Four applicants from the Vineyard are among nearly 200 from across the state seeking licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries.
The state department of Public Health released the list Friday following a one-day application process Thursday at the DPH headquarters in downtown Boston. There are 181 applicants.
Applications came from people and also groups of business partners with backgrounds that cover a wide range from investment interests to whole health practitioners.
There are four applications from Dukes County: Susan Sanford, doing business as Greenleaf MV Compassion Care; Michael Peters, doing business as MV Greencross Inc., Mark Wallace, doing business as Kingsbury Group Inc.; and Patient Centric of Martha’s Vineyard LTD which has no other name listed.
Susan Sanford is president and chief executive officer of Vineyard Complementary Medicine, a well-known whole health practitioner center located in West Tisbury.
Mark Wallace is an Oak Bluffs businessman. He and his Kingsbury group have also submitted applications from Barnstable County, the state list shows.
No information was immediately available for Mr. Peters.
Speaking to the regional press by conference call Friday, state DPH commissioner Cheryl Bartlett called the process highly competitive.
Applicants must meet stringent financial standards, including an ability to show $500,000 in liquid capital to start a dispensary. DPH examiners will also review each applicant against zoning rules in the town where the dispensary is planned. Cities and towns were allowed by law this year to adopt one-year moratoriums on dispensaries while they finalize zoning restrictions for the dispensaries. Edgartown is the only town on the Vineyard that has adopted a moratorium.
The DPH will announce final applicants next month. Finalists will be required to meet another set of stringent requirements. The state plans to approve up to 35 dispensaries by January.