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Mass. Speaker questions pot dispensary process

BOSTON (AP) — The speaker of the Massachusetts House says the state ought to take a second look at the medical marijuana dispensary licensing process.

Robert DeLeo says he's concerned that some of the information on the 20 applications approved last month was not thoroughly vetted, and some applicants may have submitted false or misleading statements.

The Winthrop Democrat says he's heard complaints from lawmakers and from unsuccessful applicants about the process.

The state Public Health Department, which oversaw the process, stressed Wednesday that the licenses are "provisional" and an "intensive" verification process is ongoing.

The department spokesman says applicants found to have lied or misrepresented information will not get a license.

At least one unsuccessful applicant has filed a lawsuit challenging the process.

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