One medical marijuana dispensary keeps running out of cannabis, forcing clients to drive hours to find another open shop. Another has battled mold in its crop. And patients seeking to shop at one of the state’s four dispensaries report difficulties with the state’s online registration system.
More than three years after Massachusetts voters approved marijuana for medical use, dispensary owners and patients continue to confront challenges in the state’s nascent industry.
Yet patient demand has been steadily growing, according to the latest data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which regulates medical marijuana. More than 2,600 patients registered for the program in December. The department counts 18,476 patients who have obtained the required certification from their physician and registered with the state — an increase of nearly 50 percent since late August. [Read more at the Boston Globe]