Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses Set to be Awarded Next Week

Massachusetts health officials are set to award medical marijuana dispensary licenses by the end of next week, but that doesn’t mean dispensaries will immediately be up and running.

100 groups are vying for 35 available licenses, with at least one license reserved for each county. A Department of Public Health spokesperson says the agency is on track to release licenses on time, but the licenses will be provisional. Dispensaries will still have to comply with local regulations and pass a final inspection.

Nial DeMena is with Pittsfield-based Manna Wellness, one of the applicants. He says the group is playing the waiting game for now.

“As it nears toward the decision, all we can do is feel like we put our best foot forward for the DPH, and hope that they can see the value that Manna looks to bring to the city of Pittsfield,” say DeMena.

DeMena says if the group gets a license, it will still need a permit from Pittsfield. Manna plans to construct a new building for its dispensary, before growing any marijuana. He says if all goes as planned, the dispensary would open in February of 2015.