By Steve Elliott
Massachusetts' medical marijuana dispensaries plan to start home delivery service to patients next year. At a conference last week, the director of the state's medicinal cannabis program, Karen van Unen, said dispensaries had been encouraged to offer the home delivery service as an option for patients.
"Home delivery is an important aspect of the program because not all communities will host dispensaries, and extensive travel can be prohibitive for patients undergoing rigorous chemotherapy treatments, living with disabilities such as paralysis, or suffering with conditions such as ALS or MS, said Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance Executive Director Matthew J. Allen, reports Zeke Wright at Go Local/Worcester.
Massachusetts on January 31 announced preliminary approval of 20 dispensaries. All of the dispensary applicants granted provisional licenses have said they plan to offer home delivery, van Unen said this week. A second round of provisional licenses is expected to be announced in early June.
Eight unsuccessful dispensary applicants were invited to update their proposals for one of four counties -- Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Berkshire and Franklin -- which still are without plans for a dispensary.