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Potential Pot Dispensary Nearby Clears Major Hurdle

Central Ave Compassionate Care was one of 11 proposed dispensaries that gained initial approval from the state Department of Public Health.

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A potential medical marijuana dispensary in Ayer has cleared an important hurdle in the permitting process.

Central Ave Compassionate Care was one of 11 proposed dispensaries that advanced to the "inspection" phase overseen by the state Department of Public Health. Another dispensary in Lowell was also approved.

The state rejected nine applications, including two in Boston.

Voters approved medical marijuana dispensaries in 2012. The Boston Globe reported the first ones could open as early as November.

"This process is designed to ensure only the highest quality applicants advance to meet the patient access and public safety needs of the Commonwealth," said Karen van Unen, executive director of DPH’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program, in a statement. "Those advancing have passed comprehensive background checks and investigative reviews. Prior to opening, each must comply with all inspection and municipal requirements."

The 11 dispensaries are:

  • William Noyes Webster Foundation, Dennis
  • Alternative Therapies Group, Salem
  • Healthy Pharms, Haverhill
  • New England Treatment Access, Northampton
  • Central Ave Compassionate Care, Ayer
  • Garden Remedies, Newton
  • Patriot Care Corp., Lowell
  • Ermont, Quincy
  • New England Treatment Access, Brookline
  • In Good Health, Brockton
  • Milford Medicinals, Milford
    Some of the 11 could still be rejected as the permitting process moves forward.

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