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Mass. Health Officials Release New Dispensary Rules


The Department of Public Health is unveiling changes to the way it issues licenses under the state's medical marijuana dispensary program.

The changes outlined Friday include a revamped application process that allows marijuana dispensaries to be approved similar to how other health care facilities, such as pharmacies, are licensed.

Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said the changes will create "a more streamlined, efficient and transparent process."

Under the new process, dispensaries will be evaluated individually, not as part of a group. They must show local support — or a lack of opposition — before being approved. Fees will stay the same.

Applications will be accepted beginning on June 29.

Any existing certifications and decisions made last year remain in effect.

So far, no dispensaries have opened.

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