MASSACHUSETTS: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Wednesday announced a new licensing process for medical marijuana dispensaries, which will treat them more like any other health care facility.
The new process will allow dispensaries to apply for licenses on a rolling basis, and each one will be scored individually. Previously, the state set deadlines for applications, then analyzed the entire group simultaneously.
The licensing process until now has been beset by lawsuits from companies that did not get a license. There have been major delays after some companies that did get provisional approval were found to have problems with their applications. More than two years after voters legalized medical marijuana, no dispensaries have opened. According to the Department of Public Health, the process left the department with a budget deficit of $1 million since the application process was more costly than expected, and the program did not generate the expected revenue.