Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker just gave the nod of approval for the state's first marijuana dispensary to open. Baker granted a temporary, one-time-use waiver to the Alternative Therapy Group of Salem Friday for the sale of medicinal marijuana. The group's dispensary is set to open to the public by appointment early this summer and it will be open for three months, as per the waiver's constraints. Alternative Therapy Group is only permitted to dispense a 60-day supply of 4.23 ounces of marijuana to any patients and must instruct patients to use no more than 2 grams daily.
While dispensaries have been legal in Massachusetts since 2012, this will be the first dispensary in the state due to fumbles in implementing the law. Under the state's law, as many as 35 dispensaries can sell marijuana in the state to patients suffering from illnesses including cancer, HIV, and Parkinson's disease.
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