MASSACHUSETTS: After a string of embarrassing revelations about proposed medical marijuana dispensaries, state regulators vowed to expand the background checks and scrub every inch of firms’ applications during the verification phase of the approval process.
A security firm conducted more than a hundred additional background checks and investigative interviews. And the state weeded out nearly half the 20 finalists, including several for misrepresenting their meetings with local officials.
“If somebody lied on their application, they are not going to get a license,” Governor Deval Patrick said flatly in a WGBH radio interview in February.
The state’s screening company detected the missing degree in April, but the state let the company go forward with plans to open dispensaries in Northampton and Brookline anyway.