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February 1, 2014

State OKs Salem marijuana dispensary


Statewide, eight applicants that were not approved for their proposed locations were invited to apply to open dispensaries in Berkshire, Franklin, Dukes or Nantucket counties, where there were no successful applicants in this round. One of those dispensaries is Good Chemistry of Massachusetts, the other applicant that had listed Salem as its intended location; it scored 145. Good Chemistry was separately approved to open dispensaries in Worcester and Boston.

Essex County’s other approved dispensary is slated to be run by Healthy Pharms in Haverhill.

The state initially received 181 applications to open dispensaries, 158 of which were given the go-ahead to apply for the second phase of the application process. Of those, only 100 opted to do so, in part, perhaps, because they were required to pay a $30,000 fee and then show they had $500,000 available in cash.

The state could have approved as many as 35 dispensaries.

Alternative Therapies is scheduled to meet with the Gallows Hill neighborhood group on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the A.O.H. on Boston Street.

Neil H. Dempsey can be reached at

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