Milford has been selected as one of 11 communities in Massachusetts to advance to an "inspection phase" as it moves closer to opening a medical marijuana dispensary, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Friday.
The chosen communities successfully completed a "verification phase," which included enhanced background checks and information verification. As a result of those background checks, the DPH has cut out nine of 20 communities that were initially awarded licenses to open a dispensary after it performed enhanced background checks. More than 100 groups applied for licenses throughout the state.
With Friday's announcement, the 11 applicants would bring 97 percent of the state's population within 30 miles of a Registered Marijuana Dispensary, according to the DPH.
"This process is designed to ensure only the highest quality applicants advance to meet the patient access and public safety needs of the Commonwealth," Karen van Unen, executive director of DPH’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program, said 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."