Applications due soon for Mass. pot dispensaries

BOSTON (AP) — Anyone hoping to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts has until Thursday to hand-deliver their initial application to the state Department of Public Health.

A law approved by voters last November allows for up to 35 dispensaries around the state to provide marijuana for people with certified medical conditions such as cancer, Parkinson's disease and AIDS.

There will be a two-step application procedure for selecting dispensary operators.

In the first phase, regulators will review each applicant's financial viability and conduct background checks. Applicants must report if any member of their organization has been subject to a felony drug conviction.

Those who clear the initial screening can move on to a second phase where a selection committee will review final applications.

Thursday is the deadline for the first phase.

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