Until now, dispensaries were approved through a long application process that was fraught with controversy and delays.
The state’s DMV commissioner says 28,000 people have scheduled appointments to take the driver’s test.
The gambling board dismissed a request by the City of Boston to delay the process of awarding a casino license until after the November election.
Some residents are hopeful about economic recovery; others warn against potential problems.
Leominster’s proposed slots parlor narrowly lost to a proposed slots casino in Plainville. Two of the five commissioners on the state gaming board supported the proposal in the north-central Massachusetts city.
Just four of the 20 licenses granted on Friday are in the central and western counties of the state.
By the end of this month, Massachusetts will give out the first ever licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries, up to 35 in all. This follows a ballot measure approved by voters in 2012.
Massachusetts is a step closer to knowing where medical marijuana dispensaries will open.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission made new commitments this week to communities adjacent to potential casino sites.