BOSTON (AP) — The state department charged with vetting companies that want to win a medical marijuana dispensary license says the process is ongoing, but offered no timeline for when it might be completed.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health spokesman David Kibbe says the agency awarded 20 provisional licenses at the end of January, but is still in the process of verifying the applications.
He says the department is trying to strike the “appropriate balance” between patient access and public safety.
Medical marijuana advocates are rallying at the Statehouse on Thursday to call for more progress in the licensing process, which has been the subject of scrutiny after a number of politically-connected companies were awarded the provisional permits. The state had hoped the first of the dispensaries would open by this summer.