We visit Salem, where the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened Wednesday.
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The waiver allows a dispensary in Salem to open, but for limited sales.
The state’s first medical marijuana dispensary is expected to open this month. But it may not have any actual dried marijuana for sale. The main problem: lead.
Dispensaries will now be licensed in a process similar to that used for pharmacies.
There does not appear to be any real movement to align recommended medical use with a name.
As Massachusetts prepares to open its first dispensary, possibly in April, this is a glimpse into the future.
Assuming a three-month growing cycle, the storefront in Salem could begin selling marijuana in April. However, the plants must first undergo a series of safety tests, and the state will continue to inspect the company’s business plans.
As the marijuana industry takes shape in Massachusetts, it will need a trained workforce. In Natick, the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis is offering classes.
The four dispensaries in Boston, Taunton, Greenfield and Fairhaven fill counties that did not previously have any medical marijuana dispensaries in the works.
As the marijuana industry continues to grow, some doctors and onlookers worry it will follow the path of Big Tobacco. But industry representatives say they have embraced stricter regulations.