State health officials have revealed the names of companies who will be receiving the first 20 licenses to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts (PDF of the results). Although the voter-approved law allows for up to 35 non-profits to open at least one, but no more than five dispensaries per county, just 10 of the Bay State's 14 counties had applicants deemed worthy of a thumbs up in this initial round. Thus, both Dukes (a.k.a. Martha's Vineyard) and Nantucket will remain temporarily sans pot shops. Meanwhile, Barnstable (a.k.a. Cape Cod) received two of the 20 licenses - one for Dennis and another for Mashpee. The former will be operated by the William Noyes Webster Foundation, Inc. and the latter, by the Cape's former congressman.
Per the Globe:
Among those who received good news was former US representative William D. Delahunt, who successfully won all three of the licenses he sought to open dispensaries in Mashpee, Taunton and Plymouth. Delahunt, who represented Cape Cod and much of the South Shore for 14 years, is part of a company called Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts. No word on where Delahunt, who is also the former Norfolk County District Attorney, and his well-connected group will be cultivating their crop, but their Mashpee shop will be located at 95 Echo Road. Meanwhile, the Dennis dispensary license went to Paul Covell, the chairman of the Dennis Board of Health. According to the Cape Cod Times, Covell's dispensary, "which will operate as Barnstable County Wellness Center, will cultivate the marijuana at 226 Great Western Road, and run its dispensary at 17 American Way, both in South Dennis." Ahh, the American way.
· First medical marijuana dispensary licenses awarded in Massachusetts [Boston Globe]
· Two Cape marijuana dispensaries win state licenses [Cape Cod Times]
· Medical Marijuana Application Results *PDF [Mass.gov]