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Business | State | Friday, July 9th, 2010, 7:29 pm

DHHS awards permits to pot dispensaries

William P. Davis

The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday awarded permits to the dispensaries that will be allowed to sell marijuana to those with prescriptions.

Well, most of them, at least.

Dispensaries won’t be opened in District 1, serving York County, because none of the six applicants met the criteria. Ditto for District 7, which covers Hancock and Washington counties. Cathy Cobb, director of the Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services said in a news release they plan to reopen the search and that those who were not accepted can reapply — after they make changes to their plans — by Aug. 20.

The applicants were scored based on criteria including security, record-keeping, convenience of location, prior business experience, inventory, quality control and whether they would remain non-profit in the long term.

Here are the dispensaries, with links to their proposals:

The dispensaries had to get a minimum score of 70 to be approved. Here are the score sheets:

Master Scoring of Dispensary Applications

The big winner here was Northeast Patients Group, a group with roots in California that set up in Maine following the passage of Question 5 last November. They were awarded permits in four of the six districts. Outgoing Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion is a co-founder of the group.

Cobb said that she will be meeting with the dispensaries’ chief executives to review their applications and to discuss the next steps. She anticipates it will take between two and four months for a dispensary to be open to patients.

D.S. MacLeod is editor of The Haul and a founding editor of the Observer.

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