DPH expected to award Island medical marijuana license Friday

With names like White Russian, Blue Cheese, and Holy Grail Kush, currently ten strains of medical cannabis are grown on site at Greenleaf Compassionate Care. — Photo by Michelle Gross

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) is expected to announce Friday which of more than 100 applicants will receive one of 35 state licenses to open a registered marijuana dispensary (RMD) license, including one in Dukes County.

On November 21, applicants were required to hand deliver an extensive proposal for their medical marijuana facility, along with a $30,000 non-refundable application fee.

The state is expected to award a total of 35 licences, with at least one but no more than five dispensaries per county.

A total of 181 applications for individual dispensaries were submitted in the first phase of the application process, with 158 of those applications advancing to the second phase. The DPH received a total of 100 phase 2 applications on the November deadline.

All four Martha’s Vineyard-based 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 reviewed the 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, among other criteria.

Once certified, applicants will be allowed to cultivate and market medical marijuana and marijuana-infused products.