Denied Massachusetts Pot Shops Weigh Options

MASSACHUSETTS:  State health officials could find themselves deeper in the legal weeds after several of the nine proposed medical pot shops that were snuffed out yesterday after a round of “enhanced” background checks said they’re mulling potential lawsuits, including the lone pair of Boston hopefuls and a group led by former U.S. Rep. William Delahunt.

Just 11 of the 20 applicants who earned initial approval earlier this year from the Department of Public Health made the cut for “provisional certificates,” allowing them to set up operations ahead of a final round of inspections.

But those who were rejected responded with a mixture of disappointment and defiance, and several didn’t close the door on court appeals against DPH, which has hired a “boutique” law firm to defend itself amid criticisms of how it’s vetted applicants. The state currently faces 10 pending suits brought by rejected dispensaries. In three instances where the plaintiffs sought injunctive relief, a judge denied the request, state officials said.

Delahunt yesterday said he was “perplexed” by DPH’s decisions to deny his proposed dispensaries in Plymouth, Mashpee and Taunton.


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