The following is by Ryan Grannon-Doll of Patch (Jeffrey Pickette contributed reporting):
Twelve applications have been submitted for medical marijuana dispensaries in Norfolk County, but, at the moment, there is no word on the communities that would host them.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health released the list of applications this past Friday, which also include applications for the state’s other counties. In total, 181 applications were submitted.
Middlesex County had a high of 47 applicants. Barnstable and Bristol counties each received nine applications, Berkshire County received three, Dukes County got four, Essex County received 16, Franklin County got seven, Hampden County got 13 and Hampshire County got five. Nantucket County received two applications, Plymouth County got 19, Suffolk County got 21 and Worcester County received 14.according to WBUR. The DPH has said it could approve up to 35 dispensaries statewide by January. State law prohibits more than five per county.
At this spring's Annual Town Meeting in Stoughton, Town Meeting members backed an article asking for a temporary moratorium on any medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in town.
According to WBUR, DPH Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett "acknowledged that it might be difficult to open a dispensary in a town or city that has instituted a one-year moratorium. The moratoriums are allowed by law for communities to finalize zoning restrictions for dispensaries. But DPH plans to approve up to 35 dispensaries by January and wants to see them open within four to six months of then."