Final medical marijuana applications due

Final medical marijuana applications due

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A registered medical marijuana dispensary in Rhode Island. — File photo by Michelle Gross

Phase two registered marijuana dispensary (RMD) applications are due to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) November 21.

Applicants are required to hand deliver an extensive proposal for their medical marijuana facility, along with a $30,000 non-refundable application fee.

Only the 158 applicants who were approved in the department’s first phase review in September may apply for the second and final selection phase.

All four Martha’s Vineyard-based RMD applicants were invited to continue to the more stringent second phase of the application process.

They are Complementary Medicine practitioner Susan Sanford of Greenleaf MV Compassionate Care Inc., Oak Bluffs businessman Mark Wallace of Kingsbury Group Inc., Our Island Club co-founder Geoffrey Rose and Jonathan Bernstein of Patient Centric of Martha’s Vineyard Ltd., and Michael Peters, doing business under the name MV Greencross.

In the second part of the competitive application process, DPH will review appropriateness of the site, the geographical distribution of dispensaries, local support, and the applicant’s ability to meet the overall health needs of registered patients while ensuring public safety.

The DPH will make final selections on January 31. Once certified, applicants will be allowed to cultivate and market medical marijuana and marijuana-infused products.