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Medical Marijuana

What’s next in store for medical pot?

GREENFIELD — The five applicants invited to re-apply for medical marijuana licenses in the seven open counties, including Franklin County, will find out today what their next steps are to secure one of the remaining coveted licenses.

The state Department of Public Health Medical Use of Marijuana Program will host an informational session today at 11 a.m. in Boston for the five Registered Marijuana Dispensary applicants eligible to apply for locations in open counties. The open county application process will begin later this month with selections scheduled for October 2014.

In October, the outcomes of the selection process will be announced, not licenses, said Alec Loftus, spokesperson for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

The five applicants invited to apply for the open counties include Coastal Compassion, The Haven Center, Mass Medicum Corp and Patriot Care. Patriot Care is invited to apply for two counties.

They will be vying for licenses in Franklin, Berkshire, Hampden, Bristol, Suffolk, Dukes and Nantucket counties.

Only 11 of the 20 original applicants received provisional licenses from the state. Those applicants are now moving toward the inspection phase before opening this year. Another six applicants were eliminated.

Patriot Care could be the only applicant to receive more than one license. It has already received a provisional license for its Lowell dispensary and is moving toward the inspection phase for that project.

The group — made up of Robert Mayerson of Harvard, Michael Abbott of Nantucket and Nicholas Vita of Nantucket — have courted Greenfield officials as well in its bid for an open county seat.

Patriot Care brings a wealth of experience in the young medical marijuana industry.

Abbott and Vita serve as executives for three dispensaries in Washington, D.C., and Arizona. They received the first license awarded in Washington, D.C., and became the first group to start dispensing in nation’s capital city in 2013.

Mayerson served as the president, chief operating and chief financial officer for Eastern Mountain Sports Inc., a national outdoor sports company based in New Hampshire, until recently when he decided to venture into the medical marijuana industry.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: kmckiernan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 268 on Twitter, follow @RecorderKatMcK

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