyokeNew England Treatment Access, Inc. was issued a license to open a dispensary in Northampton.

No licenses were issued for dispensaries in Franklin or Berkshire County. Also Springfield, the state’s second largest city behind Boston, was left out.

Patriot Care Corp. was invited to seek an alternate location in Hampshire County.  The corporation wanted to open a dispensary in Northampton.

The selection process began with extensive background checks, the applicant’s ability to meet overall health needs, public safety, and location.

8 out of the 20 approved dispensaries will be located in the eastern part of the state, prompting the question of how those in Franklin and Berkshire counties will gain access to medical marijuana.

Karen Van Unen of the DPH Medical Marijuana Program, “Right now, we have eight applicants that we are going to invite in to have them update their application to reflect the counties that don’t have any approved dispensaries right now.”

The agency said they expect dispensaries to be open for business in the summer.

For a look at all the corporations that will be issued licenses, Click Here.

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