BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health received "well over 100 applications" to operate nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts Thursday, according to Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett.
The Initial applications from prospective dispensary operators had to be hand-delivered to DPH by Thursday afternoon.
Massachusetts new state law allows up to 35 dispensaries to provide marijuana to patients with certain medical conditions.
During this phase of the process, applicants will undergo checks and be screened for financial viability.
The "phase one" initial review should be completed by mid-September, with licenses awarded by the end of the year.
Commissioner Bartlett told 22News during a conference call Thursday, "This is a highly competitive process that will create jobs and economic investment in the Commonwealth." She said the DPH intends to "keep the process as transparent."
A list of the names of all the applicants will be available from DPH Friday. 22News will post those names, or a link to that list here on WWLP.com.