The Marijuana Dispatch

Massachusetts Now Has a Director of Marijuana writes:

A long-time health administrator was named Monday as executive director of the state’s nascent medical marijuana program, an appointment that comes with ultimate authority to decide which companies are granted licenses to open dispensaries where the drug will be sold.

In addition to selecting which of the 100 applicants will win one of the 35 coveted dispensary licenses later this month, van Unen will have oversight over inspection of dispensaries, and the creation of a database listing people authorized to get medical marijuana, which is expected to be running later this year, the department said.

Massachusetts names Karen van Unen, who was a consultant during the program launch, will now oversee all aspects of the medical marijuana program.

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