The residents of Downtown Crossing, Lowell, and Greenfield in Boston can now heave a sigh of relief following the license granted to Patriot Care Corporation to grow and dispense medical marijuana to patients in the state. There have been very stiff competition among various 100 companies over the years to have the license to dispense medical marijuana, but most of them were disqualified following inconsistencies in the applications and direct disregard to the guidelines given by the regulatory agencies.
Some applicants were found to have falsified information in order to win the license, and this served as the grounds for their disqualification.
Although Patriot Care Corp is the only and first company granted license to run three marijuana dispensary facilities in Massachusetts, other companies were also approved to run dispensaries in time to come. These are Coastal Compassion Incorporated for Fairhaven, and Mass Medicum Corporation for Taunton among others.
According to Karen van Unen, the executive director for Medical Use of Marijuana Program, “I am pleased with the steady progress we are making and expect the first dispensaries to open later this winter. By expanding access into these additional counties, we are promoting our goals of patient access and public safety across the Commonwealth.”
Another company has been approved to open dispensaries in Brookline and Northampton, and Tim Keogh, the president of Coastal Compassion states that “we’re very excited about moving this program forward, providing safe access to patients who can benefit from access to cannabis.” The Department of Public Health approved the medical use of marijuana in Massachusetts some two years ago.