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The city of Boston will now be having its first marijuana dispensary very soon. Massachusetts state health officials approved the license of Patriot Care Corporation, to open Boston’s first marijuana dispensary for helping patients suffering from MS and epilepsy.
The highly coveted license was approved on Friday and the facility will be operating in the neighborhood of Downtown Crossing. Patriot Care Corp. had already been approved to open such a dispensary in Lowell although provisionally. The corporation won the permit for a location in Greenfield as well thus becoming the only company that has been authorized to run three marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts.
State officials also stated that they are willing to allow another company to proceed with plans of opening such dispensaries in Northampton and Brookline. The decision to award Patriot Care Corp. the license has drawn sharp condemnation from a number of critics who claim that the company was being given a special kind of treatment.
State’s medical marijuana program’s chief executive, Karen van Unen, reported in the news that there is a lot of progress and the first dispensaries will be opened some time later in the winter. Some two other companies also received permits on Friday to move forward with their medical marijuana dispensary plans. These will be operating in Fairhaven and Taunton.
A total of 15 applicants have been approved across the state, spread across 10 of Massachusetts’s 14 counties. The companies awarded licenses will still have to pass a final inspection by the state health department and ensure they are complying with any local permitting requirements before they are allowed to open. Currently there are no dispensaries approved for Berkshire, Nantucket, Hampden and Dukes counties.