Applications for medical marijuana dispensaries must be turned in by Aug. 22. One group in Hampden County said they were ready and turning in their application a day early.
Debilitating Medical Condition Treatment Centers Inc., led by President Heriberto Flores, was hoping to have their application accepted by the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health.
Applicants were required to have a nonprofit business and proof of at least $500,000 of available funds. Applicants also had to show a clean criminal history with no felony drug offenses. Once applicants were approved, they would be required to provide much more detailed information including what city or town they were planning to operate in.
Fees for the application process were $1,500 for the first phase and $30,000 for the second phase. If approved, dispensaries would have to pay a yearly fee of $50,000 to the state. Only 35 dispensaries would be allowed to operate. Each county must have at least one but not more than five dispensaries.
Residents in Massachusetts voted to allow the use of medical marijuana in November. The drug is still illegal under federal law.
Dispensaries were not expected to be up and running until some time in 2014.
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