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20 companies to undergo more scrutiny
The Massachusetts Public Health Department said it will deeply scrutinize companies given provisional approval to run medical marijuana dispensaries.
The department notified companies approved for 20 provisional licenses that they will be subjected to extensive additional background checks on anyone “who will have any involvement” with the proposed dispensaries, including volunteers, consultants, advisory board members, staff members, and all corporate and individual investors.
Previously, the agency had said it would review only those who contributed 5 percent or more toward the operations, as well as the board of directors and members of the executive management team and corporation.
News of the background checks was contained in a letter dated March 14 and obtained by The Boston Globe.
“These follow-up background checks are only one part of the ongoing verification process,” the letters said. The agency refused additional comment.
The agency on Thursday sent similar letters to six companies that were not chosen for provisional licenses but were invited by the state to reapply in one of the counties that has not yet been earmarked for a dispensary.
Companies are being charged $550 per individual checked, according to the letters. That’s in addition to the $30,000 charged for the application fee.
The selection process has come under intense scrutiny and three rejected companies have filed lawsuits.
Most dispensaries were expected to be running by August, but it’s unclear if the additional background checks will delay any openings.
3 people seriously injured in Astle Street blast
A house explosion that injured three people in Tewksbury on Tuesday night has been blamed on a drug operation involving marijuana and butane.
An 18-year-old woman and two men, ages 20 and 21, were inside the multi-family home at 22 Astle St. Tuesday night when the building exploded and caught on fire.
Fire officials confirmed Wednesday that someone in the home was trying to extract THC from marijuana when an ignition source came in contact with vapors, causing the explosion.
“The buildup of butane vapors within the apartment came in contact with an ignition source and an explosion ensued,” Tewksbury Fire Chief Michael Hazel said. “The process was being performed on and around an electric stove within the apartment. A number of full and empty and butane cylinders were found at the scene. This was a very dangerous situation for the residents and the firefighters.”
All three victims suffered serious injuries.
“There are burns about the face, head, arms and hands,” Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan said.
Police are investigating reports that two people were seen running from the home after the explosion.
The home has natural gas service, but investigators have ruled it out, saying it was not the cause of the fire.
“There’s going to be no one going back in the dwelling afterward. All the windows are blown off the frame, and the roof collapsed. The fire spread to the attic of the residence,” Sheehan said.
Six people, including the three victims, were displaced.