181 Apply To Open Mass. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, August, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
More than 100 people or groups of business partners submitted applications on Thursday to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to open medical marijuana dispensaries, according to DPH Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett.
“We’re glad that it was a highly competitive process and it will ensure patients’ access to the medical use of marijuana in the commonwealth,” Bartlett said during a conference call.
Thursday was the only day prospective entrepreneurs could submit applications for the first phase of the dispensary approval process. A steady stream of people entered DPH headquarters on Washington Street in downtown Boston, wheeling suitcases or carrying boxes or large envelopes of documents.
Investment banker Arnon Vered of Swampscott was one of them. He and business partner Kevin Fisher, who owns a dispensary in Colorado, submitted applications for three dispensaries they hope to open in Norfolk, Bristol and Hampshire counties.
“When I started, I knew very little about this,” Vered said. “But when I started talking to patients and seeing people who are actually using [medical marijuana], kind of the impact that it has on their lives, that really made me want to be involved in this.”
Fisher says the high “financial barriers to entry,” specifically the requirement to prove $500,000 in liquid capital to start a dispensary, will result in applicants ensuring they bring in whatever expertise is necessary to run a successful center.
John Greene hopes his experience as an herbalist will help him get approved to operate up to three dispensaries in Plymouth County. He says he wants to focus on providing strains of marijuana that have low levels of “euphoric” or “psychoactive” properties that contribute to the “stoner ethos” many people still attribute to anything involving marijuana.
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