Update on Application Process for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health required all completed Phase 2 application forms for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries to be hand-delivered on November 21, 2013. A total of 100 Phase 2 applications were received by the Department on that day.

Only applicants who were approved in the Department’s Phase 1 review were eligible to apply for the Phase 2 of dispensary selection..

The selection committee pdf format of    RMD Application Committee Roster  docx format of RMD Application Committee Roster evaluated Phase 2 applications based on such factors as appropriateness of the site, geographical distribution of dispensaries, local support, and the applicant’s ability to meet the overall health needs of registered patients while ensuring public safety.

Phase 2 applicants were asked to demonstrate local support during the Department’s review process, and show that they can comply with all municipal rules, regulations, ordinances and bylaws. The Department is also developing a database to track patient and physician registrations, which will be available to law enforcement.

The voter-approved law allows the Department to register up to 35 non-profit Registered Marijuana Dispensaries across the state, with at least one but no more than five dispensaries per county.

Since the law took effect January 1, 2013, the Department has enjoyed significant public involvement through listening sessions and public hearings. DPH enacted regulations that have been called a model for other states to follow, and the Department has advanced the competitive dispensary application process on an aggressive timeline to ensure patient access.

Phase 1 Applications

Phase 2 Applications

Results of Phase 2 Application Process - January 31, 2014

Registered Marijuana Dispensary Application Committee


This information is provided by the Health Care Safety and Quality within the Department of Public Health.