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MA Gov. Patrick: No Reason To Start Over On Medical Pot


Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he does not believe the process of selecting medical marijuana dispensaries should start again from scratch.

Patrick told reporters on Monday that none of the 20 applicants approved so far have been granted licenses to operate dispensaries and won't be until they verify all the information they provided in their applications.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Attorney General Martha Coakley are among those who have suggested the state should hit the reset button after reports that some applicants may have submitted false or misleading information.

But Patrick says he doesn't believe anything would be gained by starting over.

A voter-approved law allows the state to license up to 35 facilities in Massachusetts to dispense marijuana to people with medical conditions including cancer, AIDS and Parkinson's Disease.

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Jim is WAMC’s Assistant News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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