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June 27, 2014

Haverhill dispensary gets DPH nod

Healthy Pharms' proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary will get a provisional certificate to operate along with 10 others around the state, state health officials announced this afternoon.

The state Department of Public Health rejected nearly half of the 20 applications it identified in January as worthy of receiving provisional operating licenses after what officials called a heightened evaluation and verification phase that started sometime in February.

The applications of Healthy Pharms and several others around the state came under increased scrutiny after multiple officials in Haverhill and other communities said their conversations about the dispensaries were misrepresented to give a greater appearance of community support.

Along with Healthy Pharms, DPH will issue provisional licenses to Alternative Therapies Group in Salem, Bay State Relief in Milford, Central Avenue Compassionate Care in Ayer, Ermont in Quincy, Garden Remedies in Newton, In Good Health in Brockton, New England Treatment Access in Brookline, New England Treatment Access in Northampton, Patriot Care in Lowell, and William Noyes Webster Foundation in Dennis.

DPH plans to have an accelerated application process for five other applicants invited in January to reapply for another location in a county without a dispensary. A new round of dispensary applications is planned for next summer.

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