Medical Marijuana Pot Deadline Near
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Medical Marijuana Pot Deadline Near
Posted by CN Staff on August 19, 2013 at 10:43:33 PT
By Christine McConville
Source: Boston Herald
Massachusetts -- People who want to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts have until Thursday to hand-deliver their initial application to the state Department of Public Health.“The Department has created a solid regulatory framework for this new industry, and now we are ready to move forward with the competitive application process,” DPH Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett said in a press release.
“We are committed to a fully transparent process that respects patient needs, while ensuring safe communities.”The law, approved by voters last November, allows for up to 35 dispensaries in the state.The dispensaries will provide marijuana for people with certified medical conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease and AIDS.The state has enacted a two-step application procedure to select dispensary operators. In the first phase, regulators will review each applicant’s financial viability and conduct background checks. Applicants must report if any member of their organization has been subject to a felony drug conviction. Those who clear the initial screening can move on to a second phase where a selection committee will review final applications.Prospective marijuana dispensaries must pay a $1,500 fee as part of the Phase 1 application. If they qualify for Phase 2, they will have to pay an additional $30,000. Both sets of fees are non-refundable.Dispensaries that are selected must pay another $50,000 annual fee for a state-approved Certificate of Registration.“The application and patient registration fees that DPH has put into place are in line with other states and will be affordable to patients,” Bartlett said in a statement. “Dispensaries will be required to pay their fair share to support this program, so we do not rely on taxpayer resources.”DPH will use the fees to meet the program’s operational needs, including hiring staff and training inspectors to monitor the industry.DPH also will develop an online system for registering and auditing for participant eligibility.The law is required to be revenue-neutral, and fees are expected to cover all estimated operating costs.Herald wire services contributed to this story. Source: Boston Herald (MA)Author: Christine McConvillePublished: August 19, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Boston Herald, Inc.Website: letterstoeditor bostonherald.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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