Middlesex County leads the way with 17 dispensary applications submitted by 16 companies. Five companies are competing to open dispensaries in Framingham. One of them, Massachusetts Compassionate Patient Care Corp., applied to open a second dispensary in Ayer. Four medical marijuana centers are proposed for Lowell. One company, The Greeneway Wellness Foundation, Inc., applied to open a dispensary in Cambridge.
Worcester County has the second-highest number of dispensaries proposed, at 14: nine applications for dispensaries in the city of Worcester itself; two in Shrewsbury; and one each in Fitchburg, Leominster and Milford.
In Suffolk County, nine dispensaries have been proposed by different companies — five of them in Boston.
Under the state’s medical marijuana law, every county will have at least one and no more than five dispensaries. Each company was allowed to apply for up to three. The centers will be not-for-profit businesses, and applicants were required to prove they had at least $500,000 in cash on hand for start-up costs for each dispensary proposed.
Among the applicants is Irina Salgan, of Framingham. She and her husband want to open a dispensary in that town, where they live and run other businesses, including a retail store. She said the dispensary is a personal mission for them, as her husband is battling cancer and they want to help other patients like him.
As for any concerns about security or unauthorized access to marijuana by minors, Salgan said she wants to reassure the community.