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 second and final phase of dispensary selection.
The selection committee will evaluate and score 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 have been asked to demonstrate local support during the Department’s review process, and must 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.
DPH anticipates that the Phase 2 review will be completed by early 2014. At that time, the list of applicants who will receive a provisional license will be made available to the public.
Phase 1 Applications
- List of Phase 1 Results - Alphabetical
- List of Phase 1 Results by County
- Instructions on How to Access Submitted Phase 1 Applications
- List of Phase 1 Applicants for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries
Phase 2 Applications
- List of Phase 2 Applicants – Alphabetical
- List of Phase 2 Applicants – by County
- Instructions on How to Access Phase 2 Application Form for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries
- Fee Structure for Medical Use of Marijuana Program