Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Dispensary Could See Extra Traffic

MASSACHUSETTS:  When it comes to medical marijuana, Boston’s loss could be this city’s gain.

The Department of Health recently announced that only 11 of the 20 medical marijuana outfits it had originally approved to open dispensaries across the state would actually be allowed to do so, after a verification process found problems with multiple applications.

It was good news for Newburyport-based Alternative Therapies, the dispensary that’s still on track to open at 50 Grove St. in Salem early next year. But local officials say it also means the dispensary could see heavier traffic than it had anticipated, at least temporarily.

Half of the state’s counties aren’t yet slated to host any dispensaries, and one in particular could boost visits to Salem: Suffolk. Two groups had applied for licenses in Boston, but both were eliminated — leaving the city without any marijuana dispensary.