, Salem, MA

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May 8, 2014

For patients, a long wait gets longer


“You don’t know exactly what you’re getting” right now, she said, adding that she worries about mold and pesticides in the product her husband consumes.
“It’s a gamble,” she said. “You could get medicine that isn’t good for you.”
Also, the dispensary will likely offer strains of the drug that are geared toward specific ailments, something that’s not possible when the drug is obtained elsewhere.
Dawson is hoping the state will speed the licensing process. Currently, officials are working to verify information provided by dispensary applicants, but it’s taking longer than expected.
“I know they’re going through a difficult time with the application process, but the ones that were approved, they should get the go-ahead to build and plan for opening,” she said.
For the time being, Dawson said her husband will continue to obtain marijuana from their patchwork of contacts — and continue to face the prospect that they’ll come up dry.
“He is forced to go without pain relief,” Dawson said. “It’s a very sad thing to be part of.”
Neil H. Dempsey can be reached at

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