MASSACHUSETTS: Four communities south of Boston could soon become the hosts of medical marijuana businesses, as groups across Massachusetts bid for the final approvals they need to enter the state’s fledgling pot industry.
All told, the state Department of Public Health has granted provisional certificates for 15 dispensaries under the 2012 ballot law legalizing medical marijuana. Groups can gain final certificates to begin growing and selling once the DPH determines their facilities meet safety and other standards and they have secured all needed local permits.
The groups are bidding to reach the finish line even as a new administration is preparing to take office, raising the possibility of changes to the process.
Governor-elect Charlie Baker said last Tuesday that he wants to “figure out what to do” about implementation of the state’s medical marijuana law, terming it “problematic,” according to a report by the Statehouse News Service. Baker said that the process was more than a year behind schedule and that he was respectful that many patients have been waiting, the service reported.