GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A decision from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health means that Greenfield could be home to a new medical marijuana dispensary. The agency announced Friday afternoon that Patriot Care Corp. of Greenfield’s application is one of four being allowed to move into the “inspection phase” of the certification process.
Patriot Care Corp. joins New England Treatment Access, Inc. of Northampton as the only two western Massachusetts dispensaries that have been cleared to move through to this phase. A proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary in Holyoke was rejected by the DPH back in June.
In 2012, Massachusetts voters approved a state ballot question legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. But state law tightly regulates medical marijuana, requiring that it come from licensed dispensaries. None of these dispensaries have yet opened, and advocates for medical marijuana have begun demanding the state take action to help patients, now that it has been more than two years since the vote.
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