Demand Soaring At State’s Lone Marijuana Dispensary

MASSACHUSETTS:  The executive director of the state’s first and only medical marijuana dispensary said this week that in just two months of operation, it provided cannabis to 1,500 patients — the first measure of consumer demand for the product in Massachusetts.

That dispensary, Alternative Therapies Group in Salem,was granted permission by state regulators on Wednesday to expand its offerings, receiving permission to fill orders for first-time products such as marijuana oils and baked goods, which many patients prefer over smoking marijuana.

Regulators also moved Wednesday to allow a second dispensary to open. A Brockton company, In Good Health, was issued a temporary state waiver to sell cannabis that has not been fully tested for pesticides and other contaminants. Laboratories in Massachusetts are still struggling to complete quality testing required by the state health department under rules considered to be among the most stringent in the country.

 

Massachusetts Issues First Medical Marijuana License

MASSACHUSETTS:  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued the state’s first certificate of registration for a marijuana dispensary.

The certificate was given to Alternative Therapies Group, Inc., allowing it to begin growing marijuana for medical use.

Before the company is allowed to sell or transport marijuana, the dispensary will need to undergo additional oversight, including inspections of its transportation plans and testing of its plants once they are grown.

Alternative Therapies Group has been approved to operate a dispensary site in Salem and a cultivation site in Amesbury.