Worcester Man's Application for MMJ Dispensary Rejected 6 Days After Submission

MASSACHUSETTS:  A lawyer who hopes to open run a medical marijuana dispensary in Worcester county has received bad news: six days after submission, his application has been denied.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that the application of Richard J. Rafferty, a lawyer based in Worcester, to incorporate as a non-profit was turned down due to two errors on his application.

One of the two errors Rafferty made, according to the Gazette, was the requested non-profit name:

“The name of the company, “TJMM Marijuana Dispensary, Incorporated,” ran afoul of a key rule of the state Department of Public Health, which will regulate the medical marijuana business. Entities applying for dispensary applications cannot use “a name which holds itself out as a dispensary.”

In other words, applicants must not only register as nonprofits, but they must also use names that do not say they are medical marijuana outlets.”

On Thursday, Aug. 22, applicants were required to hand deliver applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses to the state department of health. Included in the application was a $1,500 check and a $500,000 bond.

The state released the names of 181 applicants Friday.

14 applied for dispensary licenses in Worcester county.

Less than 20 percent of the applicants will be granted a license. “In the first year, the law allows DPH to register up to 35 non-profit [registered marijuana dispensaries] cross the state, with at least one but no more than five dispensaries per county,” the Commonwealth act states. “The non-profit [registered marijuana dispensaries] will be registered under the law to cultivate, process, and provide marijuana and marijuana-infused products to registered qualifying patients.”

The other error that caused Rafferty’s bid to be rejected was his signature, or lack thereof. The name was simply signed “Doug,” a violation of the application process, which requires a full, legal name as a signature.


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